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.


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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.

More information at the link below:

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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:

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Lowry Medical Clinic Keeping A Weather Eye Out for Zika Virus

What a huge deal for a local clinic to have the training to catch something like this!! Lowry Medical Clinic is a credit to our community!! Great job!!Lowry-Medical-Clinic-Road-Sign

Via the Commercial Dispatch: Dr Slater Lowry of the Lowry Medical Clinic accepted a patient in February who appeared to have symptoms of the Zika virus. After making their preliminary diagnosis, they contacted the Centers for Disease Control for assistance, and were able to confirm the identity of the mosquito-borne illness. As with a number of other Zika cases in the US, the patient had recently been to Haiti.

Fortunately, Zika has typically mild symptoms, and does not appear to pose a significant threat except to expectant mothers, in which case there is a chance that it could cause birth defects. the vast majority of victims show no symptoms whatsoever, and death is exceedingly rare. This is the second diagnosed case in the state of Mississippi, with approximately 273 cases diagnosed nationwide.

See more details here at the Commercial Dispatch:

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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%.

More details can be found here:

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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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Franklin Furniture Institute’s Annual Summit at MSU

msu-ffi logoSTARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) —

Representatives from manufacturing businesses statewide have been attending the the Franklin Furniture Institute’s annual Manufacturing Summit, and this year was no exception.  The event took place recently at the MSU campus. The subject matter for this year included things such as security and defense from cyber attacks. Roughly one hundred attendees were present, including engineering scholars from MSU.

“Today, 19,286 men and women have great careers in furniture industry, manufacturing furniture, in Mississippi and that number has grown recently,” Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough said. “Payroll from the furniture industry is approaching half a billion dollars a year. It’s a very important part of our economy.”

You can find more info at this link:

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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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