Memorial Day in Columbus

Memorial Day falls on May 30th this year. This holiday, which honors those who have died while serving in the United States military, has origins that date back to post-Civil War times. The tradition of visiting cemeteries and decorating the graves of those who have fallen is something that continues today. In 1971, Memorial Day was made an official federal holiday. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Memorial Day in Columbus, Mississippi, you can attend the 4th Annual Veterans Memorial Walk/Run at the Columbus Soccer Complex on Saturday, May 28th. If you pre-register by noon on May 20th, it will cost $25 and will include a t-shirt. On-site registration Read More →

strange mississippi travel destinations

Pleasant surprises make a road trip memorable. The best way to make that happen is to go off-grid, under the radar, and take the road less traveled that leads to these awesome and strange Mississippi travel destinations…   The Grave Of The Gypsy Queen – Meridian   If you visit Rose Hill Cemetery in Meridian, you won’t have any trouble finding the Grave of the Gypsy Queen. Her plot will inevitably be covered with all sorts of objects of veneration. The Queen was Romani woman who died while giving birth in 1915. It is reported that 20,000 Romani showed up to pay homage at her funeral. Ever since, her grave Read More →

Christmas in Columbus

No place around does down South holiday cheer like we do right here in Columbus, Mississippi. Christmas in Columbus is a family-friendly time of year full of all sorts of fun and heartwarming activities and events. It started on November 30th this year with our annual Tree lighting ceremony, but if you missed this beautiful event, have no fear! There are a few more events coming up to celebrate the season.   This Friday, December 4th is the annual Wassail Fest taking place throughout downtown Columbus. Sample all the tasty wassail and do your best to pick your favorite!   If you couldn’t make it to Bethlehem for the First Read More →

Columbus Police Department

The Columbus Police Department out of Mississippi is trying something new. Chief Tony Carleton said the department has deployed 50 police-worn cameras in its patrol division. Officers wear the cameras on their breast pocket or lapel and activate them at any point there may be “enforcement action”. Once off duty, the officers place their cameras on a docking station that downloads the recording to a server provided by TASER for $9,000 a year. “It’s been a learning curve for our officers, as far as getting used to using them and learning how to download video,” Carleton said. “The biggest challenge has been making sure we have the proper policy in Read More →