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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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Hattiesburg bank to buy Louisiana, Florida lenders

Hattiesburg Business Today First Bancshares Inc. of Hattiesburg has announced the purchase agreements for two banks for more than $33 million. The holding company for The First, First Bancshares Inc., in a cash deal bought common shares valued at $31 million to acquire Iberville Bank of Plaquemine, La. First Bancshares also announced an all- stock agreement with Gulf Coast Community Bank of ...

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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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