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Brent Quick joins Neel-Schaffer as project manager in Laurel office

Neel-Schaffer, Inc., has announced that Brent Quick, PE, PS, has joined the firm and will serve as a Construction Project Manager in the firm’s office in Laurel, Mississippi. Quick has nearly 25 years of engineering experience, all in various roles with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. From 2007 through early 2020, he served as an Engineer IV in MDOT’s Laurel ...

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Jones College inspires three generations at Blackwell Timber Company

ELLISVILLE – The Ricky Blackwell family tree is full of foresters and Jones College graduates. In 1993, when Ricky Blackwell Jr. came to Jones to major in forestry, a family tradition began that now spans over three generations. Technically, his father, Ricky Blackwell Sr. planted the “forestry bug” in his son and grandsons while hauling pulpwood. He also had previous ...

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HOME TOWN — Rasberry helps make Laurel a special place to live

By NASH NUNNERY To say Jim Rasberry loves his hometown of Laurel might be the understatement of the century. In 2006, Rasberry Financial Services was one of a handful of tenants occupying the city’s once-bustling downtown. Many small businesses had left for other areas of town. Federal urban renewal projects had turned the center of Laurel into what resembled a ...

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City aims to borrow $3M to fix flash flooding problems

A south Mississippi city wants to borrow $3 million for drainage repairs. Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee tells WDAM-TV that the bond issue won’t fix all the city’s drainage issues, but it could allow the city to provide local matches for grant funds. Magee says recent rains show that Laurel’s drainage system needs the work, saying “people get sick of flash ...

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Hattiesburg airport director: Essential Air Service program needs to be revised, not eliminated

By BECKY GILLETTE The proposed elimination of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program under the budget proposed by President Donald Trump is of concern in rural states such as Mississippi, where four of the seven commercial service airports in the state receive EAS subsidies. Getting rid of the program is not a new idea. » Read complete story at HATTIESBURG ...

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Lott Furniture reaching 100th birthday during a time of downtown Laurel renaissance

By BECKY GILLETTE Back in the 1940s, Blues musician Blind Roosevelt Graves sang and played his guitar in front of Lott Furniture at 320 Front Street almost daily. “He and his brother, Uaroy, drew massive crowds to Front Street just to hear them play, locals and travelers alike,” said Rodney Rowell, who owns Lott Furniture with his wife, Angie. “It’s ...

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Laurel Mercantile a “store of curiosity” helping revive downtown Laurel

“It is amazing the kind of life you can live in Mississippi”   By BECKY GILLETTE Three Laurel couples, including one whose HGTV Home Town pilot on renovating historic homes in Laurel had 2.2 million viewers, recently opened a new store downtown, Laurel Mercantile at 414 Front Street, that sells only unique items that have to reach the bar of being such high quality ...

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