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Rural groceries fill need, face struggles

By DANNY McARTHUR / Daily Journal After Shannon Mississippi’s only grocery store closed in early September, local resident Jennifer Watts felt the loss of the long-time community staple “like a death in the family.” Quality Discount Foods served Shannon since 1972. With its doors now closed, residents are left with questions about the accessibility of fresh food and other groceries. ...

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Small business optimism dips, but still near historical high

The National Federation of Independent Businesses’ small business Optimism Index maintained a historically solid reading, but took a dip in September, falling 1.3 points to 101.8. September’s figure falls within the top 20% of all readings in the Index’s 46-year history. The survey shows no sign of a recession and indicated continued job creation, capital spending, and inventory investment, all consistent ...

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Tupelo announces naming rights agreement with BankPlus for local sports complex

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal The city of Tupelo on Monday announced a naming rights agreement with a local bank to rename one of its outdoor sports facilities. The city agreed to rename the sports facility located at Ballard Park the BankPlus SportsPlex, which will last for 10 years and apply to every sports field within the facility, according to ...

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Toyota Wellspring celebrates 10 years

By MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS / Daily Journal   TUPELO • For 10 years, the Toyota Wellspring Education Fund has worked to expose, educate and connect students to careers and a better future in Pontotoc, Union and Lee counties. “This has created so many opportunities for young people in our region,” said Pontotoc County Chancery Clerk Ricky Ferguson, who serves on the ...

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Toyota will build SUV at Alabama plant with Mazda

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal In a switch that could benefit the Toyota Mississippi in Blue Springs, Toyota Motor Corp. said recently it will build a new sport utility vehicle at a $1.6 billion joint venture assembly plant in Alabama rather than the Corolla. Toyota Mississipp, which began production of the Corolla in 2011, employs some 2,000 team members ...

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Columbus homeowners determined to rebuild after tornado

It’s been seven months since an EF-3 tornado swept through the north side of Columbus damaging or destroying an estimated 300 homes and businesses. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency inspectors ruled 117 of those homes were in an “unlivable” state. For every new roof that dots the landscape, there are a half-dozen more homes that remain, battered and abandoned. The debris ...

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Soldier’s surprise return home much tougher than expected

By DONNA CAMPBELL / Daily Leader Staff Sgt. Jeffery Grimes planned a big surprise reveal for his family when he returned from Kuwait, but the biggest surprise was on him _ they weren’t home. “I expected to walk in the house and none of them expect me to show up and it be that kind of a surprise,” he said. ...

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Specialty car plate sales rise as blue guitars fade to brown

By MARY PEREZ / Sun Herald Those blue guitar license plates are disappearing across Mississippi and any car or truck that still wears one come in January will be an easy target for a traffic ticket. “The reissue started in January 2019 and will be completed in December,” said Kaitlin O’Dougherty, spokeswoman for Mississippi Department of Revenue. That means by ...

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She’s blind, but that doesn’t keep artist from creating art

HATTIESBURG — The last time lifelong artist Sandra Hinton remembers seeing colors on her paint palette was more than a decade ago. At her Hattiesburg home, Sandra’s living room is decorated with paintings, sculptures and antique furniture. One painting, her husband Cecil Hinton tells her, is on the wall facing the couch. It depicts a banana plant, with smooth green ...

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Critics cite lack of transparency in Glenn Boyce’s appointment as UM chancellor

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal OXFORD • Glenn Boyce, the former commissioner of higher education and president of Holmes Community College, will be the next Chancellor of the University of Mississippi according to multiple sources familiar with the hiring process. The announcement comes after the state Institutions of Higher Learning laid out a perspective timeline that did not have the search process ...

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