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Mississippi affiliates help Habitat become nation’s 6th largest builder

Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Mississippi built or fixed up 188 homes in 2011, helping to make Habitat the nation’s sixth largest homebuilder. The Christian-based organization has 40 affiliates in the state and more than 1,500 nationally. “I am profoundly impressed by the ongoing faithfulness, ingenuity and hard work of our affiliates,” said Trey Jones, executive director, Mississippi Association of ...

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Former state Sen. Lee dies of cancer at age 74

PICAYUNE — Former state Sen. Ezell Lee of Picayune died today after battling cancer, according to a Senate staff member who had spoken with his family. Lee was 74. He served in the Mississippi House from 1988 to 1992, then in the state Senate from 1992 until January 2012. Lee served most of his career as a Democrat, and switched ...

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After complaints, LeFleur's Bluff golf course getting new management

JACKSON — The golf course at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park in Jackson is undergoing a renovation and the state has ended a contract with the course’s management. Ramie Ford, parks director for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, tells the Clarion-Ledger the golf course should reopen in June. Ebenezer Group, LLC was hired in 2008 to manage the ...

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City looking to push out closer to highway bypass

OKOLONA — Okolona officials want to push the city limits out closer to the U.S. 45 Bypass. Mayor Louise Cole tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal moving the city limits eastward to within about a tenth of a mile of the bypass might attract a hotel and restaurant to the area. Robert Shinn, who lives along Mississippi 41 East in ...

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Supervisors hoping to land federal grant for airport improvements

PONTOTOC COUNTY — Pontotoc County supervisors are hoping for a federal grant to help make runway improvements at the county airport. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the decision came after an engineer told supervisors the runway needed resealing because the pavement was showing signs of age. The cost of the project is estimated at $254,000 with the county having ...

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City decides against privatizing public works department

GAUTIER — Gautier has halted plans to privatize its public works department. The city council recently voted to stop the process. WLOX TV reports the move comes as the city began accepting several professional service proposals for the month of May. Some public workers feared privatizing would mean a loss of jobs. But Mayor Tommy Fortenberry said the change could ...

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Gagnon named new president/CEO of Pearl River Resort

CHOCTAW — Holly Gagnon has been selected president and CEO of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ Pearl River Resort. Gagnon’s most recent roles were vice president of finance/planning and analysis for Caesars Entertainment and lecturer at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Gagnon is also a certified public accountant (CPA). Chief Phyliss J. Anderson, Tribal ...

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UMMC unveil plans to build new $35M research facility

JACKSON — University of Mississippi Medical Center officials say a new research building will include space for startup biotechnology companies. UMMC officials say construction could start in January 2013 at cost of $35 million for the eight-story shell of the Cancer and Biomedical Science Research Center. They say $20 million in funding comes through the National Institute of Standards and ...

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Florida man pleads guilty to temporary work visa fraud

GULFPORT — A 41-year-old Florida businessman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit visa fraud by obtaining fraudulent temporary work visas for workers from the Philippines for Mississippi jobs. The Sun Herald reports Michael V. Lombardi, of West Palm Beach, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine at sentencing Aug. 6. Lombardi is owner of U.S. ...

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Authority to showcase airport improvements at open house

MERIDIAN — The Meridian Airport Authority plans an open house tomorrow to highlight improvements at the local airport. The Meridian Star reports work included a new hangar at Dean Aircraft and renovations at Meridian Aviation and the airport terminal. Tomorrow’s event begins with a dedication ceremony at the terminal building. A display area will explain the renovation project along with ...

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