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Girl Scouts introducing new cookie for 2020

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Good news cookie lovers. The Girl Scouts of the USA are introducing a brand new cookie this year.

The new cookie, called Lemon Ups, are crispy, lemon cookies baked with eight different motivational messages such as “I am a leader” and “I am a go getter” designed to lift your spirits. The new flavor is being offered in a limited number of markets.

But never fear. If lemon cookies are your thing, also check out Lemonades, a lemon-icing-topped shortbread variety.

“Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies—but the program is about so much more than cookies,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo in a press release. “Girls learn about entrepreneurship as they run their own cookie businesses. The important business and financial literacy skills girls learn through the program are proven to build their leadership skills and position them for success in the future. When you purchase cookies you are helping girls power their Girl Scout experience and you’re supporting female entrepreneurs.”

Of course, don’t forget the perennial favorites such as Thin Mints, Samoas and S’mores. This year also features a refreshed package design.

Girl Scout Cookies can only be purchased from a registered Girl Scout. To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org. While you’re there, check out all the sinfully delicious cookie flavors available.

 

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John’s Grocery business sliding due to Highway 80 closure

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(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

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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 www.sos.ms.gov. 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 https://www.sos.ms.gov/BusinessServices/Pages/default.aspx.

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

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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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