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Dahl named new leader of MTR Gaming

CHESTER, W. Va. — MTR Gaming Group Inc. of Chester, W.Va., has named a Mississippi casino veteran its new president and CEO. Jeffrey Dahl’s appointment was announced yesterday and is effective immediately. He relieves interim CEO Steven Billick, chairman of the board of directors. Dahl’s consulting company has managed Harlow’s Casino Resort in Greenville since 2009. Before that, he was ...

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Deadline nearing for SBA-backed oil spill loans

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The Small Business Administration is reminding Mississippi businesses that the deadline for applying for SBA-backed oil spill recovery loans is Feb. 14. Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta, said, “Currently, we have approved loans totaling $36.468 million for businesses throughout the Gulf Coast region that were affected by the oil spill.” Through ...

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Developers: Coast casino project moving forward

BILOXI — Developers hope to break ground March 1 for a casino project at the Clay Point area of East Biloxi. Michael Cavanaugh, attorney for Coast casino developer Tom Brosig, tells The Sun Herald that the working name of the casino is MVB. The first plans submitted to the review committee show the resort would be built in phases, starting ...

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CanCan Casino hires New York-based PR firm

D’IBERVILLE — The developers of the proposed CanCan Casino Resort & Spa have signed New York-based Rubenstein Public Relations. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. CanCan Casino Resort & Spa and a French-themed village located on the banks of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, is scheduled to soon break ground on a 18-acre site in D’Iberville. It will feature a 60,000-square-foot ...

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Construction set to begin on new hotel

NATCHEZ — Construction of a new hotel near downtown Natchez is expected to begin within 90 days. A Mississippi-based investor group told The Natchez Democrat that they closed on the purchase of about three acres of land along the city’s Canal Street Dec. 29. The Natchez Hotel Group Inc. plans to build a Holiday Inn Express and Suites near the ...

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Hedging their bets

Natchez officials want audit of casino developers The group that wants to develop a greenfield space in Natchez into a riverfront casino feels pretty sure they have the financing in order to pull off the $45-million project. Natchez officials want to make doubly sure that’s the case. Aldermen voted Dec. 14 to have the city’s financial advisor conduct an audit of ...

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Seven casino golf courses make national ranking

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — According to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) Division of Tourism, seven golf courses in the state have been voted onto Golfweek’s “50 Best Casino Courses” list. The seven courses – in order of rank – are: Fallen Oak Golf Club (second); Dancing Rabbit Golf Club’s Azaleas Course (18th); Grand Bear Golf Club (23rd); The Preserve Golf Club ...

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Partners break ground for second Shaggy's

BILOXI — Partners Ron Ladner and Thomas Genin, owners of French Charley’s Café & Wine Bar, and Shaggy’s Harbor Bar & Grill in Pass Christian, announced their expansion of Shaggy’s Harbor Bar & Grill to Biloxi Beach. The second Shaggy’s will be 1763 Beach Boulevard, the former site of the Ruby Tuesday’s. The partners broke ground for “Shaggy’s II” in ...

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AirTran discontinuing Coast flights in March

GULFPORT — AirTran Airways has announced that it is ending its flights to Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. Christopher White, an AirTran spokesman, tells The Sun Herald that flights will end March 6. The low-fare airline offers flights from Gulfport to Atlanta and Tampa, Fla., three times a week. White says the airline looked at the performance at the Gulfport airport and ...

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IHL: Unemployment slowing economic recovery

JACKSON — The Jan. 2011 issue of the “Mississippi Economic Review and Outlook,” published by the Center for Policy Research and Planning of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), is now available online at www.mississippi.edu/URC. This issue presents the state economic forecast for 2011 to 2015, and includes detailed employment forecasts by sector. Regional, national and international developments impacting the ...

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