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State’s largest industry, agriculture, reaches $7.4B

By NATHAN GREGORY / MSU Extension Service In 2019, Mississippi’s agricultural industry faced the prospect of dipping below $7 billion for the first time in eight years, but federal payments pushed its value up enough to post a slight gain over 2018. The estimated value of Mississippi agriculture in 2019 is $7.39 billion, a 0.2% gain from last year’s $7.37 ...

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Teachers, staff get bonuses as 2 Columbus schools improve

Teachers and staff at two northern Mississippi schools are receiving more than $370,000 in bonuses because their schools have improved under a state grading system. Columbus Municipal School District trustees voted in 2018 to adopt a Teacher Incentive Pay Plan to provide bonuses for faculty and staff members of improving and high-performing schools. The plan also includes bonus incentives for ...

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Biloxi gets more time on grant to renovate downtown theater

A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is getting more time to repair and renovate a downtown theater that hosts musicals and other productions. Biloxi’s Saenger Theatre is temporarily closed for the $2.3 million project. A grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History required that the work be done by the end of this year, WLOX-TV reported. The department has ...

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Judge suspended after complaint that he slapped clerk’s hand

A south Mississippi judge has been suspended after complaints that he pushed a court clerk and slapped her hand. Jefferson County Justice Court Judge Wendell Williams also acted “impatient, rude and threatening” toward court staff and people in the courtroom, according to complaints filed with the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance. The state Supreme Court handed down an order Dec. 12 suspending ...

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Gregory named as Baker Donelson’s Pro Bono Committee Office Chair for Jackson

Baker Donelson has appointed Samuel D. Gregory to serve as Pro Bono Committee Office Chair for the Firm’s Jackson office. As the Jackson Pro Bono Committee Office Chair, Gregory will work to identify and address local pro bono needs while coordinating with Baker Donelson Pro Bono Shareholder Samuel T. Bowman for global pro bono initiatives. An associate in the Firm’s ...

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Mississippi man finds note saying his missing dog was killed

A Mississippi man searching for his missing dog was left an anonymous note that said his dog had been killed and that he should abide by the county leash law. “I’m sorry to inform you that your dog was shot and killed Saturday night while digging through my garbage,” the anonymous note said, according to The Sun Herald. “It did not suffer ...

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Neel-Schaffer announces promotions for nine company leaders

Neel-Schaffer, Inc., has announced that nine leaders within the company have been promoted to the role of Senior Vice President or Vice President for 2020. Derek Cheatham, PE, Nick Ferlito, PE, PTOE, and Steve Twedt, PE, are now Senior Vice Presidents with the firm. Russ Bryan, ASLA, John Cunningham, PE, Saunders Ramsey, PE, Dennis Reeves, PE, Lance Taylor, PE, and ...

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Analysis: Hosemann says he’s ready to work as lt. governor

Mississippi’s incoming lieutenant governor is setting an ambitious agenda for his first year in office. Republican Delbert Hosemann will be sworn in Jan. 9, along with most of the other statewide elected officials. That’s two days after the legislative session begins and five days before the current lieutenant governor, Republican Tate Reeves, will be inaugurated as governor. Hosemann is wrapping ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — What will shine brightest this Christmas season?

For those Americans who celebrate the real reason for Christmas, joy at this time of year comes from much more than sparkling trees and glittery presents. It is a joy like no other for  souls who have been ignited by the coming of the Light of the World. It is also a time for those joyous souls to shine for ...

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Effort builds to purchase, restore historic Parkway Hotel

By RAY VAN DUSEN / Monroe Journal ABERDEEN – Following the same idea of how the Elkin Theatre was purchased by numerous families in the 1980s, Aberdeen Main Street Director Ann Tackett is leading an effort to potentially purchase the former Parkway Hotel and restore it to its prime. The hotel is currently occupied by the Tombigbee Inn alongside Commerce ...

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