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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.
Hit the link below for the video, courtesy of WCBI:
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Roadways Have Been Cleared — Additional Tornado Cleanup Begins

Tornado debris in New Hope. Image courtesy of the Commercial Dispatch

Tornado debris in New Hope. Image courtesy of the Commercial Dispatch

Our hearts go out to the many local folks whose homes and businesses damaged, or even destroyed, by the recent EF-1 category tornado that ripped through the New Hope area. The good news is, there is some light at the end of the tunnel!
The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors recently approved the allocation of $50,000 towards debris removal and cleanup efforts in the area, to begin as soon as contractors accept the offer. While the ultimate cost is expected to be much higher, starting with this amount will allow for immediate cleanup to begin; higher amounts, which are in the works, require as much as a month to truly get rolling, due to the complexity of the bidding process.
Road Manager Ronnie Burns said that all of the roads were clear by 1 AM on Friday morning; he credits the workers from Lowndes and surrounding areas for the speed: “Our guys did a great job and we really appreciate the help from those other agencies. It was some great teamwork, I thought.”
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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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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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Musselwhite’s New Location Is a Cut Above the Rest

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!

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MUW’s Borsig Holds Forth on Plans for the Future


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:

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“Basically, you declined because you were successful.”

Columbus Remains In Top 10% Of Economic Strength

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