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Monday Profile: Sports vision training facility helps athletes improve hand-eye coordination, avoid concussions

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the early 2000s, when Angie Huskison's brother underwent vision therapy at age 31, "it literally changed his life," Huskison said. Since then, starting her own business was always in the back of Huskison's mind.


Large PPP loans help local-based businesses 'weather the storm'

Posted 7/11/2020 in Area

In the middle of storm season, 4-County Electric Power has one principal job: to keep the power on. Consequently, Marketing and Public Relations Director Jon Turner said, "the last thing you want to do is be understaffed."


Area businesses receive more than $123 million in PPP loans

Posted 7/11/2020 in Area

Roughly 2,000 small businesses in Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee counties were approved for more than $123 million in federal loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program, according to an analysis of SBA data released Monday.


With free football camp in Starkville, Jeffery Simmons hopes to 'pass the crown' to next generation

Posted 7/11/2020 in Local Sports

STARKVILLE -- Before Jeffery Simmons was a first-round NFL draft pick, before he was a standout at Mississippi State, even before he was a phenom at Noxubee County High School, he was a water boy.


Cotton States Baseball League: Hill Country Generals pull off last-second comeback, walk off DeSoto Xplorers

Posted 7/11/2020 in Local Sports

NEW ALBANY -- As Robby Broseus approached the plate, Hill Country Generals coach Jeffrey Cook walked up to him, ready to remind his hitter of an important detail.


Despite starting workouts a month behind other schools, Columbus High plans to keep it simple

Posted 7/8/2020 in High School Sports

The Falcons started summer workouts Tuesday -- more than a month after Heritage Academy, New Hope, Caledonia and others -- but Columbus coach Joshua Pulphus won't push his players to catch up.


EMCC basketball coaches prepare for a season set to pose new challenges

Posted 7/7/2020 in College Sports

"Nobody knows what the next step is," men's coach Billy Begley said. "You've got to be prepared for whatever comes."


Shutoffs up 50 percent at CLW since disconnects resumed in June

Posted 7/4/2020 in Area

Columbus Light and Water has been disconnecting the service of 40 to 50 customers a day due to unpaid bills, a 50-percent increase from its normal volume of shutoffs.


For veteran coach Tony Seals, chance to lead Caledonia boys basketball program is a 'godsend'

Posted 7/4/2020 in High School Sports

Seals coached for 30 years in Alabama before working as an assistant at New Hope for the past five seasons.


Starkville Soccer Association offers free registration for recreational leagues

Posted 7/1/2020 in Local Sports

Registration, which can be completed online, began Wednesday and runs through Aug. 15.


Mississippi State softball 'pushing the envelope' and fueling turnaround with embrace of pitching analytics

Posted 6/30/2020 in College Sports

Under pitching coach Josh Johnson and his trusty Rapsodo system, the Bulldogs turned one of the SEC's worst pitching staffs in 2019 to one of the conference's best this year.


'I think the peak is to come still': Area cleaning companies experiencing rebound after pandemic lull

Posted 6/30/2020 in Area

Since opening Worker Bees in Starkville in 2015, Shannon Voges-Haupt never once had a day without a single customer -- until April 3, the day Gov. Tate Reeves' statewide shelter in place order went into effect because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.


Local anglers make a splash in SAF High School National Championship and World Finals

Posted 6/29/2020 in Local Sports

The duo of David Wesley Dupler and Dawson Jaynes finished in 140th place out of 312 two-person teams from 39 states in the National Championship and 46th in the World Finals.


Starkville Academy girls soccer team learning fast with one month to go before start of season

Posted 6/27/2020 in High School Sports

The Vols pulled a first-round upset in the playoffs last fall and hope to achieve the same success again.


West Lowndes girls basketball star Marvaysha Seals signs to MUW

Posted 6/25/2020 in High School Sports

The crafty combo guard picked the Owls over Mississippi State and East Mississippi, Itawamba and Northwest Mississippi community colleges.


'That's where I'm wanted': Former EMCC QB Connor Neville finds second chance at Northern Illinois

Posted 6/24/2020 in College Sports

The former four-star recruit at Washington State persevered through a position switch, a string of personal losses, a pandemic and an uncertain recruiting process to commit to NIU on Saturday.


MACC delays start of football season two weeks

Posted 6/24/2020 in College Sports

The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges (formerly the MACJC) also cut one regular-season game from this fall's schedule.


Unemployment drops in May, still more than pre-pandemic levels

Posted 6/24/2020 in Area

Unemployment rates were down significantly in May in Columbus, Starkville and West Point as part of a statewide decrease, according to preliminary statistics released Tuesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.


Former Mississippi State standout Johnthan Banks brings college, NFL experience to New Hope assistant role

Posted 6/23/2020 in High School Sports

"I just knew that was the place I needed to be," said Banks, who played for the Buccaneers, Lions, Bears and Texans during a five-year NFL career.


March sales tax revenue down 10%+ in Columbus, Starkville

Posted 6/22/2020 in Area

Sales tax revenue collected in Starkville this March was down 10.8 percent from March 2019 totals, and April 2020 produced 13.4 percent less than April 2019.



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