Veterans Day Parade is set for Gulfport this coming Saturday, November 7! Parade starts at 11 am followed by the Red, White and Blue Festival at Barksdale Pavilion in Jones Park! Food vendors, music, static military displays, artists and other vendors! A wonderful opportunity to honor our American heroes for their service to our country.


Gulfport's Harbor Lights Winter Festival kicks off Nov. 27!

GULFPORT, Miss. — The biggest electronic light show to hit Mississippi will cost at least $1.4 million for its inaugural holiday season this year....

The city hopes the winter festival will be such a big draw that it extends the traditional tourist season, as similar light shows have done in the Smoky Mountains and other areas.

In addition to elaborate displays that will include Neptune's castle, crawfish, mermaids and other sea creatures, all structures in the harbor will be lighted, as will Live oaks in Jones Park. Lighted wreaths will decorate downtown.

Visitors will pay $20 per vehicle to enter the winter wonderland. The Ship Island Ferry will be open in the evenings for refreshments. On holiday weekends, from Thursday through Saturday, visitors can pay $6 a person to ride a giant ferris wheel overlooking the show or a horse-drawn carriage that holds nine. Also on these extended weekends, a crafts fair will be open at the 27th avenue farmer's market location and food vendors will be offering special holiday treats. 

Thank You for the Generosity of the Island View Casino to make this all possible!


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Gulfport native tapped for MS Regional President of Hancock Bank

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Gulfport native Keith A. Williams has been named Mississippi Regional President of Hancock Bank. The bank called Williams “one of South Mississippi’s most experienced bankers and community leaders.”

Williams started his career at Hancock Bank nearly 29 years ago. In that time, he has served the company in many ways, including several officer and senior-level management positions.

“Keith Williams, like Hancock Bank, is South Mississippi born-and-bred. He is an ideal fit to lead all of the business segments that make up our Mississippi based banking organization. He understands the area, the state, and our citizens and has the know-how to guide our bankers in helping local people achieve their financial goals and dreams,” said Chief Banking Officer Edward G. Francis.

Williams is an alumnus of Gulfport High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Delta State University. He was inducted into the DSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. He is also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at LSU and the Mississippi School of Banking.

“Keith is Hancock’s Mississippi voice and a strong, clear voice for opportunity across the market,” said Francis. “He has been integral in building the nationally recognized strength and stability that sets apart Hancock Bank as a Gulf South banking leader.”

Williams also has a long record of service to his community. He has served on the Gulfport Planning Commission for 11 years, is on the board of directors for the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic and is active in the Mississippi Main Street Association. WLOX-TV




Mayor Billy Hewes and the Gulfport City Council took time at this week's meeting to honor and recognize the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center and its founder of the WINGS Performing Arts Program, Tonya Sanders Hays. 

WINGS started over 17 years ago in an effort to create and enhance the arts in the youth of our area. Since its inception, the WINGS Program and Tonya Hays have been recognized on a state and national level. 

It is through her talents and guidance that the WINGS Performing Arts Program has been in operation for over 17 years. The WINGS program has received the Mississippi Governor’s Awards for Arts in Education and has been recognized on the national level with the Coming UP Taller Awards from the President’s Council on Arts & Humanities at the White House. Tonya herself has been awards the Mississippi Humanities Council Educator of the Year Award and is the three time winner of the Best Director Award from the Mississippi Theatre Assn. In her bio, it says “Her goal as an artist educator is to nurture the talent, spirit and leadership of young people and introduce them to theatre for social change.” She is the author of 7 children’s musicals and numerous published plays that have been performed and produced around the country. Her awards are endless as is her desire to change and enhance the lives of the young people in our area. 

With her today to reading a poem from one of her plays, Remembrance – honoring those who fought in World War I - were two members of the cast Kyle Overmyer and Chayse Lundy (son of Gulfport Firefighter Kevin Lundy!).

Congratulations to Officers Joseph Prine, Victor Moreno, Aaron Killingsworth, and Hunter Rodriguez on their graduation from the Harrison County Law Enforcement Training Academy on October 30, 2015!

Over 200 veterans spent Thursday at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans compliments of the Riemann’s Family Funeral Home. This is the 4th annual trip for our veterans on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 

We honor and salute those who have served and continue to serve our country!



One of our employees, John Bennett, has Polycystic Kidney Disease (stage IV), and needs a kidney transplant. His wife, Debbie, is not a match for him. John is currently on the national cadaveric kidney transplant list, and both John and Debbie are on the Paired Kidney Donation list (Debbie is donating one of her kidneys to an unknown recipient in hopes of increasing the chances John gets a live donor). 

Some facts regarding live kidney donation: statistics show live kidney transplants (as opposed to cadaveric) have better outcomes for the recipients, and living kidney donation is safe, does not affect how long a donor lives or their quality of life, and a donor is at no greater risk for kidney failure later in life than the average person. 

If you are interested in further information, call Becky Guillera, Ochsner's Living Kidney Donor Coordinator at 504-842-3925. Other sources are or John can also answer basic questions about the process as well and can be reached at 228-365-4999 or email 

John is a dedicated Officer with our department who, is spite of this, is still working hard for victims of domestic violence every day. A successful kidney donation would allow for him to continue his service to this community. 

Please forward this message to anyone you feel may be of assistance.

Thank you all in advance for any help you can provide in this situation!

We are 30 days away from the USS Jackson Commissioning in Gulfport, Mississippi 

This historical event is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, December 5 at the Port of Gulfport. Free tickets are required for entry - they may be requested through the commissioning website - or City of Gulfport - Mayors Office 

Come be a part of this Mississippi moment!