Posts Tagged ‘history’

Public transit company to petition commission for buses, stops

COLUMBUS — The company getting ready to offer public transit services in Columbus is asking the local Historic Preservation Commission to let it locate five bus stops and shelters within Columbus historic districts. Lawrence Transit System, based in Lawrence, Ind., is a private company wanting to bring buses to the city. The company’s director of […] [...]

Delta town pins high hopes on shuttered, historic hospital

MOUND BAYOU — A block down from Kennedy Johnson’s new barbecue restaurant sits a boarded-up symbol of a Delta town’s haunting past and optimistic future. Taborian Hospital was one of the first modern medical facilities in Mississippi that was built, owned and operated by African-Americans. The old medical center here has been shuttered for three […] [...]

Historic hospital, shuttered for decades, getting renovated

MOUND BAYOU — After 30 years of being boarded up, renovation has begun on the Taborian Hospital in Mound Bayou, one of Mississippi’s oldest hospitals. Contractors have 210 days to complete the work. The Bolivar Commercial reports that the work is funded with a $2.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The facility […] [...]

Arlington owner makes surprise court appearance; pleads guilty

NATCHEZ — Historic Arlington owner Dr. Tom Vaughan of Jackson made a surprise appearance in Natchez Municipal Court and pleaded guilty to failure to maintain property. Municipal Court Judge Pro Tem Tony Heidelberg tells The Natchez Democrat Vaughan did not show up for his actual court date on July 1. Heidelberg said Vaughan told him […] [...]

Businessman buys historic home, plans mixed-use development

HATTIESBURG — A Hattiesburg businessman is planning to renovate a building that was constructed in 1898 and says it will add three apartments and retail space to downtown. The Hattiesburg American says the building on Front Street is owned by local businessman Charles Price. Price said the entire building encompasses 3,600 square feet. The first […] [...]

Group wants to preserve historic courthouse

MCCOMB — A local group is undertaking an effort to preserve Pike County’s first courthouse. The red brick building was constructed in 1838. An annex was added in 1934, and renovations — which included the removal of two chimneys — were made in 1974. Cracks now run through the wall and floor of the old […] [...]

Future in question for historic Chickasaw Bayou battle site

On a wet, gray day in late December, nearly 300 Americans were killed just north of Vicksburg, and another 1,100-plus were injured. Today, it is largely forgotten, commemorated only by a single, badly scarred historical marker standing on U.S. Highway 61 Business. The event was the Civil War’s battle of Chickasaw Bayou, a failed attempt […] [...]

Choctaws petition for work stoppage on road project

VICKSBURG — The Choctaw Nation is asking Warren County to stop work on the local China Grove Road if any historic artifacts traced to Choctaw settlements centuries ago are found. The action was requested in a letter sent to the county in June asking work to be halted if any significant archaeological materials, such as […] [...]

Renovations to begin on historic home

FULTON — The city of Fulton has awarded contracts for renovations of the Gaither House, one of the area’s oldest homes. The home will receive new brickwork on its chimneys, a new brick sidewalk, weatherproofing and a new roof. Work on these renovations is expected to begin within the coming months and organizers hope work […] [...]

Ribbon to be cut on new interactive exhibit at Ag Museum

JACKSON — Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith, along with the members of Farm Families of Mississippi, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony this week to showcase a new agriculture exhibit on display at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The exhibit, donated by the Farm Families of Mississippi, showcases the importance and contributions […] [...]

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