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Five arrested in cattle theft investigation in Madison and Yazoo counties

On Oct. 22, the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, arrested five individuals for two counts of conspiracy to commit livestock theft, in conjunction with the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. One suspect turned himself in to Yazoo County authorities, and all suspects will be charged in both ...

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GodwinGroup promotes Wert to general manager of Godwin Gulf Coast

GodwinGroup, a Jackson-based marketing and advertising firm, has promoted Kami Wert of Gulfport to general manager of Godwin Gulf Coast. Wert is an agency partner, senior vice president and member of the agency’s executive management team. As General Manager, Wert will be manager of all operations of the Gulfport office. She also will work closely with clients to develop an ...

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Toyota Boshoku expanding, adding nearly 200 workers

MANTACHIE — Automotive supplier Toyota Boshoku is adding 180 jobs at its manufacturing plant in northeast Mississippi. The company said today that it’s investing $21 million at the plant it opened in 2011 in Mantachie, where it makes seat components and door panels for the Toyota Corolla. The parts go to a Toyota Motor Corp. plant that makes the Corolla ...

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(UPDATE) Mother, son found shot to death in Oxford

OXFORD, Mississippi — A north Mississippi elementary school principal and her 12-year-old son were found shot to death early Friday in a home in south Oxford, police said. The bodies of Carol Lavett Gary, 43, and Patrick Earl Gary Jr. were found at a home near South Oaks subdivision on County Road 301. The home is near Mississippi Highway 7, about ...

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Dredge completes 2013 season after 150 days on river

VICKSBURG — The Dredge Jadwin recently returned to her home port of Vicksburg from the 2013 dredging season after 150 days in action. The Jadwin and crew relocated approximately 6.5 million cubic yards of sand and mud from the river channel of the mighty Mississippi River. The Jadwin was one of the last two steam-powered dredges built by the Mississippi ...

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VT Halter already has takers for new floating dock

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine Inc. says it’s already got customers for its newest floating dry dock. The dock is part of an overall expansion plan at the south yard in Pascagoula. The south yard is same location where VT Halter Marine is adding a repair facility for semi-submersible drilling rigs and Panamax-size ships. Bill Skinner, VT Halter Marine CEO, ...

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Council, mayor at odds over temporary workers

MERIDIAN — The Meridian City Council and Mayor Percy Bland don’t see eye-to-eye on the issue of temporary employees who have been on the payroll for years or even decades. “This is not a problem that just happened after July 1 of 2013. This administration will deal with the problem, but these are not issues that have just come about ...

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Accounting error nets school system $1M-plus

BRANDON — A billing mistake worked in favor of the Rankin County School District to the tune of more than $1 million. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann presented a check to the school district yesterday. The error was attributed to an accounting problem by a gas company that leases oil and gas rights from the district. Hosemann says the error ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Touted colleges getting shortchanged

Mississippi Speaker of the House Philip Gunn is one of the few Speakers to get out and about to talk with and listen to voters. Last week he showed up in Scooba to keynote East Mississippi Community College’s annual Business and Industry Appreciation Day. The Speaker said he didn’t know much about community colleges when he was first elected to ...

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