Posts Tagged ‘Louisiana’

Homebuilder fined, ordered to repay SBA $1 million

GULFPORT — A federal judge has ordered homebuilder Victor Planetta Sr. to pay $1 million in restitution and fined him $250,000 for making false statements to get a disaster-relief loan after Hurricane Katrina. Planetta, owner of Planetta Custom Homes in Slidell, La., faced up to five years in prison for providing fraudulent information for a […] [...]

Ride not so ‘Wild’ for McComb realtor

>> Realtor has name to fit these heady times Right off the bat, Realtor Watkins Wild of McComb says it’s okay to call him by his nickname, “Noggin,” because that’s what everyone has called him all his life. As a successful Realtor and president of the Mississippi Association of Realtors (MAR), he’s called Noggin and […] [...]

Meet “Gorilla Man” and the “Empress of Steak”

The sub title of this work of non fiction is “A New Orleans Family Memoir.” It is that and more. Where else could this true tale of two bigger-than-life eccentrics take place? Anyone who loves the Crescent City, its food, culture, rowdy history and characters will enjoy this book because its sweep includes a wide […] [...]

Advocates want more flexible charter school bill

Charter school advocates believe this is the year for Mississippi to make progress in school choice through more flexible charter school legislation. In his first State of the State address, Gov. Phil Bryant said now is the time for Mississippi to pass a “workable” charter school law. A 2010 law passed by the state Legislature […] [...]

Hurricane Bowl: Long Beach team tops in 5 states

OCEAN SPRINGS — Long Beach High School students will compete for a national title in ocean science knowledge after beating 21 other teams from five states. Mississippi teams took four of the top five places out of 22 teams from Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Officials said it was the biggest group […] [...]

Mississippi included in Michael Foods egg recall list

MINNETONKA, Minn. — A Minnesota food company is widening its recall of hard-cooked eggs because of a potential for listeria contamination. Michael Foods, of Minnetonka, is recalling eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use in 34 states. The eggs carry six brand names: Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti’s, […] [...]

J.P. Coleman State Park among winners of transient boat grants

Owners of large boats will soon have more choices for docking their boats for stays of 10 days or less in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana. Recreational parks in the three states are among the dozen winners of the U.S. Department of Interior’s “BIG Grant” competition for more than $7.5 million in grants. The Interior […] [...]

Firm adds Gunn

Daniel M. Gunn has joined Greenwood-based Beard + Riser Architects, PLLC as an intern architect. Gunn is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University, holding a bachelor of architecture degree. While completing his studies, he served as a GS-4 intern architect at the U.S. Department of the Interior at Cane River Creole National Historical Park in […] [...]

Crop insurance rates skyrocket after summer floods

Midwestern farmers who saw their land swamped by summer flooding may be socked again with steep increases in their crop insurance premiums, the expensive result of the failure to fix broken levees before the winter snow and next spring’s rains. The Missouri River rose to record levels this year after the U.S. Army Corps of […] [...]

Entergy to spin off transmission business to ITC

Utility holding company Entergy Corp. plans to spin off its electric transmission business and merge it into ITC Holdings Corp., which operates power transmission lines in the Midwest. Entergy, based in New Orleans, said Monday that it will receive about $1.78 billion in cash, and its stockholders will receive shares of a new company created […] [...]

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