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Park Service interested in land leased by casino

NATCHEZ — A lease between the city of Natchez and the Isle of Capri on some property at Fort Rosalie has expired and the National Park Service wants to acquire the land. Natchez National Historical Park Superintendent Kathleen Jenkins tells the Natchez Democrat there was an understanding was that the NPS would obtain the Little Mexico property when the lease ...

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Former state park now owned by Coast city

GAUTIER — Shepard State Park in Gautier has 395 acres abounding with trees and wild flowers, bike and nature trails, 28 developed campsites and an 18-hole disc golf course. It now belongs to city of Gautier and will remain open according to an agreement with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. “A revitalized Shepard State Park is an important ...

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City eyeing development along river to draw tourists

D’IBERVILLE — The city of D’Iberville is exploring tourism opportunities such as a small park along the winding Tchoutacabouffa River. Initial plans also call for linking sections of the river for paddle sports. “It’s been a dream for a long time for the city to do something with the upper Tchoutacabouffa. The lower part has been developed for years, but ...

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Homes to be demolished as park development begins

NATCHEZ — Derelict houses along the Natchez bluff could soon be coming down as the National Park Service gears up for work to develop a park at the site of Fort Rosalie. Natchez National Historical Park superintendent Kathleen Jenkins said the park service expects soon to have clearance to remove deteriorating housing from the fort site. The Natchez Democrat reports ...

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Section of Natchez Trace reopening after months of repairs

MADISON COUNTY — The National Park Service has completed repairs to a damaged section of the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 94.9, south of Ridgeland, and will reopen the Parkway to vehicular traffic tomorrow, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation. This section has been closed to motorized vehicles since March 14 after engineers identified a major safety hazard that ...

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Trace bridge bid comes in $1.4M higher than expected

TUPELO — The lowest bid to build a bridge over the Natchez Trace Parkway came in $1.4 million higher than expected. Officials tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal members of the Major Thoroughfare Committee will discuss the bids on Oct. 8 before taking a proposal to the city council. The bridge is part of the city’s northern loop road project. ...

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More than 80,000 without power from Isaac; Coast residents assess damage

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Utility companies say they are working to restore power to nearly 89,000 customers in south and central Mississippi. Many utility crews were called in Wednesday night after winds from Isaac got too strong. Crews were back out early yesterday. Entergy officials say there were 38,250 customers without power and nearly 700,000 outages at the storm’s peak in ...

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MDOT awards funds frozen due to mayor's financial problems

SOUTHAVEN — Southaven is getting $850,000 to link the city’s two largest parks with a bike path and walking trail after learning state officials have released the funds that had been frozen because of Mayor Greg Davis’ financial problems. The Commercial Appeal reports aldermen learned yesterday the enhancement grant for the nearly three-mile trail between Central and Snowden Grove parks ...

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Plans coming to repair horse track, but no funding

STARKVILLE — Mississippi Horse Park director Bricklee Miller says a local engineer is currently developing plans to repair the facility’s damaged harness racing track, but funding is needed to go forward on the project. Once repair plans and cost estimates are finalized, Miller said she would approach the Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors about funding options. In May, representatives from ...

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Percy Quin lake to be drained for dam, spillway repairs

MCCOMB — Visitors to Percy Quin State Park will see a rare sight this fall — the bottom of the lake. Park manager Will Busby said the lake would be lowered an estimated six feet to 10 feet for repairs to the dam and spillway valve. Busby said the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks would take bids in ...

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