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Long anticipated MSU Riley Center opens in September

Meridian — The long-awaited MSU Riley Center opens to fanfare and anticipation September 8, kicking off a star-filled concert season. The $25 million project is in the finishing stages and getting ready for this fall’s grand opening. The facility includes the renovated Grand Opera House and adjoining Marks Rothenberg and Newbery buildings in downtown Meridian. Over 30 events are scheduled ...

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Waller takes newspaper, business background to MEC

Jackson — The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) has added a new staff member whose name should be a familiar one to most newspaper readers in Mississippi. Scott Waller, after more than 20 years in print journalism, most recently with The Clarion-Ledger, has come on board as senior vice president of public affairs. “There are some outstanding, energetic business leaders in ...

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Australia reaching out to Mississippi business and industry

The Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., is working diligently to find ways to enhance bilateral trade between the country Down Under and the Magnolia State. Last month, Australian Trade Commission (ATC) representatives — Amanda Hodges, consul general and trade commissioner, and Paul Adler, business development manager — visited Jackson in a whirlwind tour coordinated by John Henry Jackson of the ...

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New course takes name from surrounding nature preserve

Vancleave — The Preserve Golf Club opens this week, adding another element to the industry that is leading the Gulf Coast tourism recovery. Affiliated with the Palace Casino Resort in Biloxi, The Preserve is described as “eighteen holes of pure golf in a pristine setting” by the Palace marketing staff. The $20-million, Jerry Pate-designed course is open to the public. ...

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MDWFP expedites getting storm-damaged parks back on track

Ten months after Hurricane Katrina riddled the state with unprecedented wind and water damage, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) has made great strides in renovations despite dealing with red tape over a lack of needed funds. Buccaneer, Percy Quin, Paul B. Johnson, Clarkco and Roosevelt state parks received the brunt of damage from the category four ...

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