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Owner of historic house challenging condemnation order

VICKSBURG — The city board in Vicksburg will hear a challenge on Oct. 21 from Beck House owner Robert Rosenthall to a condemnation order. Rosenthall argues in his appeal that the city’s order to make him fix the 138-year-old house is discriminatory and designed to make him lose his property. Building and inspection director Victor Gray-Lewis in September condemned the ...

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Delta-based winemaker hopes to be in operation soon

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood’s downtown winery is within two months of opening. Lonnie Bailey told the Greenwood Rotary Club this week that The Winery at Williams Landing plans to open Nov. 15, as long as it gets federal approval of its labels by then. If the approval drags out, it could delay the opening until the end of ...

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Fire station could join list of endangered historic buildings

MOSS POINT — The Moss Point Central Fire Station could be added to Mississippi Heritage Trust’s endangered list, according to executive director Lolly Barnes. The Sun Herald reports the list is released every two years and contains the top 10 most endangered historic buildings in the state. The next list will be released Nov. 14. “It’s definitely being considered,” Barnes ...

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Great River Road celebration set for 75th anniversary

ST. LOUIS — The Great River Road, a 3,000-mile stretch of highway along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, is turning 75. The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is gathering tomorrow in St. Louis to celebrate the milestone. A ceremony on the significance, economic and tourism impact of the road is planned at the riverfront stage beneath ...

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Cashing in on Grant's march to Vicksburg

One has to believe that Ulysses S. Grant has just fired up another victory cigar, and all Mississippians ought to join him in the celebration. This week it was announced that a series of historical markers have been erected showing Grant’s path in his famous march to Vicksburg in 1863 during the American Civil War. Brig. Gen. Parker Hills (ret.), ...

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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 Columbus operations, Dorothy Dowdell, is ...

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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 decades, but the “no trespassing” ...

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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 will reopen as the Taborian ...

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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 Monday that he thought he ...

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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 floor will contain retail space, ...

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