Articles by Tess Vrbin
Two new candidates qualified in Columbus City Council races before Friday’s filing deadline, an independent candidate in Ward 3 and a Republican challenger in Ward 6.
The race to succeed outgoing West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson, who is retiring, grew to five candidates before Friday’s qualifying deadline, and all but one member of the board of selectmen will face a challenger.
During a discussion about road maintenance at Monday’s Lowndes County supervisors meeting, District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks mentioned disparities in wages between some road department employees.
Montrell Coburn will again challenge incumbent Robert Smith in the mayor’s race.
Standing outside Franklin Academy on Wednesday, almost 50 years after attending, Vince Britton felt like he had come full circle.
“Coming back to a place like this and being able to provide this service … it’s kind of hard to put words to it,” said Britton, a Tennessee Valley Authority foreman.
Britton was one of 17 TVA representatives who upgraded 60 light fixtures at Franklin Academy on Wednesday at no cost to the Columbus Municipal School District.
The audit of Columbus’ finances for Fiscal Year 2019 showed issues with the city budget that went beyond the misdeeds of the former chief financial officer charged with embezzlement, certified public accountant Wanda Holley told the city council at its Tuesday meeting.
Lowndes County is looking for full-time security for the Justice Court building after North Atlantic Security ended its contract with the county in January.
Columbus Ward 4 Councilman Pierre Beard qualified Monday to run for re-election as an independent candidate.
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Barbara Williams put all 10 of her children and several of her grandchildren through music school. They all learned to play piano, but none of them were truly passionate about it.
But one grandson, Le’Roy Davenport, turned out to be “the one” with both the talent and the passion for music, he said.
A third candidate has entered the race to succeed outgoing West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson, who announced in January that he will retire instead of run for a third term.
Keith Gaskin, a longtime Columbus resident and the executive director for the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Foundation, qualified Friday to run for mayor of Columbus.
Bobby Harper joked that he might have fewer people at his funeral than there were at Henry Weiss’ road dedication on Friday.
A third candidate has entered the race for the open Ward 4 seat on the Starkville board of aldermen.
Kevin Daniels, a Republican, qualified Friday to run for the seat that incumbent Alderman Jason Walker will not defend after serving two terms.
The election for Columbus’ city council seat in Ward 3 became competitive Thursday when Rusty Greene, a Republican and lifelong Columbus resident, filed paperwork to qualify for candidacy.
New COVID-19 cases are continuing to fall in parts of the Golden Triangle, in keeping with state and national trends.
Two more candidates have qualified to run for Columbus City Council, one in the city’s first competitive race and one for a seat which the incumbent will not defend.
Jami Nettles stocked up on Halloween candy a few months ago but was ultimately disappointed when very few people went trick-or-treating in Columbus.
Now she’s stocking up on candy again and hoping the upcoming socially distanced Mardi Gras celebration will draw more people, she said.
Audrey Robinson and Elena Eaton don’t have trouble avoiding their food allergies in the dining hall, they said.
Both are juniors at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science on the Mississippi University for Women campus, and both schools share the Hogarth Dining Center, which introduced a completely allergen-free food station called Simple Servings on Tuesday.
Phillip Carter tells people all the time he is a “bad librarian.”
He’s not the person to ask about big-name authors or bestselling fiction, since he prefers to read nonfiction, the Starkville-Oktibbeha Public Library System director told the Starkville Rotary Club at its Monday meeting. But he described himself as “very community-focused.”
All four Golden Triangle counties are seeing fewer new COVID-19 cases per week after several weeks of sharp spikes, according to Mississippi State Department of Health data.