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MDA denies developer more time, other considerations on Renaissance


By JACK WEATHERLY As reported earlier, the Mississippi Development Authority gave developer Andrew Mattiace four more years to build the $96.7 million expansion of the Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland. But the developers subsequently asked for more time and other considerations. Refusal to grant the four-year extension would have posed a major obstacle to the expansion, which already had ...

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JOSH MABUS — Hanging up on old paradigms

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A recent GEICO commercial depicts Tarzan and Jane fighting over directions as they navigate the jungle treetops in search of a particular waterfall. “I think we should have taken a left at the river,” Jane implores as the two clinch a vine and observe the jungle from a tree branch. “Tarzan know where Tarzan go,” the king of the jungle ...

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Mississippi Main Street: More than just economic development

Downtown Ocean Springs

By NASH NUNNERY Finding a small town in Mississippi might be akin to bees discovering honey – it’s not hard to do. Many of those communities have distinctive downtown thoroughfares, chock full of awe-inspiring historical architecture, eclectic businesses and hometown pride. Time seems to have forgotten others. And a select few are Mississippi Main Street Association-certified. For the uninitiated, MMSA is ...

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SBA Small Business Person of the Year helps other veterans find success starting a small business

Mike Pornovets of Everything Kayak.

By BECKY GILLETTE Mike Pornovets, owner of Everything Kayak (www.everythingkayak.com) on the Gulf Coast, started paddling when he was only about 11. But what he likes most about his business that he launched on Sept. 10, 2011, isn’t that he gets to be involved promoting a sport that he loves. What he likes the most is creating jobs. Pornovets, the 2016 ...

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TODD SMITH — Longer news stories gain steam on mobile devices

Illustrations Of Popular Mobile Apps And Social Media Sites

As the news media continues to tap into an ever-mobile public – with the nearly roughly seven-in-10 American adults who own a smartphone – it is increasingly using methods to appeal to today’s plugged-in, digital reader. With both a smaller screen size and an audience more apt to be dipping in and out of news, many question what kind of ...

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Stocks flit from gains to losses after Fed minutes released

This file photo shows a Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Stocks are flitting between gains and losses on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting suggested that policymakers may raise interest rates next month if the economy continues to improve. Bond yields jumped, sending bank stocks even higher, while utilities and other high-dividend stocks fell. Retailers dropped after Target reported weak sales. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial ...

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Columbus mayor fined for open meetings violation


The state Ethics Commission has imposed a $500 fine on Columbus Mayor Robert Smith after finding that he violated a Mississippi Open Meetings Act last year. The Commercial Dispatch reports the penalty stems from a complaint the newspaper sent to the commission last year after Smith sent a letter to the president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors regarding ...

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Natchez seeks new proposals on railroad station renovations


Natchez official are seeking more proposals for development of the former Mississippi River Valley Railroad Depot. The Natchez Democrat reports Alderwoman Sarah Carter Smith made the motion Tuesday, saying it was in response to public feedback she received about how the project was originally bid for and awarded to New Orleans hotelier Warren Reuther. Last year, the Board of Aldermen ...

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D’Iberville eyes BP money to build conference center


D’Iberville has outgrown its civic center and wants to build a new downtown conference center. City planner Jeff Taylor says city has applied for BP oil spill money to do so. The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1XmfWdS) the city council voted Tuesday night to commit $5,000 in matching funds for a study of the project. City Manager Bobby Eleuterius says the ...

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