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Storm system causes damage across South, Central U.S.

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A large storm system packing high winds, rain and some possible twisters tore across several states in the South and central U.S. yesterday, blacking out power to thousands, downing trees and damaging homes. One death was reported when a large tree blew down on a shed in Nashville, Tenn., where a man was sheltering, police told Nashville ...

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Offices move to temporary site in wake of courthouse fire

EUPORA — Webster County government offices displaced by a recent fire that gutted the 1915-built building opened to the public with limited services at 8 a.m. today at 16 East Fox Avenue in Eupora, according to a release from Beverly Pettigrew Kraft, public information officer, Administrative Office of Courts. Offices of the Webster County Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor-Collector, ...

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Power strip caused fire that destroyed historic court

WALTHALL — Authorities say a predawn fire that gutted the Webster County courthouse in Walthall was caused by an electrical short. Sheriff Tim Mitchell told supervisors an investigation showed yesterday’s predawn fire started when a power strip in a first-floor office on the southwest corner of the building shorted out. Mitchell says the fire marshal’s office says the fire is ...

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Historic courthouse destroyed in predawn fire

WALTHALL — A predawn fire today has gutted the Webster County courthouse. The two-story courthouse was built in 1915. The town of Walthall is located just north of Eupora on Mississippi Highway 9 Eupora Fire Chief Richard Love says the call came in to the Emergency 911 Center about 2:20 a.m. He says the southwest corner of the building showed ...

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Senator 'misspoke' when comparing Sandy to Katrina

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday he misspoke when he suggested in a Senate speech that damage from Superstorm Sandy was worse than that inflicted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In a short statement released by his office, the Nevada Democrat said he “simply misspoke” in comments Friday criticizing House Republicans for delaying legislative action to provide ...

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MEMA releases update on Christmas Day storm damage

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said. Damages have been reported in 12 counties and officials continue to assess the situation, but there have been no reports of fatalities in Mississippi, Mississippi Emergency Management spokesman ...

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City awards contract for harbor project; repairs piers

PASS CHRISTIAN —The city of Pass Christian has awarded a $13.8 million contract for the final phase of its harbor expansion project. The Sea Coast Echo reports the board of aldermen awarded the contract to Silverton Construction of Jackson. Mayor Chipper McDermott says work on the 10-month contract is expected to begin immediately since Silverton is currently on site completing ...

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Communities in race with deadline to spend Katrina money

VICKSBURG — Warren County and Vicksburg want to decide before the end of 2012 on how to spend a remaining $1.75 million in Hurricane Katrina recovery money. The Vicksburg Post reports the money runs out in 2013. The county got $3.8 million in 2008 to clean drainage ditches inside Vicksburg. Warren County was among 49 in Mississippi declared federal disaster ...

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Ex-Coast mayor wants judge to toss Katrina fraud plea

GULFPORT — A former Gulfport mayor is asking a federal judge to throw out his guilty plea almost three years ago to a felony charge of stealing FEMA funds. The plea deal Brent Warr entered into with the government allowed him and his wife to walk out of court with no prison time. The Sun Herald reports Warr’s attorney argues ...

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Thieves hit city's sports complex; steal bleachers

MCCOMB — Officials say thieves have stolen more than $8,000 worth of equipment from the McComb Sports Complex. The Enterprise-Journal reports everything from nuts and blots to the very bleachers that fans sit in were taken from the park and from a nearby shed. The shed was also damaged. Mayor Whitney Rawlings said the city board will have to approve ...

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