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Polyvulc retains firm to sell facilities in Mississippi, Louisiana

VICKSBURG — Polyvulc USA Inc., an injection-molding company that recycles plastics into pier pads and FHA-approved perimeter foundation wall systems for manufactured homes, and two tire recycling businesses, has retained Heritage Equity Partners (HEP) to seek an immediate sale of the Vicksburg-based company, as well as its subsidiaries, Polyvulc Tire Recycling, LLC, a tire shredding facility in Jackson, and Winnsboro […] [...]

Peoples reverses loss, posts $335K in net earnings during quarter

BILOXI — Peoples Financial Corporation (NASDAQ Capital Market: PFBX), parent of The Peoples Bank, reported net earnings of $335,000 for the second quarter of 2014 and $914,000 for the first half of the year, announced Chevis C. Swetman, chairman and CEO of the holding company and the bank. Second quarter profits reversed a loss of […] [...]

NRF downgrades retail sales forecast after sluggish start to 2014

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation has lowered its retail sales forecast for 2014 because of slow growth recorded during the first half of the year, but said sales are expected to grow significantly faster over the next five months. NRF forecasted in January that retail sales would grow 4.1 percent in 2014 over 2013, […] [...]

Manning family establishes health care initiative at UMMC

JACKSON — Archie and Olivia Manning have launched a campaign to boost the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s commitment to improving the health of the state’s residents. With the launch of the Manning Family Fund for a Healthier Mississippi, the state’s “First Family of Football” has loaned its celebrated name to the cause of bettering […] [...]

Horizon Energy sees 300 percent production increase from Texas well

GULFPORT — Horizon Energy Corporation’s workover and stimulation operation at the Holmes Oil Unit Number 1 in Cherokee County, Texas, has increased production 300 percent since the beginning of the project. “This operation is still coming out of initial production and we are very encouraged at the prospects going forward,” said Robert Bludorn, president and […] [...]

Cochran continues to question EPA over new regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, continues to raise questions about the impact on agriculture and rural economies of the new Clean Water Act regulations proposed this spring by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Accepting an invitation issued in May by Cochran and Republican members of […] [...]

Google chooses Mad Genius as example of Internet use

RIDGELAND — Google recently selected the full-service advertising firm Mad Genius to serve as Mississippi’s example of a business successfully utilizing the Internet to find and connect with customers. “We’re gaining new clients and entering new arenas. Doors are opening up for us. That’s always a great thing,” said Ryan Farmer, interactive creative director at […] [...]

MSU sets new annual fundraising record of $106M-plus

STARKVILLE — Having topped the $106 million mark in private support, Mississippi State leaders announced the university’s most successful fundraising year ever. For the just-ended fiscal year, the 136 year-old land-grant institution attracted the record in private gifts and pledges of future support — $25 million more than the prior year’s $81.3 million total. Previously, […] [...]

Communities awarded national Main Street accreditation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Main Street Association has designated cities as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. The cities are Aberdeen, Corinth, Pascagoula, Amory, Greenville, Philadelphia, Baldwyn, Greenwood, Picayune, Batesville, Gulfport, Pontotoc, Belhaven, Hattiesburg, Ripley, Biloxi, Hernando, Senatobia, Booneville, Indianola, […] [...]

Two BancorpSouth mergers delayed by federal inquiries

TUPELO — BancorpSouth Inc. has extended its merger agreements with Ouachita Bancshares Corp. and Central Community Corporation. BancorpSouth, Ouachita Bancshares Corp. and Central Community Corporation have determined additional time will be required to obtain regulatory approvals and to satisfy closing conditions necessary to complete their respective mergers.  They have extended their respective merger agreements to […] [...]

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