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Bacteria close Mississippi Gulf Coast mainland beaches

People and pets are being warned to stay out of the water along the entire mainland of the Mississippi Gulf Coast as toxic bacteria continue spreading eastward. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality started closing some beaches June 22 and on Sunday closed the last two sections near the Alabama line. The agency has warned that polluted Midwest floodwaters have ...

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18-year-old pilot dies after plane crashes in Mississippi

An 18-year-old pilot of a single-engine plane died after crashing on a golf course while practicing takeoffs and landings at a small airport owned by the University of Mississippi. University spokesman Rod Guajardo said Sunday that Lake Little of Starkville died late Saturday of injuries from the crash that happened hours earlier on the Ole Miss Golf Course near the ...

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Starkville narrows annexation plan after residents say no

A proposal for annexation is being revised after some county residents in northern Mississippi said they don’t want to become part of a city. Starkville aldermen on Tuesday dropped the city’s plan to take in part of the University Estates neighborhood, which is east of the Mississippi State University campus. The neighborhood’s residents turned out in large numbers at a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Political ad bombardment coming as Aug. 6 primaries near

Four weeks. Only four more weeks until Mississippi’s August primaries. It will be a super quick four weeks if you’re a candidate. There’s just never enough time to do everything you meant to do, they told you to do, or you ought to do. It will be a long, arduous four weeks if you’re already tired of political advertising. Every ...

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Schipper receives Department of Defense Patriot Award

Michele Schipper, Chief Executive Officer of the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, was honored with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. At the ceremony are, from left, Lt. Col. R. Robert Bartran III, Battalion Commander of the 112th Military Police Battalion Mississippi Army National Guard and Full-Time Mobilization Readiness Officer for the Mississippi National Guard; ...

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Waggoner Engineering hires Monsour

Waggoner Engineering, Inc., announced the hiring of Michael Monsour as a Senior Project Manager in its Gulfport office. A native of Vicksburg, Monsour joins Waggoner with over 28 years of experience in railway operations that have included a variety of roles and responsibilities including employee safety, project management, and passenger and freight operations. Before joining Waggoner, Monsour was a General ...

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EMBDC recognizes June ambassadors of the month

The East Mississippi Business Development Corporation presented its June Ambassadors of the Month awards. Honorees were, from left, Laura Hester, The MAX, third place; Leah Hearn, Commercial Bank, first place; Lisa Sollie, MSU Meridian, second place; and Ashley Tanksley, Meridian Community College, Red Ticket drawing winner.

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Cary Karlson to retire from Washington County Economic Alliance

After 7 years working devotedly for the Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA), Cary Karlson, a resident of Greenville, is set to retire on July 31. Cary Karlson, 65, joined the WCEA in 2012 after numerous years of experience in wholesale trade and product development. During his time at the WCEA, he was responsible for rebuilding the organization into the premier ...

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Director of local children’s organization wins prestigious national award

Cynthia Chauvin, the director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Hancock County, a local program that works with children who have experienced abuse or neglect, has been named the program director of the year by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children. Chauvin is one of nearly 900 local program directors nationwide. The National ...

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WealthPartners hires Launius and Beers

WealthPartners in Ridgeland announced the hiring of Kristy Launius, CPA, CPFA, as its Retirement Plan Services Specialist of the Corporate Retirement Plans Division and John Beers as a Wealth Management Analyst. Beers oversees client account activities at WealthPartners by helping research market analytics and investment solutions and identify exited parameters of clients’ defined risk preferences and mitigation of accounts. Formerly ...

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