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Tupelo airport board looks to end SeaPort contract

SeaPort has seen enplanements – the number of passengers boarding a plane – in Tupelo fall from more than 350 when it started service in October to fewer than 100 last month. THOMAS WELLS | BUY at PHOTOS.DJOURNAL.COM

For several months, the Tupelo Airport Authority has threatened to end the air service contract with SeaPort Airlines due to its poor performance. Late and canceled flights have plagued the airline, which blames a nationwide shortage of pilots for many of its problems. Since beginning service last October, SeaPort has seen enplanements – the number of passengers boarding a plane ...

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GLENN McCULLOUGH — Teamwork: A winning strategy

economic development

Economic opportunity can change lives. Promoting Mississippi’s advantages to attract new career opportunities while supporting the expansion of our existing businesses is our primary mission at the Mississippi Development Authority. Three key principles guide us and help ensure Mississippi will continue to cultivate economic opportunities for Mississippi families. First, teamwork is essential to winning new investment projects and helping our ...

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COOL AND CONVENIENT — Canton man delighted with mobility device

To learn all the capabilities of the Rio Mobility Firefly hand cycle, Adrian Benson, left, works with Cameron Huff, a physical therapist at Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Assistive Technology Clinic in Flowood and Greg Fleming, a certified Assistive Technology Professional with National Seating and Mobility.

By Susan Christensen Adrian Benson’s new ride attracted rubber-neckers as he whizzed through the parking lot of Methodist Rehabilitation Center’s Assistive Technology Clinic in Flowood. People don’t expect a wheelchair to have a chopper-style front fork or reach speeds of 12 mph. But the innovative design suits Benson’s active lifestyle. “This is what’s up,” said the 40-year-old Canton resident, who ...

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Integrative medicine clinic treats whole body

Second-year School of Medicine students Evan Ciarloni (left) and Jillian Merica give an asthma breathing test to Charley Williams, who copes with asthma.

As if her severe asthma, chronic bronchitis, complicated migraines and allergic rhinitis weren’t enough, single mom Ella Robinson found herself barely able to manage the side issues wrought by often-disabling diseases and the merry-go-round of failed treatment. “I was going through all the psychological effects,” she said of her constant pain and fear that an asthma attack would shut down ...

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Shrimp season interruption, low prices make tough year

Low prices and an unusual season are making it difficult for Mississippi fishermen to harvest the state’s shrimp crop. (Photo by MSU Extension/Dave Burrage)

BILOXI — Mississippi fishermen remain intent on harvesting this year’s shrimp crop in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico despite low prices and a season paused and restarted. Dave Burrage, Mississippi State University Extension professor of marine resources at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, said the shrimp season first opened June 3, closed June 19 when shrimp ...

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Newk’s Eatery named to QSR Magazine’s top franchise deals

Newk's Eatery

QSR Magazine has named Newk’s Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, a top pick for franchisees looking for concepts that deliver a “mutually beneficial relationship.” Fast-growing Newk’s, with more than 80 locations throughout the South and Southeast, was one of 12 concepts recognized by the respected restaurant trade publication. QSR called Newk’s a “rising star,” with a ...

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Weatherly has deep roots in Mississippi agriculture

Oktibbeha County Master Gardener Charlie Weatherly pauses July 23, 2015 beside some of flowers growing in the Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, which he helped establish at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

STARKVILLE — Long before Charlie Weatherly earned the state’s 2015 Master Gardener of the Year honor, his family roots were dug deep into the Mississippi soil. Although he retired from Mississippi State University in 1997, Weatherly has not strayed far from the land-grant institution’s campus or mission. How could he? As a child, he frequently came to campus with his father, Ernest, ...

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Heat not helping state’s corn crop

The majority of the state’s corn is rated in good or excellent condition despite spring rains that delayed much of the crop and recent detrimental heat. This photo was taken June 12, 2015 in Sunflower County. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

STARKVILLE —  Wet spring weather prevented Mississippi farmers from planting as many corn acres as they intended, but despite the heat, the crop is mostly looking good in fields across the state. “We should have a good crop this year, but it won’t be a record,” said Erick Larson, Mississippi State University Extension Service corn specialist. “The planted acreage is down from ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas Blanton’s response to Bill Crawford column

letter to the editor

Response to Bill Crawford column: July 19, 2015 (BILL CRAWFORD: Blanton, court make higher rates likely for MPC customers) Misinformation is the worst kind. Mississippi Power used to be a beloved part of South Mississippi. However their corporate culture has transformed itself over the past few years. In the past it did not threaten its customers, subject its customers to ...

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Price, numbers are up for beef cattle in state

Shade from the summer sun is necessary to keep cattle cool and their food intake high. These cattle were at the Mississippi State University Leveck Animal Research Center in Starkville July 8, 2015. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)

  STARKVILLE — Record beef cattle prices are making Mississippi producers happy to be in the business this summer. Brian Williams, a Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist, said 400- to 500-pound Mississippi calves are selling for $282.50 per hundredweight, and 700- to 800-pound steers are selling for $200 per hundredweight. “Mississippi feeder cattle prices are higher this year than a ...

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