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Sale completed, cemetery finally out of receivership

PASCAGOULA — The sale to place Jackson County Memorial Park in Pascagoula back into private ownership has been completed. “This is the end of a long road for Jackson County Memorial Park,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Putting this cemetery back into private ownership provides stability for this cemetery moving forward. The new owner will be able to provide ...

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Coast man pleads guilty to 16th Section timber theft

SAUCIER — Following an investigation by the Secretary of State’s Office, the Department of Agriculture and the Mississippi Forestry Commission, 54-year-old Harold Edwin Simmons of Saucier has pled guilty to three counts of felony timber theft. Simmons was accused of stealing approximately $250,000 worth of timber harvested from three separate 16th Section land sites in Pearl River County. “Stealing timber ...

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SoS fielding questions about voter ID cards

JACKSON — Some circuit clerks around the state have contacted the Secretary of State’s Office regarding the number of individuals attempting to obtain a Mississippi Voter ID card when they already have an acceptable form of voter ID. “Only Mississippi voters who lack an acceptable form of voter ID are eligible for a Mississippi voter ID card,” says Secretary of ...

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Lawmakers pass bills to increase corporate tax breaks

JACKSON — Businesses could be in line for more incentives in Mississippi, in addition to the more than $100 million in new tax breaks the Legislature has passed over the past two years. The House Ways and Means Committee passed three bills yesterday that would increase the use of corporate-income-tax breaks for companies that relocate or expand in Mississippi. One ...

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City approves agreement in harbor lawsuit with Hosemann

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport and the secretary of state’s office may have settled a lawsuit over the harbor. Gulfport City Council members voted 5-2 yesterday to enter into a 65-year use agreement with the secretary of state on the water bottom. The agreement would cost the city nothing. “There must still be a final document, but basically what ...

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SoS puts Coast cemetery up for public auction

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County Memorial Park in Pascagoula is now up for public auction. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was appointed co-receiver of the property in 2012. “The former owner left the cemetery virtually bankrupt. Our agency was requested by a judge to resolve complicated liens, tax claims and litigation against Jackson County Memorial Park. No one would purchase the cemetery with ...

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Hosemann launches voter ID television ads

JACKSON — Mississippi’s top elections official is launching a publicity blitz to bring attention to the state’s voter identification law that’s scheduled to be used for the first time in June. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday that his office is airing two 30-second TV commercials — one that started Monday and one that starts in January. Hosemann said ...

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Charity enters consent agreement with SoS

OCEAN SPRINGS — The chairwoman of the nonprofit Asian Americans for Change has agreed to repay $10,000 in personal compensation from AAC she was unable to document and the organization agreed to a $2,000 fine in a consent agreement with the secretary of state’s office. The Sun Herald reports that the secretary of state’s charity division found Gai Kaitlin Truong ...

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Hosemann pushing for voter ID cards to be issued early

JACKSON — Mississippi’s top elections official says the state should start issuing free voter identification cards in early 2014, months before the first election in which people will be required to show photo IDs at the polls. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the cards will be available to any voter who lacks a government-issued photo ID. People who already ...

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Hosemann warns of scam involving Compliance Services

JACKSON — The Secretary of State’s Office has received numerous inquiries regarding a company called Compliance Services, which has apparently been soliciting businesses across the state. In what appears as an official correspondence, Compliance Services requests businesses to provide sensitive information and a check for $125. In return, the company would prepare an “Annual Minutes Requirement Statement.” “Compliance Services is not ...

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