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October 24, 2014

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In this Dec. 23, 2013 photograph, beef cattle roam on Max Lawson's pasture while a oil platform looms in the background in Gillsburg, Miss. This "Gillsburg Christmas tree," as residents call it, may be the best indication of the economic future of the southwest county.

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In this Dec. 23, 2013 photograph, beef cattle roam on Max Lawson's pasture while a oil platform looms in the background in Gillsburg, Miss. This "Gillsburg Christmas tree," as residents call it, may be the best indication of the economic future of the southwest county.