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Cities gain national accreditation

The following Main Street communities in Mississippi have been designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting standards set by the National Main Street Center: Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, Louisville/Noxapater, Macon, Meridian, New Albany, Ocean Springs, ...

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Columbus mayor fined for open meetings violation

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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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BankFirst promotes 2

BankFirst Financial Services in Columbus recently made two promotions. William Corder is Columbus Community President and Douglas S. Whittle will be Community President for six offices in Newton, Scott and Jasper counties. Corder replaces the retiring Sam Henderson and will be responsible for business development and management of banking operations for all the Columbus locations. A native of Carrollton, Corder ...

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Young joins BankFirst board

Camille Young has joined the Board of Directors of BankFirst Financial Services, based in Columbus. A native of Shannon, Young is Vice President at Cornerstone Government Affairs. She has been with the firm for four years and has almost two decades of background in the practice of state and federal government affairs to Cornerstone’s Jackson office. Prior to joining Cornerstone, ...

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Freeman joins BankFirst

William (Bill) L. Freeman, Jr., has joined the Board of Directors of BankFirst Financial Services in Columbus. Freeman began his banking career at Newton County Bank in 1967 and was quickly promoted to a leadership role. He retired from the bank in 2008 as Senior Vice President and COO to serve a four-year term as Adjutant General of the Mississippi ...

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Golden Triangle honored

Baptist Memorial Hospital–Golden Triangle in Columbus has received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. The hospital is one of 319 hospitals in the United States to receive the honor. The award is based on how well the hospital followed guidelines for treating heart attack patients. The award recognizes ...

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Mississippians charged with trying to join Islamic State

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JACKSON — A federal court hearing was scheduled to continue Tuesday for two Mississippi residents arrested on charges that they were trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State militant group. Criminal charges filed Saturday say Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 19, and Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 22, were arrested that morning at a regional airport near Columbus, Mississippi. Both are charged ...

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State lawmaker Esther Harrison dies at the age of 69

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JACKSON — State Rep. Esther M. Harrison, who represented Lowndes County in the Legislature since 2000, has died. Longtime friend Constance Slaughter-Harvey, speaking on the behalf the family, said Harrison died on her 69th birthday Wednesday morning at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. The cause of death was not immediately released but Slaughter-Harvey says Harrison had been in and out ...

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Columbus lands 2016 rural tourism conference

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COLUMBUS — The Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference is coming to Columbus. The conference will be held Oct. 24-26, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott The annual conference is hosted alternately between Mississippi and Alabama. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 19-21 in Rogersville, Alabama. Greenwood, Mississippi, hosted the 2014 conference Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter says ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round

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The sequester – you do remember the controversial budget sequester – has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling. If the deficit hawks win, military spending will be slashed, impacting military bases and industries throughout the nation. If military hawks win, deficit spending will grow, undermining GOP promises to balance the budget.   The likely outcome of this tussle is ...

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