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EX-SOUTHAVEN MAYOR-APPEAL

Judge: Public bond cannot be used for appeal

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A judge has ruled that former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis cannot use his $100,000 public official bond from the city to cover his appeal in a case with the state auditor's office.

The Commercial Appeal reports Hinds County Chancellor Dewayne Thomas issued his order Monday denying Davis' request to use his public official bond.

The appeal bond is required when a defendant wants to delay payment of a judgment until his appeal is heard.

Davis filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court after Thomas ruled in May that the former mayor must repay over $73,000 for improper personal expenses billed to the city for trips, expensive dinners, alcohol and clothing.

PASS CHRISTIAN SLAYING

Hearing set in Harrison County capital murder case

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 5 in the capital murder case against Stephen Hagin, accused of killing a man whose body was in the final stages of decomposition when his remains were found.

The Sun Herald reports 26-year-old Hagin is accused of shooting 38-year-old Brian Edwin Bachtel of Saucier during a robbery near Pass Christian in June.

Hagin also is from Saucier.

The case is set before Harrison County Court Judge Gaston Hewes.

Hagin has been in custody with no bond since his arrest June 20. At the time, he was on probation for a felony conviction of taking away of a vehicle.

WEYERHAEUSER EXPANSION

Lumber company announces Philadelphia expansion

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) - Weyerhaeuser Co. is investing $57 million to modernize over the next three years at its softwood lumber mill in Philadelphia.

Weyerhaeuser says in a news release Monday the work will be done in a series of phases.

Plans are for installation of two continuous direct fired kilns and a new planer mill.

Weyerhaeuser's Philadelphia sawmill is one of the company's longest-running manufacturing facilities.

The mill was purchased from DeWeese Lumber Company in 1967 and employs approximately 188 people. The mill produces approximately 220 million board feet of Southern Yellow Pine lumber.

Company officials say products are shipped to more than 140 customers in 30 states.

Stan Webb, unit manager for Weyerhaeuser Softwood Lumber, says the customer demand for lumber products has improved over the past year.

NATCHEZ HOSPITAL

Adams County sets hospital sale date

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - The auction of Natchez Regional Hospital is scheduled for Sept. 11.

If all goes to plan, the hospital will be sold to Community Health Systems.

The Natchez Democrat reports bidders must be qualified by Sept. 8.

The starting bid for the auction will be the $18 million.

Community Health Systems is the bidding stalking horse. That means the price it negotiated with the Natchez hospital would be the bottom bid when the hospital is placed on the market.

If no one outbids the stalking horse, the sale will automatically go to Community.

NRMC opened in 1960 as Jefferson Davis Memorial Hospital. Its $2.4 million construction was underwritten by local, state and federal funds.

It has been financially independent since 1974 and does not receive tax support.

MUSEUM FUNDING

Ocean Springs Museum of History asks for funds

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Jackson County supervisors have assured Betty Magee, director of the Ocean Springs Museum of History, they will consider funding the museum over the next five years.

She's asking for $20,000 a year.

The museum that takes up two rooms in the west wing of the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center. But the goal is to eventually move out, get accreditation and become one of a small, elite group of museums in the state.

Supervisor John McKay tells The Sun Herald on Monday that the county already gives to the cultural center and wanted to make sure they wouldn't be double paying.

McKay pointed out that the Walter Anderson Museum of Art needs money to fix an air conditioner and that the museums and centers really compete for the same resources.

NATCHEZ-FILM COMMISSION

Natchez mayor pushes for film commission

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - Natchez Mayor Butch Brown says he'd like to form a local film commission to follow quickly on the heels of the release of the James Brown biopic "Get On Up."

The movie premiered in New York City Monday and will premiere locally Saturday evening, with a nationwide launch Aug. 1.

The majority of the film, which focuses on the life of the Godfather of Soul from the time he was 5 until he was 60, was filmed in the Natchez area.

Brown tells The Natchez Democrat he wants to see the commission formed with members who understand the film industry and know how to talk to professionals and movie-making agencies.

Brown said he expects to have the commission launched by Sept. 30.

BEACH ROBBERY

Police: Gulfport casino guest robbed on beach

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Gulfport police say a woman lured an Island View casino guest to the beach so two men could rob him at gunpoint.

Police say the man told authorities a woman had approached him inside the casino and tried to sell him a laptop computer. The man said he followed her to the beach early Monday morning, where two men approached him. He said one had a shotgun and they took his cash.

The Sun Herald reports 22-year-old Dylan Spencer Thomas, 28-year-old Dustin Lee Rivers and 24-year-old Ashley Nacol Adams were arrested on charges of armed robbery and possession with intent to distribute meth.

Thomas and Rivers also were arrested on a charge of possession of a weapon by a felon.

It was unclear whether three have attorneys.

BILOXI BEACH

Beach closure lifted in Biloxi

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The portion of Biloxi beach from Travia Avenue to Iberville Drive opened to the public again after a sewage spill July 15.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says lightning struck a lift station during a storm and sewage spilled into the Sound until an emergency bypass was put into effect.

The Sun Herald reports samples taken by the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory show bacteria have returned to acceptable levels.

OBIT-RED TOPS-MCKAY

Red Tops vocalist dies at 87

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Rufus McKay, a lead vocalist for the popular dance band The Red Tops, died Sunday in Vicksburg. He was 87.

River Region Health System in Vicksburg spokeswoman Leigh White says McKay died Sunday at the hospital. The cause of death was not released. Funeral arrangements are pending. There was no immediate list of survivors.

Between 1953 and 1974 the Vicksburg-based Red Tops entertained dancers with their distinctive mix of blues, jazz, and pop. McKay's rendition of "Danny Boy" was a crowd favorite.

The Red Tops stopped performing regularly in the mid-'70s but reunited on a number of special occasions.

McKay moved to Las Vegas and sang with Stanley Morgan's Ink Spots and other vocal groups before returning to Vicksburg in 2000.

TROPICAL WEATHER

Tropical depression moving westward in Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical depression is moving west in the Atlantic and is expected to degenerate over the next few days.

The depression's maximum sustained winds early Tuesday were 35 mph. Little change is strength is expected Tuesday, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center says some weakening is expected by Wednesday night. The depression is forecast to degenerate into a trough of low pressure in two to three days.

The depression is centered about 910 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west at about 17 mph.

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