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McGrath stands on top rung

For Melinda McGrath, construction is a family tradition. The daughter of a contractor, McGrath’s early childhood memories growing up in Columbus were not riding bikes or playing games, but rather hanging out at building sites. “My mother died when I was young, so my father would take my brother and I with him to work,” McGrath remembered with a smile. ...

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Monster shrimp have researchers scrambling

They sound like a shrimp-lover’s dream. Nearly-foot-long creatures that are beautifully marked and absolutely delectable. However, Asian tiger shrimp are proving a nightmare for researchers. The invasive specie is being found with increasing frequency in the Gulf of Mexico. Since they have never reached the Gulf previously, scientists and the shrimping industry are worried and are calling on the public ...

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Monster shrimp, monster problem

They sound like a shrimp-lover’s dream. Nearly-foot-long creatures that are beautifully marked and absolutely delectable. However, Asian tiger shrimp are proving a nightmare for researchers. The invasive specie is being found with increasing frequency in the Gulf of Mexico. Since they have never reached the Gulf previously, scientists and the shrimping industry are worried and are calling on the public ...

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Is Barksdale's lack of economic development a concern?

There were many names in the rumor mill as possible candidates for the next executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. Jim Barksdale was not one of them. However, Gov.-elect Phil Bryant yesterday announced Barksdale as his choice as interim MDA director. Barksdale would succeed Leland Speed, who has also been serving in an interim basis at MDA. Like Speed, ...

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Even with record year, farmers are still hurting

Despite a challenging year of bad weather and a faltering economy, Mississippi agriculture set a new value record year in 2011, according to a report form the Mississippi State University Extension Service. However, spiraling input costs as well as financial woes at home and abroad and an angry Mother Nature put a squeeze on farmers’ bottom line last year. The ...

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Former bank president Chuck Jordan hits the ground running as new Greenville mayor

In an election year when politics dominated headlines, perhaps Chuck Jordan’s sweeping victory in the Greenville mayoral race topped them all. In a surprising landslide victory, banker-turned-politician Jordan took more than 64 percent of the vote to become Greenville’s next mayor. Not only was this his first political campaign, Jordan, a white, took 40 percent of the black vote. Running ...

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ALL BUSINESS: Former bank president Chuck Jordan hits the ground running as new Greenville mayor

In an election year when politics dominated headlines, perhaps Chuck Jordan’s sweeping victory in the Greenville mayoral race topped them all. In a surprising landslide victory, banker-turned-politician Jordan took more than 64 percent of the vote to become Greenville’s next mayor. Not only was this his first political campaign, Jordan, a white, took 40 percent of the black vote. Running ...

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Sheldon Laboratory knows Christmas cards

Any businesses out there looking for a creative Christmas card idea might want to follow Sheldon Laboratory Systems’ lead. The Crystal Springs-based company sends one of the most effective yet simple cards I’ve ever seen. Every year, Sheldon employees “commission” their children to craft Christmas-related artwork. The company then uses the artwork to design its card. The artwork is labeled ...

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Training Dick and Jane

The Governor’s Workforce Conference held earlier this month in Jackson offered plenty of success stories, particularly the recruitment of the new Toyota plant in Northeast Mississippi. However, there were also words of warning about the state meeting the needs of businesses with a competently trained workforce in the future. The state is already struggling to meet … >> SEE FULL ...

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