Work begins on new Columbia National Guard armory

Work has begun on rebuilding a Mississippi National Guard Readiness Center in Columbia that was destroyed in a tornado two years ago. The center, on Highway 98, will be home to Company A of the National Guard’s 150th Brigade Engineer Battalion. That unit was formerly known as Company C of the 155th Brigade Special Troops Battalion. The new center is being built for $11.5 million and will be 10,000 square feet larger than the previous facility. Hanco Construction Company of Hattiesb…