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Hunter honored by American Welding Society

DURANT — The Durant plant of Hunter Engineering Company has received the American Welding Society’s “Image of Welding” Award at the FABTECH exposition at Chicago. The award is presented annually in seven categories: Individual, AWS local chapter, Large Business (200+ employees), Educational Facility, Distributor (Welding Products), Educator, Small Business (less than 200 employees), and media. Hunter received the award in ...

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Undeclared allergen prompts See's Candies recall

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — See’s Candies Inc. is recalling one code of eight-ounce Almond Clusters, because they may contain peanuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. The total number of boxes produced that may contain peanuts is 3,600. The product was distributed to ...

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Public retirement system study panel urges cost-of-living freeze

A three-year moratorium on cost of living allowances, or COLAs, for Mississippi’s retired public employees is a key recommendation of a report that will be released by Gov. Haley Barbour Wednesday. The moratorium recommended by a Barbour-appointed study commission could save the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi about $40 million annually for three years but would deprive about 80,000 ...

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PEER investigates complaints against utility authorities

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The PEER Committee has released a report on its finding involving county utility authorities and their use of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Infrastructure Program. The executive summary of the report says: “In the 2006 Regular Session, subsequent to Hurricane Katrina, the Legislature passed the Gulf Coast Region Utility Act, which authorized creation of individual county ...

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Fight continues over congressional redistricting

ADAMS COUNTY and WILKINSON COUNTY — Republicans and Democrats continue fighting over moving Adams and Wilkinson counties in southwest Mississippi from the 3rd Congressional District to the 2nd. That dispute looms large in the latest filings in the federal court case. Attorney General Jim Hood dropped remaining objections to a three-judge panel redrawing Mississippi’s congressional districts, after the Legislature failed ...

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Resort management continues to shuffle with Warren's resignation

CHOCTAW — Executive changes continue at Pearl River Resort with the sudden resignation of president and CEO and the hiring of a new CFO. The Choctaw Resort Development Enterprise (CRDE) board has accepted the resignation of Pearl River Resort president and CEO Bryce Warren. He was just named president and CEO of Pearl River late last month. Choctaw Chief and ...

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Authorities negotiating with man charged with Katrina fraud

WAYNE COUNTY — Court records indicate that federal authorities are negotiating a plea with a man charged with Hurricane Katrina fraud related to debris removal in Wayne County. Judd Johnston was an inspector charged with signing off on loads of debris removed from county property. The November indictment in the case says Johnston was paid to sign fraudulent documents claiming ...

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Credit union opens Stone County office

WIGGINS — Biloxi-based Keesler Federal Credit Union has opened its newest location in Stone County. The new facility is located at 1107 East Frontage Road, Suite A, in Wiggins. Keli Saucier is the branch manager with Merry Gress and Rachel Riley as the financial services representatives. Tellers for the branch are Nikki Craft and Melissa Hodges. A grand opening and ...

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Author/journalist/educator Milner dies in Texas

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — Texas author Jay Milner, who went from being a football star to a coach to a journalist, novelist and teacher whose contemporaries included David Halberstam and Larry McMurtry, has died in Fort Worth, Taxas. He was 88. Milner’s robust career brought him to Dallas in 1969, when Southern Methodist University hired him to reshape the school’s ...

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MDEQ protesting EPA's decision about DeSoto County

DESOTO COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is objecting to a recent announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to include part of DeSoto County in the Memphis ozone non-attainment area. The EPA announced a proposal to include the urban areas of DeSoto County and Crittenden County, Ark., in the Memphis ozone non-attainment area. In a statement, ...

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