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Jackson County small businesses prepare for busy shopping season

By Tammy Leytham On a recent November day, Ashley Knecht was preparing her store, Gourmet Gurl, in Pascagoula for its one-year anniversary followed by the Christmas shopping season. She has give-a-ways and food samples planned and has shelves stocked with big sellers — like Captain Rodney’s Boucan Glaze, coffees and teas. And a new item […] [...]

Love of the water leads to Ocean Springs SUP business for Coast native

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, Gulf Coast, Mississippi, NEWS, OceanSprings

By Tammy Leytham It’s almost like walking on water” is how Mississippi Gulf Coast native Amanda Mavar-Schmidt describes standup paddleboarding, a cross between surfing and paddling. She’s enjoyed the waters of the region her whole life and says it’s in her blood to be on the water. After Hurricane Katrina, Mavar-Schmidt moved to the Florida […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Tater don’t need no Common Core

Tate Reeves is going to save education in Mississippi by offering an alternative to Common Core. He has gathered some of the sharpest minds in Mississippi politics to come up with a plan better than the one designed and approved by the bipartisan National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief […] [...]

IHL: New report supports need for “Finish in 4″ campaign

In their latest report, The Four-Year Myth, Complete College America and its Alliance of States provides evidence to support the need for the Finish in Four campaign, launched recently by the Student Body Presidents of Mississippi’s eight public universities to encourage their fellow students to know their plans and graduate on time. Using the mantra, […] [...]

As expected, FNC breaks ground on new headquarters in Oxford

by Published: December 2,2014

Tags: Business, FNC, Mississippi, NEWS, Oxford

JACKSON — FNC Inc. broke ground today at the site of the company’s new headquarters complex in Oxford. The new facility, which the MBJ reported on in August, will accommodate future growth for the company. The project represents a $20 million corporate investment and is expected to create 310 new jobs in the technology sector. FNC’s new […] [...]

Ole Miss ranked in top five of Top Fifty Online MBA and Graduate Business Programs; Jackson State makes list

by Published: December 2,2014

Tags: Business, education, Jackson State, MBA Ole Miss, Mississippi, NEWS

RALEIGH, N.C. —  Choice an independent college search and rankings website, has published a ranking of the top fifty online MBA and graduate business programs in the United States. The University of Illinois Springfield, University of North Dakota, University of Mississippi, University of Nebraska, and the University of Alabama occupy the top five spots on the list, which was calculated based primarily on affordability […] [...]

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wants Common Core scrapped

JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves wants to scrap the Common Core academic standards that Mississippi educators have been working to enact since 2010. Reeves, the first-term Republican lieutenant governor, announced at the Mississippi State University Stennis Institute/Capitol press corps luncheon Monday that he wants a task force to be formed during the upcoming 2015 […] [...]

Coyotes are wily predators and pests in Mississippi

by Published: December 1,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, outdoors

By Marina D’Abreau Denny Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture  Mississippi State University MISSISSIPPI STATE — Before 1965, coyotes did not live in southern states east of the Mississippi River. However, over the last 40 years, the coyote population has expanded rapidly for several reasons, including loss of larger carnivores such as red wolves and […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Savor this Thanksgiving and be grateful

Could we be more Thankful? Thanksgiving is the greatest of American holidays. Its initial observance is older than the nation itself. The Pilgrims, of course, viewed it more as a time of prayer and reflection, than today’s feasting and football frenzy. But let’s just admit it, with the Egg Bowl approaching most of us are […] [...]

LTE: With tax cuts, Gov. Bryant dismissive of least of us

  Editor, Gov. Bryant’s plan to cut taxes is an irresponsible and callous appeal to the worst instincts of Mississippians – personal gain at the expense of the greater good. Our state rates last or near last in too many categories to list and “extra” money could be used to at least make some attempt […] [...]

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