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Everything’s coming up green

Ah spring! Lots of thumbs are turning green and it’s the best time of year for garden centers. Nursery owners say Good Friday was the season’s kick-off time. At Horne’s Nursery in Laurel, owner Lynn Thompson says the season gives her business an economical boost for the rest of the year. “We have good sales in March, April and May,” ...

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Meridian redevelopment project moves ahead

Meridian — The Victorian-era Grand Opera House here, quiet and dark since 1927, is now alive with activity as a renovation project to restore the old structure to its original 1890s grandeur is under way. Construction will be completed by May 2006, and a reopening is planned for the end of summer, probably in August, according to executive director Dennis ...

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Biz bills mixed bag this session

Small business owners are hopeful that legislation allowing health savings accounts the same deductions on a state basis already in place on a federal level will soon become law. At press time, two differently drawn bills, Senate Bill 2633 and House Bill 1213, were moving through legislative chambers. “Together, the bills take care of complying with the Health Savings Account ...

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Rural counties still looking to replace lost factory jobs

Economic development is a struggle for some of the state’s rural counties where there are still voids left by the closure of garment plants. Developers say they would like to join the state’s campaign for technical industries, but realistically will take anything that puts local residents to work. “In distressed areas like ours, we’d be happy to take any industry ...

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State auto dealers say rising gas price not affecting sales

Gasoline prices may be rising but so far that hasn’t made much of an impact on automobile sales. Nor has it impinged on the love affair Mississippians have with big trucks and SUVs. Several dealers around the state report little or no change and are gearing up for the spring/summer season, usually the busiest time for sales. Started in 1932, ...

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