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Ammo maker developing lighter rounds for special ops

By LISA MONTI Ammunition makers have been trying for 50 years or more to develop bullets that are lighter to carry and transport than the conventional brass encased ones. Until recently, though, the right material to replace the brass hadn’t been invented. When the owners of Mississippi Polymer Technologies in south Mississippi took on the challenge to produce lighter ammo, they ...

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Legal whiskey to flow in Kiln community

By LISA MONTI Matt Crittenden’s goal is to start making craft whiskey next year on the family farm in the Kiln community. When the liquor starts to flow, it will be the first legal whiskey produced in an area once known as a moonshine capital. Crittenden, who has a law degree, has had a lifelong fascination with local bootlegging and the ...

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Independent Coast pharmacy expansion built on customer care and those little extras

By LISA MONTI Independent pharmacist Rudy Letellier seems to have found the right customer service formula to expand business: earn the customer’s trust, provide attentive service and offer facials, massages and ice cream. He’s gone from one busy pharmacy in Waveland to adding a second and third location in Hancock County just this year. After graduating from Ole Miss, Letellier worked ...

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Nurse turns entrepreneur with Marina Cottage Soap Co.

By LISA MONTI Vanessa Mueller can still remember how her young daughter suffered from eczema and how frustrated she was with the limited treatment options. “As a mom, I felt helpless,” she said. “We tried creams and lotions to get some relief, but nothing was working.” So Mueller, a registered nurse, decided to use her training and experience to develop soaps ...

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People Lease hires Beazley

Stacey Beazley has joined the People Lease staff. Her responsibilities include helping clients with enrollment and deductions for Blue Cross Blue Shield as well as quarterly reporting. Originally from Crystal Springs, Stacey loves animals, old cars, and anything artistic, such as sculpting and making her own jewelry. People Lease has 13 years of customer service and contracting experience.

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Bay St. Louis’ Starfish Cafe helps to find careers

By LISA MONTI Customers at Starfish Cafe come to the colorful cottage in Old Town Bay St. Louis to enjoy healthful meals and catch up with friends among the tourists who eat at the popular Main Street spot. The meals are prepared and served by students who are working toward a career in the culinary industry or wherever their job skills ...

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