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Slimantics: Sticking your head out in the middle of a tornado

Posted yesterday in Local Columns

There has long been an unwritten rule that columnists don't use their columns to take shots at what other columnists have written. That's a position I have always embraced, but there are exceptions.


Slimantics: Gimme shelter?

Posted 4/2/2020 in Local Columns

Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Tate Reeves issued a state-wide "shelter in place" order, one of three such orders made that day, along with Florida and Georgia. Only five states have yet to announce such orders, so Mississippi was not dead last to the party, which I suppose is something to be congratulated.


Local State Farm agent, CRA chair dies Tuesday

Posted 4/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

John Acker, chairman of the Columbus Redevelopment Authority and longtime State Farm agent, died Tuesday evening from an apparent medical condition.


Supplies scarce, fear 'palpable' for respiratory compromised residents

Posted 3/31/2020 in Area

Leigh Walker's workspace moved a few weeks ago. Then, she worked mainly out of an office in the back of the OxyCare Plus building on Wilkins Wise Road. Now she spends most of her time in the front lobby of the building, watching through locked doors for customers.


Yokohama shutting down for 2 weeks because of coronavirus

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

Yokohama Tire Corporation is shutting down production at its West Point manufacturing plant for two weeks, beginning Saturday, in response to the COVID-19 virus, the Japan-based company announced Friday.


Area hospitals stocked up on masks, other COVID-19 supplies

Posted 3/26/2020 in Area

During Gov. Tate Reeves' teleconference with county supervisors throughout the state Wednesday, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Greg Michel provided an update on the medical supplies needed to fight the COVID-19 virus.


Paccar halts production at Columbus plant through April 6

Posted 3/25/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Paccar Engine Company became the first local industry to close operations in response to the COVID-19 virus.


Slimantics: Letter-writing in the time of COVID-19

Posted 3/24/2020 in Local Columns

It's only been a couple of weeks since Americans have been "sheltering at home," yet some folks are already showing signs of discontent.


Monday Profile: Phinisey turns lifelong love of fitness into inspiration for others

Posted 3/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Tony Phinisey has been a full-time personal trainer for about three years now, but his passion for fitness goes back 50 years or more.


Governor closes all schools through April 17

Posted 3/19/2020 in Area

Gov. Tate Reeves signed an executive order Thursday morning to close all public schools in the state until April 17 in light of the spread of COVID-19.


Slimantics: Just enough to share

Posted 3/18/2020 in Local Columns

My parents were born more than 100 years ago and grew up in an era when survival depended on hard work. Both had only a high school education.


Area school districts still feed students during closure

Posted 3/18/2020 in Area

Since Monday, school districts in Columbus and Starkville, along with a Starkville grocer, have provided more than 3,500 meals to home-bound kids.


Slimantics: Which kind of fear will it be?

Posted 3/17/2020 in Local Columns

On Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health confirmed a case of COVID-19 in Monroe County, a sure sign that the dreaded virus is very near to us all. As of Monday there are 12 confirmed cases in Mississippi. Nationally, the number of cases is a 3,487, including 68 deaths.


Local restaurants feel impact of COVID-19 as dine-in customers dwindle

Posted 3/17/2020 in Area

It was a question Shannon McPherson couldn't answer, at least not with numbers. McPherson, the marketing director for Eat With Us Group -- which owns restaurants in Columbus and Starkville, such as Harvey's, Sweet Peppers and The Grill -- was asked about the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the company's businesses.


GTR spreading the word about new ID requirements for air travel

Posted 3/14/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Starting in October, airline passengers must have a special designation on their driver's licenses in order to go through airport security checkpoints and board planes for travel.


Coronavirus pandemic: Baptist Hospital official explains symptoms, screening, quarantines

Posted 3/13/2020 in Area

With the arrival of the COVID-19 coronavirus, there are more questions than answers. Among them, "What happens when I go to the doctor's office or hospital with possible coronavirus symptoms?"


Coronavirus changing church-going experience

Posted 3/13/2020 in Area

On Sunday mornings, millions of Americans regularly engage in behavior health officials urge people to avoid as the leading edge of the COVID-19 coronavirus arrives in the U.S.


Complete Count chairman covers what will, won't be asked on Census

Posted 3/11/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When Giles Ward was chosen as Mississippi's Complete Count chairman for the 2020 U.S. Census last year, former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour gave him a call.


Officials expect low turnout in Lowndes, higher in Oktibbeha

Posted 3/10/2020 in Area

Low or pretty good? While voters continue to go to the poll today to cast ballots in the Democratic and Republican primaries, the expected turnout varies.


State, local officials prepare for 10-year census

Posted 3/7/2020 in Area

When his work as chairman of the Complete Count committee for the city of Columbus was over in 2010, David Armstrong consoled himself with a pleasant thought. "I remember saying to myself, 'I won't have to do that again,'" said Armstrong, the city's chief operating officer. "But here we are."



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