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Champions Tour stopping on Coast

BILOXI — The PGA TOUR’s Champions Tour, in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Business Council, announced the addition of a new tournament to the Champions TOUR schedule for 2010 – the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, to be held April 26-May 2. The tournament will feature three days of competitive play, a Pro-Am as well as numerous special events including a ...

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The Valley gets new life

VICKSBURG — After sitting gutted and empty for years, an historic, pioneering department store is getting new life as a luxury corporate apartment building. In 1909 a group of men came together and broke ground for The Valley, a six-story department store. It became the biggest department store between New Orleans and Memphis. It was also the first store in ...

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Airfares take historic dive

Average domestic airfares in the second quarter of 2009 fell to their lowest April-to-June level since 1998, dropping 13 percent from the second quarter of 2008 in the largest year-to-year decline on record, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. The 13 percent year-to-year drop exceeded the previous largest decline of 11.8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2000 to ...

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Casinos' performance up and down

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Penn National Gaming Inc. reports net revenues for the quarter ended Sept. 30 of $620.4 million, up from $617.9 million during the same period last year. However, net income was well down — $21.4 million during the quarter of this year, compared to $147.5 million during the same quarter a year ago. Peter M. Carlino, chairman and ...

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Scenic roadways receiving grants

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Communities in 43 states will receive $40.7 million for 160 projects to improve and promote highways designated as scenic byways from the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) The grants are part of the FHA’s National Scenic Byways Program, which recognizes and provides funding for roads designated either locally or nationally as having outstanding scenic, historic, cultural, natural, recreational ...

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New-look hotel opens in Rankin County

FLOWOOD — The 113-room Candlewood Suites Flowood is now open, featuring a new prototype design. The Candlewood Suites Flowood incorporates the new exterior design with a straight, forward-facing rectangular building including a new entry way and roofline for curb appeal. In addition to the new building shape, the exterior color scheme features light khaki, olive green, tan and dark blue. ...

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Airlines' service improves

The nation’s largest airlines had a higher on-time performance rate in Aug. 2009 than both July 2009 and Aug. 2008, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). According to information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 79.7 ...

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The Shed, Friedman honored for community work

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint-Gulfport was the winning recipient of the Mississippi Restaurant Neighbor Award. And, Ridgeland-based McAlister’s CEO Phil Friedman has won Mississippi’s Cornerstone Humanitarian Award. The National Restaurant Association and founding partner American Express developed the Restaurant Neighbor Award to raise awareness about the restaurant industry’s contributions in local communities across the country and to inspire other ...

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Another blues marker to be erected

JACKSON — On Oct. 5, the Mississippi Development Authority/Tourism Heritage Trails Program, the Mississippi Blues Commission and the Jackson Convention & Visitors Bureau will unveil a historic marker honoring Ace Records. Ace Records, a major player in the development of New Orleans rhythm and blues and subsequently rock and roll, was the first local record company of New Orleans based ...

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State's hotels offer lowest price

According to the hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI), Mississippi had the lowest average price per room per night among Southern states, dropping 11 percent from last year. The HPI also found that Florida cities were among the most popular U.S. destinations for domestic and international travelers. Florida and Georgia experienced the greatest drop in lodging prices among Southern states with ...

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