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Mississippi airman drowns onboard Caribbean cruise ship

An Air Force major has drowned while on a cruise in the Caribbean. The Broward County, Florida, medical examiner’s office says 37-year-old Stephen Osakue drowned Friday on board a Caribbean Princess ship. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports ship personnel were unable to revive him. Cruise line spokesman Nagin Kamali said the death appears to be an accident. Osakue was ...

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Fire closes Mississippi eatery known for community service

A fire has temporarily shuttered a Mississippi restaurant known for helping its community. Zachary’s restaurant owner Doug Pellum tells The Commercial Dispatch that it’ll be several months before the restaurant can open again. Columbus Fire and Rescue Chief Duane Hughes says the Sunday fire may have been caused by an electrical issue. General manager Wilson Beck and volunteers worked together ...

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Mississippi school system spends $13M in savings in 4 years

A northeast Mississippi school district is looking at spending cuts after burning through $13 million in savings in the last four years. The Commercial Dispatch reports the Lowndes County school district has been overspending revenue since at least 2014, with most of the money going to capital projects that Superintendent Lynn Wright says weren’t budgeted. The 5,500-student district expects a ...

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Crane firm files for bankruptcy as creditors move against it

A Mississippi rigging company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. The Commercial Dispatch reports Burkhalter Rigging of Columbus filed Jan. 31 in Texas. The move came on the same day that three creditors tried to force Burkhalter into involuntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation in Mississippi. The creditors claimed Burkhalter owed them almost $1 million, but dropped the case when ...

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Northeast Mississippi airport adds fourth daily flight

A northeast Mississippi airport is adding a fourth daily flight to Atlanta. WTVA-TV reports a new early afternoon flight will begin on June 8 from Golden Triangle Regional Airport near Columbus. The flight connects to Delta Air Lines’ hub in Atlanta. The airport set a record for passenger traffic in 2018, with nearly 49,000 passengers boarding planes last year. That ...

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Mississippi Communities Receive 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

The following Main Street communities in Mississippi have been designated as accredited Main Street America programs for meeting performance standards set by the National Main Street Center and the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA): Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Batesville, Belhaven, Biloxi, Booneville, Carthage/Leake County, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbus, Corinth, Crystal Springs, Greenville, Greenwood, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Holly Springs, Houston, Indianola, Kosciusko, Laurel, ...

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Mississippi University for Women leader to step down in June

Mississippi University for Women President Jim Borsig announced Monday at a campus faculty meeting that he will step down in June. The 61-year-old Borsig wrote in a letter that he and his wife will move to Maine but maintain their ties to Columbus by working with a nonprofit group called Global Connections. “Since this job doesn’t come with an expiration ...

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Reed’s store in Columbus closing next year

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal  COLUMBUS – After working with the Reed family for nearly five decades, Lex Jackson is retiring next year. And with his retirement will be the closing of Reed’s department store in the city. “Family businesses go through rhythms, and this is one of those,” said Jack Reed Jr., the president of the iconic department ...

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BIG CAT IS ON THE PROWL — Caterpillar rental expansion into Columbus follows up an opening in Tupelo

By NASH NUNNERY Levi Johnson has found nirvana. A small-scale general contractor in rural Lowndes County, Johnson used to turn down more jobs than he could count simply because he lacked the right equipment in his tiny workshop. No more. Last month’s grand opening of The Cat Rental Store at Thompson Machinery in Columbus has instantly transformed the 47-year old ...

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CBRE Hotels arranges sale of Wyndham Hotel in Columbus

CBRE Hotels announced that it arranged the sale of the Wingate by Wyndham Columbus located at 129 Brickerton Street in Columbus for an undisclosed price. Michael Yu, Rahul Bijlani and James Foxx, with CBRE Hotels, represented the seller, L.M.F. Properties, LLC. Mr. Yu, Mr. Bijlani and Mr. Foxx also represented the buyer, Merchant Hotel Group. Richard Ridgway, Meagan Adams, Grant Ridgway and Guy Parker with CBRE in Jackson helped ...

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