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HOPE Credit Union set to replace BancorpSouth in Utica, Edwards

In a move to fill the void left by the planned closing of branches by Bancorp South Bank, Hope Credit Union plans to open locations in the Hinds County communities of Utica and Edwards. The closings in Utica and Edwards at the end of August will leave the towns with no banking services. Tupelo-based BancorpSouth pulled out as part of ...

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HCC expects fall enrollment to hold steady

RAYMOND — Hinds Community College reported its fall enrollment is nearly 13,000 this year. And more students are expected by the end of late registration on Aug. 19, bringing the total close to last year’s 13,500. Kathryn Cole, director of enrollment services at Hinds, said in a news release there were gains this year in part-time student enrollment. Increases had ...

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Aldermen vote to keep funds intact from hospital deal

OXFORD — The Oxford Board of Aldermen has voted to keep intact the $30 million it is getting as its share of the sale of a hospital building to Baptist Memorial Health Care Corps. The board had voted to set aside $2 million of the $30 million to pay for some immediate community needs, while investing the remaining $28 million ...

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Company apologizes for fish kill while officials scramble

PEARL RIVER — Paper producer Temple-Inland Inc. says it believes that a problem with its wastewater treatment facility at a Louisiana plant triggered a huge fish kill on the Pearl River. Meanwhile, the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRV) has temporarily increased the discharge from the Ross Barnett Reservoir to help the lower Pearl River recover. In a statement issued ...

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Lack of housing starts, not drought, hurting forestry

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — It is not the heat or drought but the economy, specifically poor housing starts, that are causing grief for Mississippi’s forestry industry in 2011. James Henderson, forestry economist and management specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said, “There’s no good news for the pulpwood markets, and pine saw timber prices are the lowest they’ve been ...

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Judge tosses lawsuit against 'The Help' author

JACKSON — Did Kathryn Stockett use her brother’s African American maid as the basis for a character in the bestselling novel-turned-movie “The Help?” For now, that question may go unanswered, by a court anyway. A Mississippi judge threw out a lawsuit yesterday in which Ablene Cooper alleged Stockett used her likeness without permission in a book about relationships between white ...

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Coliseum Commission to see hotel proposal

BILOXI — Plans for a 500-room hotel at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center will be presented tomorrow to the Coliseum Commission. Bill Holmes, executive director of the Coliseum and Convention Center, tells The Sun Herald conceptual designs will be shown and the brand name of the hotel may be revealed. In July, Mortenson Development was selected from five firms to ...

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Aldermen lower gaming revenue expectations

VICKSBURG — Low activity at Vicksburg’s riverboat casinos during April, May and early June forced city officials to reduce the anticipated revenue for the current fiscal year. The Vicksburg Post reports the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Aug. 15 reduced the city’s anticipated $5.5 million in revenue from the state’s 3.2 percent tax on gaming machines by $420,000. ...

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GOP, Democrats miss certification deadline

JACKSON — A spokeswoman for Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says Mississippi primary runoffs will take place Aug. 23 as scheduled. Hosemann’s office issued a news release late yesterday afternoon saying the state Democratic Party had failed to certify its results from the Aug. 2 primaries. A short time later, the Democratic Party filed the certified numbers. The secretary ...

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Report: State's consumer confidence waning

STARKVILLE — Mississippians were less confident about the economy in the second quarter of 2011, with slow income growth, housing market uncertainty and higher commodity prices for some items, including food and beverages, among their concerns. The latest Mississippi Index of Consumer Sentiment is showing a 1.5-point drop in confidence, taking the MSICS to a value of 76.5. This reading ...

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