Long Beach Breeze

PRST STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID LONG BEACH, MS PERMIT NO. 60 Long Beach Breeze P.O. Box 144, Long Beach, MS 39560 August 20, 2018 • Volume 2, Number 8 • “Good News You Can Use” Long Beach residents make election history Long Beach residents headed out to the polls in droves earli- er this month to enact passage of what has become one of the most controversial topics of its time in the city, a bond issue to fund upgrades to the Long Beach High School campus. City Election Commissioner Joe Fleming said the election that passed a $20 million bond issue to renovate Long Beach High School had a record num- ber of absentee ballots with a total of 142. Absentee voting is provided to residents who will be absent from their voting jurisdiction on election day. “We’ve never had that many in the history of Long Beach,” said Photo by Amanda Compton-Ortiz By Amanda Compton-Ortiz Fleming, who was reappointed last July to his second four-year term. At 8:10 p.m., Fleming was the last resident to cast his vote in the election that took place on August 2 inside the library at LBHS. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 7 p.m. Residents already standing in line at 7 p.m. were able to cast their vote. No one was turned away. “The lines remained full for the entire twelve hours,” said Flem- ing. “We had people waiting outside to vote before the polls even opened, and there was never anyone not standing at the poll book table.” By 10:10 a.m. that day, 500 bal- lots had already been turned in. Residents followed suit as each Long Beach resident Betty Lee accepts her voting sticker from City Election Com- missioner Joe Fleming on Election Day for the Long Beach School District’s Bond Issue held at the Long Beach High School library on August 2. took to their individual voting stall to mark their ballots and then proceed to the ballot box to drop it off. LET ME HELP YOU SEARCH FOR YOUR DREAM HOME! FIND MORE ON PAGE 3. The Long Beach Breeze recent- ly hired Amanda Compton-Ortiz to serve as its new editor. Compton-Or- tiz, who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journal- ism from the University of Mississippi, relocated from North Mississippi to Long Beach in October 2016. She is excited about being a part of the community and taking on Special to the Long Beach Breeze her new role at the monthly pub- lication. “I truly believe that newspapers are the backbone of any close- knit community like Long Beach,” said Compton-Ortiz. “They pro- vide sustainability and a sense of pride for residents and serve the community by providing citizens with reliable information about the places and people that make them proud to live here. I’m so excited to be a part of that.” Compton-Ortiz has worked more than fifteen years in journalism. Her experience includes time as a staff reporter at various communi- LBB welcomes new editor Special to Long Beach Breeze cont. on page 2 Fleming manned the drop off station for ballots throughout the day, helping those who needed cont. on page 13 Town rallies at Town Green Photo by Amanda Compton-Ortiz Long Beach High School Varsity Cheerleaders show off their school spirit during the city’s first-ever Community Pep Rally on August 9 at the Harper McCaughan Town Green on Jeff Davis Ave. See more photos from the event on Page 6.