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Beau Reopening Makes it a Family Affair

22 August 2006

BILOXI, Mississippi -- As reported by the Sun Herald: "The Aug. 29 reopening of the Beau Rivage means coming home for the McDougal family of Long Beach.

"Jon G. McDougal and his wife, Catherine McDougal, are returning to work at the Beau along with their two sons, their daughter-in-law and Mrs. McDougal's brother. After Hurricane Katrina hit, they thought they all were without jobs. Now they are back on the payroll with 3,800 other people at the Beau.

"It's been a year of stress, frustration, change and finally hope.

"Some family members evacuated for the storm, while others holed up at the parents' home off Klondyke Road. Initial news reports about the Beau and other casinos were bleak.

"'We just assumed it was gone,' said Mellisa McDougal, the daughter-in-law who works in room reservations.

"...The blow was especially crushing for son, Jon D. McDougal, who was newly hired as a senior systems engineer. He had driven a moving truck filled with belongings from Atlanta about a day and a half before the storm hit..."

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