Today’s will be a Cliff’s Notes version of the News Roundup, since I spent the weekend planting flowers and other growing things instead of doing important news gathering.
The Natchez Democrat reports that Arbuthnot’s Grocery, a rural store built in 1955 by African American owners Willie and Estelle Arbuthnot on Pinckneyville Road outside of Woodville, may be moving toward listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The family has been in contact with the Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History, and are in the process of preparing a nomination.
The Jackson Free Press reports that several nineteenth-century commercial buildings across from the King Edward Hotel in Jackson are going to be converted to 31 “moderately priced” loft apartments. The developer that oversaw the King Edward’s comeback from decades of vacancy, HRI of New Orleans, recently received housing tax credits from the Mississippi Home Corporation. The buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the West Capitol Historic District.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the town of Fulton, located east of Tupelo, held a big celebration in the midst of Saturday’s rainy weather to unveil six historic markers. Tours followed at most of the locations being marked, including Itawamba Community College, opened in 1948, Fulton Grammar School, Aeolian Grove, The Cedars (Cates-Gaither House, recently restored), the site of Fulton’s first church, now Christ the King Catholic Church, and the courthouse square.
And finally, the Clarion-Ledger announces that the Byram Swinging Bridge, built over the Pearl River in 1905, is “getting a fresh start,” with a second phase of repairs funded by MDOT. Phase one, which cost $433,633, made it into a pedestrian bridge, while Phase Two, costing $157,721, will do site work for parking and handicap-accessibility. This phase is expected to be done by the end of May.