A Southern jewel: 2017 Pilgrimage has so far attracted more than 1,000 people from all over the world

As sunlight beat down over the magnolias in Clay County Wednesday afternoon, visitors wandered up a gravel road to Waverley Mansion. Kristie Hover — in her first year every hosting — greeted them while wearing a flowing red 19th-century style gown, pointing them toward the 200 plus-year-old magnolia tree in front of the mansion and telling them about the ghost who haunts the three-story antebellum home.

It was halfway through the 77th annual Columbus Pilgrimage,

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Mississippi’s Golden Triangle featured: Columbus, Starkville, West Point make 60 Minutes

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s Golden Triangle’s industrial development efforts will be in the national spotlight as an episode of CBS’ 60 Minutes profiles Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins.

The region is formed by the cities of Columbus, Starkville and West Point and their respective counties. Higgins has led the economic development agency, which has drawn about 6,000 jobs to the area in recent years by attracting companies such as PACCAR,

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Trumpeter Huff in ‘Messiah’ spotlight

The Columbus Sings Messiah spotlight gets around. It starts on the tenor Roderick George at “Comfort Ye My People” and soars with the chorus at “For Unto Us a Child is Born.” Then, after about 40 minutes, its beam hits Mike Huff and his trumpet for “Glory to God in the Highest.”

“The challenge is to play well after sitting for a while,” said Huff, who’ll join 10 others to make up the “Messiah”

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The W Gears Up for Winter Fest Activities

COLUMBUS, Miss. – The holiday season is quickly approaching and Mississippi University for Women is gearing up for a month-long series of activities titled Winter Fest at The W that begin Monday, Nov. 28.

 

The W has reimagined its holiday celebration, replacing the former single-evening activity that followed Wassail Fest downtown. MUW culinary students will serve Wassail from the new CHEW food truck at the downtown event set for Friday,

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Art ‘n Antiques: Event with a new name and expanded scope brings decorative arts, floral design unde

An annual autumn landmark event returns to downtown Columbus Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 3-5, but with a slight retooling. Art 'n Antiques — formerly known as the Decorative Arts and Preservation Forum and Antiques Show and Sale — emerges this year with a refreshed name to reflect its expanded scope. 

Once again, exhibitors of fine porcelain, timeless furniture, enduring jewelry, antique linens, rugs and more will fill the main gallery of the Rosenzweig Arts Center as in years past.

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CVB hosts rural tourism conference

Rural tourism doesn't come without challenges, according to Tom Chestnutt. Chief among them, he said, is community buy-in. 

 

"People don't see tourism as economic development," said Chestnutt, a coordinator for the Mississippi Alabama Tennessee Tourism Conference being held in Columbus this week. "Second, if they do see tourism as economic development, then they think it can't happen here." 

 

The Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting about 100 rural tourism leaders for the three-day event that began Monday,

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MISSISSIPPI TOURISM ASSOCIATION PRESENTS INDUSTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

MISSISSIPPI TOURISM ASSOCIATION PRESENTS INDUSTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS AT GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM

 

The Mississippi Tourism Association (MTA) presented their annual awards for tourism achievement for the year 2016 during activities at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism held at the Natchez Convention Center in Natchez, Miss. on Sept. 18-20, 2016.

 

The awards program recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of tourism by members of the 300+-member private sector organization as well as honoring travel media,

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Mississippi bicentennial tour to visit Trotter

A statewide celebration of Mississippi's 200th birthday will kick off in Columbus in early October. 

The Trotter Convention Center will host a display of the state's 1817 constitution and a rare 20-star United States flag. Mississippi became the 20th state in the union on Dec. 10, 1817. 

The two artifacts, which are currently on display at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, will begin a tour of nine cities across Mississippi.

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City collects record $10 million in sales tax

Columbus has officially crossed the $10 million milestone for yearly sales tax collections for the first time ever. 

City Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle announced the news during a brief meeting Tuesday where the city council approved the 2016-17 budget.  

The city received the news with the arrival of September's sales tax collection figures from the Mississippi Department of Revenue. Columbus received $800,930 this month for sales taxes collected in July.

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Sales tax growth continues for Columbus

Columbus sales tax collections continue to rise over last year's record-breaking results. 

In August, the city received $825,608 for June's sales, which is $32,882 more than August 2015. City Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle said sales tax collections are more than $800,000 higher than at the same point last year. 

The growth comes after fiscal year 2014-15's record collections, where the city drew in more than $9.3 million. During a recent budget meeting,

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