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Stinson stays ahead of the curve in keeping his Coast restaurants open

By LYNN LOFTON These are troubling times for small businesses as they try to adapt to keep their companies operating and employees working. Restaurants and bars have been especially hard hit as people are not allowed to dine in among groups of more than 10 and in some cases not at all. A Gulf Coast business, Gulf Coast Holdings LLC, ...

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Closing of Triplett-Day Pharmacy will be the end of an era

By LYNN LOFTON On March 31 an era ends in downtown Gulfport when Triplett-Day Drug Store closes its doors after 65 years of business. It’s not just the sale of prescription drugs, sundries and gifts but also the cafe and lunch counter that have endeared the store to customers. Located on the corner of Highway 49 and 14th Street, the ...

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Casinos offline means loss of $35.7 million to state over three months

By LYNN LOFTON The coronavirus pandemic has done what heretofore only hurricanes and floods have done: closed Mississippi’s 26 state-regulated casinos. The State Gaming Commission ordered the temporary closing to begin at midnight on March 16. To date, officials do not know when they will reopen. With the casinos shuttered, more than 19,000 employees are out of work and the ...

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LYNN LOFTON — A personal look at this pandemic

Okay, so yes, this coronavirus is serious business and we’re all scared ’cause we’ve never seen anything like it before. But hello, there are some sort of nutty things about the reaction that I don’t understand. Like this thing about buying up all the toilet paper. What’s that about? It’s one of the few things that doesn’t come from China, ...

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Elvis museum helps drive business in Tupelo

By LYNN LOFTON He’s been deceased 43 years but Elvis Presley is still making money for Tupelo, his hometown. The Lee County city is about all things Elvis — his birthplace and museum, a festival and sites around town such as the hardware store where he purchased his first guitar and the restored Lyric Theater where he saw movies and ...

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NEZAT: Coast condo market is a more secure investment

By LYNN LOFTON The condominium market on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is alive and well. No high rise buildings have been constructed recently, but sales for the existing units are steady and there is some non-high rise construction underway. The realtors interviewed agree that the most-in-demand location is on or overlooking the beach. “The last condo we constructed on the ...

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UK, Canada, Germany and Brazil top list of tourists in Mississippi

By LYNN LOFTON  It may be surprising to learn that 11 percent of  jobs in Mississippi are in the hospitality industry. With 122,850 jobs in tourism, that sector is now the fourth largest private employer in the state. Other impressive numbers include 24.7 million visitors who came to the state and spent $6.7 billion in fiscal year 2019. Mississippi Development ...

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Keesler commitment has credit union on the rise

By LYNN LOFTON Keesler Federal Credit Union is on the rise with 228,000 members and branches in the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and in the United Kingdom. President and CEO Andy Swoger attributes this growth to the commitment of team members who’ve had a tremendous impact and success over the years.  “Our internal tagline at Keesler Federal is ...

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Aviation museum taking shape on the coast

By LYNN LOFTON A long held dream for an aviation museum is taking shape on Pass Road in Gulfport with plans to open phase one this spring. The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum is under the auspices of the Brown Condor Association which honors the legacy of barrier-breaking pilot John C. Robinson.  Housed in a former furniture store owned by the ...

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Ole Miss law school honored for diversity

By LYNN LOFTON With a total enrollment of 412 and one third of those students of color, the University of Mississippi School of Law is dedicated to becoming more diversified and is pleased with a recent honor confirming that policy. It has been named a Best Regional Law School for Black Students in the third edition of the Black Student’s ...

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