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MBA foundation promotes education, scholarships

By BECKY GILLETTE   About five years ago the Mississippi Bankers Association decided it would be beneficial to establish a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to fund consumer education and scholarships in the state. To date, due to the generosity of bankers in the state, the MBA Education Foundation has raised nearly $280,000, said Mac Deaver, president of the MBA. “At the ...

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Helanbak: There and back with precision

By BECKY GILLETTE We all know that the right tool makes the difference, and that is the forte of Helanbak, a precision parts manufacturer which relocated to Columbia in 2014 and manufactures metal products for several industries such as water well drilling, sawmills and firearms. Yolanda and Kristian Agoglia are the owners of the company that designs and manufactures pipe ...

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Forrest General Hospital earns top rankings for medical care

By BECKY GILLETTE Forrest General Hospital, a 512-bed facility that serves a 19-county region, recently racked up a number of prestigious quality awards, including ranking in the top 100 hospitals nationwide for patient safety in overall medical care. The awards and rankings were presented by CareChex, an information service of Quantros, Inc. that provides a composite evaluation of all components ...

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Eyeing retirement in Mississippi? Consider carefully

By BECKY GILLETTE A lot of factors need to be taken into consideration when deciding when to retire. One of the most important decisions for many Americans is when to start taking Social Security benefits. While the government and most financial advisers recommend people wait to take Social Security at least until they reach their full retirement age (which is ...

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Modes to protect university research for tech transfer have shifted dramatically

By BECKY GILLETTE The field of technology transfer from higher education to business and commercial developments once focused strongly on obtaining patents for products developed by university research. Today, there are many commercialization projects that may benefit more from other types of protection, said Chase Kasper, assistant vice president for research, technology transfer and corporate relations, University of Southern Mississippi ...

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FOCUS ON SECURITY: Ransomware can paralyze a business

By BECKY GILLETTE Ransomware can not only leave a business paralyzed with no access to its computer system, it can be extremely costly. The amount of ransom demanded has been on the rise over the past year, according to information provided by the  Mississippi Attorney General Cyber Crime Center. Documented complaints in Mississippi range anywhere from $2,000 to $21,000 in ...

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Stonnington Farm creates fertile ground for grassfed beef in South Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE PERKINSTON — When Dr. Michael Stonnington first meets people and talks about his 378-acre grassfed beef operation, he doesn’t usually tell them that in addition to being a grassfed cattle farmer, he is an orthopedic surgeon. That is because people tend to think doctors have farms as a tax write off. Nothing could be farther from the truth for ...

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