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The young people of Columbus are out there, serving our community – literally!

loaves n fishesCOLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) —
Students from the W and from West Lowndes HS served folks in need at Loaves and Fishes this past Wednesday, as part of Global Youth Service Day.
“When I was first contacted about this, I thought it was about teaching teenagers how to cook something simple, something healthy, to get them away from snack foods and fast food restaurants, but then it turned into a community event,” said Wilson Beck, a chef at Zachary’s.
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Columbus Celebrates 60 years of Pilgrimages

The people of Columbus have always known that we have a bunch of beautiful homes that are worth seeing. It seems that plenty of folks from all across the country agree with us! We’ve even had a huge celebration held every year for decades to celebrate: The Pilgrimage, which is in full swing. Take some time this weekend to indulge in a bit of Columbus’ vibrant history.
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Aurora Wins Major DARPA Contract for VTOL Drone Aircraft

lightningstrikeAurora Flight Services recently announced that they have beat out several high-end competitors – including Boeing – for am $89 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract. They will be designing and constructing a VTOL drone, which could also be modified to accommodate a pilot, for future use in the military.


Aurora reports that they have been working on a design for such a craft for about two years now, and that they will be able to go ahead and create the actual “LightningStrike” plane, as it has been dubbed, in anticipation of a 2018 test flight series. It is hoped that the whole process will help to bring a number of additional jobs to this area. Aurora has roughly twenty years of experience creating VTOL aircraft, so the project is in good hands.


“Aurora is proud to support DARPA on what we all hope to be a truly historic breakthrough in aviation technology,” Aurora chairman and CEO John Langford said in a statement. “If successful, the VTOL X-Plane’s radically improved flight capabilities could lead to revolutionary advancement of the U.S. military’s future missions capabilities.”
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Mayor’s Unity Picnic TODAY in Columbus

6295577-unity-picnicThe Mayor’s Eighth Annual Unity Picnic will be held Saturday at Columbus Riverwalk Park, after Catfish in the Alley, from 4 to 8 p.m. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public. There will be hot dogs and catfish, as well as a live band, a DJ and jump castles for children.  All food and events have been donated by local businesses, organizations, and individuals. There will also be a half-marathon beginning at 7 a.m., which takes runners alongside the Tombigbee River bed. A 5K begins at 8 a.m. and goes through Columbus’s historic neighborhoods. Catfish in the Alley begins at 10 a.m. on Fourth Street, where families can enjoy food and live music.



The Mayor’s Unity Picnic is sponsored by Mayor Robert Smith, the Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Authority and the Columbus Visitors’ Bureau.



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Trustmark Building Purchased, Undergoing Renovation


Local company Dutch Health Services recently purchased the old Trustmark building on the corner of Bluecutt & Hwy 45. They have announced their plans to remodel the bottom floor into a family medical clinic and an independent pharmacy that will allow for drive-thru, walk-in, and local delivery service. The upper two floors of the structure will remain as they are, along with any of their current tenants that wish to remain.

DHS owner Joe Gillis has remarked that “In the past year, Allegro Family Clinic in New Hope has more than doubled its patient volume. Expanding this successful model to North Columbus with the addition of a pediatric specialty practice and full-service pharmacy positions us to help meet the health care needs of the broader Columbus and Lowndes County communities.”

Allegro Plaza


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Catfish in the Alley is almost here!

Remember to head on over to Downtown for Catfish in the Alley tomorrow! Awesome food, rockin’ music, and great company await!

You’ll be able to buy catfish, BBQ, and other wonderful edibles from vendors at the site.

FREE music lineup:

  • Big Joe Shelton at 10 a.m.
  • Terry “Harmonica” Bean, 11:30 a.m.
  • Homemade Jamz at 1 p.m. and
  • Kingfish at 2:30 p.m.


Call Visit Columbus, 662.329.1191 or 800.920.3533 for more details and ticket information.


catfish in the alley

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The 76th Annual Columbus Spring Pilgrimage Is in Full Swing!

Image courtesy the Commercial Dispatch

The Spring Pilgrimage has begun! It will last from March 28 through April 9 of 2016.

The long-running celebration of local culture and Antebellum homes will include these activities and more:

  • Historic home tours, some including actors in period dress
  • Catfish in the Alley & Artisan’s Alley on Saturday, April 2
  • Chanticleer male chorus concert on Sunday, April 3
  • Collonade Garden Party on Saturday, April 9
  • Tales From the Crypt cemetery tours and activities on March 30 and April 1, 4, 6, and 8

    More info may be found here:

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Winston Plywood Wins Major Award and Brings Jobs

winston plywoodLOUISVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) —

Winston Plywood and Veneer in Louisville has been awarded the 2016 Corporate Investment and Community Impact Award. They were one of fifteen companies selected for this honor nationwide. After their plywood mill was destroyed by a tornado in April 2014, they got right back on their feet and gathered $50 million in funds to rebuild the plant; it is expected to provide 400 local jobs.

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Catfish Alley Improvements On the Way

Work has recently begun on the alley between Catfish Alley and the CVB. The project is anticipated to cost $200,000, and should be done by September; the City is paying $10,000 towards the costs, the CVB has paid another $30,000, and MDOT will cover the remainder via a grant. The plan is to allow the area to properly connect Main Street to College St & Catfish Alley, with lighting improvements, landscaping, and the like, as well as an expansion of retail and festival space.

A video is available at the link below, courtesy of WCBI:

Video: City Begins Improvements on Catfish Alley

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Mississippi’s Jobless Rate Improving, Along with the Nation’s

Mississippi’s Jobless Rate Improving, Along with the Nation’s

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) reports that jobless rates have dropped in many areas statewide. Oktibbeha County was a standout, having dropped by 1.6% since January; it’s now at 5.3% as of February. The state’s overall unemployment rate dropped from 7% to 6.2% over the same period, and the nation’s dropped from 5.3% to 5.2%.

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