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Automobile sales holding strong for dealers in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG — How are rising fuel prices affecting the sale of automobiles in South Mississippi? Dealers in the Hub City report that while customers’ buying habits may be changing a bit, sales are still good and the American love affair with cars is still burning brightly. The sales managers interviewed remain optimistic about their businesses. All agree that spring and ...

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Downtown Gulfport battling to keep retail alive

GULFPORT — The downtown area of Mississippi’s second-largest city is going the way of downtowns everywhere, meaning there are people working there during the day but at five o’clock it becomes a ghost town. Many buildings are empty and range from renovated to slightly rundown to derelict and totally boarded up. There are very few retail outlets, and parking is ...

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Graphic design customers want to know: ‘Where is Mr. Zag?’

HATTIESBURG — At Zag’s Advanced Graphics their favorite question is “May I speak to Mr. Zag?” They keep a sense of humor about it, and office manager Daphne Patton says she’s considered bringing her pet ferret to work and referring to him as Mr. Zag. The shop specializes in graphic design, mainly for T-shirts, logos, signs and banners. Located in ...

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Coast business leaders speak out on session's results

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Business leaders here followed the regular four-month legislative session in an effort to keep track of key issues important to this area and the rest of the state. Some of those include tort reform, offshore drilling, a lodging tax increase and bond bills. Biloxi banker Chevis Swetman said, “I know it was a very tough session ...

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Job market improving just in time for college grads

The job market is steadily improving for Mississippi college graduates, with employment recruiters coming in larger numbers to campuses this past academic year, according to college personnel. “It`s a little bit more optimistic than in the past two to three years,” said Luther Epting, director of the Mississippi State University (MSU) Career Center. The various engineering disciplines are the most ...

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