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Community Bancshares acquires Florida holding company

BRANDON — Community Bancshares of Mississippi Inc., the holding company for Community Banks throughout the Southeast, has acquired Community Holding Company of Florida Inc. and its subsidiary bank. Terms were not disclosed. With the completion of the Florida transaction, Community Bancshares will now operate Florida offices in Miramar Beach and Crestview. Freddie Bagley, CEO of Community Bancshares, said: “The headlines read ...

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BorgWarner expanding plant again; adding 50 new jobs

WATER VALLEY — Auto parts maker BorgWarner Drivetrain Systems says it plans to add another 50 jobs at its Yalobusha County plant. It’s the third expansion at the site in two years for company, which now has 485 employees. The company makes parts for automotive transmissions. BorgWarner is hiring more workers to make a transmission system, which enables engines to ...

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Former students file lawsuit against Virginia College

JACKSON — A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of seven women accuses Virginia College’s Jackson branch of fraud, breach of contract and negligence in its medical assistants program. The lawsuit was filed last week in U.S. District Court in Jackson. It claims the privately operated, for-profit school didn’t prepare students for the job market and falsely certified they were qualified ...

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MSU scientists looking to stop leaf blight in soybeans

STONEVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists are trying to identify soybean varieties resistant to a disease that can reduce yields by more than 20 bushels per acre. MSU plant pathologist Gabe Sciumbato and research associate Walter Solomon are checking soybean varieties for purple leaf blight through MSU’s soybean variety trials. Both are Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researchers at ...

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Study ranks River Oaks second in nation for spinal procedure

FLOWOOD — River Oaks Hospital has received the nation’s second-highest ranking among hospitals performing spine discectomy, or the surgical removal of herniated discs that are pressing on a nerve or the spinal cord. River Oaks was also ranked 21st on the list of the nation’s top 25 hospitals in the area of spine fusion, a surgical procedure that joins, or ...

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BorgWarner adding 50 jobs in Water Valley for new auto transmission product

Global powertrain supplier BorgWarner is expanding operations at its plant in Water Valley to begin manufacturing a new ECO-Launch system that enables the stop-start function in automatic transmissions. By adding the new product to its production line BorgWarner expects to create 50 new jobs at the plant. This latest expansion marks the company’s third in two years; in 2010, BorgWarner ...

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Corps warns of dredging on falling river without a permit

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports it is working to hard to keep low water levels from closing commercial navigation on the rivers in its 68,000 square mile area of responsibility. According to the National Weather Service this year’s drought is affecting nearly 61 percent of the country and is causing problems ...

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SBA offering disaster loans in four southern counties

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes as a result of drought that began Jan. 3. The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River and Stone. ...

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Hard Rock considering new hotel; to ask city for incentive

BILOXI — Hard Rock Casino officials are considering building a new 12-story hotel tower in Biloxi. Tomorrow, they will ask the city for a tourism incentive. The Sun Herald reports Biloxi extends the incentive to tourism businesses and agrees to forgo ad valorem tax on the improvement value for up to seven years. The incentive doesn’t cover school or county ...

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MSU playing beat-the-clock with construction projects

STARKVILLE — With students set to begin fall classes in three weeks, Mississippi State University — with the help of five separate contractors — is working to get as much finished as possible before their return. Officials tell the Commercial Dispatch everything is on schedule. That includes Oak and Magnolia residence halls, which are still under construction but which officials ...

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