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The Lofts at 517 giving people reasons to come to downtown Greenville

By BECKY GILLETTE GREENVILLE — In recent years Delta communities have been losing population as many young people move elsewhere for employment opportunities. A new development in downtown Greenville, The Lofts at 517, is being designed to create a synergy to bring back not just the downtown, but former residents. That is what is happening with Allen and Erin Sanders, who ...

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Sanderson tourney is run like a business ‘with a heart’

By JACK WEATHERLY The Sanderson Farms Championship pumps about $23 million a year into the economy of the Jackson area and the rest of Mississippi. In professional golf and business, those things don’t just happen. Such results take a lot of planning and execution. “It is truly full-time, year-round,” said Steve Jent, tournament executive director who has a five-person staff. ...

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Mississippi payrolls rise in August, jobless rate stays flat

Mississippi’s labor market was flat in September, with unemployment and payrolls steady. The state’s unemployment rate remained at 6 percent for third straight month, but was below September 2015’s 6.4 percent. The number of workers and people reporting jobs each rose slightly. The number of unemployed people remained at 76,000. Mississippi had September’s fourth-highest jobless rate among states, with Alaska ...

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Biloxi planning panel tables rezoning around Margaritaville

The Biloxi Planning Commission has delayed a hearing on the rezoning of land around the Margaritaville Resort. The Sun Herald reports five minutes before the planning commission meeting Thursday, a decision was reached between attorneys for the city and the Secretary of State’s Office to slow down the rezoning process. The planners meet again on Nov. 3. The planning commission ...

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Madison County doing full assessment of economic development before hiring new chief

By TED CARTER Madison County officials say they expect to fill a vacant executive director position at the county Economic Development Authority sometime in the spring. Officials say they must first complete a public-private collaborative “visioning” process for the development authority before filling the post Tim Coursey left in April. In the meantime, Ken Oilschlager will continue guiding the agency on ...

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Papa Murphy’s wants to expand in Mississippi markets

By LISA MONTI The Papa Murphy’s pizza chain, which sells fresh, hand-crafted pizzas that cus-tomers bake at home, is looking to expand in the Jackson area and in other Missis-sippi markets. The Oregon-based Papa Murphy’s Holdings Inc. was founded in 1981 and operates more than 1,500 franchises and corporate fresh pizza stores across the country and in Canada and the United ...

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Rezoning near Margaritaville could cost Coast millions

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the Mississippi Gulf Coast will lose millions of dollars in tax revenue if Biloxi’s proposal to rezone 20 acres of waterfront property where Margaritaville developers want to build a $140 million expansion. Hosemann says rezoning the property and leasing it for only $2 per square-foot would result in the Coast losing $25 million. Local ...

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Gulfport hopes rule change means more downtown dwellers

If you want to live in downtown Gulfport, the city hopes to make it easier. Builders until now have needed permission from the Planning Commission for homes or apartments downtown. The city council at its meeting Tuesday voted unanimously to do away with that rule. City officials estimates fewer than a dozen people live downtown south of the railroad tracks, ...

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PineBelt Foundation gains esteem accreditation

The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation in Hattiesburg was recently accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. Community Foundations establishes legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. The program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors. The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation ...

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Effort to strip Confederate emblem off state flag is failing

An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s flag is failing because sponsors haven’t collected enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot. The petition drive started in response to the June 2015 slayings of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and was part of a movement across the South to rethink ...

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