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Renovations to begin on historic home

FULTON — The city of Fulton has awarded contracts for renovations of the Gaither House, one of the area’s oldest homes. The home will receive new brickwork on its chimneys, a new brick sidewalk, weatherproofing and a new roof. Work on these renovations is expected to begin within the coming months and organizers hope work will be completed before the ...

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New hospital holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

PHILADELPHIA — The new $19-million Neshoba County General Hospital opened today with a special celebration including a program, tours and reception. The opening began with a 2 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting under the new entrance. Hospital administrator Lonnie Graeber and Philadelphia Mayor James A. Young were among speakers. “Our new hospital has been in the works for a long time, ...

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Judge blocks new state open-carry gun law

JACKSON — A state judge blocked Mississippi’s open-carry gun law from taking effect next week, writing in a Friday ruling that the law was vague and that an injunction was needed to prevent irreparable harm. Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd scheduled a hearing July 8 to consider more arguments about whether to extend the injunction. Hinds County District Attorney ...

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Lawmakers keep Medicaid alive — and go home

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers adjourned their two-day special session late Friday after passing bills to keep Medicaid alive and funded for the new fiscal year that starts Monday. Republicans hold the majority in the House and Senate, and they blocked Democrats’ efforts to extend Medicaid to another 300,000 low-income people — additional coverage that is an option under the federal ...

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Well spill puts hundreds of gallons of oil in river

WAYNESBORO — Authorities are cleaning up hundreds of gallons of oil that spilled from a well in Wayne County and leaked into the Chickasawhay River. The Clarion-Ledger reports that 945 to 2,362 gallons of oil spilled from a well owned by Logan Oil. The company notified Wayne County officials of the spill on Thursday. Allen Floyd, field director for the Mississippi ...

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Judge disqualifies would-be councilwoman

GREENWOOD — A Mississippi judge has disqualified Dorothy “Dot” Glenn from joining the Greenwood City Council two days after she was sworn into office. Circuit Judge Henry Lackey ruled Friday that Glenn doesn’t live in the ward from which she was elected and didn’t reside there at the time she applied to run for office. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that Lackey ...

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City to spend $774M on damaged schools; Collins lands contract

GREENVILLE — The Greenville school system will spend $774,000 for repairs at two storm-damaged local schools. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the school board awarded the contract this week to Roy Collins Construction Co. of Cleveland. Straight-line winds tore through the Greenville area last October. At T.L. Weston Ninth Grade Academy, the roof, several classrooms and the bus barn ...

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Replacement film crew draws criticism from union rep

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A union representative says the production of “Artists Die Best in Black” will replace the crew filming in south Mississippi because they may seek union representation. The Sun Herald reports that shooting, which began in mid-June, is set to run about five weeks. Scott Harbinson is with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, ...

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Coast city's first brewery in operation

GULFPORT — This Coast city’s first brewery is open for business. WLOX-TV reports the beer was flowing Saturday for the grand opening of Mississippi Brewing Company. Co-owner Samson Vasquez says the idea to open a brewery “just hit us” one night. Now, Vasquez says a dream is coming to fruition. As the ribbon was cut during the ceremony yesterday, Vasquez ...

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Laurel native new head of Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District

VICKSBURG, Mississippi – Mississippi native and Iraq war veteran Col. John W. Cross took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District in a ceremony Friday morning officiated by Maj. Gen. John W. Peabody, commander of the Corps’ Mississippi Valley Division, Col. Cross assumed command of the 68,000-square-mile District from Col. Jeffrey R. Eckstein. Cross is a native ...

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