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City advances plan to place turf in sports complexes

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal TUPELO • The city is one step closer to replacing the natural grass fields at two of its sports complexes with artificial turf fields. The Tupelo City Council voted to finalize a contract with Sloan Landscape Architecture for $150 an hour to draw the initial designs for installing artificial turf at Ballard Park Baseball ...

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Reunion Clubhouse named Clubhouse of Year by Golf Inc Magazine

Reunion Golf & Country Club’s new 33,000 square-foot clubhouse has been named the “Clubhouse of the Year – Top New Private Clubhouse” by Golf Inc. magazine, the world’s only magazine for golf course developers, owners and management company executives. The $16 million clubhouse opened in August 2018 and is the newest luxury amenity to be added to the 2,100-acre private ...

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Youth sports tourism a home run when it comes to economic impact

By BECKY GILLETTE Some parents encourage their kids to get involved with sports as a way to keep them from spending too much time with their phones and electronic devices, or from getting into trouble. Sports are also helpful to help build self-esteem and combat childhood obesity. But the bottom line is that many kids love to play sports and ...

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Economic impact growing as girls’ volleyball becomes more popular

By BECKY GILLETTE Girls rule in youth volleyball. Volleyball is the most played girl’s sport in the world. But Mississippi has been slower to catch on to this trend than many other states, possibly in part because competitive volleyball is an expensive sport. Not all parents can afford to pay for club dues and travel expenses. It is a high ...

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Mississippi’s oldest golf course files for bankruptcy

Mississippi’s oldest golf course has filed for bankruptcy. Gulfport’s Great Southern Golf Club filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on Wednesday. In an initial filing, the court lists both assets and debts as being between $1 million and $10 million. Board President Ellis Hill tells the Sun Herald the club wants to restructure $4 million in debt it has accumulated ...

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Country Club Of Canton names Webb GM and golf pro

Country Club Of Canton, announced the appointment of Ralph “Butch” Webb to the position of General Manager & Head Golf Professional. Webb moves to Canton from Rolling Pines Golf Course in Berwick, Penn., where he was Golf Professional and General Manager. Webb is a Class A PGA Professional with some 25 years experience. He is also certified by Titleist Performance ...

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ROSS REILY: House that Mayers built gets its deserving name

Dr. Ronnie Mayers had a vision. He wanted to build a world-class competition swimming pool to serve the community, house classrooms for students and be home to one of the best college swim teams in America. No, it wasn’t in Oxford or Starkville or Hattiesburg or even in Jackson. It was in Cleveland — yes, Cleveland. Delta State University has ...

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Mississippi casinos win more as sports betting boost extends

Casinos on the Mississippi Gulf Coast won the second-highest monthly amount ever in March, boosted by betting on the NCAA basketball tournament. Although casinos in other parts of Mississippi remain beset by increasing competition, they too have been showing strength since the advent of sports betting. Figures released this month show gamblers lost $212 million in March, up 5% from ...

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Braves want to win hearts as 15th anniversary season begins

By TED CARTER A Wikipedia report has it that at least a dozen Jackson Mets players wed young ladies they met while in Jackson. That’s a lot of love. That the game was played on a diamond probably didn’t hurt. And with both love and baseball blooming in the spring, the Mississippi Braves are throwing in a diamond ring of ...

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A Shuck Nation is born as Biloxi Shuckers embark on 4th year

By TED CARTER A Shucker uprising at the turnstiles requires a Shuck Nation. So goes the thinking from the winter brain storming of the Biloxi Shuckers on strategies for filling up MGM Park, the baseball venue adjoining MGM’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. The idea is to make the product stickier. In the Shuckers new world, you make “sticky”  by ...

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