Around South Mississippi

July 3, 2014 

Saltwater sport fishing is free today

BILOXI -- The state Department of Marine Resources reminds anglers free saltwater sport fishing is allowed today.

Any person may saltwater sport fish in the marine waters south of Interstate 10 without a license.

All size and possession limits will remain in effect and proper safety equipment, whether fishing or boating, is encouraged.

-- Sun Herald

HSSM plans adoption event Saturday

GULFPORT -- The Humane Society of South Mississippi will host the Four Hours of Freedom adoption event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Adoption fees will be waived for animals in HSSM's care.

In lieu of adoption fees, HSSM is asking for a minimum $10 donation and $5 tag fee.

A list of adoptable pets is available at hssm.org/adoptions.

-- Sun Herald

Donations sought to help cremate disabled man

D'IBERVILLE -- Efforts have begun to help pay cremation expenses for a disabled D'Iberville man who died Wednesday, three days after his mother's death.

Hilbert "Bubba" Stepro, 50, lived with his mother along with his two teenagers and his wife, a homemaker and full-time caregiver. He was an insulin-dependent diabetic who lost a leg because of his disease, family friend Mark Ross said.

Mary Stepro, 67, was the widow of a veteran and her funeral expenses are covered. She died Sunday. Ross said the family wants to hold a joint funeral service at the Biloxi National Cemetery but arrangements are contingent on payment for Bubba Stepro's cremation.

Marshall Funeral Home of Biloxi has donated an urn, a spokeswoman said. Donations toward Bubba Stepro's cremation costs can be mailed or taken to the funeral home at 825 Division Street, Biloxi 39530. Or donations can be made by debit or credit card by calling the funeral home at 432-2495.

-- Robin Fitzgerald

Jackson County Animal Shelter closed Tuesday

The Jackson County Animal Shelter will be closed Tuesday to allow shelter employees to participate in training. Residents who are looking for a pet are encouraged to visit the shelter, 4400 Audubon Lane in Gautier, another day during regular office hours. A $50 adoption fee covers spay or neutering, certificate of examination from JC Veterinary Society, initial vaccinations and worming.

Details: 497-6350

-- Sun Herald

99 Days of Summer counting down

OCEAN SPRINGS -- The Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau is halfway through its summer campaign, "99 Days of Summer," to encourage locals and visitors to spend their summer in the city. The campaign began Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day weekend.

The campaign features a list of 99 things to do in Ocean Springs highlighting shops, restaurants, summer camps, beach activities and tours. Encouraging families to use their creativity, many items are free and fun for the whole family.

There is a photo booth at the Ocean Springs Visitor Center. Stop by the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce's Visitor Center at 1000 Washington Avenue to pick up your "99 Days of Summer" guide in Ocean Springs.

Details: www.facebook.com/oceanspringschamberofcommerce

-- Sun Herald

Deep Sea Challenge about to kick off

The third annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Charter Boat Captains' Deep Sea Fishing Challenge will begin July 11 and run five weeks, ending Aug. 17.

The tournament is scheduled during peak season for specific gulf fish, and brings in hundreds of fishermen from the region to win cash and prizes. With a booked charter on any of 14 participating boats within the tournament dates, entry to the tournament is free.

All cobia, redfish, shark, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, bonita and tarpon caught on a participating charter will be weighed and entered.

This year's tournament will feature cash and prizes valued at more than $55,000, with special categories for youth as well as a women's category. Those interested in participating need to book now before available charters fill up.

-- Sun Herald

Gautier opposes definition of 'waters'

PASCAGOULA -- Gautier is joining the U.S. Conference of Mayors in opposing an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to broaden the scope of what is considered a regulated waterway.

The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are seeking to clarify which waters or wetlands would trigger federal requirements, such as permitting and water quality certification.

Mayor Gordon Gollott and the City Council this week approved a resolution sponsored by the mayor's conference in opposition to the new rule.

City Manager Samantha Abell said the resolution notes much of the anticipated costs of this rule would draw from municipal resources, diverting them from other essential public services.

-- Mississippi Press

WAMA receives Arts Commission grant

OCEAN SPRINGS -- The Mississippi Arts Commission has awarded the Walter Anderson Museum of Art of Ocean Springs a $27,000 grant.

This grant, a portion of the $1.34 million in grants the commission will award in 2014-15, will be used to support the museum's operating cost. The grants are made possible by continued funding from the state Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For information on the Mississippi Arts Commission, contact Susan Liles at 601-359-6031.

-- Sun Herald

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