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Scianna Hall ‘transformative’ for USM College of Business, dean says

» Business student numbers up while USM total enrollment is down   Hattiesburg Business Today Faye Gilbert narrowly missed getting to inaugurate a new home for the College of Business and Economics at Radford University in Virginia, where she served as business school dean. But the opportunity arose anew upon her arrival at the University of Southern Mississippi in summer ...

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Appeals court rules for Hattiesburg ward redistricting

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Hattiesburg’s five-district ward plan does not dilute the voting power of African American residents. According to a judgment filed Monday before Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart and circuit judges Catharina Haynes and Edith Brown Clement, the court found no error in the city’s system, which under a Revised Proposed Redistricting ...

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PineBelt Foundation gains esteem accreditation

The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation in Hattiesburg was recently accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. Community Foundations establishes legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. The program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors. The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation ...

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IRS agent: Hattiesburg pastor diverted $60,000 to his church

An IRS agent says that a Hattiesburg pastor took $60,000 from a federally-funded housing rehabilitation program to subsidize his church. WDAM-TV reports IRS Agent Bradley Luker testified Thursday in the trial of the Rev. Kenneth Fairley, who faces conspiracy and theft charges in an indictment that alleges he skimmed money. The leader of Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Fairley denies guilt. ...

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Hattiesburg’s Turtle Creek Crossing sells for $48.1 million

Stirling Properties of New Orleans has closed on a $48.1 million purchase of Hattiesburg’s Turtle Creek Crossing. Sterling called the acquisition the largest in the history of the 40-year-old commercial real estate company. The 39.9-acre retail center situated on the “going home” side of heavily traveled U.S. Highway 98 covers 295,000 square feet and is across from Turtle Creek Mall. ...

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Hattiesburg council overrides mayor's veto of funding law

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council will now review the mayor’s changes to the budget, employee positions and vacancies and other items without they take effect. The city council voted 4-1 Monday to override Mayor Johnny Dupree’s veto of the amended ordinance. DuPree said the council was overstepping its authority. Council members said they were being fiscally responsibility. The Hattiesburg ...

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Hattiesburg police chief, city attorney retiring

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has announced the retirement of City Attorney Charles Lawrence and Police Chief Frazier Bolton. The announcement came at the end of the city council’s meeting Tuesday night. Lawrence said he was retiring to focus more time on his ailing wife and also because he did not want to be the “focus of division” in ...

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Former Southern Miss coach Turk dies at 71

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Former Southern Mississippi basketball coach M.K. Turk died on Friday morning. He was 71. Turk led the Golden Eagles for 20 seasons from 1976 to 1996 and finished with a school-record 301 victories, two NCAA tournament appearances and six NIT appearances, including one NIT championship. The school confirmed Turk’s death on Friday. He’s the only Southern Miss ...

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Mississippi Polymer Institute signs MOU with WIINTECH Cluster in Germany

The Mississippi Polymer Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the WIINTECH group, which signifies the first official step in moving local Mississippi businesses toward international collaboration with the companies that are a part of that network. In the spring of 2012, Mississippi Polymer Institute, along with the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at The University ...

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