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Analysis: Legislative candidates prep for August primaries

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JACKSON — Mississippi politicians are gearing up for a busy summer campaign season. One legislative race worth watching is a Democratic primary that pits two incumbent state senators against each other up north. Another is a Gulf Coast Republican primary in which a senator with statewide ambitions is challenged by a former emergency director who handled local operations during Hurricane ...

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Jackson County to vote on tourism tax

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have decided to go ahead with a special election June 23 for a 2 percent tourism tax on hotel and motel rooms, rather than wait for the November general election. The Sun Herald reports voters will be asked to decide whether to institute the tax to support tourism. Renee Areng, executive director of the Mississippi ...

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Wildlife rescue groups: Growing number of animals need aid

GAUTIER — Recent storms that battered southern Mississippi have been hard on wildlife as well as humans — and some volunteers have been stepping up to help. The Sun Herald reports a large number of birds came in to the Wildlife Care and Rescue Center in Jackson County the past few weeks as storms damaged the trees they lived in. ...

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Bozo's: A stack of paper bags, a permanent marker and Kihyet

PASCAGOULA — A first-time diner at Bozo’s Grocery would notice things when walking in the door — the smell of seafood and a long line of hungry customers crowded around a small table where Anton Kihyet is seated. The setup is simple: a stack of paper bags, a permanent marker and Kihyet. It’s been that way for 15 years now, ...

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Court: No holiday pay for Gautier firefighters not working

GAUTIER — A Jackson County judge has rejected arguments from the Gautier Fire Union that its members were entitled to 24 hours of holiday pay, even if they didn’t work that day. “The ruling … means Gautier was justified in providing eight hours of holiday pay for all employees,” Mayor Gordon Gollott told The Sun Herald. Circuit Judge Kathy Jackson ...

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Supes put own cash into hospital retirees' lobbying trip

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors are offering to personally help pay for some retirees who lost pensions to travel to the state Capitol to lobby for a bill requiring more openness from boards of publicly owned hospitals. The Sun Herald reports that Irving Tillman, a retiree of the Singing River Health System, told supervisors Monday that it would cost $1,000 ...

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4 Jackson County cities support hotel-motel tax

JACKSON COUNTY — Officials in Moss Point, Pascagoula, Gautier and Ocean Springs have given the needed approval for Jackson County’s proposed November referendum on a 2 percent hotel-motel occupancy occupancy tax. The Sun-Herald reports the tax would raise $600,000 to $700,000 a year to fund Jackson County’s part for membership in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. ...

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D'Iberville holds off selling Ocean Expo land

D’IBERVILLE — D’Iberville officials have tabled a development agreement with RAMCO Real Estate to buy the site that was to become Ocean Expo. Councilman Henry Toncrey said Wednesday after an executive session he wants more time to study the proposal. In 2011, the city bought the land at the southwest quadrant of interstates 10 and 110 for the Ocean Expo ...

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Dearman wins Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award

By Tammy Leytham Jen Dearman loves to learn. As the community and economic development director for the city of Pascagoula, it’s important to her to improve her skills in order to bring more business to the city. So, she said it’s a special privilege to receive the 2015 Ray & Jimmy Heidel Economic Development Leadership Award – awarded to her ...

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Clear water on tap for city of Gautier

By Tammy Leytham The city of Gautier is in the middle of constructing the state’s only ion exchange filtration plant and is receiving accolades for not only the project, but the way it has been funded. Ion exchange is a new water filtration technology that has gained popularity in recent years in Florida, said Gautier City Manager Samantha Abell. The ...

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