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SBA loans available to small businesses due to continuing drought

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) are available in Mississippi for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations with economic losses due to the drought conditions that began on Aug. 29. The declaration includes Adams, Claiborne, Copiah, Forrest, Franklin,…

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Forestry commission urges caution and adherence to burn bans

The Mississippi Forestry Commission wants Mississippians to be on high alert for wildfire activity due to extremely dry weather conditions. The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KDBI) continues above the 700 level in much of the state, creating an increased risk for devastating wildland fires. MFC Fire Chief Randy Giachelli states, “We have not seen this pattern…

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Hopewell Baptist to celebrate 195 years Sept. 24

The community is invited to join the members of Hopewell Baptist Church as they celebrate the 195th anniversary of the church on Sept. 24. The church, organized in 1828, will begin the day with Sunday school at 9:15 a.m., followed by worship at 10 a.m. The service will feature guest speaker Bro. Justin Craft, music…

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Hyde-Smith, Warnock offer 2023 Gold Star Families Remembrance Week resolution

U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and U.S. Sen. Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) recently introduced a bipartisan resolution to designate Sept. 24-30 as Gold Star Families Remembrance Week. The resolution, which is supported by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), provides the nation a specific time to honor the sacrifices made by families of U.S.…

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Hazlehurst Yard of the Month

The home of Ellen, Rachel, and Mary Beth James, 8185 Monticello Road, has been awarded Yard of the Month for September by the Hazlehurst Garden Club.

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Prescribed burning program accepting applications

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is continuing its partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Mississippi, The Nature Conservancy, and others to provide cost-share for prescribed burning on private lands. Since its inception in 2011, the “Fire on the Forty” program has provided cost-share funding…

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County clinics to offer free screening services

In a major step to combat chronic disease in the state, the Mississippi State Department of Health now offers free blood sugar and blood pressure checks at all clinics. Any Mississippian can call their local clinic to be screened, or just drop in during business hours. Blood sugar numbers are done with a simple finger…

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First goat performance test in Mississippi ongoing

By Susan Collins-Smith, MSU Extension Service Most goat meat sold in the U.S. is imported, but a group of Mississippi meat goat producers wants to see that change. A first-of-its-kind test in the state is underway to help them meet that goal. The Southeastern Buck Performance Test aims to improve the profitability of the meat…

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Community & Religious Calendar

Sept. 7 Hazlehurst Library will have Senior Game Day from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7. Snacks will be served. Come enjoy Bingo and more. Sept. 10 Sylvarena Baptist Church, 1119 Old Sylvarena Road, Wesson, will celebrate 125 years at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 10. Guest speaker will be Dr. Cody Warren. A covered…

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