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Hood Packaging wraps up acquisition from Wisconsin company

A Mississippi-based company is the new proud owner of a packaging operation. Bemis Company Inc. of Neenah, Wis., has completed the sale of its Paper Packaging Division. As previously announced, Bemis reached an agreement to sell its Paper Packaging Division to Hood Packaging Corporation, a privately-held company headquartered in Madison and Burlington, Ontario. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Former bank CEO pleads guilty to fraud, money laundering

BUDE — A former bank executive has pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said Larry Barnette Hill, 58, of Meadville, entered the plea in federal court in Jackson. Hill served as CEO of People’s Bank of the South in Bude. Prosecutors say from 2004 through ...

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Governor vetoes bill allowing transport of liquor through dry counties

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Mississippians to transport a limited amount of unopened alcohol through dry counties. Senate Bill 2526 was passed during the waning days of the 2013 session. The bill would let a person buy the liquor in a wet county and drive through dry counties to another wet county. ...

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Mayoral candidate's petition under scrutiny

MERIDIAN — An independent mayoral candidate in Meridian is fighting to keep his name on the June 4 general election ballot. The Meridian Star reports the candidacy of Walter Patton has been challenged by three people who say that some of the people who signed Patton’s petition to run didn’t know what they were doing. Patton and the others are ...

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Road building chief frustrated by lack of highway funds

Mike Pepper had just stepped out of a meeting during yet another long legislative session. The frustration was evident in his voice. It hasn’t been very fun being executive director of the Mississippi Road Builders’ Association lately. Pepper has watched a wobbly economy and dwindling state funding rob his members of work. So, he almost scoffed when asked if he ...

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Non-residential contractors finally hear good news

While there has been a fair amount of good news lately about a rebound in homebuilding in Mississippi and across the U.S., commercial contractors have been waiting impatiently for a little sunshine to come their way. Perhaps their long wait is over. “I’m cautiously optimistic,” said C.J. “Buddy” Edens, president of the Mississippi chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors ...

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Most Southern cities see drop in unemployment rates

SOUTHERN U.S. — Unemployment rates fell in more than 80 percent of large U.S. cities in February from January, suggesting that strong hiring that month benefited the vast majority of the country. The Labor Department says rates fell in 311 of the nation’s 372 largest metro areas. They rose in 45 and were unchanged in 16. Nationwide, employers added 268,000 ...

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Edam cheese celebrates 75 years at Mississippi State

It could be argued that Fredrick Herman “F.H.” Herzer pulled off the greatest coup ever by any faculty member in the history of Mississippi State University. The scientist’s goal was to create a single product that would bring in revenue for MSU for decades to come while at the same time serve as a marketing tool to showcase the university ...

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SemiSouth Laboratory equipment goes on auction block

For those looking to build a semiconductor and are searching for a potential great deal on some late-model manufacturing and testing equipment, there is good news coming out of the Golden Triangle. Need a NTA Vibration Table, a late-model Centrotherm Activator 150-50 Anealing Oven, a Aixtron Model VP2400HW Gas Foil Rotation Planetary Reactor? No problem. And, they can be purchased ...

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High-tech manufacturer SemiSouth Laboratories closes after decade-plus run

After a seemingly successful run of more than a decade and two recent, major expansions, SemiSouth Laboratories is now shuttered, and its equipment is up for sale. The announcement last October that SemiSouth would cease operations came as a major surprise to many, including officials at Mississippi State University where the semiconductor manufacturer was based. David Shaw, vice president for ...

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