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4-County to survey members about potential internet option

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

Members of 4-County Electric Power Association can expect to receive a survey designed to gauge their opinions on the cooperative investing in high-speed internet.

Anxiety over virus increases demand for mental health care

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

The uncertainty that comes with a global pandemic like the COVID-19 coronavirus means people need someone to talk to about their concerns, said Karla Morgan, who runs Seeds Counseling and Wellness in Starkville. "Even if people aren't looking for counseling, they're looking for connection and support and ways to consider how to move forward," Morgan said.


Counselors urge honesty, caution when talking to kids about COVID-19

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

The uncertainty that comes with a global pandemic, which has shut down schools and most person-to-person interaction for the foreseeable future, means children will look to their parents for guidance and answers to their inevitable questions, Starkville mental health counselor Karla Morgan said.


While Trump says economy could restart fully by Easter week, local pastors, businesspeople are not as optimistic

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

Rev. Todd Matocha of Main Street Presbyterian Church is preaching to the choir. Only the choir. His sermon for Sunday, March 22, titled "When Public Worship is Prohibited," isn't delivered before hundreds of parishioners. It was filmed the Thursday before in front of empty pews and posted on YouTube.

Partnership School construction halted for pandemic

Posted 3/28/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Construction on the long-delayed Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District's Partnership School has stopped due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Superintendent Eddie Peasant said Friday at a special-call meeting of the board of trustees.


Body found in Oktibbeha County might be missing Starkville man

Posted 3/28/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

A body found Saturday morning in southwestern Oktibbeha County is believed to be a Starkville man who has been missing for more than three weeks, according to the county sheriff's office.


Yokohama shutting down for 2 weeks because of coronavirus

Posted 3/28/2020 in Area

Yokohama Tire Corporation is shutting down production at its West Point manufacturing plant for two weeks, beginning Saturday, in response to the COVID-19 virus, the Japan-based company announced Friday.

CAC innovates to keep community connected to the arts

Posted 3/27/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Like other businesses and nonprofits in the Golden Triangle, the Columbus Arts Council is absorbing the shock of measures to prevent spread of COVID-19.

'Social-distancing safe' teddy bear scavenger hunt takes hold in Golden Triangle

Posted 3/27/2020 in Area

The Jordan family was in the middle of their Thursday afternoon walk. Or better put, their Thursday afternoon scavenger hunt.

Reeves: Stricter local ordinances don't violate executive order

Posted 3/27/2020 in Area

Gov. Tate Reeves clarified Thursday an executive order he passed earlier this week limiting gatherings and businesses throughout the state in order to help curb the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, putting to rest concerns by local officials that the order would supersede emergency restrictions previously passed by municipalities or counties.

Some international students have no way home

Posted 3/27/2020 in Area

Arpana Upadhyay was left alone at home in Nepal when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the country in April 2015, interrupting her last semester in high school.

Two MSU employees, student have confirmed cases of COVID-19

Posted 3/27/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

At least two employees and one student at Mississippi State University have been confirmed to have COVID-19 coronavirus, university officials said in a press release Thursday.


US cases now most in world, US capital sees more infections

Posted 3/27/2020 in National

The United States' caseload of coronavirus infections surged to the most in the world and its capital reported more infections, as Italy shut most of its industry and masses of Indian day laborers received food rations after a lockdown put them out of work.



Are gun shops 'essential' businesses during a pandemic?

Posted 3/27/2020 in National

In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren't essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders meant to slow the coronavirus. In other places, officials are stopping background checks for concealed carry permits. Elsewhere, city leaders have invoked emergency powers allowing bans on gun sales.



Ethanol plants seek rule changes to resupply hand sanitizer

Posted 3/27/2020 in National

As hospitals and nursing homes desperately search for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak, federal regulators are preventing ethanol producers from providing millions of gallons of alcohol that could be transformed into the germ-killing mixture.



A new beat for police across US: Enforcing social distance

Posted 3/27/2020 in National

In New York City, they've started dismantling basketball hoops to prevent people from gathering in parks and playing. In Lakewood, New Jersey, police broke up a wedding being held in violation of a ban on large gatherings. And in Austin, Texas, officers are encouraging people to call a hotline to snitch on violators of the city's orders for people to stay home.


State's death toll from COVID-19 rises to five

Posted 3/26/2020 in State

Mississippi State Department of Health reported Wednesday that four more people in the state have died of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Down market brings new investors, while existing ones seek to 'ride it out'

Posted 3/26/2020 in Area

The stock value for the video conferencing tool Zoom increased by 22 percent from the close of the market Friday to the same time Monday. People want to invest in Zoom stock because the app has become a widely-used work-from-home tool during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Modern Woodmen of America financial adviser Barbara Coats said. But she and other advisers warn against purchasing individual stocks.

Local hospitals work to mitigate coronavirus spread

Posted 3/26/2020 in Area

In the wake of a growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, hospitals in the Golden Triangle are tightening restrictions within the facilities to lower the risk of infection. Several hospitals have restricted in-person patient visits, limited the number of entrances and isolated potential and confirmed COVID-19 patients from the other patients.

Area hospitals stocked up on masks, other COVID-19 supplies

Posted 3/26/2020 in Area

During Gov. Tate Reeves' teleconference with county supervisors throughout the state Wednesday, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency director Greg Michel provided an update on the medical supplies needed to fight the COVID-19 virus.


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