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City's hopes dimmed for Rosalie work due to federal shutdown

The city of Natchez was hoping renovations to historic Fort Rosalie might be completed before its tricentennial celebration. But the federal shutdown might put an end to that plan. The National Park Service has stopped work at Fort Rosalie. The work was scheduled to be finished by mid-December; however, the shutdown might force the completion date to be pushed back. ...

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USDA grant aimed at improving health of Delta clinic

One of the most pressing needs in the Mississippi Delta is adequate health care, and a recent federal grant will hopefully help a facility in Leland better serve the community. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $900,000 grant to the Delta Health Alliance (DHA) for renovations to the Leland Medical Clinic. Alliance CEO Karen Matthews told the Delta ...

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Delta-based winemaker hopes to be in operation soon

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood’s downtown winery is within two months of opening. Lonnie Bailey told the Greenwood Rotary Club this week that The Winery at Williams Landing plans to open Nov. 15, as long as it gets federal approval of its labels by then. If the approval drags out, it could delay the opening until the end of ...

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City borrowing for convention center improvements

COLUMBUS — The city of Columbus will borrow up to $2.5 million to finance renovations at the Trotter Convention Center. The city council voted to borrow the money from the Mississippi Development Bank. The city also will use in-lieu fees from Columbus Light & Water of about $225,000 a year to service its debt. The Commercial Dispatch reports that MDB ...

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CalStar renovation project bids come in over estimates

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County will rebid a contract for renovation of a building to house a Wisconsin-based masonry firm. Officials tell WCBI-TV in Columbus that bids on the renovation and expansion of the 100-000-square-foot spec industrial building came in between $300,000 and $700,000 over estimates. The low bid was $4 million and the estimates for the expansion, renovation and parking ...

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City to hike water rates, fees but not raise taxes

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez may not be raising taxes, but an increase in water rates and inspection fees may be in residents’ futures. In an effort to prevent a city-wide tax increase, The Natchez Democrat reports Mayor Butch Brown and the board of aldermen discussed both issues during a work session yesterday. Aldermen will take up the issue ...

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St. John, officials celebrate reopening of new-look Purple Parrot

HATTIESBURG — Robert St. John and state and local officials gathered today for the re-opening of the newly remodeled Purple Parrot Café and the addition of the new dining establishment, Branch. The renovation marks an investment of $1.3 million. “Today is an exciting day as we re-open the Purple Parrot Café in Hattiesburg and welcome the addition of Branch,” said ...

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USM-Gulf Park cuts ribbon on last Katrina-damaged building

LONG BEACH — The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has cut the ribbon on opening of Elizabeth Hall, the final of five building projects that was completed following the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Southern Miss administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community leaders took part in the ceremony to celebrate the building’s reopening. Elizabeth Hall, which ...

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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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Delta town pins high hopes on shuttered, historic hospital

MOUND BAYOU — A block down from Kennedy Johnson’s new barbecue restaurant sits a boarded-up symbol of a Delta town’s haunting past and optimistic future. Taborian Hospital was one of the first modern medical facilities in Mississippi that was built, owned and operated by African-Americans. The old medical center here has been shuttered for three decades, but the “no trespassing” ...

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