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Late planting seen hitting yields of major row crops

By JACK WEATHERLY Late planting due to flooding will have a negative impact on yields of major row crops in Mississippi, according to Dr. Josh Maples, assistant agricultural economics professor at Mississippi State University. For example, only 55 percent of Mississippi cotton is currently setting bolls. The five-year average is 74 percent, Maples said, adding that soybeans setting pods are ...

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Pine beetle infestation under control, Forest Service says

By JACK WEATHERLY The southern pine beetle outbreak that destroyed thousands of pine stands in national forests in Mississippi in 2017 and 2018 apparently is under control, according to U.S. Forest Service officials. The Forest Service identified 23,000 beetle-infested acres in the state’s six national forests in 2017. There are 1.2 million acres in the six forests, excluding two – ...

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Tupelo schools and Itawamba CC form ‘middle college’

MBJ staff Itawamba Community College and Tupelo Public School District have formed a “middle college” that will allow students to graduate with a secondary school diploma and a two-year associate degree. Starting in August, some Tupelo High juniors will attend classes at the ICC Tupelo campus for the majority of the school day while taking classes at THS. “This is ...

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Bonnet Carre Spillway shut down as river falls below flood stage

By JACK WEATHERLY The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the weekend completed the shutdown of the Bonnet Carre Spillway north of New Orleans, starting a process that will lead to the return of normal saltwater conditions in the Mississippi Sound. The river at New Orleans fell below flood stage over the weekend. The return to normalcy in the Sound ...

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Cotton House hotel opens in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cotton House will hum and speak the language of the South on this, the first, weekend for the luxury hotel in downtown Cleveland. The Mississippi Writers Guild will hold a conference at the Grammy Museum Mississippi, one of several groups that will draw people to Cleveland with its 95-guestroom hotel. That will give the hotel a ...

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Cal-Maine records net loss of $19.8 million for quarter

By Jack Weatherly Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported a net loss of $19.8 million, or 41 cents per share, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 ending June 1, compared with a net income of $71.8 million, or $1.48 per share, for the year-ago period. According to Bloomberg news, the U.S. egg industry has an oversupply issue, and prices are so ...

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DMR: The fish are ok to eat but the beaches remain closed

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s okay to eat seafood from the Mississippi Sound. That statement to the Mississippi Business Journal by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is the first good news that the coastal counties have had this summer. Another agency, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), closed all 21 beaches, starting with some in late June to ...

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Callaway’s closing out County Line Road center

By JACK WEATHERLY Callaway’s Yard and Garden Center is marking its 40th anniversary this year at the intersection of Pear Orchard Road and County Line Road. It is also leaving that location by the end of the year, said owner Brint Callaway. Callaway’s opened in Gluckstadt three years ago the latest incarnation of the third-generation business that dates to 1954 ...

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Sophomore Spanish promises upper class cuisine

By JACK WEATHERLY The latest restaurant in the District at Eastover has a name that is a bit taco in cheek, you might say. It’s called the Sophomore Spanish Club. It will open next month and take the place of the Cantina Laredo, an upscale restaurant that closed Feb. 25. The eatery will have a self-effacing name, but owner Ray-Scott ...

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UPDATE: Sun-n-Sand still to be razed but sign will be saved

By Jack Weatherly Two historic downtown landmarks have been purchased by the state Department of Finance and Administration for about $2.3 million. The Sun-n-Sand motor hotel on Lamar Street earned a colorful history as a gathering place for legislators to hash out bills outside the glare of public scrutiny. The other property is the former Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home ...

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