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Finding art in everything: Starkville's Stringer finds calling in graphic design work

Posted 5/11/2011 in Business

Graphic Designer Casey Patrick Stringer sees art and design in everything. He blames it on his education at Mississippi State University, where even the computer-centered artists have to take all sorts of fundamental art classes.


BancorpSouth to close 23 branches in six states

Posted 5/11/2011 in Business

BancorpSouth Inc. said Tuesday that it will close 23 bank branches in six states this summer as part of a plan to consolidate operations.


Church's plan to occupy downtown Columbus theater challenged

Posted 5/10/2011 in Business

Hope Community Church served up a steaming cup of controversy Monday when it asked the Columbus Planning Commission to let it move downtown and set up a coffee shop.


PetSmart joining T.J. Maxx in Columbus shopping center

Posted 5/6/2011 in Business

T.J. Maxx and PetSmart will be neighbors in Columbus this fall. Both are slated to open in the old Goody's shopping strip, where Burlington Shoes and Old Navy still are located.



Severstal resumes operations at Columbus steel plant

Posted 5/6/2011 in Business

Severstal has resumed operations at its Columbus steel plant following a power outage caused by last week's severe storms, the company said Friday.



Business Briefcase 5-5-11

Posted 5/5/2011 in Business

Dennis J. Erby; Brandt Galloway and Kevin Stafford; Robyn Crossley East.


Columbus' Old Navy, Belk stores get renovations

Posted 5/5/2011 in Business

Two local retailers are under renovations, in an attempt to make the stores more shopper friendly and merchandise more accessible.


Columbus-based Sanderson closes Butler, Ala., plant

Posted 5/5/2011 in Business

Sanderson Plumbing Products is closing its plant in Butler and laying off the plant's 50 remaining employees.


Ruben's 'Miss Helen,' wife of restaurant's founder, dies at 92

Posted 5/4/2011 in Business

With a familiar smile and a wry sense of humor, "Miss Helen" Prescott greeted customers and friends to Ruben's Fish and Steakhouse for 56 years.


Severstal Columbus names new manager

Posted 5/3/2011 in Business

Severstal North America has appointed 35-year industry veteran Wilbur A. Winland vice president and general manager of its Lowndes County steel plant.



Severstal still without power following storm

Posted 4/30/2011 in Business

While power was restored in the Golden Triangle on Wednesday night and Thursday, Columbus steel plant Severstal is still without power.



CAFB reports drop in local economic impact

Posted 4/29/2011 in Business

After losing federal funding in 2010, the Columbus Air Force Base has reported a sharp drop in its local economic impact for that year.



Paccar anticipates expansion as economy improves

Posted 4/28/2011 in Business

Paccar started building engines at its 440,000-square-foot Lowndes County plant in December 2010. Since then, 2,200 engines have been assembled at the facility, and 600 have been delivered to customers.



Trustmark first-quarter earnings largely flat

Posted 4/27/2011 in Business

Trustmark Corp., which has 150 banking offices in the South, posted a first-quarter profit largely unchanged from a year ago as the company continued reducing its number of bad loans.


New Fairfield Inn draws 'good, strong occupancy' -- and a few jobs

Posted 4/26/2011 in Business

Today's official grand opening of the Fairfield Inn and Suites off 18th Avenue North in Columbus is part of the answer to a need for newer and higher-quality hotels in the Golden Triangle. And for the 20 new hires at the plush, new hotel, the business means much more.


EMCC nixes plan to buy Columbus Country Club

Posted 4/26/2011 in Business

After catching flak from some constituents, East Mississippi Community College trustees voted Monday to reverse a decision to negotiate the purchase of the Columbus Country Club.



BancorpSouth posts first-quarter loss

Posted 4/26/2011 in Business

Tupelo-based BancorpSouth Inc. posted a first-quarter loss after increasing its provision for possible credit losses.



Business Briefcase 4-21-11

Posted 4/21/2011 in Business

Kristen Kittle McCaskill; Perry Sansing; Varetta Banks; Severstal; Jason Ebert


Starkville's Asian Market provides exotic, foreign groceries

Posted 4/19/2011 in Business

STARKVILLE -- The crabs are still moving at the Asian Market in Starkville. You'll catch it in your peripheral vision. A small flick grabs your attention. The crabs on ice in an open cooler, between the oysters and the shrimp, are so fresh they've still got some kick left in them.

Pain at gas pump could ease over summer

Posted 4/16/2011 in Business

Drivers across the region are feeling the impact of escalating gasoline prices, but there's a bit of good news: Industry experts don't expect summer prices to be as bad as many have feared.


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