C Spire completes acquisition of MegaGate Broadband

RIDGELAND — C Spire announced today that it has completed the acquisition of MegaGate Broadband, a regional provider of phone and Internet services to businesses. Based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, MegaGate, founded in 1990, serves most Mississippi business markets as a competitive local exchange telecommunications provider and as an Internet service provider. As part of the merger […]

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C Spire completes acquisition of MegaGate Broadband

RIDGELAND — C Spire announced today that it has completed the acquisition of MegaGate Broadband, a regional provider of phone and Internet services to businesses. Based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, MegaGate, founded in 1990, serves most Mississippi business markets as a competitive local exchange telecommunications provider and as an Internet service provider. As part of the merger…

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Drew Brees settles lawsuit alleging investment fraud

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has settled a lawsuit with a former teammate who allegedly advising him to invest $160,000 in tax credits that turned out to be bogus, court records show. The suit filed on Brees’ behalf in federal court in 2013 alleged former Saints long snapper Kevin Houser, a…

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Canadian company purchasing Southern Lumber for nearly $50M

HERMANVILLE — A Canadian company is buying a sawmill in southwest Mississippi for $48.7 million. Canfor Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, said yesterday that it would buy Southern Lumber Co. of Hermanville from the Dearman and Sulser families. Southern Lumber makes pine boards, specializing in wide and long lumber, with a yearly capacity of 90…

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4-County Electric gets smart grid product from ACS

COLUMBUS — 4-County Electric Power has reached an agreement with Association Advanced Control Systems (ACS), a global provider of smart grid solutions, to install ACS’ PRISM SCADA system to better serve the cooperative’s 46,000 members in eastern Mississippi. “We selected ACS based upon their longevity, stability and their successful history of serving electrical cooperatives with…

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State health officials identify two more cases of enterovirus-D68

FORREST COUNTY and CALHOUN COUNTY — Mississippi health officials are confirming two more cases of a virus that causes respiratory illness in children. The Mississippi State Department of Health says in a news release that the two cases were reported in young children — one from Forrest County and the other from Calhoun County. A…

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Drivin’ and honky-tonkin’ — Bridging the Blues returns for third year

The King Biscuit Blues Festival, now in its 29th year, gives attendees a chance to get a street-level view of the blues, The state of Mississippi is actively engaged in a campaign to “package” the blues in an effort to promote regional tourism, a prime example being the multi-state Mississippi Blues Trail. That is also…

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The Blake at Oxford expected to open next fall

OXFORD — Ridgeland-based developer Cardinal Ventures has unveiled the development of The Blake at Oxford, an assisted living and memory care community located at 110 Ed Perry Boulevard in Oxford Commons adjacent to Oxford Conference Center. Estimated at $15 million in turnkey development costs, the 100-unit, 85,000-square-foot community will be the newest addition to the…

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Another school district joins Musgrove-led MAEP funding lawsuit

SUNFLOWER COUNTY — The Sunflower County school district is joining a lawsuit against the state, seeking to recover a shortfall in education funding and bar future underfunding. There are now 21 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Sunflower County, created by a merger of the Sunflower County, Indianola and Drew districts,…

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Horticulture industry seeing first increase in business since Katrina

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state’s horticulture industry is seeing an increase in business for the first time since Hurricane Katrina swept away a large chunk of the state’s infrastructure, inventory and markets. “The nursery, greenhouse and landscape segments are looking up right now,” said Geoff Denny, horticulture specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service.…

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