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Circuit clerks brace for high absentee turnout for general election

Posted 9/15/2020 in Area

As is common with presidential elections, area circuit clerks expect a big turnout on Nov. 3. It's how those votes are cast that may set this year's election apart.

Arrest report for 9-14-20

Posted 9/14/2020 in Area

More details released on Highway 182 renovation plans

Posted 9/12/2020 in Area

STARKVILLE -- The multimillion-dollar makeover of a mile of Highway 182, from Long Street to Old West Point Road, will be completely designed and ready to bid in a year, project manager Clark Bailey of the Kimley-Horn engineering firm told aldermen at their Friday work session.

Contractor in Second Baptist sanctuary project will pay restitution for fraud

Posted 9/11/2020 in Area

The owner of a Long Beach construction company will be sentenced Nov. 2 for a longstanding fraud charge after he failed to properly construct a new sanctuary at Second Baptist Church in Starkville, one of three ongoing circuit court cases involving the project.

Arrest report for 9-10-20

Posted 9/10/2020 in Area

MSU rents rooms at Columbus hotel as third quarantine site

Posted 9/10/2020 in Area

Mississippi State University students in quarantine due to COVID-19 are staying in a third hotel, Fairfield Inn and Suites in Columbus, in addition to the two in Starkville that MSU rented for the entire semester, according to a Tuesday email to faculty from Provost David Shaw.

Selectman asks for extra $144K in bond money to pave streets in his neighborhood

Posted 9/9/2020 in Area

A selectman's impassioned plea Tuesday to divert more money from the city's road bond to pave streets in his own neighborhood did not seem to get far with his fellow board members, but support from vocal audience members at the meeting became rowdy enough that the mayor once had to gavel them down to keep order.

Navistar expansion to bring 500 jobs to West Point by 2024

Posted 9/9/2020 in Area

Navistar Defense, LLC has announced an $8 million upgrade to its West Point facility that is expected to add 500 permanent jobs by 2024.

Golden Triangle residents, first responders lend hand on coast after hurricane

Posted 9/8/2020 in Area

On Thursday, a week after Hurricane Laura slammed into southwest Louisiana and southeastern Texas, Starkville resident Everett Kennard was driving a group of Port Arthur, Texas, residents from a hotel in Austin back home.

Labor Day gatherings, travel could bring COVID spike to area

Posted 9/4/2020 in Area

Ned Browning and his wife usually travel from Starkville to Natchez, Birmingham or Nashville, where each of their children live, for Labor Day weekend. But Browning said he realized by June this year that they might have to call off the trip due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starkville-based artist infuses years of passion into state flag finalist design

Posted 8/29/2020 in Area

Rocky Vaughan waited at his wife's hospital bed for days as the couple expected the birth of their second son, Brody, in March 2013.

Area Boys and Girls clubs see fewer kids, programming adjustments

Posted 8/28/2020 in Area

Board games are out, outdoor activities are in. The Columbus branch of the Boys and Girls Club of the Golden Triangle has resumed its after-school program, but the specter of COVID-19 has changed almost every aspect of the club's operations.

Clay supervisors extend county curfew 30 days

Posted 8/28/2020 in Area

The Clay County Board of Supervisors opted to extend a county-wide curfew Thursday afternoon for an additional 30 days.

Area hotels brace for potential influx of Hurricane Laura evacuees

Posted 8/27/2020 in Area

Aaron Duncan stared at the TV in disbelief after flooding brought by Hurricane Katrina washed over New Orleans -- the city he had just evacuated from and once called home -- in 2005. "I was watching the news," Duncan said. "I was like, 'This can't be New Orleans.'"

Golden Triangle small businesses weathering COVID-19 storm

Posted 8/26/2020 in Area

Deloris Doss grew up as one of 14 children -- seven boys and seven girls. When she was young, she saw how hard her parents worked to support the family -- how they always got their children what they needed, not what they wanted.

West Point man accused of trying to run woman off the road

Posted 8/26/2020 in Area

A West Point man was arrested Monday for allegedly trying to run a woman off the road with his car.

Arrest report for 8-24-20

Posted 8/24/2020 in Area

'Designer drugs,' opioids contributing to Golden Triangle drug trade

Posted 8/22/2020 in Area

Since she began working for Baptist Behavioral Health Clinic in 2009, clinical coordinator Amanda Coleman says she's seen a definite increase in the number of patients with drug addiction and the severity of their problems.

Military Road semi-roundabout construction brings confusion, frustration for some drivers

Posted 8/21/2020 in Area

Sometimes, after his morning classes end at Lion Hills Center, Austin Wilcher would easily miss his exit back home to Starkville.

West Point grappling with relocating Confederate monument at City Hall

Posted 8/18/2020 in Area

Over the past few months, Blair Key and Barry White have been fielding more calls that usual.

Arrest report for 8-17-20

Posted 8/17/2020 in Area

 

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