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Groundbreakings bring promise

STONE COUNTY — Two groundbreakings recently held in Stone County and the City of Wiggins marked what will eventually total more than $38 million in new water and wastewater infrastructure. Two groundbreakings were held to mark the official start of a new water system and wastewater system that will impact both Stone County and the City of Wiggins. “This marks ...

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County getting EDA grant

COPIAH COUNTY — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced a $425,000 Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to Copiah County to help build a new water well to serve the Copiah Industrial Park. The project, made possible because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is expected to create additional jobs and private investment in the region. Locke said. ...

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Swine flu cases top 100

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 22 new cases of H1N1 swine flu for the week of June 15-21, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 105. The new cases were in Lamar (six), Rankin (four), Covington (two), Madison (two), Chickasaw (one), Forrest (one), Harrison (one), Jackson (one), Lafayette (one), Monroe (one), Warren (one) ...

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Barbour opposes budget agreement

JACKSON — The House and Senate $5-billion budget agreement has met its first, and most significant, opponent. Gov. Haley Barbour said he cannot support the plan, and will not call a special session of the Legislature. In a written statement, Barbour said: “On June 21), an ‘agreement in principle’ on Medicaid issues was announced by Medicaid negotiators, but this so-called ...

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HCC gets literacy grant from Dollar General

RAYMOND — Hinds Community College (HCC) has been awarded a $20,000 literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. HCC is one of eight recipients in Mississippi to receive a grant from Dollar General. The adult literacy grants are awarded each year to non-profit organizations across Dollar General’s 35-state service area to provide assistance to individuals who are seeking Adult ...

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Loan awarded for training center

GREENE COUNTY — Singing River Electric announced the approval of a $1-million zero-interest loan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Service and Singing River Electric to fund an economic development project in Greene County. Jones County Junior College (JCJC) will use the loan to construct a 17,868-square-foot education training facility adjacent to the Greene County Vo-Tech facility just ...

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Hood warns of Internet scam

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning of an Internet scam that is targeting local attorneys and law firms. News reports indicate attorneys in several states have already fallen prey to this scam. The Mississippi Bar Association has also alerted its members of this scam. An attorney/law firm receives an e-mail referral from someone saying that they have a ...

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MDOT stops contracts

JACKSON — Due to the lack of legislative action on a Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) appropriations bill for fiscal year 2010, the Mississippi Transportation Commission has taken action to suspend, terminate, or issue stop-work orders pertaining to certain contracts. An appropriations bill to provide for the payment for certain contracted services beyond June 30, 2009, has not been enacted. ...

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Aquaculture producers eligible for ARRA funds

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Lester Spell announced that aquaculture producers who were adversely affected by high feed cost in 2008 are eligible to qualify for assistance under the ARRA. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) has been designated by the USDA to disburse the Aquaculture Grant Program, which will provide assistance funding to eligible aquaculture producers ...

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School board sells 16th Section land

MENDENHALL — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, along with the Simpson County School Board, recently participated in a sale of 16th Section land to Earth Station Communications at the Simpson School District Offices in Mendenhall. “We are pleased to work with the Simpson County School Board on this unusual use of 16th Section Land,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “The ...

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