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Business Moves with Mary: New restaurant in West Point

Posted 7/2/2020 in Business

Truth be told, you just can't beat Southern cooking. Pearl's Southern Cooking, 7066 Hwy. 45 N., is officially open in West Point with soul food specials and Southern delights.

Business Moves with Mary: New hangout opening in Possum Town

Posted 6/25/2020 in Business

Possum Town Hangout, 1469 Hwy. 69, is slated to open July 1, pending inspection.


Business brief: Nexgen Crane and Rigging recognized

Posted 6/18/2020 in Business


Business Moves with Mary: The Burning Piano open for business

Posted 6/18/2020 in Business

The Burning Piano is open for business, at long last. In October, Ben Sala, along with his sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Stephen Sims, started renovating the former Catfish and Chords building at 2222 Military Road into a "different kind of bar."

Health and wellness fair connects employers to health resources

Posted 6/15/2020 in Business

When Christie Lawrence learned Mississippi Business Group on Health had not hosted events for employers in northern Mississippi, she wanted to change that.

How to provide your children with healthy meals on a tight budget

Posted 6/15/2020 in Business

On a Thursday morning, Jane Scott picks up a package of chicken from the freezer. She places it next to a brown bag full of food and then hands it to the family waiting at the window, free of charge. Scott is the president of Project Homestead in West Point -- a food pantry offering food to families in need.

Locally produced food, goods are witnessing

Posted 6/15/2020 in Business

In 1918, America faced its greatest pandemic, the Spanish Flu outbreak, which ultimately claimed 600,000 lives in the U.S. Yet while the nation's understanding of viruses at the time left the nation vulnerable, in one sense it was better equipped for a public health crisis than the COVID-19 virus we face today.

Local gyms and trainers adapting fitness programs to quarantine, while others are falling by the wayside

Posted 6/15/2020 in Business

Cynthia Mutch readily admits she's no internet wizard, but as the Marketing and Membership Director at the Frank P. Phillips Memorial YMCA in Columbus, Mutch has adapted to her new role as the czar of the gym's highly-successful YouTube workout channel.

Business Moves with Mary: UEC Theatre prepares for reopening in Starkville

Posted 6/11/2020 in Business

After about a three-month drought, Starkville's movie theater will reopen June 19. UEC Theatre's general manager Seth Parsley confirmed the theater's reopening and said showtimes and movie lists will be available "as soon as possible."


Applications open for state's Back to Business grant program

Posted 6/11/2020 in Business

Online applications for the new Back to Business Mississippi Grant Program will open at noon today, Gov. Tate Reeves announced Wednesday.


Business Moves with Mary: STAGgerIn Topgolf Swing Suites coming to College View

Posted 6/4/2020 in Business

Jason Roden opened STAGgerIn Sports Bar in the Cotton District on April 1, 2011. No joke. Nearly a decade later, the sports bar will soon relocate to College View with a few surprises in store for its loyal customer base.


Building permits for 6-4-20

Posted 6/4/2020 in Business



Marriages and divorces 6-4-20

Posted 6/4/2020 in Business


Peco Foods could have 300 jobs by 2022

Posted 6/2/2020 in Business

The Peco Foods chicken processing plant in West Point will add more than 200 jobs to its existing 44 when the addition of a par-fry facility is complete. Par-frying (short for partial frying) is the first step in the frying process and the food is frozen, packaged and distributed afterward.

Best of both worlds: Economic experts say solar projects are good for environment and industrial development

Posted 6/2/2020 in Business

Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins said over the last two decades, he's worked with about 20 companies looking to bring solar farms to Lowndes, Oktibbeha or Clay counties. Until recently, those companies -- barring the odd two-megawatt solar farm located near a substation - have been unsuccessful.

Airbus rises in uncertain times

Posted 6/2/2020 in Business

Despite the pandemic caused by COVID-19, Airbus' Columbus facility is still on schedule to meet its helicopter production requirements on time. 

Redefining industry during crisis

Posted 6/2/2020 in Business

Perched above the check-in desk at Belle's Nail Bar in Starkville sits a one liter pump bottle of hand sanitizer. A vibrant green color, the soothing goop has taken a different form than its widely produced clear-counterpart.

Business Moves with Mary: Ruby Tuesday closes in Starkville

Posted 5/28/2020 in Business

Ruby Tuesday in Starkville has closed permanently. Though a sign poised in the window announced its "temporary" closure, the restaurant has vacated from the Ruby Tuesday website.

Local business voices: The numbers are in

Posted 5/28/2020 in Business

April 2020 unemployment data was released this week for the nation and the numbers were as expected.


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