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Turtle watch on Bay beach

BAY ST. LOUIS — Fencing has been placed along the waterfront on a small portion of the sand beach at Washington Street to temporarily discourage turtles from coming ashore and laying eggs. Federal Wildlife and Fisheries officials don’t want the turtles to go near the culvert construction to improve drainage in the area. To make sure no turtle nesting is ...

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Tax sale takes in nearly $2 million

HANCOCK COUNTY — The annual tax sale in Hancock County brought in a total of $1,885,797 for 3,053 parcels, Tax Collector and Assessor Jimmie Ladner said the weak economy and insurance uncertainties in the coastal county contributed to the sale volume. Ladner said 1,182 parcels in the county went into state ownership, erasing $140,000 in revenue that would have gone to ...

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Ochsner Health System takes over Hancock Medical Center

BAY ST. LOUIS — The operation of Hancock Medical Center is in the hands of Ochsner Health System for 90 days. The board of supervisors signed a contract with Ochsner to improve how the county-owned medical facility performs. Supervisors terminated the management contract with Quorum Health Resources, which had run the hospital for several years. Ochsner’s Polly Davenport is leading ...

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Green Canyon Outfitters opens store front on Gulf Coast

GULF COAST — A high-end outdoor store is now open on Beach Boulevard in Old Town Bay St. Louis. Green Canyon Outfitters carries brands such as Patagonia, The North Face, Hard Tail, Olukai, Costa Del Mar, Ray Ban and Maui Jim. The locally owned business also sells camping, boating, hiking and other outdoor merchandise online and employs 50 people at locations ...

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Casino taking gamble — proposes to move gaming inland in Port City

Talk about your radical ideas. A group is proposing to move the gaming operations of Greenville’s Trop Casino inland, and in its place add a new restaurant and create an outdoor entertainment area that is family-friendly. More surprising still, the proposal is from the casino itself. Trop Casino in Greenville, along with its parent, Las Vegas, Nev.-based Tropicana Entertainment Inc., ...

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City, county hope data processing facility announcement comes soon

STARKVILLE — Starkville and Oktibbeha County officials are hoping for an announcement as early as October on a proposed $20 million data processing facility. The Commercial Dispatch reports that Joey Deason, Oktibbeha County’s representative with the Golden Triangle Development Link, said a tentative announcement date of Oct. 3 has been set for what is called “Project Cumulus.” Deason released no ...

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Vacant federal office building could convert to mixed-use space

JACKSON — The James O. Eastland Federal Building in downtown Jackson may be converted into apartments and commercial space. The Clarion-Ledger reports that developers say the project would cost $20 million. The 115,000-square-foot space has sat vacant since Aug. 1, 2011, following the opening of the new federal courthouse. Built in 1934 by the Jackson-based architectural firm Hull and Malvaney, ...

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Officials vote for referendum on proposed lodging tax

HORN LAKE — Aldermen have approved a resolution confirming the Oct. 8 referendum date for a proposed hotel/motel tax levy designed to boost the city of Horn Lake’s tourism and economic development funds. The Commercial Appeal reports the board in August voted to hold a referendum on the proposed tax, which would place a $2 per night tax on hotel ...

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CMR approves limited oyster-harvesting season

GULF OF MEXICO — The Commission on Marine Resources has voted to open a limited oyster season in Mississippi on Sept. 30 for tonging and Oct. 14 for dredging. The Sun Herald reports oystering will be allowed in conditionally approved areas on the Telegraph, Pass Marianne and Pass Christian reefs. Southern portions of Telegraph and Pass Marianne reefs, and all ...

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