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Culin-Arts brings unusual kitchen items to the Golden Triangle

West Point — To own a business that’s successful enough to need more space is every businessperson’s dream. Valeda Carmichael realized that dream with her shop, Culin-Arts, after only one year. She opened her colorful, upscale shop “for indoor and outdoor cooking and entertaining” in November 2002 in a small building “to see how it would go.” In November 2003, ...

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Catfish One goes ‘pro-active’ with new expansion plan

Laurel — Anyone who has lived in Mississippi for any length of time is familiar with the many restaurants that specialize in catfish, but it took a 40-year veteran restaurant owner to come up with a new concept that has led to the opening of 29 locations in five years. Jim Stringer, past president of the Mississippi Restaurant Association and ...

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Small Farm Development Center focuses on management

Lorman — The number of small farms in Mississippi and across the nation continues to decline. One institution whose goal is to make a difference in helping the small farmers who remain in business is the Mississippi Small Farm Development Center. “Our basic mission is to deliver management and technical assistance to small farmers,” said Dr. Gregory Reed, associate director ...

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Hungerford leads with dedication, energy and a bit of humor

Natchez — As executive director of the venerable Natchez Children’s Home, Nancy Hungerford wears many hats. She takes care of business, administration, development and public relations but is also available for kitchen duty, facilities maintenance and special events. She says she’ll do anything, wherever there’s a need. She’s been associated with Mississippi’s oldest residential childcare institution for 22 years. “I’ve ...

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Roper puts the ‘easy’ into entertaining with latest book

A sit-down dinner for 40 guests in your home? A golden anniversary party for more than 100 well-wishers? Most people would probably rather jump off a cliff than take on such frightening tasks. Not Patty Roper. “I truly love to entertain,” says Roper, a published author and editorial director of Mississippi Magazine, who has thrown these parties and many more ...

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Cumbest: community involvement, open-door management

Pascagoula — Royce Cumbest, the president and CEO of Merchants & Marine Bank, considers himself a hometown guy for a hometown bank. A lifelong resident of the county, he grew up in northeastern Jackson County, between the communities of Wade and Three Rivers to be exact. The only time he’s spent away was to attend Millsaps College and the University ...

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Winchester Ammunition bringing $3.5-million payroll to Oxford

Oxford — The company that started out in business as the manufacturer of “The Gun That Won The West” is moving part of its operation to Oxford, and the result will be a $3.5-million payroll. Winchester Ammunition will be located in the former Emerson Electric building in the Lafayette County Industrial Park. The 200,000-square-foot facility was bought for Winchester and ...

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Opportunities abound as demand for housing grows

The demand for owner-occupied housing in Mississippi is expected to increase by 12,000 units per year for the next 15 years, representing a total of 181,000 homes, according to government forecasts. Renter household demand is expected to increase by 2,500 per year for a total of 38,000 over the next 15 years. “There is a growing need for housing in ...

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Hope Haven provides new beginnings for abused children

Bay St. Louis — Hope Haven provides a homelike shelter for children who have been victims of abuse and neglect. It was started by four women who saw a need in Hancock County and made it happen. When rebuffed by local government, the women — Mary Carpenter, Bobbie Barr, Carol Ripley and Lois Griffen — resorted to what Hope Haven ...

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