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Grenada singing the blues, and happy to do so

The Mississippi Blues Trail is getting another marker in a part of the state not commonly thought of as a hub of the genre. Grenada County is the latest community in Mississippi to be recognized with a Mississippi Blues Trail marker. The marker unveiling is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Grenada Town Square in Grenada. Dave ...

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State erects 173rd Blues Trail marker; honors Handy

CLEVELAND — The “Enlightenment of W.C. Handy” is the subject of the next Mississippi Blues Trail marker to be unveiled Thursday at the Bolivar County Courthouse. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division says in a news release that Handy’s account of his “enlightenment” in Cleveland is one of the most widely circulated stories in blues history. Handy, a composer and ...

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Cochran introduces bill to preserve nation's battlefields

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the program that helps preserve historic battlegrounds in the United States, including battlefields in Mississippi. Cochran joined Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) to introduce the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act (S.916). The bill reauthorizes the Civil War Battlefield Preservation Program (CWBPP) that provides competitive federal grants to match ...

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Demolition of old hospital for school disappoints some

MERIDIAN — As the planned demolition of the Matty Hersee Hospital/School of Nursing building became publicly known, one group of individuals not only expressed shock and disappoint, but also some confusion. “They announced at our reunion they were going to do something with the building. They even had an architect there with a (architectural) drawing,” said Pamela Stockman McPhearson, who ...

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Restoration begins on Coast's 'other' lighthouse

While the historic Biloxi Lighthouse is an icon of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, there is another lighthouse nearby and it is getting a new paint job. Now, officials will turn to renovating the structure’s interior. Workers are whitewashing the Round Island Lighthouse, rebuilt at the foot of the U.S. 90 high-rise bridge in Pascagoula. City officials said in July the ...

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Former bookstore owner makes donation in honor of new DSU president

CLEVELAND — A former owner of an iconic bookstore in Greenville has donated his extensive collection to the Roberts-LaForge Library at Delta State University. The library holds special meaning to current DSU president William N. LaForge, as it is partly named in honor of his father, Dr. William F. LaForge, who served 35 years at Delta State as a professor ...

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Owner of historic house given deadline for renovations

VICKSBURG — Beck House owner Robert Rosenthall has until Dec. 15 to complete renovations to the house and clean the property. The Vicksburg Post reports that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen set the deadline and ordered Rosenthall to come back with a progress report on Nov. 25. Rosenthall told city officials he would be able to complete repairs to ...

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Commission gets new members after resignation, sunset of terms

CORINTH — Four new members have been named to the Corinth Historic Preservation Commission. The Daily Corinthian reported the Board of Mayor and Aldermen this past week appointed Brian McCullen, Robert G. Moore Jr., Laura Albright and Claire Windsor to open seats. The aldermen were told that the appointments were needed after the resignation of John Frame and because of ...

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CVB board members reappointed after shake-up

CORINTH — The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has filled several seats on boards and commissions. The Daily Corinthian reported Clayton Stanley will fill an unexpired post on the airport commission following the resignation of Allen Lee. The term runs through April 20, 2015. Reappointments included Emma Lee Newcomb on the Corinth Housing Authority board and Wayne Gann on the ...

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UPDATE — Why is the history-depraved Smithville principal such a chicken?

From a Clarion Ledger report, the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s 13 private schools won’t be going anywhere, at least not anytime soon. A proposal aimed at banning private schools from the association stalled Thursday morning, when members of the MHSAA Executive and Legislative Council failed to motion the proposal forward. “There was no discussion,” MHSAA executive director Don Hinton ...

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