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Auditors find problems with Coast county’s inventory records

PASCAGOULA — State auditors have found Jackson County’s inventory procedures insufficient. In a report released this week, Auditor Stacey Pickering’s office said the county did not have policies and procedures in place to maintain accurate inventory records. The audit is for the year ending Sept. 30, 2013. The audit found the county’s inventory procedures do […] [...]

State’s GOP pulls email that includes photos of college football players

JACKSON — The Mississippi Republican Party says it has stopped using a promotional email that included photos of two college football players without permission of the players or their schools. GOP spokesman Bobby Morgan says the party was made aware that using photos might violate NCAA rules. The party sent an email this week with […] [...]

MSU’s Keenum chosen for SEC commissioner search committee

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum has been named to a committee that will search for a new commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. Commissioner Mike Slive announced last week he will retire from the post next July, after 13 years in that position. Others on the search committee are David Gearhart, chancellor of […] [...]

VT Halter building two LNG-powered container vessels

PASCAGOULA — Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine has started work on the first of two liquefied natural gas-powered container vessels for Crowley Maritime Corp. VT Halter first announced the $350 million contract last November. The beginning of construction was marked by a steel-cutting ceremony. VT Halter officials say in a news release that the new vessels […] [...]

Cochran continues to reach out to African American voters

JACKSON — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran told black voters yesterday that when he first ran for Congress in 1972, Mississippi was in a period of fear and uncertainty because race relations were changing. He said the gubernatorial election of 1971 was the first time a candidate for a major office in the state, Democrat Bill […] [...]

Court rules against Greenwood councilwoman; must give up office

GREENWOOD — The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled Greenwood City Councilwoman Dorothy Glenn must give up her office. The Supreme Court sided yesterday with a tribunal that ruled Glenn did not live in Ward 5 when she ran for office in 2013. However, the Supreme Court overturned an order of a special election in the […] [...]

Villa International sites RV furniture factory in Belmont

BELMONT — A California company will open a recreational vehicle furniture factory in northeast Mississippi, with plans to hire 75 employees over five years. Villa International, based in Cerritos, California, will invest $250,000 to expand into Tishomingo County. It will pay an average annual salary of $35,360. The Mississippi Development Authority will loan Tishomingo County […] [...]

Peoples Bank reports quarterly loss due to bad loans

BILOXI — The parent of The Peoples Bank reported a net loss of $1.8 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30. Peoples Financial Corporation CEO Chevis Swetman says the loss stemmed primarily from issues with two loans. Swetman says the bank’s fundamentals remain sound, though it was forced to write down one loan and move […] [...]

Granddaughter of Barq’s Root Beer founder dies at 90

BILOXI — Ella Mae Barq, the granddaughter of the founder of Barq’s Root Beer and the company’s vice president, has died at the age of 90 in Biloxi. Gary Dubaz with Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Homes say she died Sunday of natural causes. Her grandfather, Edward Charles Barq Sr., founded the company in 1890 and passed […] [...]

Currier: Ebola is low-risk, but training, preparation ongoing

JACKSON — State health officials say they are keeping Mississippi hospitals and medical facilities up-to-date on Ebola identification and treatment. State Health Officer Dr. Mary Currier, speaking at a briefing in Jackson today, says Ebola is low-risk in Mississippi. However, she says the Health Department is working with hospitals to get staff trained and prepared […] [...]

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