June 27 local news

posted by Kelly Bennett -

As expected, voter turnout was extremely low yesterday.  Democrat David Baria got the nod in the runoffs, so he’ll face incumbent Republican Roger Wicker in his re-election bid for his U.S. Senate seat in November.  Voters gave Michael Guest the GOP win over Whit Hughes in the 3rd Congressional District.  He’ll face Democrat Michael Evans. 

There are big plans for the Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi, thanks to a tidelands settlement that cleared the way for an expansion.  The 140-million project will include a second hotel tower, and an amusement park, creating an additional 600 jobs.  Owners will have to fork over $655-thousand a year for the tidelands lease south of H90 where rides, including a giant Ferris wheel, will be located.

A man from the Kiln is recovering from gunshot wounds, and his father is being charged with aggravated domestic violence.  What began as an argument between Ronald Ladner and his son escalated at their home in Hancock County Tuesday afternoon.  Cody Ladner was shot several times. 

The Highway Patrol is still investigating a deadly crash last week that involved a semi hauling watermelons and a car on U.S. 98 in George County.  Philip Turner, of Lucedale, died of injuries sustained in the crash.  His Camry slammed into the rear of the truck that turned onto the highway in front of him. 

Just an FYI:  The Seafood Museum’s Biloxi Schooners trip to watch the fireworks on the 4th is sold out. 

There’s a Downtown Community Market Festival from 9-1 tomorrow that’ll feature a water slide for the kids at no charge, grilled burgers and hot dogs and live entertainment.  The Biloxi Farmer’s Market is held under the I-110 corner of Howard and Hopkins, and it’s open every Tuesday and Thursday. 

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