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Decorated veteran Chuck Hagel deserves fair hearing

A week ago Monday, President Barack Obama nominated former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, calling him “an American patriot.” The prior Sunday, Sen. Roger Wicker tweeted that he would “strongly oppose” the nomination. “Chuck Hagel would be a divisive and disastrous nominee for SecDef,” read the tweet. Remarkable that Wicker took such an early, strong position against ...

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Ideal chooses Beaugez

Ideal Software Systems Inc. of Meridian has added Jim Beaugez, APR, to its growing staff as the marketing and communications manager for its family entertainment and financial software divisions. Beaugez previously held various positions over 10 years at Peavey Electronics Corporation, including public relations manager and communications manager, during which time he handled media relations, corporate and marketing communications, media ...

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Eisbrenner joins credit union

Hilary A. Eisbrenner, CPA, has joined Keesler Federal Credit Union as senior vice president and CFO. Eisbrenner holds a master’s in finance as well as a post-graduate certificate in management information systems. She has been in the credit union industry for 22 years. She also has extensive experience in the areas of information technology, ALM, budgeting, accounting/finance and investing.

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Meridian gets $2.7M grant for makeover

MERIDIAN — The city Meridian has received $2.7 million from the state for water, sewer and drainage improvements. Gov. Phil Bryant presented the check to Mayor Cheri Barry on Tuesday. Barry says the money from the Mississippi Development Authority will be used to fix drainage and infrastructure problems in downtown Meridian. City officials say the pipe system in downtown is ...

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Newspaper recognizes Peavey

The Meridian Star has named founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Hartley Peavey its Citizen of the Year. Peavey was honored for his commitment to the city. Peavey has shown its ongoing commitment to American manufacturing by moving production of three brands to its Meridian headquarters in recent years. These represent significant investments in the Peavey family of brands and ...

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$1M grant to help Meridian recruit teachers

MERIDIAN — The Meridian Public School District has received a grant of more than $1 million. The grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation, awarded during the past week, will be used in a program designed to recruit and retain effective teachers. The grant will be distributed over five years — $253,000 for year one, which includes the establishment of the ...

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Read the October 3rd issue of the MBJ online

In this week’s MBJ, Clay Chandler examines whether there is a megasite available for a new Hyundai plant. The MDA’s Leland Speed says there are no sites available. However, the East Mississippi Business Development Corp. executive director Wade Jones says the 1,400-acre Kewanee site is still available for Hyundai or anyone else that wants it. So, what is Leland Speed ...

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MBJ Editorial: Idea for new minor league team not a good one

There was a time that minor league sports, baseball in particular, was at the heart of the American dream. Watch “Field of Dreams” and you will know everything you need to know. However, these days, non-affiliated minor league sports do not work. They don’t work in Mississippi, ever. To think there is a group of people, today, wanting to start ...

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Brown tapped as new dean

Steven F. Brown, a Kansas university administrator with an extensive background in arts and music education, is the new dean and associate vice president of Mississippi State University’s Meridian campus. Since 2007, Brown has been dean of liberal arts and sciences at Emporia State University. His MSU appointment is pending formal approval of the Board of Trustees, State Institutions of ...

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Miss. open meetings law weaker than other states'

MICHAEL NEWSOM The Sun Herald Late last year, Bill Sharp was watching an Internet video of a Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors meeting when something odd happened. At their Sept. 20 meeting in Meridian, supervisors went into a “closed session” to talk about a personnel matter, but the camera feeding video to the county’s website stayed on. Some personnel matters ...

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