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West inducted into Hall

Fifty-one years after graduating from Mississippi State University, Coyt “Bud” West returned to his alma mater to be honored by the industry he served. On Nov. 17, West’s colleagues, friends, family, and MSU faculty and administration gathered at the university’s poultry science building to honor West as he was inducted into the Mississippi Poultry Association’s Hall of Fame for his ...

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Still on top

While the 2011 version of the Mississippi 100 has many new names, the top five revenue-producers remain unchanged from 2010. The “big five” in order are Ergon Inc. of Jackson, The Yates Companies Inc. of Philadelphia, Staplcotn of Greenwood, Howard Industries Inc. of Laurel and Irby Company of Jackson. The only change from last year is Staplcotn moved up one ...

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Book details sensational Laurel murder of 1935

In Mississippi we do like murder mysteries, and we like scandals, especially when they’re true. Hunter Cole’s book, The Legs Murder Scandal, is billed as ‘the engaging story of Mississippi’s Lizzie Borden and the sensational matricide that mystified the nation.’ If that doesn’t intrigue you, read on. In Laurel, in 1935, a daughter in a wealthy and troubled family stood ...

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Getting it straight

Last touches on project put ‘S-Curve’ in rearview mirror Not long ago, the word “S-Curve” struck fear in the hearts of residents of Jones County and those traveling Interstate 59 in Laurel. The snaky section of the interstate gained a reputation as one of the most terrifying stretches of roadway for motorists in the state. On nice days, it was ...

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Laurel man awarded $103M in suit against lawyer

LAUREL — A Mississippi businessman has been awarded $103 million in a lawsuit against the Chicago-based law firm that he accused of defrauding his oil and gas business. Lavon Evans Jr. filed the lawsuit in Jones County Circuit Court in Mississippi in 2008. It sought $150 million in damages from attorney Joel Held, who worked at the Dallas office of ...

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Association elects Hess as president

At the recent Mississippi Municipal League Conference held in Biloxi, Laurel’s city clerk Mary Ann Hess was elected state president of the Mississippi Municipal Clerks and Tax Collectors Association (MMCCA). For the past 10 years, Hess has served the City of Laurel as city clerk/finance director. Prior to this position, she was the city clerk/finance director for the City of ...

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I-59 project awarded to Tanner Construction

LAUREL — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded an $11.6 million contract to Tanner Construction of Jones County to reconstruct two miles of roadway on Interstate 59 from Fourth Avenue to Chantilly Street in Jones County. Work on the interstate reconstruction project is scheduled to begin in the next week and will include clearing and grubbing along the ...

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'S' Curve finally gone

Laurel – A ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the completion of the reconstruction of the I-59 “S” Curve in Laurel was held Sept. 10. A ceremony dedicating the I-59 bridge between Beacon Street and Fourth Avenue in memory of David R. Brown, original project engineer on the “S” Curve project, was also held in conjunction with the ribbon cutting. According to Transportation ...

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Sales, earnings up at Sanderson

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc., as reported last week at www.msbusiness.com, saw net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2009 of $504.8 million compared with $466.9 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the Company reported net income of $43 million, or $2.09 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $3.6 million, or ...

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ARRA funding paying for road work

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon oversee the resurfacing of 5.3 miles of U.S. 49 through Hattiesburg from Edwards Street continuing north to 31st Avenue. The $8.3-million project, fully funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), was awarded to Dunn Roadbuilders of Laurel. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of the ...

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