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Freeman joins BankFirst

William (Bill) L. Freeman, Jr., has joined the Board of Directors of BankFirst Financial Services in Columbus. Freeman began his banking career at Newton County Bank in 1967 and was quickly promoted to a leadership role. He retired from the bank in 2008 as Senior Vice President and COO to serve a four-year term as Adjutant General of the Mississippi ...

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Golden Triangle honored

Baptist Memorial Hospital–Golden Triangle in Columbus has received the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2015. The hospital is one of 319 hospitals in the United States to receive the honor. The award is based on how well the hospital followed guidelines for treating heart attack patients. The award recognizes ...

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Mississippians charged with trying to join Islamic State


JACKSON — A federal court hearing was scheduled to continue Tuesday for two Mississippi residents arrested on charges that they were trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State militant group. Criminal charges filed Saturday say Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 19, and Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 22, were arrested that morning at a regional airport near Columbus, Mississippi. Both are charged ...

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State lawmaker Esther Harrison dies at the age of 69


JACKSON — State Rep. Esther M. Harrison, who represented Lowndes County in the Legislature since 2000, has died. Longtime friend Constance Slaughter-Harvey, speaking on the behalf the family, said Harrison died on her 69th birthday Wednesday morning at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. The cause of death was not immediately released but Slaughter-Harvey says Harrison had been in and out ...

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Columbus lands 2016 rural tourism conference


COLUMBUS — The Mississippi-Alabama Rural Tourism Conference is coming to Columbus. The conference will be held Oct. 24-26, 2016, at the Courtyard Marriott The annual conference is hosted alternately between Mississippi and Alabama. This year’s conference will be held Oct. 19-21 in Rogersville, Alabama. Greenwood, Mississippi, hosted the 2014 conference Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Nancy Carpenter says ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Sequester fight may lead to next BRAC round


The sequester – you do remember the controversial budget sequester – has Republican deficit hawks and military hawks squabbling. If the deficit hawks win, military spending will be slashed, impacting military bases and industries throughout the nation. If military hawks win, deficit spending will grow, undermining GOP promises to balance the budget.   The likely outcome of this tussle is ...

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Steel plant announces $100 million expansion


By JACK WEATHERLY Steel Dynamics Inc. announced Thursday it will carry out a $100 million expansion of its Columbus plant, which currently employs 630 and will add 40 more with the addition of a facility for painting and applying a patented galvanizing process. The plant was acquired from Severstal North America,  Russian corporation, in 2014. The facility produces sheet steel products consisting of ...

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Mississippi cities finding their place for growth

Tupelo was an early state leader in this movement when it received a grant in 1999 to develop Fairpark on what was once the county fairgrounds and extend the connection between downtown and Elvis Presley's birthplace. Fair Park incorporates businesses, restaurants, entertainment, retail shops and hotels. This view is from the rooftop of the Park Heights Restaurant.

By LYNN LOFTON  Cleveland, Water Valley, Tupelo, Columbus, Bay St. Louis, Natchez, Vicksburg, Ocean Springs — what do these Mississippi cities have in common? These are some of the municipalities that are good examples of the Main Street concept of placemaking. Public spaces in these towns have a real sense of place. They are designed to attract and serve people, ...

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Butler showing home for 46th year for Columbus Pilgrimage

COLUMBUS — When Dixie Butler moved into Temple Heights in the summer of 1969, she had no way of knowing she would spend the next 46 winters and springs preparing the house for visitors to the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage. Every year since, Butler has spent months on preparations for the tours before opening her home to pilgrims from all over ...

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Lowndes supervisors vote to fund small Riverwalk extension

COLUMBUS — The Columbus Riverwalk is getting another extension. The Commercial Dispatch reports Lowndes County supervisors have voted to approve a Mississippi Department of Transportation proposal that would extend the just-extended Riverwalk an additional 120 feet. Kevin Stafford of Neel-Schaeffer engineering said the idea of adding the extra paved walkway came at the suggestion of the MDOT, which had worked ...

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