In a time when companies across the country are struggling to survive, a handful of new businesses in Starkville are thriving, thanks in part to the city's collective taste for sweets.
Companies are still trying to learn how to best use social media for marketing and profit. In next week's column I plan on giving some tips on how local businesses can use social media for promotions. For now let's look at a handful of interesting contests that are currently running online.
Since 2003, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Kiln has operated as Mississippi's only brewer, churning out locally flavored beer and becoming a small business success story. It isn't what it could be financially because of Mississippi's laws that restrict the alcohol content in beers to 5 percent alcohol by weight, the lowest in the nation.
Health advocates are renewing their push for a bill to ban smoking in all enclosed public places in Mississippi, including restaurants and casinos.
Bond has been set at $1 million for a man charged with murder in a slaying on Monday in the Pratts community of Lee County.
Omnova Solutions Inc. is coming off what its executives say was a highly profitable and record year in many respects, including a major acquisition. Yet fourth-quarter earnings disappointed Wall Street.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen Tuesday night took another step toward upgrading the city's Information Technology Department.
Visitors to The Dispatch's building in downtown Columbus may have noticed renovations taking place in the front office.
Pearl River County Supervisor Hudson Holliday will formally kick off his campaign for the Republican nomination for governor on Thursday with a rally at the courthouse in Poplarville.
Plans for Mississippi to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides of the civil rights movement have been announced by Gov. Haley Barbour.
Two of four teenagers killed a year ago in a fire at a Hoover motel were honored at the high school where they had graduated seven months earlier.
Emergency officials say a 36-year-old Madison County man died after falling about 20 feet from a deer stand.
Robert Bentley has made the transition from physician and state legislator to Alabama's governor.
As he traveled the country working as a Thai restaurant chef, Lloyd Chanachai was saving his money and collecting recipes. Chanachai, part-owner and chef of Bann Thai on Military Road, is one of several restaurateurs who recently braved the economy and opened an eatery in the Columbus area.
Police in Tuscaloosa say two young women fended off a 20-year-old man who broke into their apartments by punching him in the face.
A south Alabama man is going to jail for killing a driver by throwing a street sign through a car windshield.
The newest member of the Mississippi Senate says she's ready to work with her colleagues, and she believes lawmakers' actions over the next four years will set the state's course for a generation to come.
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