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To lead, to succeed: Youth of the Year program inspires kids to step up and lead

Posted 2/27/2021 in Community

Zephaniah Gore was a seventh-grader when, at the urging of a friend, he started going to the Boys & Girls Club in Columbus after school. He didn't know exactly what to expect, but what he discovered was a place that is opening doors to his future.

Love where you live: A new thrift store and reopened pantry are all about community care

Posted 2/20/2021 in Community

When Andy Setiawan transitioned from his role as youth pastor at The Assembly in Columbus to outreach pastor in January, he knew he was going to be "in it 100 percent." Outreach has always been integral to The Assembly congregation, whether as volunteers clearing tornado debris from the yards of people they've never met or hoisting hammers on a home repair for someone in need of a little help. It's all about the premise "love where you live."

Cynthia Buob named EMCC's Humanities Teacher of the Year

Posted 2/20/2021 in Community

East Mississippi Community College Humanities Teacher of the Year Award recipient Cynthia Buob will present a lecture titled "Drawn to Life" Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m. in room 607 in the student union on the college's Golden Triangle campus.

A safe, socially-distanced Valentine's rush

Posted 2/13/2021 in Community

Just like the week of Valentine's Day every year, the line ran outside the door Wednesday afternoon at The Flower Company on Lampkin Street in Starkville. Flowers have always been a prominent part of Valentine's Day, and this year is no different aside from everyone wearing a mask in line and only 10 people being allowed into the store at a time.

Photo: Winter reading

Posted 2/13/2021 in Community

From left, Joe Cook Elementary School first-graders Genesis Hill, Trenton Edwards and Alison Hernandez show off new books they received through a grant from My Book of Lowndes County in January. Each student got nine books to add to their personal home libraries.

'We need to talk': Libraries help inspire conversations about race relations during Black History Month

Posted 2/6/2021 in Community

As Youth Services Librarian Jayme Evans selected books to highlight in February at West Point's Bryan Public Library, she kept in mind that Black History Month should mean more than simply knowing the names of some famous black people and being able to memorize a quote by Martin Luther King Jr.


MSU African American Studies program hosts 28 Days of Service challenge

Posted 2/6/2021 in Community

The African American Studies program at Mississippi State University is sponsoring a 28 Days of Service challenge to enhance community engagement and inspire students, faculty, staff and others to participate in service projects and assist community organizations.


Making the best of it: Activity planning goes into overdrive during pandemic

Posted 1/30/2021 in Community

Adaptability has been a keyword of the COVID-19 pandemic; that is as true of senior living facilities as it is of every household, workplace, school or church around the globe. When the novel coronavirus abruptly curtailed most in-person family and community interaction last March, staff at such places as Garden Hill Assisted Living in Lowndes County were challenged to help provide reassurance, guard health and enrich daily life during an unprecedented period of isolation.

Scholarship established by family of Utility Lineworker graduate

Posted 1/30/2021 in Community

The family of Joshua Reed, a May 2019 graduate of East Mississippi Community College's Utility Lineworker Technology program, has established a scholarship in Reed's memory.

W School of Education to support educators with GEER

Posted 1/30/2021 in Community

Educators and students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic will receive support and training from Mississippi University for Women's School of Education due to a grant from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund.


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