- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) - Magnolia’s board says the city cannot afford to buy an administrative building to help keep Beacham Memorial Hospital from closing.

The Enterprise-Journal https://bit.ly/10u7391 ) reports that the board voted 3-2 last week against buying the building from the South Pike Hospital Association for $165,000.

Mayor Anthony Witherspoon says aldermen wanted to provide some cash to keep the hospital going while officials worked out a plan to get it back in the black. But he says the new budget includes a surplus of only $1,823.

Aldermen Lonnie Cox and Joe Cornacchione said it would have been a low-risk purchase because the hospital board was going to pay off the city’s bond. Cox says any town needs a hospital if it is to grow.

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Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com


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