At the First Responders Remembrance at Jones Park in Gulfport, police, fire, military, and EMS from all over the state gathered to remember the lives lost and the lives saved ten years ago in one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

Former President George W. Bush was on hand, along with former and current Mississippi governors Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant, and senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker. Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said there were close to 3,000 people in attendance for the event.

“I want to praise the first responders, thousands of whom rushed into harm’s way, many of whom are in this audience. America and Mississippi owe you a huge debt of gratitude,” Bush said to the group. “The tenth anniversary is a good time to honor courage and resolve, and to remember how blessed we are to live in such a compassionate nation.”  Clarion Ledger:  Above Photo: Jamie Bates

Over 6,500 online & print media outlets from across the world covered Gulfport's First Responder Event!

Mark your calendars now for Anchor Fest 2015 ~ Saturday & Sunday, September 26 & 27 ~ Grab your blankets, chairs and all of your friends & make plans to spend a fun filled weekend in Jones Park, at the Gulfport Harbor!!

The 2nd Annual Anchor Fest - Pirate Costume Contest
Arrr matey… Don your hooks, peg legs and eye patches the Pirate Costume Contest! 
Last year was fun!  
This year it will be off the hook!! 

Saturday, September 26, in Jones Park, Gulfport Marina
Registration: 10am - 12pm
Judging & Prizes: 12:30pm

Little Matey’s Pirate Costume Contest:
Boys (0-6)/Girls (0-6)
Boys (7-13)/Girls (7-13)
Each buccaneer will be judged on creativity and authenticity
1st place in each division will win treasure

Adult Pirate Costume
Judges will judge every wench, buccaneer, captain and classic pirate on creativity and authenticity
Top 3 winners will receive prize

Yo-ho, Yo-ho, a Pirate’s Life for me – Family Costume Contest:
Judges will judge each family as a whole pirate crew so each crew member must be dressed up
Must be at least a family of 3
1st place family wins the treasure


MUST READ: An incredible Washington Post article about the heroics that took place during Aug. 29, 2005 ‪#Katrina10‬

Turkey Creek, Miss., the town where nobody died in Katrina



BowTies & Beignets was a HUGE success! More than 250 people attended this first year benefit helping us raise over $15,000 towards a new rubber sidewalk at the playgorund for Harrison County Children's Emergency Shelter. We are already looking towards next year's event - A special thank you to MC's First Lady Deborah Bryant & Gulfport's Paula Hewes to all our sponsors!


The Gulfport Police Department is accepting applications for the 2015 Fall session of the Citizen’s Police Academy. The academy consists of eight three hour classes that will be held on Thursday evenings starting at 6:00 p.m. on September 24, 2015. The class is limited in space and applications will be considered on a first come first serve basis.

The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. The Academy will create a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services. Graduates of the Academy can share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of their police department. The Gulfport Police Department recognizes that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. The Citizen Police Academy offers citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community.

Attendees will learn all aspects of the Gulfport Police Department to include; Patrol Operations, Narcotics Enforcement, Crime Mapping, K-9 Unit, SWAT, and Crime Scene operations. This is a hands on class that is taught in a low stress relaxed atmosphere that will foster learning by all citizens of Gulfport.

Any interested citizen who resides or works in the City of Gulfport is encouraged to attend. Citizens involved with the Gulfport community in some way, such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch, and neighborhood groups are very important to the Academy. Must be 18 years of age or older and have no prior felony convictions. To apply or if you have questions please call 228-868-5703, email or visit our website @ to download an application and read more on the class.

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - South Mississippi parents have a chance to learn more about the fight to fund education in Mississippi. A public forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. If you want to make a comment you need to sign up by 5 p.m.

The forum will go over the two ballot initiatives, 42 and 42-A.

The two ballot initiatives are similar in wording. Initiative 42 would send the state to a chancery court should the legislature fail to fund the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. The alternative, Initiative 42-A, would allow a legislative shortfall without going to court. Voters will choose between the two in the November general election

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc. in conjunction with the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the One Coast Awards. The One Coast Awards are the rebranding of the former Roland Weeks Hall of Fame, The Sun Herald Top 10 Under 40 and Community Leader Awards.

“Volunteers are the lifeline of South Mississippi. So many individuals give tirelessly to ensure the prosperity of our region and the enhancement of our quality of life. These individuals need to be recognized and have their achievements spotlighted,” stated Kimberly Nastasi, Chief Executive Officer of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

The Roland Weeks Hall of Fame was established in 2002 by The Sun Herald. Recognizing the wealth of outstanding business and community leaders across the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Top 10 Under 40 and Community Leader Awards were developed to recognize community leaders and strong, up-and-coming young business leaders, and to hold them up as examples in the Roland Weeks Leadership Hall of Fame, named for the long time publisher of the Sun Herald.

Roland Weeks, the man for whom the Leadership Hall of Fame is named, has been advocating the need for vision and community for more than four decades. Roland Weeks works tirelessly in the communities that make up the Mississippi Gulf Coast in an effort to bring everyone together. He knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that we must have leaders with a broader vision, leaders with a South Mississippi perspective. It was Weeks’ leadership that inspired The Sun Herald’s South Mississippi Leaders Hall of Fame. Weeks continues to be an advocate for a regionalism approach in business and government to make the Mississippi Coast a stronger, more unified force.

The program and awards have been revitalized as the One Coast Awards to continue the ideal that One Coast is a regional belief that our common interests far outweigh any difference; an awareness that what benefits one, ultimately benefits all; a celebration of our unique communities and an attitude of no boundaries.

Nominations are now being accepted for the One Coast Community Leader and One Coast Top 10 Under 40 Awards. Applications can be downloaded at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s websites. The award ceremony to recognize nominees and award recipients will be held on November 17 at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. For more information contact 228-604-0014. or visit


Mark your calendars! USS JACKSON (LCS 6)Commissioning, Saturday December 5, 2015 ~ Gulfport Harbor 

Commissioning marks the formal entrance of a ship into the U.S. Navy Fleet and is the point when the ship changes from being JACKSON to becoming USS JACKSON.  This time honored ceremony is very impressive.  JACKSON will be commissioned as the USS JACKSON at Gulfport, Mississippi on Saturday December 5, 2015.


The Saturday commissioning ceremony is open to the public at no charge, but you need to have a ticket.  If you desire a ticket, please send an email to to include your name, mailing address and phone number.  If you are military, please include your rank, branch of service and status (active duty or retired) in the message section of your email.  If you prefer you may use the CONTACT page on this website to do this.


You will then be placed on the invitation list and will receive an acknowledgement that this has occurred.  We expect invitations to be mailed around October 7, 2015.  When you receive your invitation, you must RSVP indicating how many tickets you desire.  Tickets will then be mailed to you at the address you have provided.