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Commission requires owner to stabilize endangered house

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The owners of one of the state’s most endangered historic mansions have until October to submit plans to Natchez officials to stabilize the house. The Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2ax5pt9) the Natchez Preservation Commission recently set a 90-day deadline for Frances Oberlin Stephens and Sam Oberlin, who own Melmont, which was placed on the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s most endangered historic places ...

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Mayor: Downtown Natchez needs planning, organization

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Natchez’s downtown has attracted new businesses in recent years, but some are making moves to make the redevelopment of the historic business district a little more even and focused. Mayor Darryl Grennell tells The Natchez Democrat the city’s downtown area is very important, because it is one of the major magnets that can drive people into the city for tourism. ...

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Renovation of Natchez’s Eola Hotel delayed

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Construction on the former Eola Hotel has been delayed by damage to the building, but work is expected to begin this fall. The historic Eola Hotel was purchased in 2014 by Virginia attorney Robert Lubin. His plans to renovate and transform the building into senior-living apartments were approved by the city in April. A draft of the construction plan was ...

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Officials talk about international status for Natchez port

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The Natchez-Adams County Port Commission has instructed its port director to look into what benefits being an international port of exit or entry could bring to Adams County. The Natchez Democrat reports the move came Wednesday after Port Director Anthony Hauer told the board he’d received inquiries about the port’s status as a port of exit or entry from two ...

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Natchez voters elect Darryl Grennell mayor

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The former president of the Adams County Board of Supervisors and a retired professor has been elected mayor of Natchez in a landslide victory. The Natchez Democrat reports Darryl Grennell received more than 91 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s election. His challenger, Eric Junkin, received 8.4 percent. Grennell told supports he would be focusing on job creation, recreation, expanding ...

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Natchez seeks new proposals on railroad station renovations

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Natchez official are seeking more proposals for development of the former Mississippi River Valley Railroad Depot. The Natchez Democrat reports Alderwoman Sarah Carter Smith made the motion Tuesday, saying it was in response to public feedback she received about how the project was originally bid for and awarded to New Orleans hotelier Warren Reuther. Last year, the Board of Aldermen ...

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Natchez must make $600K convention center debt payment

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Natchez must make a $600,000 debt payment on July 1, but officials say cutting the check will not be a problem. The 2006 Convention Center Refund Bond will require the sizable payment for the city’s debt on the Natchez Convention Center. City Clerk Donnie Holloway tells The Natchez Democrat most of the funds are already in place, and the remainder ...

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Merit Health Natchez reduces its workforce by 5 percent

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Lower than expected patient volumes in the wake of the consolidation of its two Natchez facilities have prompted Merit Health Natchez to reduce its workforce. While organization did not release an official count of the affected workers, they said it amounted to 5 percent of the workforce. Merit Health Natchez Chief Executive Officer Robinson tells the Natchez Democrat the reduction ...

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Natchez aldermen to hear Eola Hotel appeal

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NATCHEZ — Developers of the former Eola Hotel building are expected to appear before the Natchez Board of Aldermen on Tuesday. Interim City Planner Riccardo Giani and the Natchez Planning Commission denied renovation plans for the first floor of the hotel last month. The developers, including the building’s owner, Robert Lubin, hope to renovate the historic hotel into upscale senior ...

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Financial audit for Natchez nearly 8 months overdue

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NATCHEZ — Natchez’s annual financial audit for the 2013-2014 fiscal year is nearly eight months overdue. The records for the 2013-2014 fiscal year didn’t reach independent auditor Deanne Tanksley’s office until Aug. 2015, The Natchez Democrat reported. Each year, the city is expected to send its financial records to Tanksley when the fiscal year ends in September. Assistant city clerk ...

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