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Mississippi Aquarium will reach hearts and minds beginning in April

By LYNN LOFTON Occupying 5.8 acres in downtown Gulfport, the Mississippi Aquarium expects to open on April 30, 2020. All Mississippians can be proud of this new attraction that’s located on Highway 90 across from Jones Park and Gulfport Harbor. It will contain more than 80,000 square feet of exhibits connected by landscaped walkways with plants representing all the physiographic ...

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Expedition Point receives final approval to begin development

By LYNN LOFTON A new waterfront community in the metro Jackson area, Expedition Point, will move forward now that final approval has been received from the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. Managing partners Frank Perkins and Mark Frascogna are working with civil engineers and other public agencies to begin work on the land. “I’m happy to say that the ...

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SUPER SIX — Mississippi’s companies offer an array of services

By LYNN LOFTON The top six companies — the Super Six — on the list of Mississippi’s Top 100 private companies are a diverse group. The sectors represented include petroleum refining and distributing, banking, construction, tire services and insurance. The top six are Ergon, BancPlus Corporation/BankPlus, the Yates Companyies, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance, Southern Tire Mart and Southern Farm ...

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Progress being made at state’s mental health facilities

By LYNN LOFTON The state’s mental health system is complex and serves not only people who have a mental illness, but also those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. Strides have been made over the past several years to strengthen the mental health care system to meet residents’ needs. “The progress that has been made and the ...

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A FOCUS ON TOURISM: 5 boutique hotels we think you’ll like

A trend is growing among travelers for more intimate lodging with a bit of surprise By LYNN LOFTON Large hotels and chain lodgings sell consistency so travelers know what to expect. However, an increasing number of travelers prefer intimacy and an element of surprise which have fueled the popularity of boutique hotels. Generally defined as a small hotel with 10 ...

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Ship Island: A coast tradition

  By LYNN LOFTON Think Gulf Coast family vacation and Ship Island Excursions will probably come to mind. Since 1926, Ship Island Excursions has been a part of the Mississippi Gulf Coast experience with members of the Skrmetta family running this ferry service from the mainland to Ship Island for relaxation, recreation and history. If you look closely, you may ...

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Post-election uncertainty, market activity result in mortgage spike for potential homebuyers

By LYNN LOFTON  The election has turned the mortgage industry upside down with very quick movement to higher interest rates – an increase of at least .5 percent in just a week’s period of time, said Joe W. McNeese III, president of the mortgage division, Community Bank, Brandon. McNeese said mortgage rates tend to follow what the bond market is ...

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Technology not decreasing roles of notaries

By LYNN LOFTON Traditionally a notary public can be found in banks and law offices to certify the signing of paper documents. But are these services still needed in today’s paperless world? Yes, according to the Secretary of State’s office, the commissioning office for notaries in Mississippi. As technology becomes more and more prevalent, the role of the notary public ...

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Continuing education another key for Mississippi real estate agents

By LYNN LOFTON  State realtors find it’s important to continue learning to remain viable in a changing industry and world. Much of that education is obtained through the Mississippi Association of Realtors. Lisa W. Hollister, president of MAR, explains why real estate professionals invest in continuing education. “The relationship that a realtor shares with his/her client is based on trust ...

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WHEN BUSINESS MEETS PLEASURE: Sales professionals use new and traditional methods to book meetings and conventions

By LYNN LOFTON Meetings and conventions are a big part of the state’s tourism industry with various cities and properties vying to play host. Trade associations and other groups are courted by sales personnel in an effort to keep this business in Mississippi, but how do they solicit with all the competition from surrounding states? A few sales professionals reveal some ...

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