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Starkville's Broadcast Media wins awards

Posted 3/17/2011 in Business

Broadcast Media Group of Starkville recently won five Addy awards, including Best of Show for Broadcast, at the American Advertising Federation's annual awards celebration in Greenville.



Houston company completes Cadence Bank deal

Posted 3/7/2011 in Business

A Houston company that invests in community banks has completed its $30 million buyout of Starkville-based Cadence Financial Corp. and invested $144 million in Cadence Bank, the companies said today.



Ice cream, too? Weyerhaeuser plant's cellulose fibers found in dizzying array of products

Posted 3/4/2011 in Business

Tree pulp isn't just for paper, and the tree fiber produced at Weyerhaeuser's Columbus Cellulose Fibers plant can be found in some surprising places.



Severstal sells three U.S. plants in $1.2 billion deal

Posted 3/2/2011 in Business

Severstal, which operates a flat-rolled steel mill in Columbus, sold three of its U.S. mills to a New York-based investment firm in a $1.2 billion deal, Reuters reported.



Burglar sets fire to Columbus liquor store

Posted 3/1/2011 in Business

A liquor store in the Holly Hills Plaza on Highway 45 North was burglarized and set on fire late Monday.


Starkville's State Theater gets new life

Posted 3/1/2011 in Business

This isn't your old State Theater. The latest reincarnation of Starkville's utilitarian Main Street theater, slated to open later this week, includes the familiar bar and music fare supplemented by 35 flat-screen televisions, cigars, cheesecake, chicken wings, wine and the kids from Jersey Shore.

$3.15 and counting: Locals feeling pinch as fuel costs rise

Posted 2/24/2011 in Business

As turmoil in the Middle East continues, gas prices are increasing across the nation, and the Golden Triangle is no exception.


Phone scam targets Lowndes

Posted 2/19/2011 in Business

The Columbus Police Department is warning residents about a new phone scam targeting customers of a local bank branch.



Home building slows to crawl in Columbus

Posted 2/19/2011 in Business

The Columbus Building Department issued only eight single-family residential building permits in 2010, marking possibly the worst year ever for new home construction in the city.


KiOR yet to land refinery customer

Posted 2/19/2011 in Business

While work has begun at the site of the KiOR plant in Columbus, the company has yet to secure a contract with a refinery that would process its synthetic crude oil -- and free up $75 million in state loans.


Cadence CEO Mallory resigns

Posted 2/17/2011 in Business

Lewis Mallory Jr., chairman and CEO of Cadence Bank, plans to retire from the company after the sale of the bank to a private equity firm is completed, the company said in a release.



Feds approve Cadence buyout

Posted 2/16/2011 in Business

Cadence Financial Corp., the parent of Cadence Bank, says the Federal Reserve has approved its buyout by a private Houston, Texas-based investment firm.


A snow day for working parents, too

Posted 2/11/2011 in Business

It was another snow day for Columbus and Lowndes County Thursday. And that meant many working parents were forced to take a snow day as well, or head into work with children in tow.


Starkville planning commission approves hotel, condo projects

Posted 2/9/2011 in Business

The Starkville planning and zoning commission Tuesday approved plats for a new hotel on Highway 12 and more than a half-dozen condominiums in the newly renovated Creamery at Central Station.


Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Starkville

Posted 2/8/2011 in Business

Larry Tabor, owner of the former University Inn on Spring Street, confirmed Monday the lobby and restaurant portion of the old hotel is being demolished to make way for a Buffalo Wild Wings franchise.


KiOR says it's close to receiving federal loan guarantees for biofuel plants

Posted 2/3/2011 in Business

KiOR, a Pasadena, Texas-based company, says it is a step closer to receiving federal loan guarantees to build four biofuel refineries -- two in Mississippi and one each in Georgia and Texas.



Starkville mayor vetoes sidewalk exemptions

Posted 2/3/2011 in Business

Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman Wednesday vetoed the Board of Aldermen's recent amendments to the city's sidewalk ordinance, which exempted four streets south of Highway 12 from sidewalk construction requirements.



Main Street Columbus celebrates 'monumental' year

Posted 2/2/2011 in Business

Downtown Columbus gained 11 businesses, lost five and brought in about $6 million in private and public investments in 2010, according to Main Street President Todd Gale.


Hotels attract interest of restaurant chains

Posted 2/2/2011 in Business

As one new hotel approaches its grand opening and Castle Properties prepares to break ground on another, local developer Mark Castleberry predicts more hotel projects on the horizon. And hotel projects are attracting the interest of chain restaurants potentially locating in Columbus.


Columbus contractor appeals license suspension

Posted 2/1/2011 in Business

A Columbus construction firm is embroiled in dueling lawsuits while it appeals the suspension of its license.



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