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Hattiesburg council delays vote on land development code

Hattiesburg City Council has voted to postpone adopting an ordinance establishing a new land development code. The new code, more than three years in the making, still had some language that needed to be clarified. City Attorney James Gladden recommended Monday the council make the changes, re-advertise the changes and vote on the code in January. The Hattiesburg American reports ...

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Jones County voters say they want to keep 2 courthouses

Jones County voters, in a non-binding referendum, say they want the county to keep operating separate courthouses in Laurel and Ellisville. WDAM-TV reports voters Tuesday rejected a consolidation proposal by a margin of nearly 2-to-1, with 16,768 votes against consolidation, and only 8,693 votes for it. County supervisors had proposed closing one of the courthouses, which are 8 miles apart, to save ...

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Bellevue officials: 250 signatures needed for petition

The push to incorporate the Bellevue community may soon reach a milestone. John Adcock, proposed mayor of Bellevue, tells The Hattiesburg American they are within 250 signatures of the total needed to file for incorporation. In accordance with Mississippi incorporation procedures, Adcock says officials will step up their efforts to garner the signatures of two-thirds of the registered voters in ...

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Tissue maker plans Hattiesburg plant, will hire 230-260

By JACK WEATHERLY Tissue paper manufacturer Sofidel America Corp. announced on Thursday that it bought a building just constructed by another company in Hattiesburg and will hire 230 to 260  workers. Sofidel acquired the new 400,000-square-foot building  in the Hattiesburg-Forrest County Industrial Park From Green Bay Converting Inc., which had intended to set up expanded operations there. Green Bay will maintain operations at its ...

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Loan approved for hangar at Hattiesburg-Laurel airport

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport is one step closer to its new hangar. During Monday’s meeting of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, The Hattiesburg American reports board members authorized and approved a loan not to exceed $230,000 on behalf of Forrest County and the Airport Authority from the Mississippi Development Authority. The funds will help build the airport’s 17th general ...

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Southern Miss scores a safety for stadiums

By NASH NUNNERY The epicenter for spectator sports security isn’t located in a mega-metropolis such as New York, Chicago, London or Barcelona. Actually, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is housed on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The Center is the nation’s first academic center dedicated to spectator sports safety and security ...

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Group plans new city in Lamar County

PURVIS — Residents of the Bellevue community of Lamar County are launching a petition drive to become a city. The Hattiesburg American reports a group called Citizens of Bellevue has been studying incorporation for the past 13 months. Organizers outlined their plans Thursday to the Lamar County Board of Supervisors. The city would span about 15 square miles with an ...

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Mississippi blueberries going global

South Mississippi blueberries are going global. Members of the Miss-Lou Blueberry Co-op, which includes farms from Poplarville, Purvis and Lumberton, have for the first time exported their produce to India and the United Arab Emirates. All told, members shipped 9,000 pounds of what those in the industry call “blues.” Luis Monterde oversaw the selection and packing of the blues from ...

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Houston busisnessman buys Hattiesburg, Laurel Captain D’s

Houston businessman Michael Knobelock is purchasing Captain D’scorporate restaurants in Hattiesburg and Laurel as part of a deal that will include the multi-franchise owner building four new restaurants in Houston. Knobelock owns 47 Church’s Chickens, 21 Little Caesars units, three Sears Appliance and Hardware stores and a couple of independent restaurant concepts. The move by Captain D’s is part of its ...

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