Dudy Gras celebrates start of Bulldogs’ baseball season
For the past seven years, fans of Mississippi State University baseball have celebrated the start of the forthcoming season with a quirky parade that begins in downtown Starkville and culminates just beyond the left field wall at Dudy Noble Field.
The event, known as Dudy Gras, is an homage to Bulldog baseball and the school’s famed Left Field Lounge, a seasonal collection of trucks, trailers and other contraptions that create a one-of-a-kind tailgating atmosphere at the ballpark.
Cutoff property included in fraud crackdown
Felicia C. Adams, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi, and James E. Ward, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, announced recently that Richard C. (“Chris”) Ungren, 38, of Olive Branch, Ronnie G. Beard, 46, of Okolona and James W. Pulliam, 62, of Mansfield, Texas have been charged as defendants in three separate indictments by the federal grand jury for the Northern District of Mississippi.
Each faces charges of making fraudulent claims for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) benefits following the tornado and flooding disasters that hit Mississippi in the Spring of 2011.
Trees in town sprout talk
It was no surprise that trees and the town’s tree ordinance were the main topics of discussion at last Monday’s Planning Commission meeting.
New adviser to the Town of Tunica Planning Commission Bob Barber of Hernando met for the first time with members Lou Erwin, Sonia Gibson, Georganne Perry, Jack Wilkes and Kate Hughey. The commission has recently been operating without a consultant. Ward 2 and 4 aldermen have not appointed members to the board.
Company hoping to harvest future in Tunica
Since 2003, what had once been Tunica’s most prominent and visible manufacturing facility – the Pillowtex bedding factory – had been abandoned after the company filed for bankruptcy and closed its operations in Tunica and abroad.
Today, however, this great white elephant is breathing new life, as one of the region’s most recognized agricultural businesses has found a new purpose for the building.
Jimmy Sanders, Inc. — one of the largest agricultural input suppliers and distributors in the Mid-South – took over the facility in late fall. The company, which supplies agricultural chemicals, as well as a variety of seed and fertilizers, to row crop farmers, is using the 375,000 square foot building as one of its primary distribution centers for the region.
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