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C Spire completes acquisition of MegaGate Broadband

RIDGELAND — C Spire announced today that it has completed the acquisition of MegaGate Broadband, a regional provider of phone and Internet services to businesses. Based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, MegaGate, founded in 1990, serves most Mississippi business markets as a competitive local exchange telecommunications provider and as an Internet service provider. As part of the merger […] [...]

Ex-circuit clerk Palmertree gets 10 years for embezzlement

VICKSBURG — A former Warren County circuit clerk has been sentenced for embezzlement while in office, according to Attorney General Jim Hood. Shelly Palmertree was sentenced today after pleading guilty before Circuit Court Judge Henry Lackey. Lackey sentenced Palmertree to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, five to serve, five […] [...]

Another school district joins Musgrove-led MAEP funding lawsuit

SUNFLOWER COUNTY — The Sunflower County school district is joining a lawsuit against the state, seeking to recover a shortfall in education funding and bar future underfunding. There are now 21 plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Sunflower County, created by a merger of the Sunflower County, Indianola and Drew districts, […] [...]

NASA, ATK complete test of Launch Abort System component

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA and ATK successfully completed a static test of the launch abort motor igniter for the Orion crew capsule’s Launch Abort System (LAS). Conducted at ATK’s facility in Promontory, Utah, this test is the next step toward qualifying the igniter for production. The LAS will be placed on top of the Orion spacecraft, […] [...]

MSET to oversee new Gulf Coast marine industries cluster

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MSET) at the Stennis Space Center has been selected to administer a new project to support small business growth in four Gulf of Mexico states. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) wrote a letter of support for the MSET application for a Marine Industries Science and Technology (MIST) Cluster, […] [...]

Lawmakers question education leaders about escalating administrative costs

JACKSON — State education officials making their legally-mandated push to support Mississippi’s school funding formula were questioned yesterday in a budget hearing about rising spending on administrators and whether lawmakers should spend more money on programs not included in the formula. The Legislature would have to add an estimated $311.7 million to the Mississippi Adequate […] [...]

Canadian company purchasing Southern Lumber for nearly $50M

HERMANVILLE — A Canadian company is buying a sawmill in southwest Mississippi for $48.7 million. Canfor Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, said yesterday that it would buy Southern Lumber Co. of Hermanville from the Dearman and Sulser families. Southern Lumber makes pine boards, specializing in wide and long lumber, with a yearly capacity of 90 […] [...]

Community college getting federal funds to help county recover from tornado

DECATUR — The U.S. Labor Department is giving Mississippi’s East Central Community College $2.5 million to help Winston County recover from the April 28 tornado. The money will go to help improve worker training and support businesses in the area’s manufacturing sector. Several factories were damaged or destroyed by the storm. East Central, based in […] [...]

Columbia Parachute expanding, relocating to BusinessPlex

COLUMBIA — Columbia Parachute Company is expanding and creating new jobs at its Columbia plant. The announcement came yesterday by Gov. Phil Bryant and company officials. Officials say the project represents a $300,000 corporate investment and will create 26 new jobs, bringing the total number employed by the company to 50. Columbia Parachute Company currently […] [...]

State’s personal income growth lags rest of nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Personal income growth in Mississippi accelerated in the second three months of 2014, but growth still trailed the nation. The measure expanded 1.4 percent on an annual basis, the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis said yesterday, ranking Mississippi 40th among states from April to June. That rose from 0.3 percent in the […] [...]

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