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Downtown group terminates leader — again

COLUMBUS — The group that promotes commercial development in downtown Columbus has fired it director and will launch a search for her replacement. The Commercial Dispatch reports it’s the second time in less than six months that Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The group’s board said in a statement that Nickie Nicholson had been fired, just ...

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NRF forecasts retail growth this year to lag 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Retail Federation released its 2013 economic forecast today, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 3.4 percent, slightly less than the preliminary 4.2 percent growth seen in 2012. The subdued forecast comes on the heels of a holiday season that went head-to-head with Washington’s political wrangling over fiscal concerns, ...

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More funding approved for historic street

COLUMBUS — Improvements on one of Columbus’ most famous streets will continue as more funding has been made available. The Commercial Dispatch reports the City Council has allocated $25,000 for improvement of Catfish Alley. Money for the project will come from remaining general obligation bond funds used for paving streets in the city’s six wards. “Catfish Alley is in my ...

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Historic Delta store reopens after renovations

ONWARD — The Onward Store is keeping alive the story of Teddy Roosevelt’s famous 1902 bear hunt as it has done for generations. The store, first opened in 1913, was closed in the spring to undergo renovation, according to the Vicksburg Post. It reopened over the weekend. A new addition is a back porch that overlooks cotton fields. A restaurant ...

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Group pushing for downtown to be declared historic

TUPELO — Officials are starting a campaign to have the downtown declared a national historic district. Officials with the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that group will do a historic resources survey to see if the central business district has enough buildings to support the designation. Main Street went through the process in 1991 ...

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Choctaw Indians break ground for new retail complex

BOGUE CHITTO — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Big Creek General Store Sept. 22 in Bogue Chitto. The 5,200-square-foot retail facility will include a general store, fuel center, bait shop, laundromat, fitness center, ATM and a satellite first responder’s office to house security, police and emergency personnel. The center will also have a ...

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Work underway on transit complex, treatment plant

NATCHEZ — Work is underway at the site of the future Natchez transit facility. The Natchez Democrat reports crews with Paul Jackson Construction of Brookhaven are removing a fence, concrete slab and shed from the site, formerly the location of A-B Motor Company. The crews also have 7,000 yards of dirt that has to be removed from the site. The ...

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Southside shopping centers make additions, improvements

JACKSON — Although the effort to rehabilitate U.S. 80’s retail corridor in Jackson often gets more attention, several south Jackson malls are getting new life. Going beyond retail is part of the revival at Jackson Square Promenade, The Clarion-Ledger reports. That includes a roller-skating rink, a “teen center” where kids can hang out, sing karaoke and play video games; and ...

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Retailers across the state gearing up for annual Sales Tax Holiday

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s annual sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Saturday. Mississippi retailers are gearing up for one of their busiest times of the year. Department of Revenue spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury says nothing has changed from previous years in which shoppers can save 7 percent on certain clothes and shoes that cost $100 ...

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City's year-over-year sales tax collections up nearly 10%

NATCHEZ — Sales tax collections in May for the city of Natchez increased 9.5 percent over May of last year. The Natchez Democrat reports it was the 10th month of an upward trend in sales taxes for Natchez. Overall sales tax collections totaled approximately $447,780, up approximately $38,980 from the $408,800 collected in May 2011. City Clerk Donnie Holloway has ...

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