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Bush: Ala. governor first used 'heck of a job' line

Posted 11/9/2010 in Business

Former President George W. Bush says a phrase that haunted him after Hurricane Katrina - "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" - was from a statement of praise he had just heard from Alabama Gov. Bob Riley.



Community Bancorp announces it's raised $1 billion to acquire banks

Posted 11/9/2010 in Business

Community Bancorp LLC, a Houston, Texas-based bank holding company established to acquire, stabilize and operate failed or distressed U.S. banks, announced today that it has completed its capital raise and now has committed equity capital in the amount of $1 billion.



More than 100 flat tires reported in wake of Omnova strike

Posted 11/9/2010 in Business

Omnova Solutions Inc. employees have reported more than 100 flat tires caused by roofing nails and screws since July, two months after union workers went on strike.


Health clinic opens in Columbus Walmart

Posted 11/9/2010 in Business

Walmart's reach expanded into health care Monday. North Mississippi Health Services opened an office inside the Columbus Walmart.


Ala. man turns himself in on Tuscaloosa murder-rape charges

Posted 11/8/2010 in Business

A man charged with raping two women, leaving one dead at an apartment in Tuscaloosa, has turned himself in to police in Ohio after first fleeing to Florida, police said.



Dems hope to stem GOP tide from hitting Miss.

Posted 11/8/2010 in Business

Calls to "take back America" preceded last week's remodeling of the congressional makeup, and a similar refrain may be heard in Mississippi during the 2011 statewide and legislative races, but from a different political party.


Christmas comes early for Columbus retailers

Posted 11/6/2010 in Business

If this weekend's Downtown Christmas Open House is any indication, Columbus merchants could be in store for a busy holiday season.


Cadence calls shareholder meeting to approve buyout

Posted 11/5/2010 in Business

Cadence Financial Corp. has set what may be the final shareholder's meeting in the bank's 125-year history, with shareholders expected to sell their stock to a private Houston-based investment firm.



Cheers: Ala. home of dry Oktoberfest goes wet

Posted 11/3/2010 in Business

Cullman has bratwurst, lederhosen and German oom-pah music at its annual Oktoberfest celebration, and it may now add the one ingredient that's been missing for more than three decades: beer.



Minor voting problems reported across Mississippi

Posted 11/2/2010 in Business

Mississippi election officials reported a few minor problems Tuesday.



Weather a factor in Miss. voter turnout

Posted 11/2/2010 in Business

Weather appeared to be a major factor in voter turnout Tuesday in Mississippi.


Decision time: Two tight congressional races drive voting in Mississippi

Posted 11/2/2010 in Business

JACKSON -- Voting was expected to be brisk today in two of Mississippi's four congressional races, with Democratic incumbents facing tough challenges from Republican state lawmakers. Polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

After five months, Omnova strikers still hold out

Posted 10/30/2010 in Business

After 43 years at Omnova, Gene Gore of Columbus has put in more than enough time to retire. And with six children and 12 grandchildren, he has enough reasons to compel him to do so. But instead of resigning to a life of leisure and bouncing grandbabies, Gore mans the union hall across Yorkville Road from the Omnova plant.


Man dies attempting rescue on highway in Alabama

Posted 10/29/2010 in Business

A man rushing to help a truck driver whose rig was burning on Interstate 65 vaulted a retaining wall and plunged to his death, apparently not realizing he was atop a bridge.



Link earns national awards, article in Forbes

Posted 10/29/2010 in Business

Following a brief bout of negative news at the local level, the Columbus-Lowndes Development Link is making national headlines for the right reasons.


Trucking company plans to expand to former Artex plant in West Point

Posted 10/29/2010 in Business

WEST POINT -- Royal Trucking is moving forward with plans to lease a portion of the former Artex International plant in West Point.


Unemployment remains stagnant in Miss. counties

Posted 10/29/2010 in Business

Mississippi's jobs picture remained largely stagnant in September with the start of the school year giving the only real boost to non-farm employment, the state labor department reported this week.



Expert: Nunnelee will win 1st District seat

Posted 10/28/2010 in Business

A Mississippi State University political expert is predicting a win for Republican challenger Alan Nunnelee in the 1st Congressional District, since incumbent Democrat Travis Childers no longer has the luxury of running alongside a popular presidential candidate.



National GOP politicians stump for Nunnelee

Posted 10/27/2010 in Business

U.S. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor said Wednesday that north Mississippi's congressional seat is a "majority maker" for the GOP and he's urging voters to turn out next Tuesday for the party's nominee, Alan Nunnelee.



Two women raped, one killed in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Posted 10/27/2010 in Business

Police are searching for a suspect in the rapes of two women at an apartment in Tuscaloosa. One of the women was killed.



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