A rose to Golden Triangle Regional Airport for securing an $11.3-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration, money it will use to make improvements at the airport’s terminal. Plans call for adding a second floor with a jet bridge that will allow the airport to accommodate larger regional jets. GTRA Executive Director Matt Dowell noted the grant gives the airport the opportunity to keep its infrastructure one of the best in the state. The expanded terminal will add space to accommodate an increase in traffic and will allow the airport to continue improving the available facilities. GTRA currently has three roundtrip flights daily on Delta Air Lines. The expansion and improvements will be the first major project for Dowell since he took over as the airport’s executive director on July 1.
A rose to Starkville restaurants Harvey’s and Restaurant Tyler for being named among the nation’s top restaurants for wine. “Wine Spectator,” the world’s leading authority on wine, chose the two restaurants among a group of 3,169 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 70 countries internationally. The two restaurants were among 19 recognized in the state of Mississippi. Harveys, part of the Eat With Us group, won the Award of Excellence, which recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Restaurant Tyler was one of five Mississippi restaurants that received the Best of Award of Excellence.
According to “Wine Spectator,” restaurants deserving of the award take their love of wine a step further, such as carefully designing the presentation of the list, training staff on wine to ensure guests have knowledgeable assistance and giving diners an opportunity to learn more through curated wine dinners. We congratulate both restaurants for such prestigious honors.
A rose the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and its “Friends of the Library” group for putting together a program certain to appeal to history and antique lovers. Historian Jim Phillips will present “Lost Treasures of Mississippi and Alabama” at noon Wednesday at the library’s upstairs meeting room. Phillips will discuss both the lost and rediscovered treasures of Mississippi and Alabama from the 19th and 20th centuries. He will cover historical events such as the Boaz Whitfield antebellum gold coin hoard discovered in 1926 near Demopolis, Alabama; the missing 5-foot-tall jeweled gold cross from the early 1700s French settlement on Dauphin Island, Alabama; the lost antebellum treasures of the old Mississippi River mansions; the valuable late 1880s and early 1900s Hutchinson-style soda bottles; and many more. Phillips will also display his mobile museum of 1700s and 1800s artifacts from Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. People are encouraged to bring in old bottles, coins, tokens or paper money for Phillips to evaluate for free at the end of his presentation. The free event is open to the public.
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