Category Archives: Columbus
The 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.
PRESS RELEASE —
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.”
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.
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: http://visitcolumbusms.org/index.php/upcoming_events/info/626#top
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:
Musselwhite’s Barber Shop, a long-time mainstay of Columbus, has settled in to their new location on 2nd Ave. They still offer the same great service, just at a new place, just down the hill from the original.
They report that their first-ever customer at the original store, was also their first at the new one! You know you must be doing something right to inspire loyalty like that!
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) –
The Mississippi University for Women is seeking new funding from the State in order to improve its already-noteworthy academic programs even further, according to MUW President Jim Borsig. Enrollment at the school is up over last Spring’s numbers, and Borsig has been stumping at the Capitol quite often to see what can be done to find some extra money in the state’s already-squeezed budget to help out. Among other projects, renovation of the Demonstration School , expansions to the nursing and speech pathology programs, and a new culinary arts building are planned; the W is also searching for a new Athlesic Director, from the pool of over forty applicants thus far.
See the video here at WCBI: http://www.wcbi.com/education/video-muw-president-talks-future-and-growth-on-columbus-campus/
Columbus Remains In Top 10% Of Economic Strength
PRESS RELEASE – Courtesy of WCBI
Golden Triangle, Mississippi – POLICOM Corporation, an independent economic research firm, has released its economic strength rankings for 2016. Data from 1995 to 2014 was used to create the 2016 rankings.
Though its ranking decreased from 10 to 39, Columbus maintained its place in the top seven percent of the nation and the second highest ranked Micropolitan in Mississippi.
Starkville declined slightly, dropping from 216 to 229. West Point, due largely to commuting patterns, has yet to break back into the Micropolitan category.
“The decline in the rankings of the [Columbus Micro] is the direct loss of about 1,500 heavy construction jobs, most or all were involved in factory construction. When the factory work was completed, the jobs disappeared,” said Bill Fruth, CEO of the POLICOM Corporation. “Basically, you declined because you were successful.”
According to the website, POLICOM addresses the condition of an economy from the viewpoint of its impact upon the “standard of living,” of the people who live and work in an area. The highest ranked areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time. The lowest ranked areas have been in volatile decline for an extended period of time.
“We experienced one of the largest declines in indirect construction jobs recently, and can attribute our drop mostly to that loss,” said Joe Max Higgins, Jr., CEO of the GTR LINK. “We’re working several large projects now, and if any were secured, we anticipate to reverse the decline in our rankings in the Golden Triangle.”
Greenwood, Natchez, Picayune and Brookhaven were the only four communities to see a rise in rank, and Oxford maintained their position.