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Renovation of Natchez’s Eola Hotel delayed

Construction on the former Eola Hotel has been delayed by damage to the building, but work is expected to begin this fall. The historic Eola Hotel was purchased in 2014 by Virginia attorney Robert Lubin. His plans to renovate and transform the building into senior-living apartments were approved by the city in April. A draft of the construction plan was ...

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Margaritaville comes back big in Biloxi

Jimmy Buffett again has a presence in Biloxi, and a crowd turned out to open the new Margaritaville Resort Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports stilt walkers helped cut the ribbon and huge margaritas appeared for dignitaries Thursday before the first customers hurried inside. Buffett couldn’t attend the ribbon-cutting, but sent a message. Buffett said he hopes to get to the ...

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Jackson joins suit against airport takeover

Jackson is joining a lawsuit filed in April to fight state attempts to restructure control of the city’s airport. The Clarion-Ledger reports the city and the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority have filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Jeffery Stallworth in federal court, in which he claims House Bill 2162 violates his Fifth Amendment as a resident, ...

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A new wall to climb for Humpty Dumpty, FunTime USA

Gulf Amusements LLC, owners of FunTime USA, said in a press release received by The Sun Herald residents of Georgia Place, a nearby neighborhood, who are opposed to the amusement park, filed an appeal against the Gulfport Planning Commission’s decision to allow the project to move forward. The commission voted 7-2 in May to approve the project. The park was ...

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Houston voters approve tourism tax

Houston voters have approved a tourism tax by a roughly 50-vote margin. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports voters cast 435 ballots Tuesday for the proposed 2 percent tax and 196 voted against it for a 68.93 percent margin for the measure. The revenue referendum needed 60 percent approval to pass. This was Houston’s second attempt to pass the tax ...

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Massive rocket booster arrives at Mississippi space museum

A massive rocket booster that never made it to space instead made its way Tuesday to Mississippi’s Infinity Science Center after a carefully orchestrated days-long move over land and water from New Orleans. The rocket booster was part of the Saturn V rocket used to support the Apollo moon program. This particular piece of equipment was intended for the Apollo ...

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Margaritaville Resort Biloxi debuts Thursday

The new Margaritaville Resort Biloxi opens Thursday with arcade games, zip lines, restaurants and a water park. The Sun Herald reports it’s billed as the largest family entertainment center on the Gulf Coast. Kids will swoop overhead on the indoor zip line roller coaster. Like a roller coaster, it starts with a climb, and like a zip line, it’s a ...

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OPINION — How Mississippi can benefit from the U.S.-Cuba relationship

Despite the fact that Cuba is located just across the Gulf, Mississippi farmers are losing out on Cuba’s growing market to foreign competitors around the world. Given Mississippi’s world-class ports and proximity to our island neighbor, as well as Cuba’s reliance on food imports, Mississippi is uniquely positioned to be a world leader in exports to Cuba. But Congress must ...

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Mission S-IC: NASA Saturn V moon rocket stage moving to Mississippi

More than four decades after its mission to the moon was canceled, NASA’s last-assembled Saturn V rocket stage has been launched on a journey to become a roadside attraction. “We are putting it on display along Interstate 10, one of the most heavily traveled interstates in the country. People will be able to see it as they enter Mississippi from ...

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New cruise ship to stop in Vicksburg on first voyage

The paddle wheeler America is expected to stop in Vicksburg Tuesday as it makes its maiden voyage for owner Connecticut-based American Cruise Lines. The Vicksburg Post reports the boat is the newest in the company’s fleet of eight boats that cruise American rivers and the East Coast. It is one of the company’s two boats cruising the Mississippi River. During ...

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