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MLK Jr. Day celebrations: MLK Day keynote speaker asks audience to 'give Mississippi a chance'

Posted earlier today in Area

Five years before he became the first Black student to earn a law degree from Ole Miss, 23 years before he became the first Black justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court and 58 years before he would lead a commission to select a new state flag for the state, Reuben Anderson was just another 19-year-old undergraduate at Tougaloo College.

Monday Profile: Cunningham finds a family at Baptist, where her job ensures staff don't transmit infections to patients

Posted yesterday in Area

Registered Nurse Betty Cunningham was walking through the hallways of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle on the way to her office Friday afternoon when a fellow employee turned the corner, masked and rubbing disinfectant on his hands.

Bang for the buck: Starkville museum owner starts GoFundMe to raise $150K for field cannon

Posted 1/16/2021 in Area

An addition to the Starkville Civil War Arsenal building sits virtually empty, with only construction materials scattered throughout the space that is scheduled to be finished this week.

Lowndes sees more than 600 new COVID cases in less than two weeks

Posted 1/15/2021 in Area

Lowndes County continues to lead the four-county area in number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, according to data from Mississippi State Department of Health.

Appointments filling up at area COVID vaccination sites

Posted 1/13/2021 in Area

As the COVID-19 vaccines become available to elderly citizens, more vaccination sites are opening in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties, including at area hospitals and the Mississippi Horse Park.

Clay County EMA director: COVID data lags behind; ICU beds nearly full

Posted 1/13/2021 in Area

The Intensive Care Unit beds at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point are "pretty much full" as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in light of the Christmas holidays, Clay County Emergency Management Agency Director Torrey Williams told the West Point selectmen at their Tuesday meeting.

Cole Bryan running for mayor in West Point

Posted 1/12/2021 in Area

A second candidate has qualified to run in the Democratic primary for mayor. Cole Bryan, 36, filed qualifying paperwork Monday morning, joining State Farm agent and former Ward 1 selectman Rod Bobo in the race.

Former selectman Bobo running for mayor in West Point

Posted 1/11/2021 in Area

WEST POINT -- The end of the first week of qualifying for city elections brought a list of so-far unchallenged selectmen incumbents, as well as a new candidate for mayor.

Monday Profile: After a stellar 2020, teenage West Point golf star's rise continues

Posted 1/11/2021 in Area

Rob Akins started coaching Emerson Blair when she was "a little teeny girl" weighing barely 60 pounds. But Akins, a PGA professional and golf instructor from Collierville, Tennessee, could tell one thing right away: The 10-year-old from West Point showed a talent and dedication that far exceeded her size.

Photos: Snow Day

Posted 1/11/2021 in Area

Courtney Leveck, center, builds a snowman with her children, Lydia, 6, right, and Harlan, 2, left, in front of their house on Critz Street in Starkville this morning. Lydia has seen a snowfall like today's before, her mother said, but Harlan has not.


Winter storm coats Southern states with blanket of snow

Posted 1/11/2021 in Area

A winter storm has brought snow to parts of the U.S. South, moving into Alabama and Tennessee on Monday after blowing across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi the day before.


Columbus offices, area schools closed today due to snow

Posted 1/11/2021 in Area

Columbus and Lowndes County administrative offices are closed today due to winter weather, according to officials for both entities.

Lowndes County approaching 5,000 COVID cases

Posted 1/8/2021 in Area

COVID-19 cases in the Golden Triangle continue to pile up in light of the holiday season, with Lowndes County still increasing at the highest rate.

Photo: Wifi hotspot in Clay County

Posted 1/8/2021 in Area

4-County Electric Power Association spokesperson Brad Barr talks with Clay County Board of Supervisors President R.B. Davis at a wifi hotspot 4-County set up outside Mike's Kountry Kwik convenience store on Highway 50 in West Point Wednesday. 4-County set up the hotspot through its new subsidiary company FASTnet as part of its plan to roll out internet to rural parts of its coverage area, including western Clay County.

Peco Foods will close in Brooksville, expand in West Point

Posted 1/7/2021 in Area

Peco Foods will close three plants, including the one in Brooksville, in order to expand three more, including the one in West Point, the company announced this morning in a press release.

Seniors over 75 can now make appointment to receive COVID vaccine

Posted 1/7/2021 in Area

Seniors ages 75 and older will begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations as early as today, but appointment times are quickly filling up, just a day after the Mississippi State Department of Health rolled out the program.

Drive-through vaccine sites set up for health workers

Posted 1/5/2021 in Area

Health care professionals in Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties will have the opportunity to receive a COVID-19 vaccine from the Mississippi State Department of Health this week.

Former Columbus mayor to run for alderman in Starkville

Posted 1/5/2021 in Area

Former Columbus mayor Jeffrey Rupp officially re-entered politics Monday when he qualified to run for Ward 3 alderman in Starkville.

Golden Triangle cities see minimal blows to tax revenue during pandemic

Posted 1/2/2021 in Area

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to close or restrict their services in March and April 2020, all three cities in the Golden Triangle braced for a potentially crippling financial blow.

Bluecutt businesses to appeal Yo' Bar's move to area

Posted 12/31/2020 in Area

Several businesses and individuals are appealing a Columbus City Council decision allowing a permitted land use variance for local bar and restaurant Yo' Bar to relocate to a building on Bluecutt Road.


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