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Fall Flower & Garden Fest set for Oct. 4-8 in Crystal Springs

By Susan Collins-Smith MSU Extension Service The 2021 Fall Flower & Garden Fest will return to an in-person event but will be modified because of the persistently high number of COVID-19 cases. The fest will be held 9 a.m. to noon daily Oct. 4-8 at the Mississippi State University Truck Crops Branch Experiment Station in…

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Mississippi maintains strong credit rating

State Treasurer David McRae recently announced Mississippi has maintained its strong Aa2 credit rating from Moody’s. This helps ensure Mississippi has access to advantageous financing, saving taxpayers money. “As State Treasurer, I have a responsibility to do more with every taxpayer dollar spent, regardless of the economic environment in which we find ourselves,” said McRae.…

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Community & Religious Calendar

Sept. 23 Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer a “Quick Bites” program via Zoom entitled “Being Active” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. The program will be hosted by Madison Payne, Office of Nutrition Education, Coastal R&E Center. Looking for some ways to get the whole family active and moving? Learn some…

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Local youths become members of American Angus Association

Ellanor Kaye Lowe and Sam Stevens, both of Monticello, are new junior members of the American Angus Association, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo. Junior members of the Association are eligible to register cattle in the American Angus Association, participate in programs conducted by the National Junior…

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Community & Religious Calendar

Monticello Church of Christ has postponed the Gospel Revival scheduled for Oct. 10-12 due to the large amount of COVID cases and concerns. Sept. 9 Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer a “Quick Bites” program via Zoom entitled “Pond Alkalinity/Water Management 101” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. The program will be…

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Lance McCloud elected Angus delegate to 138th Annual Meeting

Lance McCloud, of Jayess, has been elected as a delegate to the 138th American Angus Association® Convention of Delegates, set to be held Nov. 8 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, reports Mark McCully, chief executive officer of the American Angus Association. McCloud, a member of the American Angus Association with…

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Get resources, training to launch small business

By Susan Collins-Smith MSU Extension Service Entrepreneurs can get the resources and training needed to launch a small business in 30 days in an upcoming series of online courses. StartUp Mississippi is free and can be accessed with a computer, tablet or smartphone. Weekly Zoom sessions, hosted by Mississippi State University Extension Service faculty and…

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MDOT urges preparedness as Hurricane Katrina’s 16th anniversary approaches

As the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, the Mississippi Department of Transportation urges residents to get a plan in place before a hurricane threatens. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 years since Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, changing countless residents’ lives forever,” said Commissioner Tom King, Southern Transportation District.…

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Charlie Lewis named president and chief operating officer of First Bank

James C. Covington, CEO and chairman of the board of First Bank (MS) announced recently that Charles H. “Charlie” Lewis IV was named president and chief operating officer of First Bank effective July 1, 2021. “We are pleased to formally announce that Charlie has joined the First Bank family,” said Covington. “Charlie’s success as a…

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Southern Pine Electric announces new Student Ambassador Program

Southern Pine Electric is pleased to announce its first-ever Student Ambassador Program. The program is designed to give a student the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the public relations and communications career field as well as acquire an understanding of electric cooperatives. The student selected will work closely with the Southern Pine Communications Team…

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