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Tax-free weekend starts today

Posted 7/27/2012 in Area

Back-to-school shoppers throughout the state will get a break this weekend, thanks to a Mississippi law that excludes many purchases from state sales tax.



Aberdeen closes deal on land for plant

Posted 7/27/2012 in Area

Aberdeen officials have signed a sale option with SPW and Associates of Birmingham, Ala., in hopes of bringing in a biofuel plant.


Maloney chosen as Growth Alliance VP

Posted 7/26/2012 in Area

The West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance has chosen a new vice president for economic development. Link CEO Joe Max Higgins confirmed the hiring of Ron Maloney on Wednesday saying Maloney was the "hands down" choice for the position.

Universities land federal grant to pursue energy efficiency

Posted 7/26/2012 in Area

Thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Energy, three public universities in Mississippi will be sharing funding to support energy efficient facility improvements in order to cut energy consumption by 20 percent by 2020.


KiOR receives key registration from EPA

Posted 7/25/2012 in Area

KiOR is one important step closer to putting its products in America's gas tanks.



Trustmark profits dip as costs rise at Miss. bank

Posted 7/25/2012 in Area

Trustmark Corp. says profit in 2012's second quarter fell 2.7 percent from the same three months of 2011, as expenses rose and noninterest income fell at the regional bank.



Log jam of cases nothing new for circuit courts

Posted 7/24/2012 in Area

While the majority of cases involve various drug charges and property crimes, judges with the 14th Judicial District are set to preside over trials on aggravated assault, felony DUI, armed robbery, kidnapping and various sex crimes as the July term of Circuit Court begins this week in Oktibbeha County.



Parents, merchants ready for tax-free weekend

Posted 7/24/2012 in Area

Mississippi shoppers will get a break from sales tax this weekend as the annual tax-free weekend begins Friday at midnight. The tax-free shopping law was passed by the Mississippi Legislature in 2009 as a way to help families with the financial strain of back-to-school shopping.


MSU Officials: Penn State sanctions are wake-up call

Posted 7/24/2012 in Area

The leadership at Mississippi State University watched with one critical thought Monday as the NCAA delivered one of the most unique and strongest penalties to Penn State University.

Sharing a love for the outdoors

Posted 7/21/2012 in Area

North Mississippi native Jay Stokes remembers the thrill of killing his first deer when he was 10 years old. Now, Stokes is spending a large part of his adult life making sure hundreds of young people all over the Golden Triangle and beyond can feel that same thrill.

Corn-ucopia: Local farmers could be sitting on a cash crop

Posted 7/21/2012 in Area

With corn futures closing at record highs on Friday and a drought continuing to devastate crops in the Midwest, area farmers could see more lucrative turnover with this years harvest.

Big Joe Shelton named manager of Main Street Macon

Posted 7/21/2012 in Area

Mississippi bluesman Big Joe Shelton has been named manager of Main Street Macon.


Steering committee to hold meeting

Posted 7/20/2012 in Area

The steering committee formed to explore creating a tri-county industrial development partnership will hold its first meeting on July 24, it was announced, but the site of the meeting was not disclosed.



Six chosen for role on Crawford's new fire board

Posted 7/19/2012 in Area

After years of not having a proper board in place, residents in District 4, including the Plum Grove Community and the Town of Crawford, have made steps to increase fire services in their community.



4-H group learns lessons at 4-County event

Posted 7/19/2012 in Area

A group of 99 Mississippi 4-H leaders received a lesson Tuesday at the 4-County Electric Power Association corporate office.


Financing delays Silicor as deadlines approach

Posted 7/18/2012 in Area

The beginning of September will mark one year since a California-based solar silicon manufacturer chose Lowndes County for its sprawling new facilities. But after pushing the start date back several times, the company may soon be faced with having to request an extension or risk losing the hefty incentive package that state and local officials worked so hard to craft.


Few details emerge as new group organizes

Posted 7/17/2012 in Area

The steering committee charged to explore forming a tri-county economic development group for the Golden Triangle is off to a slow start -- if it has started at all.



17 people hurt in Tuscaloosa bar shooting

Posted 7/17/2012 in Area

A gunman opened fire early this morning at a bar in the hometown of the University of Alabama, wounding multiple people, police said today.



Cadence mum on management shake-up

Posted 7/17/2012 in Area

Three days have passed since the resignations of two banking center presidents in Columbus and Starkville, but Cadence Bank officials remain tight-lipped on the management shakeup.


CVB weary of Legends talk; Sherrod signs on as pitch man

Posted 7/17/2012 in Area

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau has elected a new leader. During Monday's regular board meeting, Dewitt Hicks was unanimously chosen to serve a one-year term as board chairman. He replaces outgoing chairman George Swales. Hicks, who was appointed to the board by the City of Columbus, urged his board members to work together.


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