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Forrest County deputy’s tax evasion trial delayed

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The federal tax evasion trial for Forrest County Chief Deputy Charles Bolton and his wife, Linda Bolton, has been continued again. The Hattiesburg American reports the trial is now scheduled for Sept. 12. Although the continuance was granted to allow Linda Bolton’s new attorneys time to prepare her case, U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett said he was reluctant, given the ...

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Forest County deputy, wife plead not guilty to tax evasion


HATTIESBURG — The Forrest County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy and his wife have pleaded not guilty to multiple federal charges for allegedly filing false tax returns and tax evasion. Charles and Linda Bolton each face five counts of tax evasion and five counts of filing false returns. Both were given an unsecured $25,000 cash bond. The Boltons spent about 30 ...

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Forrest Co. supervisors approve tax abatement for solar farm


HATTIESBURG — A proposed solar farm has taken the next step in coming to Hattiesburg. During Monday’s meeting of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, board members met with officials from the Area Development Partnership and Strata Solar, LLC, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and accepted the tax abatement agreement for Strata’s upcoming solar farm. The Hattiesburg American reports the ...

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Tissue maker plans Hattiesburg plant, will hire 230-260


By JACK WEATHERLY Tissue paper manufacturer Sofidel America Corp. announced on Thursday that it bought a building just constructed by another company in Hattiesburg and will hire 230 to 260  workers. Sofidel acquired the new 400,000-square-foot building  in the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park From Green Bay Converting Inc., which had intended to set up expanded operations there. Green Bay will maintain operations at its ...

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Grand juries charge seven with election violations

HATTIESBURG — Twelfth Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia Burchell says Forrest County grand juries have charged seven people with misdemeanors in Hattiesburg’s two mayoral elections last year. Burchell tells WDAM-TV that she cannot say who was indicted because the people have not been served with the indictments. She said in a news release that she also cannot give any specifics ...

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State records third West Nile virus death of season

FORREST COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says there’s been a third death in the state from the West Nile virus. Health officials say the death was a Forrest County resident who was a previously reported human case. The state total for 2013 is now 43 human cases, including three deaths. The other two deaths occurred in Forrest ...

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County to begin enforcing oil/gas field fencing, signage ordinance

HATTIESBURG — Forrest County is soon to begin enforcing a fencing and signage ordinance for local oil and gas fields that was contested and affirmed by the Mississippi Supreme Court earlier this year. Sheriff Billy McGee tells The Hattiesburg American his deputies likely will begin enforcing the ordinance this week after briefings on the ordinance’s provisions and a survey of ...

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State's West Nile virus cases hit 39 this season

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health says four newly confirmed cases of West Nile virus bring the state total to 39 this year. The new cases, reported today, include one each in Forrest, Harrison, Hinds, and Madison counties. Hinds County has had the most reported cases this year at 11, followed by five in Forrest and four ...

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Another county opts out of Pat Harrison Waterway District

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to withdraw from the Pat Harrison Waterway District following a lengthy executive session. Board president David Hogan told The Hattiesburg American yesterday’s decision was financially motivated. The waterway district provides flood control, water management and recreation along rivers and their tributaries in the Pascagoula River Basin in southeastern and east ...

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Hospital system expects millions in losses from federal cuts

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest Health hospital system is expecting its first red ink since 2007. The projected $2.5 million loss for fiscal 2014 is from federal cuts, including payments for uninsured patients, CEO Evan Dillard told The Hattiesburg American. Forrest General alone is expected to lose $3.7 in such “disproportionate share” payments, he said in an email. Across the city, ...

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