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MOGA boosting outdoor tourism in the Magnolia State

Rolling into its 10th year, the Mississippi Outfitters and Guides Association (MOGA) is ramping up efforts to promote outdoor tourism in Mississippi. “Mississippi outdoors has so much to offer, and we’re doing our part to promote from within,” said MOGA president Tommy Allen. Mississippi sportsmen annually spend $671 million, and the ripple effect is $1.2 billion on the state’s economy, ...

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Wireless companies respond rapidly to destruction from Hurricane Katrina

When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Mississippi Gulf Coast August 29, Alltel network technicians Mark Lunsford and Vernon Walters huddled inside their respective Gulfport homes. Even though their houses withstood the category four storm, they lost electricity and were running out of food and water — with no way to communicate to managers in Jackson — when Alltel technicians dispatched ...

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Hunters hitting the woods in off-road golf carts

Ridgeland — Several years ago, Randy Watkins’ hunting buddies asked him to convert a few electric golf carts into hunting vehicles. Intrigued with the idea, he had Club Cars raised several inches off the ground, added a stronger motor and painted them camouflage. His sportsmen pals were pleased. By the time those friends told their friends, Watkins had grown a ...

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Storm thrusts Barbour onto national stage again

Not long ago, Gov. Haley Barbour surfaced as the surprise winner of an informal poll that placed him as the leading Republican presidential nominee for 2008. In the wake of arguably the nation’s worst natural disaster, while New Orleans battles for peace and order amid chaos, death and destruction, and Gov. Kathleen Blanco continues to dodge criticism for being slow ...

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MEC executive Peggy Howard preparing to retire

This summer, Peggy Howard made the toughest decision of her career: to retire from her position with the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) on October 1 “…now, before I start slowing down,” she joked. “It was a tough decision because I love the programs that I have helped birth and the ones that I have inherited,” she said. “I thrive on ...

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