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The only 'rehabilitation' Reeves cares about is his own

Posted 7/10/2020 in Local Columns

When Gov. Tate Reeves gritted his teeth and signed into law a measure to change the Mississippi flag on June 30, he probably knew there would be hell to pay among his ultra-conservative base.


Moving monuments like 'taking apart and reassembling a jigsaw puzzle'

Posted 7/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to relocate the Confederate monument, which has resided on the southwest corner of the courthouse property since it was erected there in 1912.


Slimantics: Beyond the pain, there is potential

Posted 7/7/2020 in Local Columns

Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to have the Confederate Memorial relocated from the courthouse grounds, presumably to Friendship Cemetery, although a few obstacles are yet to be navigated.


Black or African American? Self-identity for minority group remains a complex issue

Posted 7/4/2020 in Area

Shannon Bardwell has a question for her friend, Angela Jones, a question that had been nagging at her over the weeks since the death of George Floyd, an event that stirred a reawakening in the Black Lives Matter movement, both nationally and here in the Golden Triangle.


'I think he should get another chance': District 1 voters in Caledonia show little appetite for wanting Harry Sanders off board of supervisors

Posted 7/2/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the two-plus weeks since Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders made his now-infamous comments following a board meeting about Black people remaining "dependent" since slavery ended, the voices calling for Sanders to resign from the board have been thunderous.


'We're going to smoke him out': Protesters undaunted by Sanders' refusal to resign Tuesday

Posted 7/1/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fifteen minutes before the start of Tuesday's Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting, Johnny Hampton stood in the entrance of the courthouse, using a bullhorn to lead a crowd of about 70 protesters in chants of "Harry Must Go."


Area hospitals say they're ready for possible COVID-19 surge

Posted 6/26/2020 in Area

A day after the state health director warned that Mississippi's health care system could be overwhelmed by the effects of COVID-19 in the fall, local hospital officials said they are equipped for a surge in their communities.


Slimantics: You should be wearing a mask

Posted 6/26/2020 in Local Columns

When I was kid, back when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, I never wore a seatbelt. Nobody I knew wore a seatbelt. In fact, the seatbelts in my mom's 1964 Plymouth Valiant or my dad's 1962 Chevy pick-up truck had slipped beneath the seats, and you would have had to fish them out if you wanted them. It never occurred to any of us to do this.


Beck to become Columbus-Lowndes chamber director

Posted 6/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It took the Columbus-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce less than two weeks to find a successor for Lisa James as its new president.


Calm prevails as Noxubee County considers relocating its Confederate memorial

Posted 6/20/2020 in Area

All across the South, the debate over what to do with Confederate memorials occupying prominent public spaces rages.


Armed man arrested for interrupting protest at courthouse

Posted 6/20/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A man, armed with a rifle and handgun, was arrested Saturday after he disturbed a protest of the Confederate monument outside Lowndes County Courthouse.


NAACP to hold Juneteenth celebration in Starkville

Posted 6/18/2020 in Area

In normal times, Juneteenth is narrowly defined. It commemorates the day, June 19, 1865, when the last of the remaining slaves in the U.S. were notified of their emancipation following the end of the Civil War two months earlier.


Chism retiring after 21 years in Legislature

Posted 6/17/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Republican Rep. Gary Chism, the dean of the Golden Triangle legislative delegation, has resigned, citing family medical issues.


Locally produced food, goods are witnessing

Posted 6/15/2020 in Business

In 1918, America faced its greatest pandemic, the Spanish Flu outbreak, which ultimately claimed 600,000 lives in the U.S. Yet while the nation's understanding of viruses at the time left the nation vulnerable, in one sense it was better equipped for a public health crisis than the COVID-19 virus we face today.


Slimantics: Time for a state flag that makes a better statement

Posted 6/11/2020 in Local Columns

Mississippi's state flag is back in the news again.


Majority of local delegation supports flag change legislation

Posted 6/11/2020 in Area

Since 2015, bills filed in the Mississippi Legislature to remove the state's current flag, adopted in 1894, have died in committee in both chambers. That may be changing.


Slimantics: A spirit of malaise in Columbus

Posted 6/10/2020 in Local Columns

On July 15, 1979, President Jimmy Carter addressed the nation at a time when the country was reeling from an energy crisis, a prolonged economic downturn that caused deep divisions in the nation.


Racial justice marches spark interest in local NAACP chapters

Posted 6/9/2020 in Area

Yulanda Haddix first became a member of the NAACP at age 18 and has been a member of the Oktibbeha County chapter since returning to Starkville in 2014, serving the last two years as its president.


Monday Profile: History to spare means history to share

Posted 6/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Rufus Ward doesn't just write and lecture about history. He lives and breathes it.


Food, face masks distributed in Oktibbeha County

By 9:30 Wednesday morning, a line of about 60 cars were aligned in serpentine fashion in the parking lot of Spiller Furniture in Starkville.



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