County’s unemployment rate at 9.3 percent


From staff reports

The unemployment rate for Winston County decreased a full a percentage point to 9.3 percent in November compared to last year which was 10.3, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

This is the first time … Read more


Cunningham at the beach near the lighthouse

Traipsin’ with Lynne Cunningham

In D.C.

Visiting a grandmother for Thanksgiving in Washington D.C. allowed me to be a guest of my friend, a grandmom, and her daughter’s family in our nation’s capital amidst all the iconic sites of governments … Read more

Senior Citizens of Red Hills hold two luncheons

Some of the County elected officials who helped sponsor the Christmas event and attended. Kim Ming, Circuit Clerk; Julie Cunningham, Chancery Clerk; Gloria Turnipseed, Supervisor; Larry Woodward, Tax Assessor; and Larry Duran, Supervisor.

The Senior Citizens of Red Hills met on November 11, 2014 at the Mississippi Extension Service. We had 33 in attendance. Thanksgiving Lunch was enjoyed by all members. Special thanks to Vowell’s Market Place for supplying the ham, turkey, and … Read more

Short supplies, high demand boost cattle producer profits

Beef cattle, such as these Herefords in Oktibbeha County, are part of Mississippi’s fifth most valuable agricultural commodity in the state for 2014. This mother and calf are part of the Mississippi State University herd on the Henry H. Leveck Research Farm on the south side of the MSU campus on Dec. 17, 2014. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)

By Linda Breazeale
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE — Mississippi’s beef cattle producers just experienced the best year in history, and 2015 looks equally promising.

Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist John Michael Riley said droughts in cattle-producing states, … Read more

2014 forest product value holds No. 2 spot


By Nathan Gregory
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE — A production bump has helped forestry maintain its status as Mississippi’s second largest agricultural commodity.

James Henderson, associate forestry professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, estimated the state’s 2014 … Read more

Poultry is No. 1 among state commodities for 20th year

The poultry industry kept its No. 1 spot on the annual list of agricultural commodities, with an overall estimated production value of about $3.1 billion, a 6.4 percent increase from 2013. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)

By Susan Collins-Smith
MSU Ag Communications

RAYMOND — Poultry experienced some moderate increases in 2014, grabbing the No.1 spot among Mississippi’s commodities for the 20th straight year.

The industry ended November with a preliminary estimated total production value of $3.1 … Read more