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Mat Sinking Unit coming home early due to high water

VICKSBURG — The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ended its annual mat sinking season two and a half months earlier than planned. The Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) stopped operations Jan. 2 due to high water and strong currents. At approximately 10 a.m. on Jan. 2, the final decision was made to halt work. The MSU, ...

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Illinois company buys Olive Branch shopping center

OLIVE BRANCH — Inland Real Estate Income Trust Inc. of Oak Brook, Ill., has acquired the 159,258-square-foot Wedgewood Commons Shopping Center in Olive Branch for a purchase price of $33.9 million. The property consists of four buildings and an existing structure suitable for the development of an additional 10,838 square feet of leasable space, increasing the center’s retail space to ...

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Callon issues statement on Lone Star board candidates

NATCHEZ — Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) has confirmed that Lone Star Value Management has filed notice to nominate two candidates to stand for election to Callon’s board of directors at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Callon issued the following statement: “Callon’s board of directors and management team are fully committed to creating value for all Callon shareholders and welcome shareholder ...

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Ergon buys Bunge North America's interest in joint venture

JACKSON — Ergon Inc.’s wholly owned subsidiary, Ergon Ethanol Inc., has acquired Bunge North America Inc.’s interest in and now owns 100 percent of Ergon BioFuels, LLC located in Vicksburg. Financial terms were not disclosed. Effective Dec. 31, 2013, Bunge-Ergon Vicksburg, LLC changed its name to Ergon BioFuels, LLC. Ergon BioFuels began as a joint venture between Ergon Ethanol, Inc. ...

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SBA disaster loans available for storm victims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding business owners in Mississippi that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations affected by the severe storms and tornadoes on April 11-12, 2013. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) up to $2 million are available at ...

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Retired circuit judge dies of illness at 73

SUMMIT — Mike Smith of Summit, a retired circuit judge in south Mississippi, has died after a long illness. He was 73. The Administrative Office of Courts says Smith died Wednesday at Franklin County Hospital in Meadville. Services are 11 a.m. today at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb, with burial in Union Church cemetery in Jefferson County. Smith earned his ...

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Lawmaker to push for online voter registration

JACKSON — State Sen. David Blount, a Democrat from Jackson, is drawing up a bill for the 2014 Legislature to allow online voter registration. The Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday. Blount told The Clarion-Ledger that he doesn’t believe there will be widespread opposition because mail-in voter registration is allowed now. Also, he said the new law requiring people to show ...

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County gives 10-year tax break to Aurora Flight Sciences

COLUMBUS — Lowndes County has given Aurora Flight Sciences a 10-year property tax exemption for its investment in the final expansion of its facility. Without the exemption, the unmanned aircraft manufacturer would have paid $9 million to the county in taxes through the next decade. The amount equals what Aurora invested in a 30,000-square-foot addition to its facility. The Commercial ...

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Thirty applications received for tourism director position

BILOXI — Dec. 31 was the deadline to apply for the job to lead South Mississippi’s regional tourism-promotion efforts. Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau chairman Rich Westfall tells the Sun Herald the search committee will review the resumes and find the best person. Westfall says 30 applications for executive director came from across the country and he ...

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