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    Eliza Boyd, of Starkville, owns a goat named Pixie. She loves goats because they have “accents” and are fluffy, she said.

    PUBLIC MEETINGS July 13: Colum- bus Municipal School Board, 6 p.m., Brandon Central Services July 15: Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, 9 a.m., Lowndes County Courthouse July 21: Colum- bus City Council, Municipal Complex, 5 p.m. CityofColum- busMS/

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    Antranik Tavitian/Dispatch Staff Korey Green, left, and Jeremiah Jethroe, right, load onions into the cars of Lowndes County residents during a food drive hosted by United Way on Friday, July 10, 2020 at the Riverwalk Soccer Complex. All Lowndes County residents, regardless of employment status, could receive a mix of canned and fresh foods. The drive served a total of 759 families.

    BY THEO DEROSA [email protected]

    Roughly 2,000 small businesses in Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee counties were approved for more than $123 million in federal loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, accord- ing to an analysis of SBA data released Monday.

    Based on the way the Small Business Administration characterized the data, the total of PPP loans given businesses in the four-county area could have to-

    taled as much as $207 million. The federal program is part of the

    Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by the U.S. Con- gress in March. PPP loans aim to help small businesses keep workers on their payroll during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Any small business with 500 or fewer full-time employees are eligible to apply for the loans, which are forgivable and need not be paid back if the money is spent on payroll, rent, utilities and mort- gage costs, although at least 60 percent of the amount of the loan must go toward payroll to meet those criteria. Initially, borrowers were given eight weeks to spend the funds they received in order for the loans to become forgivable, but the period was extended to 24 weeks on June 5.

    Area businesses receive more than $123 million in PPP loans Seven received fund amounts between $2 million and $5 million

    Large PPP loans help local-based businesses ‘weather the storm’ Eat With Us, 4-County, Grassroots among top- end recipients locally BY THEO DEROSA [email protected]

    In the middle of storm season, 4-County Electric Power has one prin- cipal job: to keep the power on.

    C o n s e q u e n t l y , Marketing and Pub- lic Relations Director Jon Turner said, “the last thing you want to do is be under- staffed.”

    When this year’s storm season coin- cided with the costs of the COVID-19 pan- demic — including unpaid bills from many customers making use of the statewide ban on utilities disconnections — Turner acknowledged that 4-County could have been in a troubling spot.

    “The money wasn’t coming in,” he said. “When people are able to put off those payments, it kind of disrupts the natural rhythm of your business’ cash flow.”

    So 4-County applied for loans from the U.S. Small Business Ad- ministration’s Paycheck Protection Program, part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed by Congress in March. The program is aimed at helping small businesses keep workers on the payroll during the pandemic.

    4-County received $3.5 million


    The Commercial Dispatch won 18 Mississippi Press As- sociation Better Newspaper Contest awards, including second place for General Ex- cellence in the medium daily circulation division.

    MPA held its annual awards ceremony Friday via video conference due to

    the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The awards rec-

    ognized work published in 2019.

    Sports reporter Ben Port- noy earned both first and second place in the Sports Feature category and placed first for Game Story, while he and Sports Editor Garrick Hodge placed first for Sports News Story.

    Reporter and Columnist Slim Smith placed first in

    the General Interest and Commentary column cate- gories in the combined large and medium daily division. It marks the eighth straight year his General Interest col- umns have placed first and the fifth time in eight years he’s won at least the medium daily division for Commen- tary Column.

    Dispatch staff brings home 18 MPA awards



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    22.7% | $28.1 million

    61.2% | $75.8 million

    8.5% | $10.5 million

    7.6% | $9.4 million

    Numbers represent the low end of the range of PPP loans issued in the four counties. Data courtesy of Small Business Administration.

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    Lost Graves and the Confederate Monument Last week the subject about possibly relocating the Confederate monument at the Lown- des County Courthouse to a possible location at Friendship Cemetery came up.

    The monument was an early 1900s project of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and was erected in 1912. It was initially intended to be a memorial to those Con- federate soldiers from Lowndes County who had died during the war. The original plan was to put it on Main Street and not at the courthouse. When the preferred sites on Main were unavail- able, it was decided to temporarily place it at the courthouse until a better location was available. As late as 1921 there was an article in the Commer- cial Dispatch about the monument’s courthouse location having been temporary and possibly moving the monument.

    In reviewing possible sites at Friendship for the monument, an open space to the west of the south Confederate burial plot looked promising. How- ever, there was a concern that somewhere in that area might be unmarked graves. I met with the mayor on Wednesday at the southwest corner of the cemetery, and we discussed possible sites for the monument. While that corner of the ceme- tery next to Confederate graves appeared to be the most appropriate location for the monument, there probably are unmarked federal graves there.

    There were about 40 feder- al soldiers bur- ied in Friend- ship Cemetery during the war, and though most were re- moved, some remained in unmarked graves. Over the years the exact location

    of the unmarked graves was forgotten as the older generation died and took with them the grave’s location. As the location of the federal graves faded, records were found that said the Union soldiers buried in Friendship Cemetery had been moved to Corinth National Cemetery in 1867. It was assumed that all of the federal soldiers were moved.

    Research by Carolyn Kaye and Gary Lancaster discovered that as many as ten unmarked federal graves were overlooked in 1867 and remain in Friendship Cemetery. These were the federal soldiers whose graves continued to be decorated along with the Confeder- ate graves by the ladies of Columbus through 1919.

    During the Civil War, Columbus was a major Confederate hospital center. More than 2,100 Confederate soldiers, and at least 51 Union soldiers, died and were buried here. In 1867, 32 federal soldiers from Friendship Cemetery and nine from Sandfield Cemetery were removed to Corinth National Cemetery.

    Columbus newspaper accounts of Decoration Day in 1877 record some federal graves remained at Friendship Cemetery and were still being decorated by ladies of

    Columbus. The federal graves were described as being without headstones and in the “far corner of the cemetery.” That ceremony was at the 1873 memorial marker midway between the two Confed- erate sections. Standing at that spot the far corner of the cemetery is the open space under con- sideration. In 1919 those Union graves were still being decorated with the Confederate graves on Decoration Day.

    In October 2017, field work took place on a project to locate the lost federal graves. The Cen- ter for Archaeological Re- search at the University of Mississippi employed non-invasive remote sens- ing technologies, includ- ing ground penetrating radar, to search for the graves.

    These graves are especially significant for the role they played as an inspiration for the creation of Memorial Day, which evolved out of ideas and ceremonies in many towns across the United States. The claims of Columbus, Georgia, and

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