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Camp Shelby at 100 still packs a wallop for defense and the economy

By BECKY GILLETTE Each year more than twice the number of members of the military train at Camp Shelby than there are residents of Hattiesburg, population 47,566. About 125,000 people train annually there, with about 60 percent coming from the National Guard, and the remainder from the active military services including the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. That pumps ...

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Groundbreaking held for $35 million Hattiesburg mixed-use development

By BECKY GILLETTE Ground was broken March 23 on the $35-million District at Midtown mixed-used development that will take up an entire block at Hardy Street and 31st Avenue across from the University of Southern Mississippi. While this isn’t a new industrial development, it still packs a whammy when it comes to job creation. » READ COMPLETE STORY at Hattiesburg ...

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Remote controlled aircraft now much more than toys

Gene Chambliss first became interested in remote controlled aircraft about 35 years ago when his parents bought him a gas-powered, remote controlled Cessna 172. “After that I was pretty much hooked on remote control aircraft of one type or another,” Chambliss said. » READ COMPLETE STORY at Hattiesburg Business Today by clicking here …

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ADP’s Williamson a key innovative cog in Hattiesburg area development programs

By BECKY GILLETTE Valencia Williamson has overseen the creation of innovative new programs including those designed to improve the work-force preparedness of high school graduates since she was hired six years ago to head the Area Development Partnership Chamber of Commerce Division as executive vice president. “Valencia is a leading minority executive in Greater Hattiesburg and serves as a shining ...

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Southern Prohibition Brewery hopes Legislature removes restrictions

By BECKY GILLETTE Because of restrictions in the law, Mississippi is one of the last states to cash in on the hot microbrewery trend. Quinby Chunn, owner of Southern Prohibition Brewery, is hopeful that legislation currently being considered in Jackson will allow direct sales at breweries. “We’re trying to get House Bill 1322, which has been approved by the Mississippi ...

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Seminary potter recognized as state’s top visual artist

By BECKY GILLETTE SEMINARY — Claudia “Ka” Cartee, 69, has been “telling a story with clay” since she was a little girl and her father, a professional mold maker who had a regional ceramic slip business, gave her a potting wheel. A professional potter since 1973, Cartee has averaged making two tons of clay per year into art ranging from ...

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Merchants Foodservice corporate office back operating after severe tornado damage

By BECKY GILLETTE HATTIESBURG — The Merchants Foodservice corporate office on Edwards Street was severely damaged by the EF3 tornado Jan. 21 that hit Hattiesburg. But fast action and teamwork resulted in the office being quickly relocated to the Lamar County Industrial Park in Purvis. “We never experienced any disruption in delivery,” said Joshua Wilson, marketing coordinator for Merchants Foodservice. » READ ...

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William Carey turns to online learning after tornado

William Carey University says it will use online systems as much as possible to finish winter trimester classes and to teach students during the spring trimester. The school’s Hattiesburg campus was heavily damaged by Saturday’s tornado in south Mississippi, leading officials to send home 800 students who live on campus and call off classes on Monday for the 3,200 students ...

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Officials count 1,100 homes damaged by Mississippi tornado

A tornado that tore a path across south Mississippi on Saturday damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 homes. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported Monday that in Forrest County alone, 411 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage Saturday, while 588 saw minor damage. In Lamar County, the twister destroyed or did major damage to 43 homes and minor damage ...

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