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City looks to honor former Catfish Alley business owners

COLUMBUS — Columbus Mayor Robert Smith says the city hopes to place a monument to honor the black men and women who operated businesses on Fourth Street South between Main Street and College Street, commonly known as Catfish Alley. Smith tells The Commercial Dispatch plans are for a mid-April dedication. The city is spending $25,000 for benches, trash cans, flower ...

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Cities going in different directions on public transit system

STARKVILLE and VICKSBURG — One city is preparing to open a new public transportation system while another city is struggling to keep its system running. A proposed public transportation system linking the entire Starkville community is on track and should help lower traffic congestion, aid economic development efforts and strengthen the bond between Starkville and Mississippi State University, according to ...

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Downtown group terminates leader — again

COLUMBUS — The group that promotes commercial development in downtown Columbus has fired it director and will launch a search for her replacement. The Commercial Dispatch reports it’s the second time in less than six months that Main Street Columbus is looking for a new director. The group’s board said in a statement that Nickie Nicholson had been fired, just ...

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THE MBJ VIEW: Saving downtown Jackson and big dollars to boot

Say a cash-strapped state like Mississippi had an opportunity to save tens of millions of dollars on office space in the coming decades while injecting new economic life into its capital city. How fast would you give the idea a thumbs-up – or at least an in-depth look ? State Sen. David Blount wants the state to initiate a phased-in ...

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Study finds support for downtown arena in Capital City

JACKSON — A long-awaited study finds Jackson can support a downtown arena, but the city is no closer to having the money to build one. Officials say the feasibility study is an encouraging sign for city officials and business leaders who have long insisted Jackson can support such a facility. The study recommends Jackson build a $115 million, 9,000-seat arena ...

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Former casino in disrepair while bankruptcy case continues

VICKSBURG — More than nine months after the Grand Station Casino closed amid bankruptcy, the property near Vicksburg’s City Front is in disrepair as several issues are settled in court. In October, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Neil P. Olack awarded the casino to M Street Inc. after it bid $400,000 for the 36,000-square-foot facility in a Chapter 11 proceeding. The casino ...

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City revisits future of historic building following fire

MERIDIAN — A recent fire in Meridian’s tallest structure has renewed talk about what should be done with the building. Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry tells WTOK TV the fire on the 12th floor of the “Threefoot” building remains under investigation. Meanwhile, Barry said, the city is looking for entrepreneurs who might have ideas for the property. The building has been ...

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Historic courthouse destroyed in predawn fire

WALTHALL — A predawn fire today has gutted the Webster County courthouse. The two-story courthouse was built in 1915. The town of Walthall is located just north of Eupora on Mississippi Highway 9 Eupora Fire Chief Richard Love says the call came in to the Emergency 911 Center about 2:20 a.m. He says the southwest corner of the building showed ...

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Demolition begins of historic downtown building

PASACGOULA — Crews are tearing down the Brumfield’s Building, a fixture in downtown Pascagoula since the 1920s. Hurricane Isaac damaged its roof, which caused damage to walls. The family corporation that owns it determined the cost would be too high to save the building, which was a bank before it became a premier men’s clothing store under the ownership of ...

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Council clears way for two downtown microbreweries

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council has approved a change to the city’s land use code to allow microbreweries to open in the city’s downtown area. The Hattiesburg American reports two breweries are currently equipping to begin brewing by spring. Southern Prohibition brewery, owned by John Neal and Quinby Chunn, is remodeling a former furniture warehouse to house a 20-barrel ...

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