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Merchants Co. lands $12.3M military contract

HATTIESBURG — The Merchants Co. of Hattiesburg has been awarded to provide food and beverage services to the U.S. military. The contact, awarded through the Defense Logistics Agency, has a maximum value of $12.3 million. The company will provide services to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Air National Guard. Merchants says it supplies fresh and ...

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Construction materials prices show some volatility

WASHINGTON — Construction materials prices expanded just 0.1 percent in December and are up 1.3 percent year over year, according to a Jan. 15 Producer Price Index released by the Department of Labor. Nonresidential construction materials prices also rose only 0.1 percent for the month and are 1 percent higher than the same time one year ago. “Materials prices continue ...

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FNC index: Home prices continue moderate rise

OXFORD — The latest FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) shows U.S. home prices continuing to rise at a modest pace despite at a flatter rate when compared to the spring and summer months. This trend largely reflects a decline in housing activity. The index, constructed to gauge underlying property value based on non-distressed home sales only, was up 0.5 percent ...

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SBA disaster loans available due to 2013 drought

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration’s 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 located in Mississippi as a result of drought between Aug. 27 and Oct. 21, 2013. The disaster declaration includes Attala, Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, ...

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Recent cold snap good news and bad news for farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Record low temperatures the first week of January plunged the state into a deep freeze, but the cold came too early to cause significant plant damage or have much effect on insect pests in 2014.   Horticulture… Lelia Kelly, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most plants were firmly in their dormant stage when ...

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Coast runners take no bull during run

More than 100 people decided to save the airfare to Spain and instead run with the bulls on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The bigger news is all participants lived to tell about it. Rodeo cowboys got to watch as about 150 runners, from a high-school teacher to a coliseum official, dashed to stay ahead of 10 bulls for quarter-mile around ...

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City cracking down on non-licensed taxicabs

VICKSBURG — Complaints from Vicksburg residents and taxi companies have moved police to crack down on bootleg cabs operating in violation of a local ordinance. Police Chief Walter Armstrong tells The Vicksburg Post that police have received calls from some city residents complaining about the cabs, adding one resident has made several complaints about the illegal, unmarked vehicles driven by ...

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Hospital lands grant to make tower hurricane resistant

PASCAGOULA — A $17 million grant will let Singing River Health System renovate the south tower of Singing River Hospital, fortifying it against hurricanes. Chief operating officer Kevin Holland tells The Mississippi Press that improvements paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will include windows able to withstand 150-mph winds. He says existing windows are rated up to 90 ...

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Proposed Ocean Expo Aquarium still in limbo

D’IBERVILLE — Dr. Moby Solangi can’t say when construction might begin on the $70 million to $80 million Ocean Expo Aquarium that was envisioned as a big tourist attraction. The city of D’Iberville has already spent millions on the deal, but the project is at a standstill. On Dec. 9, 2011 when D’Iberville city officials broke ground on the Ocean ...

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