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Lamar County expenses projected to drop in 2015-16


PURVIS — Lamar County expenses are expected to drop by more than $1.6 million in the new fiscal year that will start Oct. 1. The American Press reports the Board of Supervisors approved an expense budget of about $37.9 million Tuesday, about a 4.4 percent decrease from 2014-15’s expense budget of about $39.6 million. For the 15th consecutive season, supervisors ...

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SMEPA will buy power from second Lamar County solar site


HATTIESBURG — Origis Energy will build an additional 52 megawatts of solar energy capacity in Sumrall, selling the electricity produced there to South Mississippi Electric Power Association. SMEPA announced a letter of intent to buy the power Thursday. Mississippi Power Co. had announced in April that it would buy power from a twin 52 megawatt-facility that Origis, based on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, plans at the Lamar ...

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Board hears of potential higher costs due to health care reform

PURVIS — Lamar County Board of Supervisors has received a presentation on the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act. Officials say the county could be paying 10 percent to 15 percent more because of fees and taxes associated with health care law. The Hattiesburg American reports that could mean an increase of $350,000 to $400,000 in 2014-15 for the ...

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Court turns down waterway's request for quick appeal

LAMAR COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a request by the Pat Harrison Waterway District to expedite its appeal to determine whether Lamar County must still pay for operation of nine waterparks regardless of its decision to leave the district. The Hattiesburg American reports both sides still expect the appeal to be heard in 2014. The Supreme Court ...

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Another West Nile case confirmed; brings 2013 total to 40

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says one newly confirmed case of West Nile virus bring the state total to 40 this year. The new case is in Hinds County. So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (5), Harrison, Hinds (12), Jones (2), Lamar (4), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (3), Marion, ...

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District wants court to decide if county has to pay for waterparks

LAMAR COUNTY — The Pat Harrison Waterway District has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to determine whether Lamar County must still pay for operation of nine waterparks regardless of its decision to leave the district. At issue is about $18.6 million. The waterway district argues Lamar County has a contractual obligation to maintain the nine waterparks in the Pat Harrison ...

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Road to dam cracks; officials find no other damage

PURVIS — Lamar County officials say a crack has been discovered on the roadway that runs on the Canebrake dam but no other damage or seepage has been found on either side of the dam. The Canebrake Homeowners Association is lowering the water level while the roadway is closed for repairs. Canebrake Lake spans about 257 acres, with an average ...

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Another county opts out of Pat Harrison Waterway District

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to withdraw from the Pat Harrison Waterway District following a lengthy executive session. Board president David Hogan told The Hattiesburg American yesterday’s decision was financially motivated. The waterway district provides flood control, water management and recreation along rivers and their tributaries in the Pascagoula River Basin in southeastern and east ...

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County's assessed value of property nears high-billion dollars

PURVIS — With solid growth for the past 20 years, the assessed value of property, homes and other assets in Lamar County is approaching the half-billion dollar mark, continuing to bolster county revenue. The Hattiesburg American reports the county’s current assessed valuation, the total of taxable property, stands at over $498 million, up more than $7 million from 2012. In ...

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