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Ag Museum to be closed through November; no evidence of arson

JACKSON — The Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum is expected to remain closed to the general public until Dec. 1. Andy Prosser, deputy commissioner of agriculture, tells WJTV in Jackson the facility will be made available to individuals or groups who had already scheduled rentals for events. Three buildings — a children’s barnyard, a veterinary educational building and a maintenance ...

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Repairs to be costly on pier that was burned in 2011

PASCAGOULA — Work has started on repairs to a damaged part of the Pascagoula River Park pier that was burned in 2011. Arson was suspected to be the cause of the fire; however, no arrests have been made. Darci Crew, director of the Pascagoula Parks and Recreation Department, tells The Mississippi Press the work should be completed on or before ...

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Investigators looking at Coast store fire, suspect arson

MOSS POINT— Authorities suspect arson in a fire at a Moss Point convenience store. Fire Chief Clarence Parks tells The Sun Herald  a passer-by saw the fire at the store on Main Street about 4:15 a.m. yesterday and alerted firefighters. The state Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire along with the Moss Point Fire Department. Parks says the building ...

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Sentencing date set in antique store arson case

ABERDEEN — A sentencing date has been set for a man convicted of participating in the March 2011 arson at Lindley’s Antiques Mall in Oakland. Federal court records say James Flemons and Larry Loftis bought pump sprayers to use in the arson a month before burning the building. Prosecutors said they poured gas and kerosene in the building. Flemons reached ...

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Old Hattiesburg High School project still in limbo

HATTIESBURG — Since officials announced plans to restore the old Hattiesburg High School, the ambitious project has seemed to be cursed with setbacks — including an arson fire — that have prevented it from becoming the gem city leaders envisioned. And now the project is in a state of limbo again — due to a weak economy. But downtown officials ...

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Authorities investigating dozens of wildfires

MERIDIAN — Authorities are trying to determine what caused dozens of grass and brush fires this week in and around Meridian. Firefighters fought the fires yesterday afternoon. Smoke was heavy at times and a Meridian Police Department unit and a Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department deputy were called to the areas for traffic control. The Meridian Star reported that authorities did ...

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Beverly Drive-in arsonist still on the loose

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg Metro Crime Stoppers is now offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in connection to the fire that destroyed the Beverly Drive-In. Diane James, Metro Crime Stoppers coordinator, tells the Hattiesburg American that aside from damaging a major historic site, the fire also posed considerable danger for the community and for firefighters. The ...

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