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Biloxi bakery celebrates 90 years

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A popular Gulf Coast bakery is celebrating 90 years in business.

The Electrik Maid Bake Shop first opened its doors on Howard Avenue in downtown Biloxi in 1924.

The family-owned shop been passed down for four generations. Nona Balius, mother of the current owner still works at the Electrik Maid. She tells WLOX TV that the key to a successful nine-decade run was not worrying about keeping up with changing trends.

The family tradition is alive on the other customers' side of the counter as well.

Julie Capuano told WLOX she has been bringing her family to the shop for as long as she can remember. Now, when her grown daughters come home for Easter weekend, the family returns for treats from the venerable Gulf Coast shop.


More parking coming for coast coliseum

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Officials at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center are moving ahead with plans to provide more parking spaces at the facility.

Executive Director Bill Holmes tells WLOX TV that officials are anticipating construction of a new hotel on nearby property that will necessitate the replacement of a lot that now provides space for about 340 cars.

Holmes said the demolition of property where the new lot will go is estimated to begin the third week of May. It will take another four weeks for the parking lot to be ready.


Vicksburg building up for National Register

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - State archivists have recommended the former Monte Carlo building in Vicksburg be included on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History notified local officials last month.

Nancy Bell, executive director of the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation, tells The Vicksburg Post owners of buildings on the national register can take advantage of certain tax incentives and grants to rehabilitate their building.

Bell says a state landmark designation would allow building owner Linda Fondren to apply for special grants. Changes would have to follow state regulations that control landmark-designated structures.

Fondren wants to put a restaurant and a multicultural museum and interpretive center in the building.

Fondren says the Catfish Row Museum will feature exhibits on the area's history, culture and people.


Parker honored by community college Hall of Fame

ELLISVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Jackie Parker, a Jones County Junior College athletic star from 1950-1952, has been selected for induction into the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame.

A news release from the college says the ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on April 29 at Hinds Community College in Pearl.

Parker and his wife, Peggy Jo, came to Jones County J.C. from Knoxville, Tenn. Peggy Jo played basketball and tennis for the school. Jackie Parker played football, basketball and baseball. In football, he helped the college win a 1951 state title. He later moved on to Mississippi State University, where he earned All-Southeastern Conference honors for two years.

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