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The Phil Hardin Foundation Board of Directors has elected Michael Van Veckhoven, a Meridian businessman and public education advocate, as its newest member. He will join the seven-member board of the statewide education philanthropy at its May meeting. A Meridian native, Van Veckhoven is Dealer Principal of New South Ford and Nissan of Meridian. He …

Phil Hardin was one of Mississippi’s most notable entrepreneurs. In the 1930s, Hardin bought a bankrupt bakery business in Meridian and built the Hardin Bakeries Corporation into a highly successful business operation with production plants for bread and buns in Meridian, Jackson, and Tupelo and a sweet goods plant in Columbus. In addition to being …

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MERIDIAN — The Meridian Public School District has received a grant of more than $1 million. The grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation, awarded during the past week, will be used in a program designed to recruit and retain effective teachers. The grant will be distributed over five years — $253,000 for year one, which …