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Whitney Complex renovations complete

LORMAN — Those entering the gymnasium of the Davey L. Whitney complex at Alcorn State University (ASU) last week for the Lady Braves home opener against the Lady Cardinals-Lamar University, walked into a newly upgraded facility. The renovation project started in Sept. 2009 and includes enhancements to the dressing/locker rooms, retractable bucket seating on the lower level, new goals and ...

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School becomes foundation partner

JACKSON — The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson recently welcomed its newest nonprofit partner, Magnolia Speech School, as it opened an endowment fund at the Foundation. Director of the school Ann Sullivan said, “We are excited about working with the Community Foundation to grow our endowment. With this fund, we will ensure that Magnolia Speech School can continue its work ...

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Entergy gives more to organizations

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Entergy Charitable Foundation has awarded final round grants for this year. The awards boost Entergy’s total grants year-to-date to more than $1.4 million in Mississippi. The latest grant recipients are the Mississippi Delta TeachUp! pilot program, Voice of Calvary Ministries’ Pathway to Prosperity and Southwest Mississippi Community College. The Entergy Charitable Foundation is a private, nonprofit ...

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Emergency declaration lifted from school

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY — Gov. Haley Barbour has removed the state of emergency declaration for Jefferson Davis County School District upon request by the Mississippi Board of Education. The Board of Education recently reported that educational, safety and security conditions had improved, and that misspent 16th Section funds had been repaid. Barbour ordered the state of emergency declaration in 2007 ...

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Researchers scrambling to save state's trees

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A beetle that made its presence known in Mississippi this summer is threatening the extinction of redbay trees in the state and could harm the future of traditional Cajun cuisine. The beetle is the redbay ambrosia beetle. It spreads the pathogen that causes Laurel wilt disease in many tree species, including Mississippi’s redbay and sassafras trees. ...

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Extension to offer NxLevel program

HATTIESBURG — People wanting to start a business or generate more profit in an existing one can participate in a seminar series the Mississippi State University Extension Service is providing through an entrepreneurial network. Extension will present NxLevel for Entrepreneurs, a training module from NxLevel Education that empowers men and women to be better decision-makers and managers. The program is ...

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MSU, Choctaws enter new agreement

STARKVILLE and CHOCTAW — Mississippi State University (MSU) and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) are strengthening ties between the university and tribal government to promote leadership development, academic excellence and civic engagement. University president Mark Keenum recently joined Miko Beasley Denson for a ceremony at Choctaw Central High School to sign a memorandum of understanding establishing a mutually ...

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Stringer chooses MC for gift

CLINTON — Tony Stringer, president of Stringer Industries Inc. in Tylertown and immediate past chairman of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association (MMA), recently presented his MMA Chairman’s Award to the Mississippi College (MC) School of Business. Stringer presented the $10,000 gift to Dr. Marcelo Eduardo, dean of the School of Business. The MMA Chairman’s Award is presented at the end of ...

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New lab gets boost from Forestry Commission

OCEAN SPRINGS — Despite persistent rains, construction continues at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Cedar Point site, thanks to a recent grant from the Mississippi Forestry Commission. “Cedar Point is heavily wooded, so it’s important to create a defensible fire zone around our laboratories,” said Dr. Tom McIlwain, project coordinator. “This type of proactive approach is ...

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CottonMill project hits another snag (Update)

Mississippi State officials will not comment on $176-million deal moving forward   The 107-year-old E.E. Cooley Building right across from the campus of Mississippi State University started out as a cotton mill and currently houses MSU’s physical plant. There are bigger plans for the building, but they will move forward without one of the developers of the CottonMill Marketplace, a ...

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