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Long Beach, Mississippi was incorporated as a town on August 10, 1905, though it had been a growing settlement for a number of years prior to that date. It's history depicts the courage, the commitment, and the perseverance of its early settlers, the forebears of many present-day Long Beach residents, as they cleared the land, built their homes, their churches, and overcame obstacles such as those which were faced by all early pioneers. Truly they left to us, their descendants and the citizens of this town, a goodly heritage.
"The Friendly City" was a slogan selected then. It is just as appropriate now, as our people give of themselves, their time and resources to work for a worthy cause or to help a neighbor in need, and for this we are grateful. In so doing, we will preserve our "bedroom" community. So, as we move forward into the years which are ahead, let us do so remembering our past.; - Mary Ellen Alexander, August 10, 1980
Mayor Billy Skellie is a life-long resident of Long Beach. He graduated from Long Beach High School and attended Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, MS where he met Patricia Stewart, his wife of 38 years. Patricia has been employed as an educator by the Long Beach School District for the past twenty-five years and currently serves as the principal of the Long Beach Alternative School. Mayor Skellie and his wife have two children and two granddaughters, Alex and Taylor. He retired from Bell South after 35 years of service. Billy and his family are members of First Baptist Church of Long Beach where he serves as deacon and as a Sunday school teacher for the youth department.
Mayor Skellie was elected to the Board of Aldermen for Ward 5 in 1997. He served in that position for nearly 8 years prior to becoming mayor in this year's special election. Previously, Billy served on the Long Beach Zoning Board for 12 years, chairman for 6 years.
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