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Ex-state employee gets jail time for embezzling from school

RICHTON — A former state employee is going to prison for embezzlement and forgery, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Rhonda Gleason, 49, of Richton, was sentenced by Judge Billy Joe Landrum in the First Judicial District of Jones County after pleading guilty to two counts of embezzlement and one count of forgery. The crimes occurred while Gleason was employed ...

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Hancock Bank hosting event to raise funds for lighthouse restoration

PASCAGOULA — Hancock Bank is hosting a “Come Light Up The Night” Round Island Lighthouse fundraiser Aug. 7 to complete interior and lighting work at the top of the historic structure. The event will take place under the historical oaks at Lighthouse Park, on the north side of the Pascagoula bridge. Preservationists and the city of Pascagoula have spent a ...

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Contractor nears completion on project to replace four bridges

JASPER COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is nearing completion on a bridge replacement project involving four bridges on Highway 513 over Souinlovey Creek near Fellowship Road in Jasper County. The $5.4-million project was awarded to Joe McGee Construction Company Inc. of Lake. Along with work to replace the structurally deficient bridges, the project included the addition of ...

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USM Foundation sees second-highest fundraising total in history

HATTIESBURG — Generating $15,560,117 during fiscal year 2013-14, the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation reports its second-highest fundraising total in gifts and pledges received during a single fiscal year. This represents an 82 percent increase over the amount raised last year. During the recently concluded fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, gifts to the ...

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Horizon Energy optimistic after oil field recompletion

GULFPORT — Horizon Energy Corporation is reporting positive results for its exploration project in the East Texas counties of Cherokee and Rusk, and the project has entered the revenue-producing stage. The company said it is now eyeing other sites in the area that can be recompleted in similar fashion. “Recompletion projects in this area have demonstrated success by employing hydraulic ...

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Giles Ward will not seek reelection to Senate

LOUISVILLE — State Sen. Giles Ward, a Republican from Louisville, has announced he will not seek a third term in state Senate. Ward made announcement yesterday in a speech at the Neshoba County Fair. The 66-year-old Ward represents Senate District 18, which is comprised of all of Leake and Neshoba counties and a part of Winston County. Ward is chairman ...

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(UPDATED) Making Jackson-Evers affordable to Allegiant is key to regaining Orlando service

Prospects for Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International landing ultra-low-cost carrier Allegiant Air  for service to Orlando hinge on well the airport can help the carrier shave its operating costs at the airport.A U.S. Department of Transportation grant subsidy the airport expects to receive would ease the cost burden early on. But  the Las Vegas-based Allegiant wants to ensure it can ...

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Businessman involved in Frankel insurance scam dies at 81

CORINTH — Marvin Thurston Little, a colorful political figure in Mississippi and a Corinth businessman who got caught up in an insurance scam run by Martin Frankel, has died in a nursing home in Booneville. He was 81. Officials with Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth say Little died Monday at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville. Services will be held tomorrow ...

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