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Sheldon still growing after a century-plus

Venerable company on record pace this year   Sheldon Laboratory Systems is currently on pace to have the greatest year in company history, an impressive accomplishment considering that it has been in continuous operation for more than 110 years. Some of this success can be attributed to sweeping changes at Sheldon over the past half-decade — new equipment and manufacturing ...

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'The big 3'

Bryant, Dennis, Reeves front-runners for Republican nomination When former Gov. Kirk Fordice decided it was time to make it official that he would seek a second term, he called Gulfport businessman Dave Dennis and inquired about doing it at Dennis’s house. Sure, Dennis said, but there was an issue. “We were remodeling the house we lived in, so we were ...

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Recovery MAP on the fast track

New company signs Board of Contractors   By WALLY NORTHWAY I STAFF WRITER wally.northway@msbusiness.com At one point in his life, Scott Gilbert had a serious, potentially life-threatening chemical dependency. He is convinced that if he had not gotten treatment and, just as important, had not been provided with exceptional monitors who made sure he stayed clean, he would not be ...

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Galloway-Chandler-McKinney returns to roots

Family, friends to lead agency into the future   By WALLY NORTHWAY I STAFF WRITER wally.northway@msbusiness.com It’s a true feel-good story. After a decade of operating as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cadence Bank, previous owners and several associates have repurchased Columbus-based Galloway-Chandler-McKinney Insurance Inc. (GCM) from Cadence. The ownership change became effective Sept. 1. Terms were not disclosed. However, the ...

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Leaders hope to spark economic growth with STEPS

By NASH NUNNERY I STAFF WRITER nash.nunnery@msbusiness.com State leaders hope that a new program to encourage Mississippi employers to begin hiring more workers is the next “step” in sparking a sluggish economy. A joint venture of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Employment Security, Mississippi STEPS (Subsidized Transitional Employment Program and Services) was introduced last week at ...

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Record enrollment

However, budget cuts present huge challenges for two-year schools The numbers may be preliminary, but they are still very impressive. The State Board for Community and Junior Colleges (SBCJC) reports the state’s two-year schools’ enrollment is up, way up — as in unprecedented. The preliminary headcount, released by the SBCJC Sept. 9, found fall enrollment was up by more than ...

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Range will replace Favre at MDES

Deputy executive director for Department of Employment Securities takes over at month’s end   Tommye Dale Favre is retiring as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES), ending a memorable six-year run. There have been sweeping changes at the MDES under Favre’s leadership. Fortunately, the agency’s new leader was there through all of those changes, and is ...

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Forest project gets ARRA funds

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for forest health protection projects. These 78 projects will receive almost $89 million and are located on forested lands in 30 states. Mississippi is to receive $897,000 for one unspecified project. This funding will be used to restore forest health conditions on federal, state and ...

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More than 300,000 below self-sufficiency standard

Report issued last week shows large portion of Mississippians just not making enough money A new report measuring how much money it takes for families in Mississippi to meet their basic needs has been released by the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC). The 110-page Self-Sufficiency Standard for Mississippi 2009 report was introduced at a news conference last week in Jackson. ...

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Gaining 'track'tion

Coast residents advocate resumption of Amtrak passenger rail service   Pass Christian resident Keith Voigts, who operates the R&D business Wiseman Technologies Inc. in Biloxi, doesn’t go around with a rail engineer’s cap on. But he and his wife, Gwenn, are big supporters of rail transportation. The Voigts have joined with other concerned citizens on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to ...

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