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Court-appointed receiver finding interest in Jackson's former Walthall Hotel

A court-appointed receiver is in talks with several prospective buyers of downtown Jackson’s Roberts Vista Hotel, currently shuttered and awaiting repairs from water damage. The hotel is known more commonly in Jackson as The Walthall, for Civil War figure Edward Cary Walthall, whose name it bore upon opening 85 years ago. As it has several times in the past, the ...

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Jackson among top towns for low-cost retirement, U.S. News says

U.S. News & World Report is touting Jackson as the 4th best place in the nation to retire on under $40,000 a year. “Your retirement budget will stretch much further in Mississippi’s state capital than in many other places,” said the report in the most recent issue of the national magazine. The article cites Jackson’s low-cost housing and plentiful entertainment ...

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Private early-education group lobbies lawmakers for funds

JACKSON — A private group is asking the state for $5 million to continue efforts to improve childcare and education for preschool children. Mississippi Building Blocks works to make preschoolers ready for kindergarten by training preschool teachers and helping child care operators. The group has used $7 million in private money to run its program for four years, but says ...

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Corps' Mat Sinking Unit working overtime on lowered river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Vicksburg District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) reports it is currently working on the Mississippi River near Mayersville on river mile 495. Thus far this season the MSU has placed 167,391 squares or approximately 384 acres of articulated concrete mats on the banks of the Mississippi River. During this longer, six months, ...

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FNC index shows U.S. home prices still on the rise

OXFORD — FNC’s latest Residential Price Index (RPI) indicates U.S. property values continue to rise. Home prices reached a 20-month high following a “robust” spring/summer home-buying season, FNC reports. In August, home prices rose for the sixth consecutive month, consistent with signs of strengthening market conditions that are led by rising existing-home sales and declining foreclosure activities. Foreclosure sales, down ...

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Choctaws to open produce packing/processing plant

CARTHAGE — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians has been awarded a $900,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to help establish a fresh produce and packing business at the former Patriot Ford facility in Carthage. MBCI says the grant will be utilized over a three-year period to renovate the Patriot Ford facility into a packing and processing ...

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Missing woman now suspected of embezzlement

CRYSTAL SPRINGS — Linda Gale Reed, a Copiah County woman last seen on April 29, is now wanted for embezzlement. Sheriff Harold Jones says an audit and investigation have revealed money missing from the petty cash fund at Moore Fabrications and Machine, where the 65-year-old Reed was bookkeeper. Jones says Reed had check-writing authority at her employer. She had worked ...

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State sets new record — 225 human cases of West Nile confirmed

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 12 new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2012. The new cases were reported in Coahoma (1), Forrest (1), Hancock (1), Lauderdale (1), Lowndes (1), Madison (1), Pearl River (1), Rankin (3), Walthall (1) and Wayne (1) counties, bringing the state total to 225 cases and five ...

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Hosemann responds to NAACP regarding redistricting

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has released a statement following the NAACP’s legal action regarding redistricting. Hosemann wrote: “It has always been my position the Mississippi Legislature should be able to redistrict itself and not the federal courts. The Mississippi House and Senate adopted fair redistricting plans that even received approval by the Department of Justice. We believe ...

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Supervisors agree to absorb some of employees' premiums

JACKSON — Hinds County supervisors have voted 3-2 to keep the contract approved Oct. 4 with United Healthcare and its local representative, Bottrell Insurance. The new contract lowers employees’ health insurance deductible from a staggering $5,000 to a low of $500 but more than doubles their monthly premiums, from $73 for a single employee to $173. The board voted yesterday ...

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