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Clarksdale company shifts emphasis to meet manufacturing needs

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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

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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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Mississippi River levee repairs underway near Greenville

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Workers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are in the Greenville area to repair several levee slides after the area had high water earlier this year. Forty slides have been found along the 212mile Mississippi Levee District, which runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Cairo, Illinois. The Delta Democrat-Times reported that 14 of those are in Washington County, ...

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Museum carves a niche for Delta in global music

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By JACK WEATHERLY  CLEVELAND – The $20 million Grammy Museum Mississippi has begun carving a niche for itself in the global music industry. Several hundred well-wishers joined government and recording industry officials beneath flawless blue Delta skies Saturday to celebrate the opening, or just being alive. The 28,000-square-foot museum had been alive the day before with last-minute tweaks to the ...

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BOOK BIZ — An Englishman adjusts to his new Mississippi Delta home

» Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta  
By Richard Grant  
Published by Simon and Schuster       
$16.00 softback

It sounds like the start of a classic fish-out-of-water tale: take one man from England who’s been living in New York City, plop him down in a tiny town in the Mississippi Delta, and hilarity ensues. It’s a true story, though, and Richard Grant writes about his adventures in the entertaining and enlightening Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in ...

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Hope Credit Union adding Shaw, Drew to Delta network

Hope Credit Union’s Itta Bena branch is one of three Hope locations in the Delta, a number that will rise to five with the spring opening of branches in Drew and Shaw.

By TED CARTER Hope Federal Credit Union is extending its reach into the Mississippi Delta with full-service branch openings in Drew and Shaw. The openings are the community development financial institution’s newest effort to reverse the state’s increase in “banking deserts,” a trend that has left 38.7 percent of Mississippi households unbanked or under-banked. The branches will occupy buildings vacated by ...

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Rice harvest underway, yields, acreage in question

Workers harvest rice on Aug. 24, 2015, at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Delta Research and Extension Center/Bobby Golden)

STONEVILLE — Rice harvest has begun in Mississippi, but only time will tell how many acres were actually planted and how good yields will be. “There’s not a lot of yield reports yet, but I think we’re going to have a good crop,” said Bobby Golden, rice agronomist with the MSU Extension Service and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and ...

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Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson’s son dies in Mississippi

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2006 file photo taken in Crystal Springs, Miss., Claud Johnson, seated, son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson, shown in the poster on the right, has died at age 83. Johnson who posed with his own son Michael Johnson, won a legal fight in 2014 to keep the profits from the only two known photographs of his father. (Greg Jenson/The Clarion-Ledger, via AP Photo)

JACKSON — A son of legendary Mississippi blues artist Robert Johnson became rich by winning a court fight over his father’s estate. But even when finances were no longer a concern, an attorney said Claud Johnson kept the gravel truck he had driven for years — a reminder of the hard work that guided his own life. Claud Johnson was ...

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