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DMR boats go for more than $120K; valued at $630K

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources received 26 bids for two recreational fishing boats it wants to sell. The bids were opened today. The high bid for the 42-foot Californian was $86,600; the high big for the 36-foot Topaz was $38,614. Officials will review the bids for about a week and could sell the boats as early as ...

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Coast city creates wish list with RESTORE funding

D’IBERVILLE — The City of D’Iberville has developed a list of seven improvement projects at its waterfront that could be funded with RESTORE Act money from the oil spill. Plans call for expanding and improving the marina, already a popular public recreational area. The proposed project at Fountain Park is a $4 million plan that involves buying more land to ...

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Shipbuilder wants grant for skills-training facility

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has applied for a $1.3-million state grant to build a basic skills training annex to the nearly complete Haley Reeves Barbour Maritime Training Academy. Jackson County has requested proposals for professional services, such as engineering, for the project. Officials tells The Mississippi Press the 4,105-square-foot multi-purpose classroom that will be able to hold 320 people. The room ...

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City's first responders earn more than $600K in overtime

VICKSBURG — Overtime to firefighter, police officer and paramedics has cost the city of Vicksburg $632,176 with three months remaining in the 2013 fiscal year. The fiscal year ends Sept. 30. Accounting Department director Doug Whittington tells the fithat overtime for the three departments has exceeded that paid in fiscal year 2012. He said the fire department has so far ...

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Renasant sees quarterly earnings jump

TUPELO — Regional bank Renasant Corp.’s profit rose 26 percent in 2013’s second quarter from the same three months of 2012, as it set aside less for bad loans and increased interest earnings. Renasant said today it posted quarterly profit of $8.02 million, or 32 cents per share, up from $6.35 million or 25 cents per share in 2012’s second ...

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State’s Realtor groups set up one-stop site for house hunters

Out-of-date, unreliable — and sometimes fraudulent – home sale websites led Realtor organizations across Mississippi to build a home listing website of their home. With most of the development completed, the task of the 10 Realtor associations is to establish BuyInMississippi.com as the go-to site for prospective homebuyers. Along with its free-of-charge use, BuyInMississippi’s principal value is its aggregation site ...

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Mississippi blues guitarist, singer 'T-Model' Ford dies

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS / Associated Press JACKSON, Mississippi — James Lewis Carter ‘‘T-Model’’ Ford, a hard-living blues singer who taught himself to play guitar when he was 58 years old and his fifth wife left him, died Tuesday at his home in Greenville, Miss. His age was uncertain. Washington County Coroner Methel Johnson said the family told her Ford was ...

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Biloxi restaurant owner lands record 845-pound blue marlin

BILOXI, Mississippi — Biloxi restaurant owner Chris Ferrara landed a record-setting 845.8 pound blue marlin over the weekend during the Blue Marlin Grand Championship at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala. Ferrara, owner of Biloxi Boardwalk Marina and The Hook Up Bar & Restaurant, fought the 10-foot, 5-inch fish for 6 ½ hours. Before the weekend, the 24-year old record ...

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Rebound in red snapper numbers could mean second season

GULF OF MEXICO — Scientists say one of the most popular fish in the Gulf of Mexico has rebounded enough to allow a second season for red snapper this year. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meets in New Orleans tomorrow to consider increased fishing quotas and a supplemental 2013 season for red snapper, one of the region’s most ...

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