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Community Trust Bank opens Highland Colony location

  Ridgeland’s newest banking location has opened its the doors at 1063 Highland Colony Parkway. Community Trust Bank says its new location features many innovative design elements that allow customers to use the bank services quickly and efficiently. The two-story financial center includes multiple full service drive-through lanes, and new “dialogue” towers in the lobby. Customers are greeted when they ...

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Senate passes bill realigning, condensing court district

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Senate has approved legislation supported by Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) that will realign the federal judicial boundaries for the Northern District of Mississippi, condensing the existing four divisions into three. The Senate by unanimous consent approved the Divisional Realignment Act of 2012 (HR.5512), a measure to redraw federal judicial divisions in ...

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Former House member Bowles dies at 78

HOUSTON — William Eugene “Billy” Bowles, who served 20 years in the Mississippi House of Representatives and ran Bowles Grocery for 34 years, has died. He was 78. Officials with Houston Funeral Home said today Bowles died yesterday at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Houston First United Methodist Church in Houston. Bowles, ...

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MDEQ lifts numerous post-Isaac beach closures

HARRISON COUNTY and JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has lifted numerous beach closures issued Aug. 31 in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac for monitoring stations in Harrison and Jackson counties. The reopened beaches in Harrison County are: • Station 8-Gulfport West — west end at Marie Avenue to the east end at Camp Avenue • Station ...

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Hearing set for man charged with murder after illegal buttocks implant

JACKSON — A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for a Mississippi man charged with depraved-heart murder after performing an illegal buttocks implant that killed a Georgia woman. Morris Garner, who has had gender-changing surgeries and goes by the name Tracey Lynn Garner, is charged with doing the procedure in March at a house in Jackson. The hearing was set for ...

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Thieves hit city's sports complex; steal bleachers

MCCOMB — Officials say thieves have stolen more than $8,000 worth of equipment from the McComb Sports Complex. The Enterprise-Journal reports everything from nuts and blots to the very bleachers that fans sit in were taken from the park and from a nearby shed. The shed was also damaged. Mayor Whitney Rawlings said the city board will have to approve ...

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Time Magazine takes extensive look at Mississippi’s sex ed effort

Mississippi’s new school sex education effort to reverse a teen pregnancy rate that exceeds that of all other states is highlighted in a lengthy story in the current issue of Time Magazine. The magazine notes the mixed nature of the curriculum, with some districts opting to “abstinence only” instruction often led by local pastors and an “abstinence-plus” instruction that that ...

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State's grain sorghum crop may beat forecast

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Timely rains followed by sunny days provided optimal growing conditions for Mississippi’s grain sorghum crop, and yields may be higher than anticipated. Mississippi producers planted about 63,000 acres in grain sorghum in 2012, up from 50,000 acres in 2011. The state ranked No. 8 nationally in grain sorghum production in 2011. Erick Larson, gran crops agronomist with ...

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FEMA approves $11M in Isaac grants; SBA OKs $1M+ in loans

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $11.1 million in grants across Mississippi for damage from Hurricane Isaac. That includes more than $9.5 million for housing assistance and $1.6 million for other needs such as personal property, damaged vehicles and medical expenses, FEMA spokesman Tim Tyson told The Mississippi Press. In addition to that, the Small Business ...

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Alderman wants pre-storm cleanup by businesses, contractors

LONG BEACH — Alderman Mark Lishen says Long Beach should require businesses and construction sites to make sure their building materials, trash and trash containers won’t become battering rams in hurricanes. He tells WLOX-TV he wants an ordinance to make sure that such things are secured or removed before hurricanes arrive on shore. Lishen’s current proposal wouldn’t penalize homeowners who ...

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