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Coast man pleads guilty to 16th Section timber theft

SAUCIER — Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, 54-year-old Harold Edwin Simmons of Saucier has pled guilty to three counts of felony timber theft. Simmons was accused of stealing approximately $250,000 worth of timber harvested from three separate 16th Section land sites in Pearl River County. “Stealing timber ...

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School districts monitor leases

HATTIESBURG — South Mississippi school districts have not been lax when it comes to keeping tabs on their 16th Section land. “We do monitor it very closely,” said Ben Burnett, Lamar County School District superintendent. “It’s something that we’ve improved upon a good bit, as far as our collections, and it’s an important revenue source for us.” Sixteenth Section land ...

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