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The First Bancshares: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

The First Bancshares Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $16.9 million. The Hattiesburg, Mississippi-based bank said it had earnings of 79 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains, were 52 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Sell now: residential real estate on the rise

Now may be a good time to sell your home. Residential real estate prices are on the rise in spite of the economy being in a recession. In some really hot areas, real estate agents place a sign in the yard stating that the listing is coming soon. The property is not even on the market yet. In some cities ...

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Renasant: 2Q Earnings Snapshot

Renasant Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $20.1 million. The Tupelo, -based bank said it had earnings of 36 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 52 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 30 cents per share. The ...

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MONDAY — Total death toll exceeds 1,500 as only 600 cases reported

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 52,957 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 653 newly identified cases on Friday. It was only the third day in the last 13 there have been less than 1,000 cases in a day. The verifiable single-day high for number of cases was 1,635 on July 21 as ...

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Colleges work around pandemic restrictions for their training programs

By LISA MONTI As the spring semester began winding down in late April, educators and school administrators were making changes to safely educate and accommodate students and staff during an uncertain situation. Typically, classes moved online and graduation and other year-end ceremonies were postponed or delayed due to Covid-19 health-related concerns. Training programs that require hands-on learning and on-the-job internships ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — We need more servant-leaders like Dr. Bill Scaggs

Despite our torrid culture today, servant leaders still work to make our lives better. It’s a respite amidst the yammering bloggers, tweeters, and talking heads when local media like this take the opportunity to tell us about their many acts of kindness, charity, and courage. We should also pause and reflect upon what motivates these generous spirits. The best sources ...

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Volunteers have made and donated 10,400 masks on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

By BECKY GILLETTE HATTIESBURG: Heather Miller’s day job is budget manager for the offices of the vice president and vice provost, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM). When she began her coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine in March, she felt overwhelmingly helpless.  “I didn’t know what to do, other than work,” Miller said. “I’m not a medical professional, but I ...

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For small town Mississippi, the pandemic could not have come at a worse time

By NASH NUNNERY Since the arrival of the virus in March and the subsequent shutdown of downtowns, COVID-19 has complicated the task of keeping many of those communities vibrant and reversing a downturn in population and economic stability. An April survey of 149 Mississippi small business owners by Main Street America indicated that 62 percent of those businesses were at ...

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FRIDAY — Near-record 1,610 cases reported as virus claims 28 more Mississippians

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 49,663 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 1,610 newly identified cases on Friday. It is eighth day in the last 10 that cases have exceeded 1,000 and this week’s total of 7,025 is already the most cases in a week with two days remaining. The verifiable single-day ...

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Boyd Gaming unveils mobile gaming app with nostalgic brand

By LISA MONTI Boyd Gaming Corp. dusted off its vintage Las Vegas brand to help give its new Stardust Social Casino app an advantage in the crowded field of mobile gaming. The company, which owns IP Casino in Biloxi and Sam’s Town Tunica among more than 20 others, unveiled the mobile gaming app this month. It offers some of the ...

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