State honors area Main Streets

Tupelo, Pontotoc and West Point were among the winners Thursday at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s annual awards luncheon in Jackson.
Ladybug’s, owned by Machelle Pitcock in Tupelo, won for the best faampçade rehabilitation that cost more than $10,000. The nomination is judged on design quality, proper restoration techniques, creativity and impact within budgetary and other constraints.
The Tupelo guitar art program, created by Kit Stafford, won the state’s best downtown public improvement project.
The award is given to the municipality or downtown program that has designed and implemented attractive and sympathetic improvements for its downtown.
Pontotoc County Main Street won the best image or branding promotion campaign for its Pontotoc County Magazine. The award recognizes the downtown organization that has developed an effective public relations piece or promotional campaign.
The Ritz Theatre and Conference Center in West Point tied for the state’s best historic rehabilitation project.
The award is presented to an individual or business that has completed an outstanding historic rehabilitation project that maintains the use of the building and meets the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
Debbie Brangenberg, the executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, won the Charles O. Beasley Scholarship Award.
The award is a $1,500 scholarship to the National Main Street conference, given to a Main Street manager who has shown outstanding service to his/her community and program.
The scholarship is awarded annually and nominations come from the district directors of MMSA.
The awards were presented by MMSA Executive Director Bob Wilson and 2010 board President Randy Burchfield of Tupelo-based BancorpSouth.
MMSA currently has 49 active community programs throughout the state as well as more than 30 Downtown Network, Association and Charrette communities.

Contact Carlie Kollath at (662) 678-1598 or carlie.kollath@djournal.com.

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