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Auction of UA Northpark 14 building hits a snag

By JACK WEATHERLY An auction of the UA Northpark 14 movie theater building last Thursday failed to draw a bid, but the owner of the property said interest was shown in the 36,000-square-foot building on the Ring Road north of Northpark Mall. William McGuire of United Development Co. of Southlake, Texas, said Monday a glitch interfered with the attempt to ...

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Pitbull to open Miami-themed lounge on Mississippi coast

Rapper Pittbull is going to Mississippi to open a new a Miami-themed lounge inspired by his Florida hometown. News outlets report that Armando Christian Perez, whose stage name is Pitbull, will be at the opening of the iLov305 Nightlife and Cocktail Lounge inside Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi. The hotel says in a statement that two days of festivities ...

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Ohr-O’Keefe Museum among 25 Best Galleries and Museums

For the second consecutive year, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art has been voted as the best museum or gallery in the state of Mississippi as well as one of the 25 best galleries and museums in the United States by the American Art Awards. Alongside the likes of the Newcomb Art Museum in Louisiana, The Leonardo in Utah, and the ...

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Latino movie producer opens theaters in rural, poor areas

For nearly 10 years, residents in a California farming community have had to drive nearly 40 miles (64 kilometers) to see the latest film, a rare trip for some in a place where a third of the population lives in poverty. That all changed in May when Moctesuma Esparza, a Latino movie producer, opened his latest Maya Cinemas theater in ...

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Reunion names McCrimmon to Event Coordinator post

Marleigh McCrimmon was recently appointed Event Coordinator at Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison. McCrimmon, a native of Greenwood, joins Reunion with an MBA from Mississippi State University. Most recently, she was Marketing and Community Liaison for Whole Foods Market. She also was Assistant Catering Director for Jackson’s Manship Wood Fired Kitchen.

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Fate of Po’ Monkey’s hinges on settlement of estate

By JACK WEATHERLY There are two questions about a historic Delta juke house: 1.) Can Po’ Monkey’s work without Po’ Monkey? 2.) Can the house be moved from the cotton field where it sprang up in the rich soil and culture of the Delta? Willie Seaberry, aka Po’ Monkey, died July 14, 2016. He had a life estate at the ...

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Jackson mayor opposes relocating zoo

A Mississippi city’s mayor says a zoo should stay where it has been for nearly 100 years and he doesn’t support a plan to relocate it. The Clarion Ledger reports that Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is opposed to moving the Jackson Zoo from Livingston Park to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. The zoo’s board of directors approved a recommendation to investigate a ...

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Smith Park in downtown Jackson reopens after upgrade 

By JACK WEATHERLY Smith Park will reopen on Friday after being closed since November for upgrades. The fence will come down and festivities will start at 11 a.m. to celebrate the reopening. Mayor Chockwe Antar Lumumba and Gov. Phil Bryant will speak, there will be food trucks and a band, said Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners. The group, ...

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Long-empty theater in Mississippi is purchased

A long-vacant theater in Mississippi has been purchased. The Hancock County Chamber of Commerce reported the A&G Theater, which has been vacant for over 40 years, is going to be restored to its former glory as a multi-purpose performance space for several things including movies and live entertainment. News outlets report New Orleans real estate developers Jim and Catherine MacPhaille ...

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