MissPres News Roundup 4-8-2013

We’re finally getting more sunny days – and warmer temps – which should encourage more venturing to see our favorite places.  While you all are pondering your Spring excursions, here’s the latest news.

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Starting in the small town of Houston where there was a fire in a building downtown.  The one story building was home to a dry cleaners.  Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the adjoining buildings, although they both suffered some smoke damage.  While damaged by the flames, smoke, and water, firefighters told the press that they were able to save the building.  No mention of the building’s age, but the story does note that it’s on the Courthouse Square, so I’d wager that it is one of the older buildings in town.  I hope they rehab it instead of tearing it down.

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Down in Purvis, officials held a dedication for the newly rehabilitated Lamar County Courthouse.  They were celebrating the end of a $4 million project that put the 1906 building back in “mint condition” and ready for many more years of use.  The article notes that the rehab actually helps with county work space – which officials say they need.  It’s always great to hear that a historic space is usable!

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Up in Columbus, their Pilgrimage is in the news – specifically a feature article on the Amzi Love Home.  The story notes that all the buildings on the Pilgrimage schedule have their own unique stories, but the Amzi Love Home is the only one still in the original family and they love sharing the family history.

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A couple of follow-ups to previous stories:

First in Pascagoula, the Maritime & Warship Museum group has officially taken possession of the Math & Science and Band Hall buildings at the Old Pascagoula High School.  We knew this was in the works, and it’s great to see them continue to move forward with finding a new use for these historic buildings.

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Finally in Baldwyn, Boy Scouts were among the volunteers who helped out with the work done at Brice’s Crossroads on Park Day – which was this weekend.  Sounds like the site is ready for Spring visitor’s now – if you’re still thinking about where your Mississippi adventures should take you.

Categories: Baldwin, Columbus, Historic Preservation, Houston, News Roundups, Pascagoula, Preservation People/Events, Purvis, Renovation Projects

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