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State's 'greenest' facility now open

MOSS POINT — The Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) held the grand opening of the new Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center Dec. 7. The center is located at 6005 Bayou Heron Road in Moss Point. The 20,000-square-foot facility, which serves as headquarters for the NERR, features a public interpretive area, office ...

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Ross leaving Alcorn, returning to Central Michigan

LORMAN — Alcorn State University president George E. Ross has informed the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and the university community that he is leaving to become president at Central Michigan University. Ross came to Alcorn from Central Michigan and will serve as the university’s 14th president. “I am honored to have had the opportunity ...

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Longs establish business scholarship

OXFORD — Two brothers who served in World War II, graduated from the University of Mississippi with business degrees and followed their father in the family business are being honored with a scholarship at their alma mater. Named for Raiford N. Long Sr. of Ripley and the late Erst Long Jr. of Corinth, the business scholarship endowment was created with ...

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SRTS-funded project celebrated

AMORY — A project designed to enhance the environment, physical fitness and safety was unveiled before a large crowd of local residents and dignitaries in the Town of Amory. The Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program is administered by the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to provide funding for programs designed to encourage young students to walk or ride bikes ...

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Gingrich coming to Millsaps

JACKSON — Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich will visit Millsaps College Dec. 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for an open town hall meeting on “Jobs and Prosperity in the U.S.” Gingrich will be introduced by Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant. The free event is open to the public and will take place in the ...

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Stadium security test proves successful

HATTIESBURG — A game-day test of video surveillance by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi was successful, according to center leaders. On Nov. 21 NCS4 served as a test lab for two major video surveillance companies in conjunction with the Southern Miss-Tulsa football game at M.M. Roberts Stadium. A set ...

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GrowDelta to hold another event

CLARKSDALE — The GrowDelta Initiative is slated to host its second event this year Dec. 5 at the Cutrer Mansion in Clarksdale from 8:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The non-profit organization, founded by Charles Noble, Ph.D., and Emily Broad, JD, is a collaboration of community leaders, businesspeople, citizens from around the state and others who are looking to preserve the character of ...

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Researchers complete deer study

STARKVILLE — Research conducted by Mississippi State University (MSU) shows that protecting younger bucks improves the health of the deer population. The university’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture has been conducting deer research for more than 40 years with the goal of improving deer populations throughout the Southeast. A recent study found that protecting young bucks is important because ...

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New school accountability numbers released

  “A national standard for excellence is needed because that is the standard our students and our state are competing against,” said Dr. Tom Burnham, incoming state superintendent of education. “While recognizing the difference between the old accountability system and these new ratings is important, it is more important for us to rally behind our ‘team’ of students, teachers and ...

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Cochran urges peers to be cautious

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, yesterday cautioned the Senate about creating new programs, whether for healthcare, climate change or education, that are funded through automatic mandatory spending. In a speech to the Senate, Cochran addressed congressional spending practices, and stressed that the Congress could better control future spending by relying on ...

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