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Several Mississippi cities reelect mayors, others see change

Jun. 09, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mayors won reelection Tuesday in Mississippi's two largest cities, Jackson and Gulfport, and a Republican was elected in Tupelo to succeed the Democratic mayor who did not seek a third term. Voter turnout was low in several cities as people elected...

Kayaking, canoeing in Mississippi: What you need to know

Jun. 05, 2021 00:06 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The number of paddling trails for kayakers and canoers is continuing to increase in Mississippi as the interest in outdoor activities grows. The most recent addition is a blueway extension in Hattiesburg, but there are plenty of additional...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jun. 02, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

Tupelo Daily Journal. May 26, 2021. Editorial: Everyone deserves kudos after a difficult school year Most area schools celebrated graduations over the past weekend, marking the end to a strange, difficult year. The end of the...

Section of highway named for civil rights pioneer Kennard

May. 30, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A highway section near the University of Southern Mississippi has been named to honor a civil rights pioneer who was wrongfully convicted after he tried to enroll at the all-white university in the 1950s. The Hattiesburg American reported that...

Early civil rights activist honored in Hattiesburg

May. 28, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A minister who testified before Congress about the need for voting rights in the 1950s will be honored in Hattiesburg for work as an early civil rights activist in Mississippi. A new historic marker will be unveiled Saturday honoring the late...

Four people killed when plane crashes into Mississippi home

May. 05, 2021 22:48 PM EDT

A small plane crashed into a Mississippi home, killing one of the home's four occupants and three Texas residents who were flying to a university graduation ceremony, authorities said Wednesday. A National Transportation Safety Board investigator was en route to...

Kohler Power to add 75 jobs at Mississippi generator plant

May. 02, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi home generator manufacturer is bringing another 75 jobs to its site in Hattiesburg. Kohler Power Co. announced Thursday a $6 million capital expansion to its home standby generator assembly plant in the Hattiesburg Industrial...

Party animals: Hattiesburg zoo reopens some activities

Apr. 10, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi zoo is again booking birthday parties and overnight camping adventures, a year after those activities were halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Hattiesburg Zoo has birthday party openings on Saturdays and Sundays,...

South Mississippi sheriff set to run for US House in 2022

Apr. 07, 2021 20:10 PM EDT

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A sheriff in south Mississippi says he will challenge U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo in the 2022 Republican primary. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell announced his campaign Wednesday. He said in a statement that he believes his experience as a law...

Program mentors preteens girls to give them connections

Mar. 28, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman says she runs a mentoring program for preteen girls because she remembers feeling isolated at that age. Elizabeth Reimonenq is a wife, mother and the owner of Magic Hands hair salon in Hattiesburg. ...