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Judge weighing decision in bond issue petition

MERIDIAN — A judge will decide whether Lauderdale County officials erred in not calling an election on $14-million bond issue after a petition was filed by opponents. Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux heard arguments yesterday from county officials and opponents to the bond issue. Primeaux said he would rule later on whether the June approval of […] [...]

County enters hospital management agreement with Ochsner

BAY ST. LOUIS — The Hancock Board of Supervisors voted to enter into a 90-day management agreement with Ochsner Health System in New Orleans to manage Hancock Medical Center. Yesterday’s announcement comes less than a week after the supervisors terminated its management contract with Quorum Health Resources. The Hancock Medical Center is owned by the […] [...]

County officials file agreement, vow to clean up voter rolls

WALTHALL COUNTY — This South Mississippi county has agreed to purge the names of ineligible voters from its voter registration roll, including those of any dead people and disenfranchised felons whose names appear. The agreement was filed yesterday in a consent order in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg. A Virginia-based conservative group, the American Civil […] [...]

Hospital dipping into settlement money while sale continues

NATCHEZ — Natchez Regional Medical Center officials say they have had to use money from a 2012 legal settlement to address pressing needs as Adams County officials continue efforts to sell the facility. The undisclosed settlement was reached with the medical center’s former management company, Quorum Health. The county-owned hospital had sued Quorum in 2008, […] [...]

Board chooses firms to manage hospital trust fund

COLUMBUS — Two financial firms have been selected to manage Lowndes County’s $30-million hospital trust fund. The Lowndes County Reserve and Trust Fund board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to select Stephens Capital Management and Renasant Wealth Management to manage and invest the money from the county’s hospital sale. Twelve firms had initially offered proposals. […] [...]

City to auction off 62 tax-forfeited properties

GREENWOOD — Sixty-two parcels of tax-forfeited land in Greenwood, valued at $195,000, will be sold at an auction in September. Sealed bids must be received by the secretary of state’s office by 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Bids will be opened at 10 a.m. Sept. 19 in Jackson. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann tells the Greenwood […] [...]

Hearing set to begin next month in lawsuit over county bonds

MERIDIAN — A Lauderdale County judge will hear arguments Sept. 10 in a lawsuit challenging the county’s plan to borrow $14 million for courthouse renovations and for three recreational facilities. The county board of supervisors voted in June to issue the bonds. WTOK-TV in Meridian reports that a lawsuit against the bond issue was filed […] [...]

Financial firms in competition for hospital trust fund

COLUMBUS — Twelve financial firms have submitted proposals to manage Lowndes County’s $30 million hospital trust fund. The county wants a bigger return on its investment of those funds. Board of Supervisors president Harry Sanders told the Commercial Dispatch that the county hopes the 0.2 percent ($60,000 annually) interest the county has recently earned on […] [...]

County becomes 26th in state to earn StormReady title

GRENADA COUNTY — The National Weather Service has certified Grenada County under its StormReady emergency preparedness program. Alan Gerard, meteorologist in charge of the NWS office in Jackson, said Grenada is in a very active region for tornadoes, so the designation is an indication it is ready to handle a weather emergency. In Mississippi, 26 […] [...]

County leaders to raise taxes for emergency services

TUPELO — Lee County Board of Supervisors president Bobby Smith says taxpayers shouldn’t expect more than a modest tax increase in the 2014 fiscal year budget to upgrade the county’s aging 911 radio system. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported supervisors approved the county tax rolls yesterday, allowing officials to go ahead with crafting a […] [...]

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