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Oil company not drilling at historic site after local resistance

NATCHEZ — Mayor Butch Brown says a drilling company has changed its mind about drilling for oil on a historic site at Natchez. The Natchez Democrat reports Brown told the Board of Aldermen that Mike Biglane of RMB Exploration has decided not to drill on the historic Arlington property. Brown said he has learned that the project will be moved ...

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Research firm: CVB should not manage historic homes

OXFORD — The Cedar Oaks Mansion and L.Q.C. Lamar House Museum were once dilapidated buildings in danger of either being torn down or falling down on their own until concerned citizens got together to save the two homes from disrepair. The Cosmopolitan and Centennial clubs revived Cedar Oaks and the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation bought and renovated the Lamar house. ...

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Developers converting historic buildings into mixed-use facilities

HATTIESBURG — If Daniel Jussely and Rob Tatum have their way, downtown Hattiesburg soon will be a cultural hub of “urbanite lifestyle” in Mississippi. As co-owners of Hub City Lofts, Jussely and Tatum are rejuvenating two of the Hub City’s oldest buildings, converting them into more than 50 loft-style apartments and more than 14,000 square feet of commercial space. The ...

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Commission eyeing unauthorized changes to historic structures

GREENVILLE — Historic preservationists are trying to figure out how to keep the owners of historic buildings in Greenville from making unauthorized changes. The discussion was sparked by the unauthorized removal of the stucco facade of a downtown building earlier this month, the Delta Democat Times reports. Owners didn’t get a city permit or consult the Joint Greenville Washington County ...

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Commission wants home to be national landmark

OXFORD — The Oxford Historic Preservation Commission wants the 165-year-old antebellum Shaw House registered as a national landmark so someone will buy and restore it. The home was built in 1848 by Oxford brick maker Dave Kennedy and has been in the Shaw family since 1929. It’s located on 5.8 acres of land and is 6,386 square feet in size ...

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Trace to celebrate its 75th 'birthday' this weekend

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Saturday marks the paradoxical 75th anniversary of one of Natchez’s oldest connections with civilization. The National Park Service will mark this weekend the day (May 18) in 1938 when the NPS assumed control of the historic Old Natchez Road — today known as the Natchez Trace Parkway — and began turning the 444-mile stretch into the seventh-most ...

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Mandatory meetings held for Delta heritage area

CLEVELAND — The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area moved closer to full authorization with two recent public meetings and a series of planning committee meetings, followed by a session with the governing board. Thirty people attended a community meeting in the Museum of the Mississippi Delta in Greenwood, and 25 attended another meeting in the Landers Center in Southaven. Later, ...

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Historic business district getting needed upgrades

JACKSON — Upgrades are coming to the Fondren Business District. The Clarion-Ledger reports it’s a move that community leaders applaud as the area continues to see a boom in business and population growth. The upgrades come on the heels of an announced $2.5 million in a mix of federal and local funds to help enhance portions of one of Jackson’s ...

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Contents of historic mansion going on block

PORT GIBSON — The contents of an Old South mansion in Port Gibson are going up for sale. An estate tag sale is set for Feb. 1-3 at the historic Oak Square home. The Clarion-Ledger reports Oak Square was once the town home of a cotton planter. It was later divided into apartments. More recently it was restored as a ...

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Aldermen award funds for renovation of railroad depot

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Board of Aldermen has approved allocating $125,000 out of the city’s capital improvements fund to match grant funds it hopes to receive from the state to renovate the former railroad depot. The Natchez Democrat reports the vote of approval came at the request of community development director James Johnston. Johnston said the $125,000 would be used ...

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