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Entergy certifies three CERES sites as project ready



CERES B site (photo from the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership)

From the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership and Entergy Mississippi:

The Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership announced today that Entergy Mississippi has authorized certification of three sites at the CERES Industrial Park as Economic Development Project Ready Sites.

The certification is the culmination of months of work done by the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership in coordination with Entergy Mississippi. The work included a comprehensive review, due diligence and documentation generation for the three sites, in order to make them ready for prospective manufacturing or industrial projects.

Site location consultants and prospective companies require immediate response times and communities must be able to respond effectively and efficiently on very short notice. Entergy Mississippi works with communities to help them identify the due diligence and analysis needed to make sure their sites are ready for a project. Once the community has done what is required by the program, Entergy authorizes the Certification of the sites and provides resources to promote the certified sites and market them to national and international brokerage firms and site consultants.

“This is a very positive development for CERES and for our efforts to attract more companies to Vicksburg and Warren County, said Pablo Diaz, President & CEO of the Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership, in a statement. “The certification process allowed us to document the strengths and weaknesses of our sites and to reduce the level of risk and due diligence that a potential company would need to undertake in order to decide to locate in our community. We are most thankful to Entergy Mississippi for working closely with us to accomplish this certification, and we look forward to partnering with them to market the sites and CERES in general to companies across the nation and the world.”

“As decision timelines for companies grow shorter, Vicksburg Warren County understands having sites ready for development is a necessity to remain competitive, said Ed Gardner, Executive Director of Entergy Economic Development. “Entergy is proud to add three sites in CERES to the growing list of certified sites in our service territory. I commend the Economic Development Partnership for making significant investments to meet the requirements of our program.”

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs added, “Entergy is a key partner in our economic development efforts and this certification is another example of their commitment to help communities in their service territory be prepared for success. We have had tremendous economic development success in the past few years, and Entergy has continuously been a close ally in that success”


John’s Grocery business sliding due to Highway 80 closure



(photo by Thomas Parker)

Randall Mauck and his family have operated John’s Grocery (2033 U.S. Highway 80) since 1971. They purchased the store from the Buck family who first opened Buck’s Store at that location in 1939.

Mauck says the closure of Highway 80 just east of his location due to the road collapsing is hitting his business hard. Much of their business centers around lunch. They specialize in custom burgers, po-boys, sandwiches and lunch meat sales. Mauck says the added time to get to his store is keeping many customers away.

Randall Mauck (photo by Thomas Parker)

“People with only a half-hour lunch break can’t get here and back to work due to the added 10 to 15 minute travel time,” he said, adding, “My afternoon business is still good with people who live out this way.”

John’s Grocery also offers sandwich trays for parties and meetings.

Mauck is concerned the estimated six to eight months repair time could spell the end for his long-time Warren County business.

His isn’t the only small business to suffer a loss of revenue due to the many road closures in the area. As a community, keep those business in mind when making your buying decisions.

Be sure to stop by John’s Grocery for lunch soon, and check them out on Facebook.


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Mississippi businesses targeted with official-looking mailers



The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office warns the business community of deceptive letters requesting a $90.50 fee to order certain business documents from the Secretary of State’s Office.

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office received numerous reports of a company using the fictitious name, MS Certificate Service, soliciting misleading “2020 Certificate of Existence Request Forms” to businesses throughout Mississippi. This solicitation is not sent or authorized by the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office.

Registered businesses in Mississippi do not have to respond or send payment to the third party, MS Certificate Service.

“Scams like this resurface quite often in an attempt to cheat hardworking, unsuspecting business owners who are doing their best to stay on top of everything,” said Secretary Michael Watson in a statement. “Our office takes pride in having an affordable business filing system, and we work hard to make sure no business owner gets taken advantage of by groups like this. We encourage all businesses to be vigilant and report anything suspicious or misleading. A big thank you to those who brought this one to our attention.”
Misleading solicitations may:
  • Require a fee.
  • Cite specific Mississippi statutes.
  • Contain a due date for your response.
  • Appear similar to a government form.
  • Contain a “Customer ID Number” that does not match a number given to you by a State or Federal Agency.
  • Contain a warning to make sure that the form’s instructions are followed exactly when completing the form.
  • Contain your business entity’s actual business ID number and date of formation, as reflected in the Secretary of State’s business records.
A certificate of good standing in the state of Mississippi can be ordered online at Online processing costs $25 and is immediate.

Businesses can report deceptive or misleading solicitations to the Secretary of State’s Office or the Attorney General’s Office. The Mississippi Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline is 1-800-281-4418.

For more information, call the Secretary of State’s Business Services Division at (601) 359-1633 or 1-800-256-3494 or visit

An example of a scam mailer sent to Mississippi businesses. Click to expand. (image from MSOS)

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Love’s donates $2,000 to Bovina Elementary



Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr., left, and Vicksburg-Warren Partnership President Pablo Diaz, right, look on as Love’s Manager Quentin Ryland cuts the ribbon with area school children to the new Love’s in Flowers.

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores donated $2,000 to Bovina Elementary School during the grand opening of its new location in Flowers, Miss., today.

The Flowers store, located off Interstate 20, adds 72 jobs and 94 truck parking spaces to Warren County. It is one of three stores the company officially opened within the past week. The other two stores are in Greenville, Va., and Watonga, Okla.

“These new locations allow us to serve professional and four-wheel drivers and get them back on the road quickly,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s, in a statement. “We’re excited to continue adding convenient locations to communities across the country.”

With more than 9,000 square feet, the new Love’s in Flowers includes an Arby’s, showers and laundry facilities, and even a dog park providing interstate travelers a safe and convenient stop, and locals a new fast-food option.

In addition to the donation to Bovina Elementary, Love’s is also donating $2,000 to Riverheads High School in Greenville and $2,000 to Building A Better You in Watonga.

See our tour of the new store on our Facebook page.

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