A Happy New Year — we hope
Dr. Scott Alsobrooks/Guest Columnist
In preparing this first article for 2013, the big topics running through the media include the ominous "fiscal cliff" and the “debt ceiling" incurred by our federal government. While my column is primarily focused on local economic and education issues, why would these big federal issues deserve attention in this space?
Picayune Home Depot adopt needy in community for Christmas
At an in-store meeting before Christmas, Home Depot associates were given the option to either have a traditional Christmas party or to “adopt” children and senior citizens in the community for Christmas.
Rent A Center of Picayune collecting money for Red Cross / Christmas Day Tornado Victims
Rent A Center of Picayune Manager Nathan Burks announced his store location, at 229 Frontage Road, as a donation spot to benefit the Christmas Day Tornado victims of McNeill.
NASA named best place to work in government
NASA was named the best place to work in the federal government among large agencies in a survey released today by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization. This ranking, which reflects NASA’s highest results since this index was developed, makes clear that the agency’s work force is focused on carrying out the nation’s new and ambitious space program.
The local economy and the sale of alcohol
In a recent conversation, the question was asked, "how has legalized alcohol impacted lower Pearl River County and Picayune?" This was a very controversial issue in late 2010 when the vote for the legal sale of alcoholic beverages passed in the city limits of Picayune. The first permits for the sale of alcoholic beverages were not actually issued until May 2011. Sales tax data concerning the tax collections for alcohol sales are minimal at this point.
White to Leave Mississippi Arts Commission to lead state’s tourism efforts
On January 11, 2013, the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) will bid farewell to Executive Director, Malcolm White, as he becomes Director of the Tourism Division at Mississippi Development Authority for the State of Mississippi.
Knight re-elected as Farm Bureau concludes 91st annual meeting
Nearly 650 Farm Bureau members, representing the state’s 82 county Farm Bureaus, took part in the three-day meeting where, in addition to the election of officers and directors, the delegates adopted policy to guide the organization’s efforts during 2013. Policies relating to national issues will be forwarded to the American Farm Bureau Federation for consideration at its annual meeting, which is scheduled for Nashville, Tenn., in mid-January.
Tis the season for local cash registers to go jingle
By Dr. Scott Alsobrooks/PRCC
Christmas can be an extreme sport for small businesses. Retailers have to go into turbo mode to compete. Most retail businesses open for longer hours and hire more part time workers to keep up with demand.
X-Finity dancers perform at Canon Hospice Celebration of Life
X-Finity dancers were chosen as honorary guests for the Cannon Hospice Celebration of Life sponsored by the AKULA Foundation.
$147,000 Affordable Housing Program Grant to USM
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and BankPlus are pleased to announce they have awarded a $147,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to the University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies (IDS) to support its Home of Your Own (HOYO) program.
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