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Island closing as River Park gets more enhancements

PASCAGOULA — Lowry Island is closing to the public Monday for the second phase of work on the River Park. The island will remain closed through mid-December. Phase II includes a new access road, parking lot, lighting, sidewalks, renovations to the boat ramp, landscaping and green space, handicap accessibility, a bulkhead and a concrete wharf. The city awarded the $2.8 ...

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Farm bill creates new critical conservation areas

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi has two new conservation partnerships aimed at ensuring the long-term viability of the Mississippi River and the long leaf pine forests to the state. Large portions of Mississippi are included in two of the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) authorized under the 2014 farm bill as part of a significant reform of U.S. Department of Agriculture ...

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Commission's inspection trip to make stop in Port City

GREENVILLE — The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River April 7-11. Four public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel Mississippi in selected towns along the river so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. The meeting places ...

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Trustmark wins bid to handle bonds for SportsPlex construction

GREENVILLE — The Washington County Board of Supervisors has accepted a bid from a Jackson bank to handle a $3-million bond issue to finance the construction of the first phase of the Delta Sportsplex. Trustmark National Bank offered a 3.62 percent interest rate on a 15-year repayment plan. Revenue generated from the county’s hotel tax will repay the bond. Board ...

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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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Conference looks to boost outdoor recreation, tourism development

If you’re thinking of developing an outdoor recreation/tourism-related business, it might be in your best interest to make a road trip to Alabama. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and MSU’s Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development are promoting the annual Alabama-Mississippi Rural Tourism Conference Oct. 28-30. The event will be in Guntersville, Ala., and the theme is outdoor ...

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Leaders mull future use for old hospital

PICAYUNE — Discussion about the future of the former Crosby Memorial Hospital property will be much on the minds of city leaders in residents in Picayune over the coming months. WLOX reported possible uses for the 5-acre site are many, but first the building must be torn down. The city recently bought the site for $200,000 and has entered a ...

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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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Casino proposes to move gaming inland in Port City

GREENVILLE — Trop Casino in Greenville has proposed moving its operations on Lake Ferguson onshore, locating a new restaurant to the waterfront and taking about half of Schelben Park from the city to add parking and create a family-oriented outdoor entertainment area. The Delta Democrat Times reports that the city council could consider the proposal as early as Tuesday. The ...

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Hearing set to begin next month in lawsuit over county bonds

MERIDIAN — A Lauderdale County judge will hear arguments Sept. 10 in a lawsuit challenging the county’s plan to borrow $14 million for courthouse renovations and for three recreational facilities. The county board of supervisors voted in June to issue the bonds. WTOK-TV in Meridian reports that a lawsuit against the bond issue was filed this summer in chancery court. ...

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