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Thieves hit city's sports complex; steal bleachers

MCCOMB — Officials say thieves have stolen more than $8,000 worth of equipment from the McComb Sports Complex. The Enterprise-Journal reports everything from nuts and blots to the very bleachers that fans sit in were taken from the park and from a nearby shed. The shed was also damaged. Mayor Whitney Rawlings said the city board will have to approve ...

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Officials accept Indiana company's proposal for bus service

COLUMBUS — City officials have approved a Lawrence, Ind.-based bus company’s proposal to bring in three buses for the start of a local public transportation service. The Commercial Dispatch reports more buses from Lawrence Transit System are expected to arrive in Columbus after contracts are signed. Dorothy Dowdell, director of Lawrence Transit’s local operations, says the system should create 50-75 ...

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Mayor vetoes budget adopted by City Council

GULFPORT — Mayor George Schloegel has vetoed the 2012-2013 budget adopted by the Gulfport City Council last week. Schloegel urged the council yesterday to take another look at “right sizing” the city staff and cutting expenses. Council president Ricky Dombrowski told The Sun Herald a small group of council members would meet to consider the mayor’s proposals. Neither the mayor’s ...

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Cities turning to social media to round up delinquent fines

About a year ago the city of West Point started a pilot program aimed at getting folks with overdue court fines to pay up. The initial phases called for the names of those with delinquent court fines and those with active arrest warrants to appear in the local newspaper, and advanced to the point that a handful of them drawn ...

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Mayor Davis has perks cut, but gets raise

Southaven Mayor Greg Davis is losing $40,000 in annual perks in the city’s new budget. But he is getting a $5,000 a year raise. The Commercial Appeal reports in approving a new budget this week, aldermen bumped Davis’ base pay from its current $145,000 annually to $150,000. However, the board removed a $35,000 annual stipend Davis had received for running ...

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UAM invites officials to tour operations following complaints

TUPELO — A company that dissembles wide-body commercial aircraft has invited Tupelo officials to take a tour amid some public criticism of how its operation looks. Universal Asset Management flies 747s and other decommissioned aircraft to Tupelo and takes them apart in the former Army Air National Guard facility. The parts are then recycled. To help block the hulking jets ...

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Capital City faces huge bill, EPA fine for neglected sewer system

JACKSON — After decades of neglecting its sewer system, the city of Jackson soon will face a staggering bill to rebuild it properly. The Jackson City Council could authorize soon a deal with the Environmental Protection Agency in which the city would agree to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on sewer upgrades and pay a sizable fine for violating ...

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Company guarantees city 80% reduction in mosquitoes

NATCHEZ and MADISON — A Madison company says that if Natchez hires it for full mosquito control, it can guarantee an 80 percent reduction in the number of mosquitoes. Mayor Butch Brown asked Brett Killingsworth of Vector Disease Control International to submit proposals from the most basic surveillance plan to the full integrated control plan, the Natchez Democrat reported. Greenville, ...

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City sees record 22 inches of rain from Isaac

PICAYUNE — Officials say 22 inches of rain has fallen in Picayune over a three-day period from Hurricane Isaac. City engineer Brooks Wallace tells the Picayune Item the rain unleashed by Isaac was the heaviest downpours ever recorded in city. Rain began late last Tuesday and ended early last Friday. Perhaps the hardest-hit area was in west Picayune. Many homes ...

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City mulling new ordinances to match growth

OXFORD — As Oxford continues to grow, so does the demand for the availability of telecommunications for its citizens, which is why some new city ordinances are about to be adopted. For instance, to ensure the city maintains control of work performed within the city rights of way, the Oxford Board of Aldermen is considering several changes and additions to ...

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