East Mississippi Community College was lone bidder for country club

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS — A federal bankruptcy judge has approved East Mississippi Community College’s acquisition of the Columbus Country Club.

EMCC was the only bidder for the property at $1.6 million.

EMCC officials tell The Commercial Dispatch that the school will use the property to expand its course offerings and relocate programs from crowded campus in Mayhew.

The country club filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 3, 2011.

Friday’s sale was approved in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Aberdeen.

EMCC President Dr. Rick Young says the culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management programs move to the country club in January. The two programs serve around 65 students.

EMCC also plans a turf management program, as well as space for the existing golf team and a collegiate tennis program in the future.