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Mississippi lighting factory to close after business sold

A.L.P. Lighting Components is closing a 68-worker factory in northwest Mississippi, after it sold the business to another company. A.L.P. notified the Mississippi Department of Employment Security this month that it plans to start layoffs at its Olive Branch plant on March 8, with production ending by June 28. The Niles, Illinois, company sold part of its business making plastic ...

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Missing teen lured away by video game chat resurfaces

A northwest Mississippi teenager has resurfaced in Illinois four days after he went missing. Olive Branch police say 14-year-old John Aubrey Peal III turned himself in Sunday at an Illinois fire station. Peal had been missing since Wednesday. His parents told local news outlets that Peal left after he made plans to meet someone in person whom he contacted using ...

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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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Cosmetics chain to open distribution center in DeSoto, create 400 jobs

MBJ staff Sephora Americas will open a distribution center in Olive Branch this summer. The new 720,000-square-foot distribution center in Prologis Park features state-of-the-art technology. The expansion of distribution operations is expected to create approximately 400 jobs during the next five years. Operations will begin this month and shipping is expected to begin in late summer. “We are very pleased to ...

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Cities gain national accreditation

The following Main Street communities in Mississippi have been designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting standards set by the National Main Street Center: Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Canton, Carthage, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, Louisville/Noxapater, Macon, Meridian, New Albany, Ocean Springs, ...

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Olive Branch accepts $2.1M bid to fix streets

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch officials have accepted a $2.1 million bid for the first batch of street repairs and repaving on 49 of the worst roads in the city. On Tuesday, the Board of Aldermen also authorized staff to begin seeking bids for phase two of street repaving. Both projects are expected to be finished by summer’s end. The ...

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Olive Branch votes to issue $8 million in bonds

OLIVE BRANCH — Olive Branch aldermen have voted to issue additional general obligation bonds designed to help pay for several projects. Over the coming months, The Commercial Appeal reports the Board of Aldermen will decide exactly how the $8 million in bonds will be spent with input from city staff. But right now, park improvements and water and sewer projects ...

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Soap maker pays $50,000 fine for violating wastewater permit

OLIVE BRANCH — An Olive Branch soap maker is paying a $50,000 civil fine for failing to renew its wastewater permit on time and for increasing wastewater discharges. Marietta American agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The plant is a unit of hotel toiletries maker Marietta Corp. of Cortland, New York. A Dec. 9 ...

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Emergency workers' new hydraulic tools allow faster rescues

OLIVE BRANCH —  New hydraulic rescue tools will let crews extract people from smashed cars much faster, says Olive Branch Fire Capt. Dave Taylor. “They could probably do an extraction in half the time now,” he told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Crews are training with the new tools, which Deputy Chief Ken Givens said are also much lighter than the ...

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Southern Airways expands service from Jackson/Madison

OLIVE BRANCH — Southern Airways has added three new cities to be served from Jackson (Madison), and an upgrade of its Destin, Florida, service from seasonal to year-round. “We are very pleased to be adding new Jackson service to three additional cities: Memphis, Oxford and Atlanta,” said Stan Little, Southern’s chairman and CEO. “All Southern flights to or from Metropolitan ...

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