Fondest memory of old Gulfport Shipley doughnut shop

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Shipley Do-Nuts has stores in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas. LOCALS LOVE US

Broadmoor Bureau Chief

My fondest memory of the old Gulfport Shipley doughnut shop goes all the way back to when I was a member of the Mississippi Air National Guard from 1971 to 1976.

After I checked in for weekend duty at the base in Bayou View, it was time for me and a couple of other Guardsmen to drive down the street to Shipley, where we would hang out and then ride through the neighborhood before it was time to go to lunch.

I thought the Shipley doughnuts were the best around,  and my favorites were the good ol’ glazed and the paczki kind filled with chocolate or vanilla icing.

The doughnut trips were the only good thing I experienced in my long and boring National Guard career, and it’s amazing none of us was caught being MIA from working on what looked like Korean War-era generators at a time the Vietnam War was still being fought.

I was lucky our unit was never activated. I didn’t want to go to Vietnam. I was a war dodger, though never a doughnut dodger.

The Gulfport Shipley was at Hewes Avenue and Pass Road, but it’s long gone from what it is now one the city’s ugliest strip malls about one mile north of Highway 90 and the beach. When I drive past there on my way home, I always think of what it used to be like.

The Dizzy Dean fast-food restaurant was right across the street and Tastee Donuts, also a favorite, was at Courthouse Road and Pass Road.

The reason I bring up my fondest Shipley memory is that the company is looking to make a long-awaited return to the Biloxi-Gulfport market, according to a story in the Sun Herald.

I’ve been to the Shipley shop in Hattiesburg, the closest to the Mississippi Coast, and to ones in Houston and Starkville, but my last trip was in 2005.

I’m hoping my next trip will be much  closer to home.


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Frozen tundra in Broadmoor on this hysteric day

Broadmoor News Bureau

After I observed the online hysteria over the freezing weather that was in South Mississippi on Wednesday, I took a walk at 3 p.m. in our Gulfport neighborhood of Broadmoor and noticed many yards with frozen tundra.

Frozen tundra? In Broadmoor?

I’ve heard that Lambeau Field in Green Bay has it, but that could be an urban myth. I do know the Rocky Mountains have it because I saw it last summer.

It’s a rare sight here, though we got it for the even rarer second time in the same season, though the first time I was unable to see it because I was bed-ridden with the flu. That was in December, when I also missed the snow.

So it was nice to get out Wednesday for a stroll from the hood to the beach, where it was sunny and a balmy 34 degrees, a heat wave compared to the 20 degrees at noon and the record-setting low of 14  hours earlier.

During my walk, I knew it was getting warmer because a brown bagger was stumbling to the light from the shadows along Kelly Avenue. We had something in common: It was our first time outside after hours of staying inside.

This is some of the tundra I saw during my walk.

In front of a home on East Avenue. JOHN E. BIALAS
In front of a home on East Avenue. JOHN E. BIALAS
The corner of Broadmoor Place and Magnolia Place. JOHN E. BIALAS
The corner of Broadmoor Place and Magnolia Place. JOHN E. BIALAS
Our driveway. JOHN E. BIALAS
Our driveway. JOHN E. BIALAS
In Tilly's dog run. Tilly tundra. JOHN E. BIALAS
In Tilly’s dog run. Tilly tundra. JOHN E. BIALAS

My fascination with the Broadmoor tundra is probably just the interest of one man, the man being me.

Ice scrapin’ was the frenzy that went widespread on social media. Many lifelong Southerners had to improvise when it came to scrapin’ ice from their cars and trucks because they don’t have a legit ice scraper.

Check out this Facebook post from Tammy Smith of the Sun Herald.

Tammy used a plastic spatula and turned her experience into a story.

Sun Herald news editor Lauren Walck shared the story on Twitter and showed a photo of how she handled ice before driving.

“The one time it pays to have Yankee parents that put an ice scraper in your glove box,” Lauren tweeted.

Yeah, a legit scraper, or as Lauren said, “A whole new meaning to Scrapin’ the Coast.”







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How to get a free copy of ‘Fire and Fury’

Broadmoor Bureau Chief

I found an easy way to get a free copy of “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff’s new book about the first year of the Trump administration.

Just hit this link: “Fire and Fury” for free.

It will give you a PDF of the book, which debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times nonfiction list with record-setting first-week sales for its publisher,

The source of the PDF is, and that might be the website of 69-year-old Mexican journalist Alfredo Jalife-Rahme.

My biggest fear is is some kind of s—hole Russian operative tracking my laptop, which I used to read the first chapter of the book, so I may just have to skim through the rest of it and then clear my history.

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