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Island View unveils new hotel tower in Gulfport

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By LISA MONTI The local owners of Island View Casino Resort in Gulfport unveiled their 18-story hotel April 29 for guests and officials from the Coast and Jackson. Rick Carter and Terry Green invested $58 million in the tower which had been vacant since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The beach tower was built on a 10-acre site on the south side ...

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Man sentenced for making counterfeit IDs for immigrants

GULFPORT — Prosecutors say a Louisiana man has been sentenced to 13 months in prison after selling counterfeit immigration papers to illegal immigrants in southern Mississippi. The Sun Herald reports 27-year-old Pedro Alberto Perez pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of counterfeit documents April 21 in Gulfport. Court records show Perez met with customers who wanted to buy a ...

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Island View’s $58 million Beach Tower makes its debut

GULFPORT — A $58 million transformation of the beachfront tower at Island View Casino has turned the 18-story building into a hotel and conference center with a South Beach vibe and amenities that make it a luxury beach resort. The Sun Herald reports the new project gets its wow factor from the 405 rooms and suites that all have a ...

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MDA to close all its regional offices

The Mississippi Development Authority will close all eight regional offices around the state effective June 30. Eleven positions will be eliminated, 10 of which are currently filled, said Jeff Rent, public relations and media manager for the agency. The offices are located in Senatobia, Tupelo, Greenwood, Meridian, Summit, Hattiesburg and Gulfport, as well as Jackson. The agency employs about 300. ...

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Rotate Black rotates back with 'perfect size casino' plan

GULFPORT — The rocky start for the proposed Hemingway Resort and Casino at the Gulfport Harbor is all in the past, said company CEO John Paulsen. Paulsen said the project is alive and progressing. Since missing the April 1 deadline to show it had the financial backing to build the casino resort, Paulsen tells The Sun Herald that Rotate Black ...

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Mississippi woman accused in prescription pill conspiracy

GULFPORT — A federal grand jury has indicted a South Mississippi woman on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances outside the scope of a medical practice. The Sun Herald reports Patricia Maria Leavens is accused of conspiring to distribute and dispense the prescription painkiller hydrocodone and anti-anxiety drug Xanax from as early as 2011 ...

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Proposed ammo ban empties shelves

JACKSON — When word began to spread about a proposed ban on a popular type of ammunition, the market responded faster than a speeding bullet. “I think it was gone the day people heard about it,” Tim Sternberg of Dad’s Super Pawn in Gulfport said. The buying spree resulted from a proposal by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ...

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USM gets approval to buy new research vessel

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is buying a new research vessel. The State College Board on Wednesday approved the project Wednesday on purchase of the “Point Sur” vessel from the San Jose State University Research Foundation for $1 million. Funding came in a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The vessel came to San Jose State ...

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Second Harrison County supervisor indicted for corruption

GULFPORT — A Harrison County supervisor who is facing federal indictment is now a fugitive. Supervisor William Martin was scheduled be in federal court in Gulfport at 11 a.m. Thursday. When he did not appear, a federal magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest. The federal indictment against Martin remains sealed. Jim Davis, Martin’s attorney, says he didn’t know where ...

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New Orleans congestion keeps Chiquita Gulfport port

GULFPORT — Chiquita containers filled with paper arrive by truck and rail at the State Port in Gulfport where they are stored for later movement to New Orleans for southbound shipment. Along with its own cargo, Crowley Liner Services is shipping into Gulfport northbound Chiquita containers loaded with produce. Chiquita moved to New Orleans in October after 40 years in Gulfport. ...

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