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Port director confident of meeting jobs requirement

The director of Mississippi’s port authority says the port of Gulfport has created 425 of the 1,300 new jobs required in exchange for $570 million in federal assistance granted after Hurricane Katrina. Jonathan Daniels discussed the progress Tuesday at a Gulfport Chamber of Commerce meeting. The Sun Herald reports that the federal money has been used since 2008 to restore ...

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Gulfport selects Georgia firm for work on planned aquarium

Gulfport officials have chosen a Georgia firm to develop and manage the city’s planned aquarium. The Sun Herald reports that Gulfport’s city council approved the selection of Georgia-based David Kimmel and Kimmel Management Services for the work. The newspaper reports that Kimmel will serve as the aquarium consultant, providing development and project management services and operational planning. Kimmel served as ...

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Mississippi firms reap 42 percent of port contracts

By JACK WEATHERLY  About 42 percent of the dollar amount of  contracts awarded thus far in the restoration and expansion of the Port of Gulfport have gone to Mississippi-based firms. Fifteen Mississippi companies have won contracts valued at about $194 million of a total of approximately $468 million in awarded contracts, according to an analysis by the Mississippi Business Journal ...

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Port of Gulfport revenue grows with reconstruction

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Port of Gulfport continues to make progress in its recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and its revenue reflects that. The port’s “net position” increased by $112.7 million as of the fiscal year ending June 30, compared with an increase of $84.6 million the previous fiscal year, according to an annual independent audit. Net position on ...

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Feds: Man faces charge in illegal sports betting case

Court records show a South Mississippi man faces prosecution in an illegal sports betting enterprise involving internet-based sports books in Costa Rica and the United States. The Sun Herald reports Kenneth Schmitt, accused of committing his crimes in Diamondhead and Biloxi, is set for an initial appearance Dec. 20 in federal court. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has charged Schmitt in ...

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Norovirus blamed for sickening 62 at retirement home

The illness sickening residents at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport has been identified as norovirus. Media outlets report that since Monday, 62 residents have become ill and nine have been hospitalized. Affected residents reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Testing by the Mississippi Department of Health has confirmed that norovirus is the illness. According to the Centers ...

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Harrison County to auction off equipment it tried to return

Harrison County keeps trying to return some valuable office equipment, but the company that owns it has failed to collect. County Attorney Tim Holleman tells The Sun Herald Sheriff Troy Peterson will auction off 114 copiers, printers and faxes that Ricoh USA Inc. failed to pick up, despite repeated requests. He says the county’s lease for the office equipment had ...

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Illness affects 47 residents at Gulfport retirement home

Several residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport have recently become ill. AFRH spokesman Christopher Kelly tells local media that since Monday evening, 47 residents have fallen ill and nine have been hospitalized. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. All ill residents were in the independent living area. Kelly says staff at the home are trying to curb ...

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Attorney drops lawsuit over choking on Popeyes chicken

A Mississippi attorney has dropped his lawsuit against Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen after he says he choked on a piece of chicken when the fast-food restaurant failed to provide him a knife in the drive-thru. Paul Newton Jr. of Gulfport tells The Sun Herald Thursday that he decided not to pursue the matter further citing “extreme comments” directed at his family. ...

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Gulfport hopes rule change means more downtown dwellers

If you want to live in downtown Gulfport, the city hopes to make it easier. Builders until now have needed permission from the Planning Commission for homes or apartments downtown. The city council at its meeting Tuesday voted unanimously to do away with that rule. City officials estimates fewer than a dozen people live downtown south of the railroad tracks, ...

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