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Ship Island still popular, vulnerable

Ship Island has long been a popular attraction for visitors who come from as far away as Europe and Canada to enjoy the sun, surf, marine life and wildlife 11 miles off the Mississippi Coast. The island, one of five barrier islands in the Gulf Islands National Seashore, is known for its natural beauty – but it has been battered ...

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Ballard writing again

Civil War author, professor and Mississippi State University archivist Michael B. Ballard has turned the page and begun writing another chapter in his own life-retirement. Ballard, whose most recent book “The Civil War in Mississippi: Major Campaigns and Battles” was released in 2011 by University Press of Mississippi, is an MSU doctoral graduate in history, who also earned his bachelor’s ...

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Councilwomen certified

Greenville City Councilwomen Ann Hollowell and Carolyn Weathers have completed the professional development level of the Certified Municipal Officials Program from the Mississippi Municipal League. Weathers and Hollowell join Councilwoman Betty Watkins in attaining the highest level of CMO certification through MML.  

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Remembering those we lost in 2012

Eudora Welty once wrote in The Optimist’s Daughter, “The mystery in how little we know of other people is no greater than the mystery of how much.” Here are some of the Mississippians that we lost in 2012 as reported by the Mississippi Business Journal and other media outlets. University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine dean emeritus Dr. ...

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Armer filling seat

Attorney Tristan R. Armer was recently appointed to the Jackson County Harbor Commission. Armer will be filling the unexpired seat of Tom McIllwain. The Jackson County Board of Supervisors appoints the seven-member commission. Armer is an associate with Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer & Burror, P.A. in Pascagoula where he primarily practices in the areas of workers’ compensation claims, longshore and harbor ...

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Shands retires from library

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library director Alice Shands is retiring after serving for about four years. Assistant director Erin Stringer will act as interim director during the search for Shands’ replacement. Shands, who came to the library from the Sunflower County library system, said she plans to move to Memphis, Tenn., in January.  

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Byington moves to Capitol

After 42 years with the Clinton Police Department, chief Don Byington is leaving to take another full-time law enforcement job as head of the Mississippi Capitol Police. Byington will retire from the city of Clinton Dec. 31 and the next day will become administrative director of the Capitol Police, a force that’s a little larger than the 50-employee Clinton Police ...

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Hospital honors employees

Mississippi State Hospital recently honored employees with December anniversary dates for their years of service to the hospital. The recipients include: Tamika Lee of Jackson, 10 years; Lewayna A. Hilliard of Jackson, five years; Sarah Newsome of Brandon, 20 years; Carrie Noland of Brandon, one year; Michelle Guy of Ridgeland, one year; Tracey Triplett of Jackson, 10 years; Cody Lee ...

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Hodge joins office

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has added Cliff Hodge to in its Jackson office. Hodge, who joins as senior counsel and a member of Baker Donelson’s Business Litigation group, handles corporate and litigation matters for banks, brokers, broker-dealer firms and other business clients. He has represented more than 20 banks in Mississippi in matters ranging from lender liability ...

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Heiselt named director

April K. Heiselt is being named director of Mississippi State University’s new Center for the Advancement of Service-Learning Excellence. She will also continue to serve as an associate professor in the College of Education’s counseling and educational psychology department. Faculty advisor for the Maroon Volunteer Center, director of the Service DAWGS (Donating a Wonderful Gift of Service) student-employee volunteer program ...

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