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Circuit clerk protects Hancock County’s records, history

Karen Ladner Ruhr examines some of the old volumes.

By LISA MONTI Hurricane Katrina ripped open the roof off Hancock County’s historic courthouse and broke windows but most records inside the thick walls survived, thanks to some hurried preparations and a good bit of luck. But Circuit Clerk Karen Ladner Ruhr isn’t counting on luck to protect the old documents in her office, especially the marriage licenses that date to ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Barbour’s book tells of Mississippi’s finest hour

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour talks about his book, “America’s Great Storm,” at a recent reading and signing.

The Flood of 1927 was the most widespread and disruptive natural event to happen to Mississippi in recorded history. The flood, which also inundated Arkansas and Louisiana along the Mississippi, has spawned many a book and many a tale. Now Mississippi has Hurricane Katrina as its greatest state tragedy, and its finest triumph, as Haley Barbour tells it in his ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Re-energizing after Hurricane Katrina

Innovation, idea

A s we mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and reflect on the past decade we hear many stories of courage, strength and of the unity we showed as a state.  One of the numbers which stood out in my mind was the number of people who lost electricity to their homes, offices or businesses: nearly four million, by some ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Healing on the coast — A sunny mortality

The cottage that was formerly the home of folk artist Alice Moseley is typical of the Victorian houses that dominate the city's Old Town.

BAY ST. LOUIS – We sit on the porch of our rental cottage two blocks from the Gulf. Palmettos embrace the screened enclosure with their large fronds resembling the human hand. Hence their name. It’s hard not to think we’re in paradise. Or should I say paradise regained? The lane is always quiet, but more so in the morning, disturbed only ...

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Despite demands, Gulf Coast real estate on the upswing


By LYNN LOFTON  As with most things on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the real estate market has experienced the ‘new normal’ since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Factors other than the storm — including the national recession — also affected coastal real estate but the market is improving, according to Coast realtors. Deborah McGhee, owner/broker of McGhee Realty in Saucier, is ...

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On Mississippi’s shore, what Katrina erased not yet replaced

In this July 23, 2015 photo, Efrem Garza stands before his new home built on the lot of his previous house that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and holds a photograph taken by a friend of the remains of that house on South Seashore Avenue in Long Beach, Miss. Before the storm Garza was surrounded by houses and trees, now 10 years later, there are only two houses on that land, as few of the residents returned and rebuilt. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

LONG BEACH — Between Mississippi’s seashore and the railroad tracks a little ways inland, where Hurricane Katrina all but erased a neighborhood 10 years ago, Efrem Garza and a handful of other homeowners are still resettling a frontier. Once lined with houses and a small condominium complex, South Seashore Avenue in Long Beach was ravaged by wind and waves in ...

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