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Mistletoe Marketplace success leads to store opening

First cousins Alexandra Wilkes and Leslie Decker had heard the question what seemed like a million times. They would handcraft their jewelry and showcase it every year about this time at Mistletoe Marketplace, the Christmas shopping extravaganza held at the Mississippi Trade Mart. Almost without fail, a customer would make a purchase and before leaving would ask the two, “Where’s ...

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Residential real estate markets mixed bag around the Delta

Jeff Brown and his family spent a warm Saturday afternoon recently tearing out cabinets in their new Greenwood home. The home is actually not new, but it is new to the Browns, who bought it to move into town. In spite of having to remove 40-year-old cabinetry to make way for a complete kitchen makeover, Brown admits his purchase in ...

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Stauffer’s latest tech offering continues successful series

When Apple released the pioneering iMac in the late 1990s, Todd Stauffer found a problem. The new computer from the innovative Cupertino, Calif. company offered a plethora of exciting features and functions, so many, in fact, that users could become bewildered and perhaps not use the machine to its fullest potential. So, Stauffer approached publisher McGraw-Hill with the idea of ...

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State’s horse industry growing, pumping millions into economy

Those involved with horses agree the industry is growing in Mississippi and has yet to reach its full economic potential. Horse shows and membership in breed associations are increasing. Many counties now have multi-purpose facilities where horse shows are held, bringing visitors and their pocketbooks to the state. One four-year school, Mississippi College (MC), now has the state’s only women’s ...

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Staph grabbing headlines; hospitals on guard against other bugs, too

It is everywhere. You cannot escape it. But the chances are fairly good that you’ll be able to survive it, only somewhat worse for the wear. Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA, pronounced “mursah”) is making headlines since taking the lives of several students and other victims in the nation. The superbug, however, is hardly the only staph out there, and staph ...

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Barbour tackling busy second-term agenda

Editor’s note: This story is the first in a series of articles with statewide elected officials outlining their agendas and the issues affecting Mississippi’s business community. Soon after Mississippi voters gave Gov. Haley Barbour another four years in office, he outlined his priorities through 2011 with the Mississippi Business Journal. Mississippi Business Journal: Share your ideas about education reform for ...

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Mississippi wage increases top national average

Mississippians are earning fatter paychecks, according to a new study. State workers received wage increases of approximately 4% in 2007, and that compares with the national average of 3.65%. Mississippi pay increases averaged 3.77%, up slightly from the projected 3.5%. The information was released by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) from a survey conducted by Compensation Data-Mid South. “This increase ...

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Gaming horizon? Server-based and electronic table games

A number of executives in the state’s gaming industry attended the recent Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas where they saw the industry’s latest products and technology. Chief among those presentations were server-based or downloadable game technology and electronic table games, both expected to have bright futures. A survey of executives and gaming analysts released at the show indicates ...

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Southern Miss at forefront on college sports security training

The events of September 11, 2001, drove home some tragic lessons. Terrorists look for large gatherings of people to attack. And law enforcement personnel and other officials need a clear cut plan to deal with moving people out of affected areas so as to facilitate proper and speedy response. A stadium full of college football fans or an arena jammed ...

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