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Delta city gets grants to renovate historic train station

GREENVILLE — The city of Greenville has received funds to refurbish the historic train depot. The Delta Democrat Times reports a grant of $400,000 came from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and a $135,000 grant came from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Walley Morse, secretary of the Joint Greenville Washington County Historic Preservation Commission, says the building was ...

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Coast mayor wants historic fire station saved, not demolished

MOSS POINT — The old central fire station built in downtown Moss Point in 1926 has seen better days, but Mayor Aneice Liddell wants to save it. City council members had earlier voted to tear the hurricane damaged building down, but the mayor vetoed the action. “It could be something with retail, a restaurant; it could be a museum. I’m ...

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Steamboat travel returns to river with American Queen launch

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The churning red paddlewheel propels the pearl-white steamboat along the wide Mississippi River, like a slow-moving time machine through a slice of Americana that harks back to Mark Twain and the history, culture and commerce of the 19th century. Inside the six-level steamboat, passengers enjoy tea time in the ladies’ parlor, rousing musical shows in the Grand ...

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NPS closing section of Natchez Trace due to 'major safety hazard'

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — An eight-mile section of the Natchez Trace could be closed for a year. WAPT-TV reports a major safety hazard will lead to the closure near milepost 94.8 between Ridgeland and Clinton. The National Park Service says the closure will begin today between Interstate 55 and U.S 49. Engineers say there’s the potential for collapse of the roadway ...

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NPS report shows economic impact of Vicksburg battlefield

VICKSBURG — A new National Park Service report shows that 581,459 visitors in 2010 spent $28.9 million in the Vicksburg National Military Park and in communities near the park. The NPS says that spending supported 449 jobs in the local area. Park Superintendent Michael Madell says the NPS report found 52 percent of the spending/jobs was related to lodging, food, ...

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Bank to take over historic Monmouth in foreclosure proceedings

NATCHEZ — United Mississippi Bank was expected to assume ownership of historic Monmouth today in foreclosure proceedings. Warren Reuther, president of New Orleans Hotel Consultants, said his company has met with bank representatives about the possibility of managing Monmouth. Reuther said the bank intends to do everything they can to keep Monmouth open because of the vital role the property ...

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Storm heavily damages historic structure; future uncertain

CORINTH — Part of a historic Corinth building that preservationists have been working to save was badly damaged by a storm. Much of the old Corinth Machinery building collapsed early Saturday after a storm moved through Corinth. New fencing was put up to keep people from getting too close to a building. Co-owner Terry Albright said it appears that a ...

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Plans begin for Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area

STONEVILLE — The board of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area has begun its planning phase. The board announced it had begun planning at a public meeting in Stoneville. Almost 600 individuals and organizations, representing a broad cross section of the Delta’s museums, interpretive centers, tourism agencies, elected officials and educators were invited to attend. The team of professional planners ...

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With McCormick's closing, Greenville takes another step backwards

Once hailed as one of the nation’s great centers for literature, Greenville’s cultural heritage has sustained yet another big blow with the announcement that McCormick’s Book Inn will shut its doors at the end of this month. The privately owned bookstore has been a gathering place for both writers and readers since 1965. In addition to its books, the store ...

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'Civil war' breaks out over proposed Gettysburg casino

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — A divisive plan to build a casino near the site of the Civil War’s tide-turning Battle of Gettysburg is in the mold of many other communities that have successfully meshed gambling with historical tourist destinations, the developer told state regulators yesterday. With opponents enlisting Hollywood power as they rally around the cry of “Save Gettysburg,” developer David ...

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