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Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport announces new director of finance

Kim Banisch has joined the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport as Director of Finance. Banisch is responsible for directing and managing all airport financial and administrative activities. Banisch holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi. She previously served as a Certified Public Accountant for Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, PLLC in Gulfport, ...

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Street repairs: Study, then borrow? Or borrow, then study?

Leaders of a city in eastern Mississippi are debating how to pay for street paving and other infrastructure projects. Meridian public works director Hugh Smith is looking for city leaders to approve $12 million in bonds, the Meridian Star reported.. “Right now, we don’t have funds in place to do any paving next year,” Smith said Tuesday. Leaders have discussed conducting a ...

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Mobile dims chances for Amtrak renewal on Gulf Coast

Leaders in Alabama’s port city of Mobile are dimming chances for reviving passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast. Member of the City Council’s finance committee withheld support for funding service through Alabama’s port city during a meeting Tuesday. Al.com reported the full council could vote on the issue next week. Amtrak hasn’t operated along the coast since Hurricane Katrina in ...

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Mississippi funding fence to keep animals off runways

Mississippi will pay $3 million for a fence to keep wild animals off the runways of a military base. A Navy official said the state’s job-creation agency, Mississippi Development Authority, has offered a grant to pay for the barrier at Naval Air Station Meridian. The new chain-link fence would be built inside an existing fence surrounding the base, and bottom ...

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Tupelo Regional Airport boardings reach 10,000 for third consecutive year

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Passenger boardings at Tupelo Regional Airport hit a record with Contour Airlines, with 1,624 in December. For the year, enplanements – the industry term used for passengers who have paid for their ticket – reached 15,753, a 22 percent increase from 2018. That figure doesn’t include charter flights, which would push the total ...

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2020 Mississippi Road Builders Association board

The Mississippi Road Builders Association elected the following members to a three-year term: Pepper Beckman, Dunn Roadbuilders (Laurel); Corey Easley, Dunn Utility Products (Byram); Bobby Elmore, Eutaw Construction Company (Madison); Bob Phillips, Phillips Contracting Company (Columbus); Lee Talbot, Talbot Brothers Contracting Company (Nesbit). Hunter Fordice, Fordice Construction Company (Vicksburg) serves as President. Clint Estess, Dickerson & Bowen (Brookhaven) serves as ...

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Mobile to decide key issue on Amtrak future on Gulf Coast

City leaders are preparing to decide a key issue in restoring passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast, where Amtrak hasn’t operated regularly since Hurricane Katrina. Council members are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to commit as much as $3 million over three years to operate Amtrak trains through the city, al.com reported. Katrina badly damaged rail lines in ...

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Paving begins on industrial park road in Union County

Paving on a new road that will access industrial park property was set to begin Thursday and be completed Saturday in Union County. The road is being built off State Highway 30 West across from the Walmart Distribution Center. It will be about three-quarters of a mile long and run between State Highway 30 West and County Road 54. The ...

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Golding Barge invests $20 million, adds 25 jobs

  MBJ staff Golding Barge Line is expanding operations in Vicksburg with a $20 million corporate investment and creation of 25 jobs. Golding Barge Line transports refined petroleum products, petrochemicals and chemical products throughout the U.S. inland waterway system. “We are excited about this opportunity to grow our business. This expansion will provide more employment opportunities, as well as increased ...

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Passenger boardings at Tupelo Regional continue growth

TUPELO • Passenger boardings at Tupelo Regional Airport in November totaled 1,330, the third most since Contour Airlines began service to Nashville in April 2016. For the year, boardings are at 14,129, the most since 2008, when 15,792 passengers boarded. Boardings are increasing for the third consecutive year, following precipitous declines the four previous years Tupelo had two airlines from ...

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