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Specialty car plate sales rise as blue guitars fade to brown

By MARY PEREZ / Sun Herald Those blue guitar license plates are disappearing across Mississippi and any car or truck that still wears one come in January will be an easy target for a traffic ticket. “The reissue started in January 2019 and will be completed in December,” said Kaitlin O’Dougherty, spokeswoman for Mississippi Department of Revenue. That means by ...

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She’s blind, but that doesn’t keep artist from creating art

HATTIESBURG — The last time lifelong artist Sandra Hinton remembers seeing colors on her paint palette was more than a decade ago. At her Hattiesburg home, Sandra’s living room is decorated with paintings, sculptures and antique furniture. One painting, her husband Cecil Hinton tells her, is on the wall facing the couch. It depicts a banana plant, with smooth green ...

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Protesters shout down Ole Miss chancellor announcement

A news conference that was supposed to name trustees’ choice for a new chancellor at the University of Mississippi never happened, as protesters shouted down the expected announcement of former Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce . After pleading for civility, Trustee Ford Dye retreated from the lectern Friday in an on-campus hotel ballroom in Oxford, as protesters refused to ...

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Critics cite lack of transparency in Glenn Boyce’s appointment as UM chancellor

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal OXFORD • Glenn Boyce, the former commissioner of higher education and president of Holmes Community College, will be the next Chancellor of the University of Mississippi according to multiple sources familiar with the hiring process. The announcement comes after the state Institutions of Higher Learning laid out a perspective timeline that did not have the search process ...

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New plant to add jobs along Tenn-Tom Waterway in Alabama

A planned factory will add badly needed jobs in an underdeveloped part of west Alabama. Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced Friday that the Maryland-based Enviva Partners plans to invest about $175 million on a wood pellet production plant in Sumter County. It will ship product on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway from the Port of Epes. The statement says the proposed facility ...

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Mississippi’s voter registration deadline is Monday

Mississippi residents who want to help choose a governor are facing a voter registration deadline. The secretary of state’s office says Monday is the last day people can register in person. Circuit clerks’ offices are required to be open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday. They will also be open until 5 p.m. Monday. Registration forms that are mailed must ...

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MDAC announces two staff members

Commissioner Andy Gipson announced two new staff members of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC). Gayle Fortenberry was named Agriculture Workforce Development Coordinator. In this position, Fortenberry will serve as a liaison between MDAC and agriculture industry employers, agricultural education program representatives and potential agricultural employees in high schools, colleges and universities to coordinate the Mississippi Agriculture Workforce ...

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Work underway on Costco station while suit is pending

By JACK WEATHERLY The question: will Costco Wholesale proceed with construction of the 150,000-square-foot store in Ridgeland without building a fueling station? The city of Ridgeland has now gotten court clearance to build the so-called “third phase” of the Renaissance Colony Parkway mall, which would be anchored by Costco. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled 7-0 in April 2017 in a ...

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Animal rights group wants mascot hit by player to retire

An animal rights group wants Mississippi State to retire its live bulldog mascot named Jak after he was crashed into by an Auburn University player making a mad dash through the end zone. News outlets report People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has sent a letter to the Mississippi college, saying it was sheer luck that Jak wasn’t severely ...

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