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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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THURSDAY — State’s virus cases near 50,000 as death toll mounts as well

By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 48,053 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 982 newly identified cases on Thursday. It is only the second time in the last nine days that cases have not exceeded 1,000. The verifiable single-day high for number of cases was 1,635 on July 21 as nine of the ...

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Paper products maker to invest $49 million, hire 35 in Marshall County

Specialty paper products company IG Design Group Americas Inc. is locating distribution operations in Marshall County. IG Design Group and an affiliate of Panattoni Development Co. are investing a total of $49 million in the project, which will create 35 jobs and start operations this month. IG Design specializes in stationery, gift wrapping and gift bags, and serves retailers worldwide, ...

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Call of water, road fueling sales of boats and RV’s

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s too much of a good thing in a bad situation. Sales of recreational vehicles and boats have hit records across the nation and Mississippi. That came after the first coronavirus lockdown and then the lifting of it. People had been isolated in their homes and naturally wanted to get free. Nothing like taking a camper or ...

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