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Cattlemen taking advantage of online sales program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cattle producers and buyers are finding a win-win method of marketing cattle in the Cattlemen’s Exchange and Homeplace Producer Sales. Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is partnering with several organizations and sale barns to offer auctions in Winona and Hattiesburg for cattle that may never pass through either of those cities. Cattle remain on their home farms ...

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Six Toyota dealerships win President's Award

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Six Mississippi Toyota dealerships have won Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc.’s President’s Award for outstanding sales and service. The six dealerships are: Gray-Daniels Toyota in Brandon; Carl Hogan Toyota in Columbus; Oakes Toyota in Greenville; Herrin-Gear Toyota in Jackson; Estabrook Toyota in Pascagoula; and, Carlock Toyota of Tupelo. The President’s Award recognizes Toyota dealerships throughout the ...

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Peoples Bank earns national attention for SBA lending

MENDENHALL — It took an independent community bank to earn the State of Mississippi’s first honor as a National Lender of the Year as named by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Mendenhall-based Peoples Bank has been selected by the SBA to receive the Small 7(a) Lender award. This national award is presented to lenders that have used SBA loan ...

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CredAbility customers set new pay-back record

JACKSON — CredAbility reports that in 2010, 27,818 consumers participated in its Debt Management Plans (DMP) and paid back more than $122 million to their creditors. The $122 million is a record for the 47-year-old nonprofit credit counseling organization, and a 3 percent increase from the $118 million paid back in 2009. “Many consumers are deciding to take control of ...

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Ag Man, Part 3

JACKSON- Retiring agriculture commissioner Lester Spell, a veterinarian and former mayor of Richland, looks back at his tenure at the Miss. Department of Agriculture.

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Soybean farmers fighting wind, rain, weeds

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi soybean farmers have started planting in spite of unpredictable spring weather that has brought strong wind and heavy rains to some areas while leaving other regions dry. About 10 percent to 20 percent of the soybean crop is planted. “We are a little behind where we would like to be normally because the weather has hampered ...

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BankPlus, Society establish Japan Relief Fund

RIDGELAND and JACKSON — BankPlus, in collaboration with the Japan-America Society of Mississippi (JASMIS), has established the JASMIS Japan Relief Fund to coordinate charitable donations to aid those in Japan affected by the March earthquakes and tsunami. Dr. Paul Tashiro, JASMIS president, said, “The Japan-America Society has been receiving inquiries and donations from all over the state and beyond. By ...

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Battelle selects SmartSynch technology for Ohio project

JACKSON — Battelle has selected the SmartSynch GridRouter communications module to serve as the Home Energy Manager (HEM) component to compliment its Active Demand Management System (ADM). Terms were not disclosed. Battelle’s ADM enables real-time pricing and pre-programmed home energy management. The groundbreaking system will debut as a 1,000 customer pilot as part of AEP Ohio’s gridSMART Demonstration Project designed ...

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B&K reports much-improved quarterly net income

NATCHEZ — The board of directors of Britton & Koontz Capital Corporation report net income and earnings per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, of $575,000 and $.27 per diluted share, respectively, compared to $63,000 and $.03 per diluted share, respectively, for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. During the first quarter of 2011, B&K’s provision for loan ...

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