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Northpark launches new ‘family friendly’ era

By JACK WEATHERLY With the pomp and ceremony of a major government facility dedication, the “new” Northpark Mall was opened Thursday. The 34-year-old mall is undergoing a multimillion first phase makeover that started in February. A gathering of a 100 or so —  including Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, aldermen, chamber and auxiliary officials, including those from Rankin County and even ...

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Costco case may hinge on definition of ‘service station’

By JACK WEATHERLY Most Costco Wholesale Stores have a fueling station. The question remains: will the giant wholesale club go forward in Ridgeland without one? An answer may await in Madison County Circuit Court, Judge Steve Ratcliff presiding. Homeowners filed a brief last week fInalizing its challenge of the legitimacy of a site plan approved by the Ridgeland Board of ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Always ask the experts

I was recently listening to a craft brewing industry podcast, and it was about a brewery that had dealt with two significant issues early on in its existence. As I sympathetically listened, the founder of this brewery recanted two excruciating tales of “mistakes” that ended up costing his business and its investors nearly $155,000.  As I listened (and cringed), I could ...

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Sanderson ‘19th hole’ plays big for steak houses and economy

By JACK WEATHERLY After 18 holes of playing or following players, the question is: what’s next? The 19th hole for many after one of the rounds leading up to and including the Sanderson Farms Championship Tournament was a nice white-tablecloth steak house. Those in the vicinity of the Country Club of Jackson got a bump in revenue and golf tales. ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — “I made Matthew.”

I have worked in the craft beer industry for more than 15 years, representing a deeply diverse range of clients throughout the Southeast.  From startup brewpubs in Louisiana to large regional breweries in Tennessee, from the state’s first production brewery in Mississippi to microbreweries and micro-distilleries in Alabama, I have counseled clients on myriad of issues including corporate structure, regulatory matters, ...

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Historic stoplights give retro feel to Mississippi city

Greenwood technically may no longer be the Cotton Capital of the World, but it just might be the Historic Stoplight Capital of the World. That’s according to Barrett Williams, a historic preservationist dedicated to preserving and recreating streetscapes to match the historic buildings that line them. Along with Mayor Carolyn McAdams, former Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Gregory, the late state ...

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Coppage named deputy director, Washington County Economic Alliance

The Board of Directors for the Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA), along with Executive Director Cary Karlson, announced the promotion of Will Coppage to Deputy Director. “This is a proud day for our organization and for our community,” said Karlson. “Will is one of our own who has demonstrated the skills, enthusiasm, and capability needed in economic development to create ...

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Magazine reports Seraphim shutdown; bigger things in works, solar panel maker says

By JACK WEATHERLY Pv magazine reported that earlier this month Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA shut down its PV module factory in Jackson, “leading some to conclude that the company is going out of business.” However, according to Seraphim USA officials with whom pv magazine spoke, the opposite is happening. The company did indeed stop operations and lay off some employees, ...

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MDA puts ‘smokestack chasing’ in back seat

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s economic development agency is taking a more measured strategy for promoting industrial growth in the state. “This year, more than 80 percent of state-assisted economic development announcements have been expansions of our existing corporate citizens,” Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr, said in a news release last month. McCullough declined to discuss the current ...

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Ribbon cutting for Mississippi plant drying shrimp hulls

There’s money to be made from the hulls of peeled shrimp, material that usually ends up in landfills. A facility opening along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast will process these shrimp exoskeletons and harvest the material known as chitin for use in a variety of products. WLOX-TV reports that the Mari Signum Dragon Drying plant near the Vancleave community held a ribbon ...

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