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Lasting match: sales exec takes a chance with bridal magazine

Some matches make happy couples, others make happy careers. Lynda Jungkind found her match — her career match, that is — in Premier Bride magazine, a statewide wedding resource and planning guide that has expanded into the bridal show business. Jungkind was selling advertising for LOVECOMM in Jackson — not even looking for a new job — when she happened ...

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Compretta sees more diversity, less sectionalism in State House

Bay St. Louis — Joseph Patrick Compretta, better known as J.P., has been interested in politics since high school. He says he loved it back then and was elected president of his class every year. In his seventh term representing Hancock County in the House of Representatives, the 59-year-old Democrat was elected speaker pro tem during the 2004 session. Of ...

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Partnerships making strides improving city’s economy

Meridian — Imagine if you had a whole team of people working to address systemic problems in your community including inadequate resources for education and housing. And that the lessons learned from your community would be used as a template for the rest of the cities in the state that have similar problems. Programs in Meridian are doing just that. ...

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Vision and cooperation behind many projects

How is it that so much is going on at one time in Meridian? The new $20-million Performing Arts and Educational Conference Center project is under construction downtown. The performance arts portion will be housed in a restored 1890 grand opera house, while the 1891 Marks-Rothenberg Department Store next door is being renovated into a conference center that will be ...

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Mississippi exports up 18% in first three quarters of 2004

When the dollar is strong, it makes American goods expensive abroad, and can hurt domestic companies competing in international markets. The current low value of the dollar against international currencies makes American products more attractive. With today’s relative dollar weakness, U.S. goods and services are more attractive to foreign buyers and the volume of exports should increase, resulting in greater ...

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Lifelong Covington County resident invests in community

Collins — Billy Pickering is often considered a one-man economic development machine for Covington County. For the last 40 years, the owner of a dozen or so businesses has single-handedly boosted the tax coffers — and tourism — in the rural town of 2,700 in South Mississippi. “I call him ‘King of the Hill,’” said Marie Shoemake, executive director of ...

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Bound-for-Iraq armor proudly made in Stone County

McHenry — There’s a group of people in Stone County whose work each day is helping save lives of military personnel in the war in Iraq. The 50 highly-skilled and technical employees of General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products assemble tiles of reactive armor for Bradley fighting vehicles. The contract to assemble the armor comes in response to an urgent ...

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