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Starkville isn’t the same old sleepy Starkville that most Mississippians knew 20 years ago

This is not your daddy’s sleepy, little college town. For the past two decades, merchants in downtown Starkville have quietly transformed a city that was considered to be a poor third behind other Mississippi college towns such as Oxford and Hattiesburg. No more. Award-winning restaurants, boutique retail and other specialty shops and attractions are the rule rather than the exception ...

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Miller helps build the Columbus downtown one person at a time

To those that know her, Jan Miller does not just meet people – she meets friends. Miller admits that she’s never met a stranger. “I guess I get my personality from my mother,” said Miller, a district director for Mississippi Main Street Association whose territory covers almost half the state. “She worked for the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference for ...

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Scholars program making waves

In a rare instance of win-win, Mississippi businesses from Olive Branch to Ocean Springs are increasingly emphasizing a need for students to become scholars. Specifically, Mississippi Scholars, that is. The Mississippi Scholars Program is a rewards and recognition system designed to provide high school students who elect to participate within guidelines that will help them enter the workforce or enroll ...

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Open for business and visitors, any time

The Mississippi Gulf Coast is open for business and the welcome mat is out. The area has put the BP oil spill behind it and continues the Hurricane Katrina recovery. Tourism officials tout the variety of activities available for all age groups. In Hancock County, the tourism bureau’s Beth Carriere notes that the opening of the rebuilt Beach Boulevard from ...

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Meridian Symphony Orchestra celebrates 50 years of classical performances in a country music town

When the Meridian Symphony Orchestra formed, most people in the area were far more into country rather than classical music. After all, Meridian is the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers, who is known as “the Father of Country Music.” “This was a country music town in 1962,” says Shirley Stodard, who played violin with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra at its first ...

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Mary Mahoney’s Restaurant has seen it all and lived to keep cooking

Mary Mahoney’s Restaurant is a dining icon on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Opened by Bob and Mary Mahoney in 1964 and still operated by family members, the elegant restaurant has survived major hurricanes, boom times, slow times and last year’s oil spill. Through it all, the establishment has continued to dish up tried-and-true seafood entrees. Located on Rue Magnolia in ...

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Old and new, Coast restaurants pleasing all palates

Naming the best restaurants on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is a subjective thing. Everyone’s tastes are different, but fortunately for visitors and residents, the variety and choice of restaurants here continue to increase. Veteran favorites such as Vrazel’s and The Chimneys in Gulfport and Mary Mahoney’s in Biloxi never fail to please. Of these three restaurants, The Chimneys was the ...

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Jackson Convention Complex wraps up its second year with big gains on all fronts

McCarthy: 2010 was a success and event days, attendance, impact and job creation are up The Jackson Convention Complex has been growing its business in a major way since opening two years ago. Jackson Convention Complex general manager Linda McCarthy said 2010 was a year full of highlights and accomplishments. Event days are up, attendance is up, impact is up, ...

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Coast cities rebuild and welcome visitors

Things are hopping in the Coast cities of Ocean Springs, Gulfport and Pass Christian, and visitors are welcome. “Visitors can come to Ocean Springs, shop, eat, catch a performance at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center, enjoy a hands-on activity at one of our local paint shops and relax on the beach or bayou,” says Cynthia Dobbs Sutton of the ...

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Trapani’s Eatery returning to the beachfront in Old Town Bay St. Louis

Trapani’s Eatery is returning to Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis, anticipating an August opening. The popular restaurant, operated by Jolynne and chef Tony Trapani, was a fixture in Old Town before Hurricane Katrina wiped it out, even partially removing the concrete slab. The unsinkable couple, who also lost their home, is presently operating a temporary Trapani’s on U.S. 90. ...

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