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Mississippi Aquarium sets opening date in 2020

The Mississippi Aquarium is now set to open on April 30, 2020. The Sun Herald reports that the opening date for the Gulfport attraction was announced at the recent Splash Bash fundraiser for the aquarium. Aquarium supporters are aiming to raise $10 million so the aquarium can open debt-free. The aquarium will include a 360-degree tunnel where sharks, rays and ...

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Taj Mahal headlining blues and gospel fest in Mississippi

Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Taj Mahal is headlining a blues and gospel festival in Mississippi, and organizers say he chose the list of performers. The Mississippi John Hurt Homecoming Festival is Oct. 5 and 6 in rural Carroll County. Hurt was born in Mississippi in 1893 and started playing guitar as a child. He worked on farms and for the ...

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Work to upgrade Northpark theater starts; Rainbow Co-op reopens in mall

By JACK WEATHERLY Work to transform the former UA Northpark 14 into a multi-screen theater with a bar area and power recliners began Tuesday. The Northpark Mall bought the theater in September 2018 and began weighing options for best use of the property. It decided that an updated theater was the best option. United Development of Southlake, Texas, which had ...

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Auditor calls to abolish Blues Commission, cites misspending

Mississippi’s state auditor says accounting and contracting problems at the state’s Blues Commission are so severe that the commission should be abolished and its responsibilities handed to a nonprofit. State Auditor Shad White, in a Thursday report, says the commission has spent $1.9 million without filed contracts and didn’t retain documents for $965,000 in spending. The Legislature created the commission ...

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Musician gets nods for independent artist awards

GREENWOOD SPRINGS, Miss. — Leah Rose Duncan has been mumbling tunes since before she could talk. Adding to that, she used to get in front of the TV screen at home when “American Idol” was on and perform for her parents, stealing the spotlight from notable artists in the making. The 18-year-old Smithville High School graduate is hopeful to have ...

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Love in stitches: Mayor uses hobby to help cancer patients

Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell has a special hobby perhaps few people know about. In his spare time, Grennell crochets beanies for cancer patients. Each beanie takes Grennell between two and three hours to make, Grennell said, adding he usually makes two or three beanies every week to take to the Natchez Oncology Clinic on Jeff Davis Boulevard. “I’ll put on ...

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Garth Brooks to visit with Mississippi school children

Country music artist Garth Brooks is planning to speak to school children in Mississippi. The Clarion Ledger reports that Brooks will discuss the “The Power of Songwriting” at the Grammy Museum in Cleveland, Mississippi, on Sept. 24. The event is part of the museum’s “Backstage Pass” series. It will involve more than 140 local students who will hear Brooks speak, ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Everywhere you turn, there’s a writer

Turns out that our trip from northeast Jackson to Yazoo City last Friday was a good warmup for the fifth annual Mississippi Book Festival the next day. Yazoo City, of course, is the town that Willie Morris put on the map. And while the estate sale that attracted us was rewarding in its own right, the Morris trail took over, ...

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Drummer utilizes open air to raise profile, sharpen skills

STARKVILLE — On what was likely to be the hottest day of the year Tuesday (Aug. 13), the pops of a snare and beat of a bass drum echoed through the open air on Lynn Lane near Starkville Academy. While musical street performers might be commonplace in destination cities like New Orleans and Memphis, the sight of a lone drummer ...

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MHP master sergeant also a musician

By GERARD EDIC / Greenwood Commonwealth CRUGER — Johnny Delaney’s love of travel was at odds with his original intent to become a doctor. The Holmes County native, who attended S.V. Marshall High School, was a premedical student at Mississippi Valley State University and earned a minor in music, but the confinement of being stuck in a hospital concerned him. ...

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