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Final funding set for new federal courthouse in Greenville


Congress has given final approval to $40.1 million to build a new federal courthouse in Greenville, Mississippi, to replace one that was built in 1959 and opened in 1960. The General Services Administration said Thursday that the money is to acquire a site and to design and build a 62,000-square-foot courthouse that could be completed in 2021. Mayor Errick D. ...

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Cleveland hotel goes ‘grand’ after Trump visit


By JACK WEATHERLY  Suresh Chawla was already thinking bigger. But when then Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump personally encouraged him to ‘think grand” that did it. And so the Lyric Hotel and Spa has grown to become the West End District. The Cleveland project was initially expected to cost about $8 million but it will now be $15 million, Chawla ...

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Mississippi teacher accused of dragging student is indicted


A former Greenville teacher has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge of abusing a vulnerable person. Washington County District Attorney Dewayne Richardson said Monday that Linda Winters-Johnson will be arraigned as early as Dec. 13. A video viewed millions of times shows Winters-Johnson dragging a special education student by the hair across the floor of the Greenville High School gym ...

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Charges likely for teacher who dragged student on video


A former teacher who was recorded on video dragging a Mississippi student by the hair will face charges, a prosecutor said, but it’s not clear which ones. Washington County District Attorney Dewayne Richardson told The Associated Press on Wednesday he just received the investigative file from police this week and hasn’t decided on what charges to pursue. The school district ...

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$7 million in projects planned in Mississippi Delta


More than $7.2 million will soon be invested in the Mississippi Delta. The Delta Regional Authority and its federal and state partners are investing the money into strengthening Mississippi’s workforce, infrastructure and economy. Chris Masingill, the organizations co-chairman, said Wednesday in a news release they to invest in the construction of a new levee in Natchez, a new Amtrak platform ...

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The Lofts at 517 giving people reasons to come to downtown Greenville

The Lofts at 517 will be the home for a recently announced restaurant, the Downtown Grille.

By BECKY GILLETTE GREENVILLE — In recent years Delta communities have been losing population as many young people move elsewhere for employment opportunities. A new development in downtown Greenville, The Lofts at 517, is being designed to create a synergy to bring back not just the downtown, but former residents. That is what is happening with Allen and Erin Sanders, who ...

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Clarksdale company shifts emphasis to meet manufacturing needs


By JACK WEATHERLY Standard Industrial in Clarksdale has met the needs of manufacturing in its nearly 30 years of existence. Standard Industrial builds hydraulic presses, brakes and shears, “things that make stuff,” Standard Industrial President Steve Hays said. It is putting in a new line that will cost $1.357 million and create 25 jobs. Standard Industrial is expanding within its ...

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AG REPORT — Good cotton crop expected despite dropped bolls

The majority of cotton bolls lost to rainy, wet weather in early August were the younger bolls in the mid to upper part of the plant. Cotton, such as this growing Aug. 18, 2016 on Mississippi State University’s R.R. Foil Plant Research Center in Starkville, is expected to yield a better than average harvest. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)

Wet, cloudy weather has put a lot of cotton bolls on the ground, but experts still expect an above average crop from Mississippi’s cotton acreage. Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said experts knew boll loss was coming after all the recent rain. “By the last week of July to early August, a lot of ...

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A NEW ERA AT VIKING — Kitchen appliance veteran Kevin Brown to oversee Greenwood plant

As new president of Viking Ranges, Kevin Brown has his sights on new products and new markets.

By TED CARTER A kitchen appliances executive whose background includes working the assembly line at Oxford’s Whirlpool plant is the new head of revamped Viking Ranges in Greenwood. Kevin Brown, a University of Mississippi electrical engineering graduate who started with Viking in 2007, joined with a team of Middleby Corp. executives in 2013 to transform the products line of the ultra-premium ...

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Cleveland appeals order in desegregation case


A Mississippi school board has voted along racial lines to appeal a federal judge’s order in a long-running desegregation case. The Cleveland School District filed papers Monday asking the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the order that requires campus consolidations. Board attorney Jamie Jacks said Tuesday that the district is requesting a quick appeal and is asking ...

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