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Sullivan elected president

Charles L. Sullivan, professor emeritus and archivist at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has been elected president of the Mississippi Historical Society. He was named vice president in 2012 and elevated to the presidency during the most recent annual meeting. He will serve as president for one year. Sullivan is the author of “The Mississippi Gulf Coast: Portrait of a ...

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Small banks in Mississippi — An endangered necessity

Mississippi has 19 small banks as defined as banks with less than $100 million in assets. And while most of these small banks that serve as the economic lifeblood of many rural areas of the state didn’t participate in the risky mortgage lending practices blamed for the Great Recession, they may now be endangered by burdensome banking regulations enacted to ...

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CRAWFORD: Lies, statistics and balanced budgets

“Figures often beguile me,” wrote Mark Twain, “particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.'” These days he might have added another with regard to the public sector – “lies, damned lies, statistics, ...

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HARDWICK: Why do people run for public office

The qualifying deadline for local elections in Mississippi has passed. On May 9 voters will go to the polls to select the political party nominees for mayors, alderpersons and councilmembers in most of the Magnolia State’s villages, towns and cities. It is time again to ask the question: Why do people run for public office? This question gets asked often ...

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SCOTT: A health care reform primer

Three years ago this month, one of the most significant changes in the U.S. health care system in history was signed into law. On March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became a fact of life. Its opponents challenged its constitutionality and lost at the Supreme Court in June of last year. Then, with the outcome ...

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Trustmark to acquire Oxford’s two SOUTHBank locations

Just off the closing of its acquisition of Mobile-based BancTrust Financial Group and its 49 Alabama branches, Trustmark National Bank has agreed to buy the two Oxford locations of SOUTHBank, F.S.B. Under the agreement, Trustmark would acquire deposits of the two locations totaling about $11.8 million and the office buildings at 106 Court House Square and 714 Jackson Ave. The ...

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Reeves wins election

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has been elected vice chairman of the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. He will serve as chairman of the organization during the crucial 2014 election cycle. The RLGA is the only national organization committed to raising money and assisting Republicans in their campaigns for lieutenant governor.

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Customers can now know catfish origin

Customers of Mississippi restaurants will now know whether the catfish on their late is domestically produced or is an imported variety of catfish-like pangasius, also sold as basa, tra and swai. Mississippi producers persuaded legislators this month to amend the state’s catfish Country of Origin Labeling law to require restaurants to also identify the origin of froeigh produced catfish. The ...

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