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Distressed mortgage borrowers get 6 extra months under new HUD rules

By TED CARTER Homeowners who have fallen significantly behind on their mortgages are getting six additional months to stave off foreclosure, thanks to a new mandate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD, in rule changes announced last Friday, is requiring servicers of Federal Housing Administration-backed loans to delay foreclosure for a full year and to evaluate ...

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Sometimes it’s better to receive — U.S. gaining more China jobs than it’s losing

By TED CARTER The newest assessment of the movement of jobs and investment back to the United States from oversees shows 2014 continued to tilt the jobs competition in the U.S.’s favor. But the United States is still three million to four million jobs short of regaining the number lost since the emergence of Asia, China in particular, as industrial giants. ...

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STRUCTURE: Ellis Steel in West Point provides the framework for major projects in Mississippi and nationwide

Ellis Steel Co. has been in business for 83 years, the last 30 years under the current management, an impressive record for longevity on both counts. President and general manager Frank Hopper, who has been with Ellis since 1980, had a simple explanation for why the company has successfully operated for so long. “Our success is attributed to the hard ...

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Firms’ donations focus on education

Big businesses in Mississippi not only provide some of the best paying jobs in the state, they are known for generously supporting charitable programs of many different types throughout the state. The big businesses often put a lion’s share of their charitable resources behind educational programs. “Education has been our priority for more than a century, and raising graduation rates ...

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‘Honesty Pays’: Stevens and Ward’s ad campaign gets attention

When Lance Stevens and Rod Ward III, attorneys with the Jackson law firm Stevens & Ward, sat down with the staff of the Ridgeland-based advertising agency Mad Genius to develop a new ad campaign, the partners knew they wanted something different — something that set Stevens & Ward’s ads apart from those of other personal injury law firms. However, the ...

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Keesler AFB’s impact is measured in more than dollars

Keesler Air Force Base’s presence in Biloxi and South Mississippi is so extensive that it has to be measured from several angles, including historical, economic and community service. The base is rooted in the region’s history, dating back to June 1941 when the War Department activated Army Air Corps Station No. 8, Aviation Mechanics School in Biloxi. The War Department ...

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Soft-spoken steel man Tommy Dulaney well-respected in his industry

Tommy Dulaney is well-respected statewide for taking an initial $60,000 investment in Meridian’s Structural Steel Services in 1975 into a business today that specializes in building structural steel for power plants, steel mills and other industries worldwide. But while building SSS into a business employing 330, Dulaney has found time to volunteer, including serving as chairman of the Mississippi Economic ...

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Printers look back and wonder how?

When Jerry and Cindy Maddux, owners of Coast Printing Co. in Gulfport, started out 20 years ago with their new business venture, neither had worked in the printing business. Jerry Maddux had been working as a comptroller in Richmond, Va., for several years and wanted to get back home to the Coast and start his own business. A relative knew ...

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Agency meets its clients needs in the ever-changing world of technology

Mastering the constantly changing world of technology while balancing those changes with clients’ needs keeps the Maris West & Baker advertising agency vital. The Jackson-based agency was founded in 1970, and the Gordon Marks agency merged with it in 1990. Peter Marks, a third-generation advertising executive, is president of Maris West & Baker. “Things are changing so fast. We try ...

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State ad agencies tackle changing marketplace with innovative strategies

Recently when Viking Range Corp. was bought by a much larger company, Middleby Corp., marketing campaigns that had been handled by the Ramey Agency were suspended. That type of merger of a Mississippi-based company with a larger company based in another state is a long-established trend that can lead to loss of work for advertising agencies based in Mississippi. Chris ...

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