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Drought forces county to issue burn ban while crews battle fire

JACKSON — Authorities in Hinds County have issued a burn ban as rainfall remains sparse and grass fires increase. WLBT reports the ban will be in effect until Oct. 18. It includes recreational fires and controlled burns with the exception of commercial contractors with heavy construction equipment that meet the state’s regulations. The ban was announced as crews battled a ...

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Watermelon crop tardy but in time for July 4th celebration

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians love Fourth of July watermelons, and the 2013 melon crop should be worth the wait after weather delays. David Nagel, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the biggest challenge has been the slow growth rate that caused some concern that the first melons might miss the holiday celebrations. The good news is that ...

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Deadline approaching to apply for drought-related assistance

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that May 13 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans. These loans are available in Alcorn, Benton and Tippah counties in as a result of the drought and excessive ...

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Deadline approaching for drought-related aid from SBA

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that April 29 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Pontotoc, Tate, Tippah, Union and Yalobusha counties in Mississippi as a result ...

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Deadlines approaching for disaster recovery assistance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U. S. Small Business Administration reports it has approved over $1 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents and businesses in South Mississippi affected by the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding Feb. 10-22. The deadline to file an SBA disaster loan application for physical damage is April 15. “Currently 15 disaster loans have been approved in ...

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Deadline approaching for SBA disaster recovery assistance

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that April 8 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Mississippi as a result of the drought that began on July 31, 2012. The disaster declaration includes ...

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SBA assistance deadline nears for drought victims

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that April 1 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans as a result of the drought that began on Aug. 1, 2012. The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following ...

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Removal of rock pinnacles in dropping river progressing slowly

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Crews scooping out Mississippi River bedrock in southern Illinois are making steady progress but have removed just a fraction of the rock pinnacles that are impeding navigation along a stretch of the drought-plagued waterway, an Army Corps of Engineers official said. Excavating machinery had chiseled away 39 cubic yards of rock by Tuesday morning, less than 5 ...

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Leaders 'cautiously optimistic' about navigation on dropping river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division commander Maj. Gen. John Peabody and St. Louis District commander Col. Chris Hall met with state and local representatives yesterday in Alton, Ill., to discuss current and future actions the Corps will take to maintain a safe and reliable navigation channel during low water. “We’ve been preparing for ...

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Corps releasing water from lake to raise falling river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Amid strong concerns about the declining level of the already low Mississippi River, the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from an Illinois lake to add to the flow of the Mississippi. Last Saturday, Corps of Engineers officials began releasing water at Carlyle Lake in southern Illinois, saying the additional water will provide the depth needed ...

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