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Mississippi Communities Receive 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

The following Main Street communities in Mississippi have been designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting performance standards set by the National Main Street Center and the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA): Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Carthage/Leake County, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, ...

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Laurel looks to annex nearby community

An eastern Mississippi city is looking to annex a small unincorporated community south of city limits. WDAM-TV reports the city of Laurel hopes to annex the nearby community of Pendorff. Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee says annexation would benefit both city and community residents, allowing the city to upgrade Pendorff’s municipal services and increase the city’s tax base by $3 million in five ...

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Laurel the new hip place in Mississippi

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Imagine South Mississippi, and it’s easy to envision the casinos, glamorous hotels and a New Orleans vibe. But imagine a small town in the Pine Belt with beautifully restored houses, restaurants offering homemade Southern cuisine with seafood right out of Gulf of Mexico, and the site of HGTV’s Home Town. That town is Laurel. Founded in ...

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Sanderson profits boosted by $37.5 million tax reduction

A 14 percent-point reduction in federal income tax boosted Sanderson Farms Inc.’s first fiscal quarter’s net income by $37.5 million, the Laurel-based poultry processor announced Wednesday after close of the Nasdaq stock market. Thanks to that tax liability reduction, the company reported in a release that net income was $51.2 million, or $2.24 per share, for the quarter compared with ...

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Sanderson Farms sued over ads that allegedly mislead

  By JACK WEATHERLY Several consumer advocacy groups have sued Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. for allegedly using antibiotics and other chemicals in its chicken that the producer advertises as “100% natural.” The Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Food Safety filed the complaint Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Northern California against Sanderson, the ...

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Slowboat Brewing Co. owner says the future is ‘bubbly’

By BECKY GILLETTE Kenny and Carrie Mann are making things happen in downtown Laurel. The young couple left their 9-5 jobs to follow their dreams of owning a brewery. “And they are doing an incredible job,” said Jim Rasberry, chairman of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Jones County. Slowboat Brewing Company distributed its first batches of beer on Dec. ...

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Hattiesburg airport director: Essential Air Service program needs to be revised, not eliminated

By BECKY GILLETTE The proposed elimination of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program under the budget proposed by President Donald Trump is of concern in rural states such as Mississippi, where four of the seven commercial service airports in the state receive EAS subsidies. Getting rid of the program is not a new idea. » Read complete story at HATTIESBURG ...

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Lott Furniture reaching 100th birthday during a time of downtown Laurel renaissance

By BECKY GILLETTE Back in the 1940s, Blues musician Blind Roosevelt Graves sang and played his guitar in front of Lott Furniture at 320 Front Street almost daily. “He and his brother, Uaroy, drew massive crowds to Front Street just to hear them play, locals and travelers alike,” said Rodney Rowell, who owns Lott Furniture with his wife, Angie. “It’s ...

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Laurel Mercantile a “store of curiosity” helping revive downtown Laurel

“It is amazing the kind of life you can live in Mississippi”   By BECKY GILLETTE Three Laurel couples, including one whose HGTV Home Town pilot on renovating historic homes in Laurel had 2.2 million viewers, recently opened a new store downtown, Laurel Mercantile at 414 Front Street, that sells only unique items that have to reach the bar of being such high quality ...

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