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County to ask if it can use unspent hurricane recovery money

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County officials will ask the state for permission to move $1.6 million in unused hurricane recovery funds to help support other projects. The largest amount of unused cash is in the government annex facility fund. Other projects which had additional cash include the Lakeshore Community Center, the Stennis Airport Hangar project, and the Mississippi Highway ...

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Mississippi Coast leads in urban economic growth in 2013

JACKSON — The economy along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast grew rapidly in 2013, while growth slowed in the state’s other metropolitan areas. The figures, released Tuesday by the U.S. Commerce Department, show that gross domestic product expanded by 4 percent in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metropolitan area in 2013. That’s a big pickup from 0.1 percent growth in 2012. Growth in the Hattiesburg ...

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Ladner appeals conviction for Katrina cleanup kickback

BAY ST. LOUIS — A former Hancock County road department manager is appealing a Mississippi judge’s refusal to throw out his conviction in a Hurricane Katrina kickback case. Roger Ladner, the former road manager, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2012. Ladner also was ordered to pay $1.13 million in restitution. Ladner’s wife and his two brothers were ...

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Bids are in and being reviewed for new sports complex

BAY ST. LOUIS — Hancock County officials are looking over bids received for a proposed sports complex. Century Construction and Realty of Tupelo submitted a bid this week slightly over $11 million; and Mike Rozier Construction of Hattiesburg submitted a bid of $9.85 million. Supervisors took no action because the bids came in several million dollars over budget. Supervisor Steve ...

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Stennis Space Center welcomes SpaceX to test site

HANCOCK COUNTY — Stennis Space Center traces its beginnings back in the 1960s and the Apollo manned lunar missions. Now the Hancock County propulsion facility is on the verge of testing rocket engine technology to propel humans to other planets through a new partnership between NASA and SpaceX. SpaceX announced in 2013 that it would bring the initial testing of ...

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Rickshaws rolling in Old Town Bay St. Louis?

BAY ST. LOUIS — Brenda Cuevas has approval from the city to get her Old Town Pedicabs business going. Now she needs $7,800 to buy two bicycle rickshaws so she can start moving people around the downtown business district. The city council unanimously approved a special exception to the zoning ordinance so Cuevas, a hairdresser and owner of Strandz, can ...

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Organizers want new festival on Gulf Coast to go regional

Organizers of ArtsAlive! 2014 are billing their March 22 multimedia event in Bay St. Louis as a new sort of arts festival in this festival-rich coastal region. The daylong program will showcase a blend of art, music, food and literature throughout the historic downtown area, drawing artists and art lovers from all directions. Response to the buildup has been enthusiastic, ...

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Plans for beach green space unveiled on Mississippi Gulf Coast

BILOXI — Land south of U.S. Highway 90 where Harrah’s Entertainment planned to build the original Margaritaville Casino would become green space under a proposal presented this week to Biloxi officials. Jason Wald, a project manager with Yates Construction, met this week with members of the city’s development review committee. Wald said Harrah’s officials want the area to be open ...

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