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State agency providing funds for Delta city beautification

GREENWOOD — Transportation funds will help the City of Greenwood continue its beautification of downtown. The city is planning new sidewalks and street lamps for Main Street to produce a cohesive look and feel among city blocks. Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth the city will get $1.12 million from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. McAdams says Main Street will ...

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National Trust names Coast city as award winner

OCEAN SPRINGS — The National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected the city of Ocean Springs as a 2013 Great American Main Street Awards (GAMSA) winner. Recognized as a leader in implementing the Main Street Four-Point Approach, embracing historic preservation practices and building strategic partnerships, Ocean Springs Main Street was honored at the annual National Main Streets Conference in New Orleans. The National ...

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Council approves new beer/light wine ordinance

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg City Council has adopted an ordinance to open downtown streets to the sale and consumption of beer and light wine during special events. The ordinance allows retailers with a current permit to sell beer and light wine on downtown streets closed for special events such as HUBFEST and the fall and spring downtown Art Walks. The Hattiesburg ...

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Developer wants to convert old jail into residential space

HATTIESBURG — A North Carolina-based real estate development group has declared its interest in renovating the former Forrest County jail complex into affordable housing. Vann Joines, with The Landmark Group, tells The Hattiesburg American his organization is proposing a $9.75-million renovation of three buildings in downtown Hattiesburg, formerly used as a jail and county offices. Joines says the three buildings ...

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City looks to honor former Catfish Alley business owners

COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Robert Smith says the city hopes to place a monument to honor the black men and women who operated businesses on Fourth Street South between Main Street and College Street, commonly known as Catfish Alley. Smith tells The Commercial Dispatch plans are for a mid-April dedication. The city is spending $25,000 for benches, trash cans, flower ...

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Cities going in different directions on public transit system

STARKVILLE and VICKSBURG — One city is preparing to open a new public transportation system while another city is struggling to keep its system running. A proposed public transportation system linking the entire Starkville community is on track and should help lower traffic congestion, aid economic development efforts and strengthen the bond between Starkville and Mississippi State University, according to ...

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Downtown group terminates leader — again

COLUMBUS — The group that promotes commercial development in downtown Columbus has fired it director and will launch a search for her replacement. The Commercial Dispatch reports it’s the second time in less than six months that Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The group’s board said in a statement that Nickie Nicholson had been fired, just ...

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THE MBJ VIEW: Saving downtown Jackson and big dollars to boot

Say a cash-strapped state like Mississippi had an opportunity to save tens of millions of dollars on office space in the coming decades while injecting new economic life into its capital city. How fast would you give the idea a thumbs-up – or at least an in-depth look ? State Sen. David Blount wants the state to initiate a phased-in ...

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Study finds support for downtown arena in Capital City

JACKSON — A long-awaited study finds Jackson can support a downtown arena, but the city is no closer to having the money to build one. Officials say the feasibility study is an encouraging sign for city officials and business leaders who have long insisted Jackson can support such a facility. The study recommends Jackson build a $115 million, 9,000-seat arena ...

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Former casino in disrepair while bankruptcy case continues

VICKSBURG — More than nine months after the Grand Station Casino closed amid bankruptcy, the property near Vicksburg’s City Front is in disrepair as several issues are settled in court. In October, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Neil P. Olack awarded the casino to M Street Inc. after it bid $400,000 for the 36,000-square-foot facility in a Chapter 11 proceeding. The casino ...

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