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Monday Profile: Scooter's Records still rockin' and rollin' amid pandemic uncertainty

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Scott "Scooter" Thomas sits behind the register and basks in the vocals of Texas-based bluegrass group The Gourds. The tune, "Lower 48," is part of Thomas' recent kick on Longhorn State bands, though he explains he tries to flip the music playing over the speakers in his store based on the clientele walking in and out.

Photos: Art in the Park

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Volunteers Tiffany Gladney, left, and Myles Spillers show a selection of free books to 2-year-old Jay Zachary, the son of Jessica Flowers, at the annual Art in the Park event Saturday in Starkville.


Analysis: Lawsuit lingers long after bitter 2014 Senate race

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

Six years after a contentious U.S. Senate race that divided Mississippi Republicans and more than a year after the death of the incumbent who won, a civil lawsuit connected to the case is still winding through the courts.



Trump's tax revelation could tarnish image that fueled rise

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

The bombshell revelations that President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for office and paid no income taxes at all in many others threaten to undercut a pillar of his appeal among blue-collar voters and provide a new opening for his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, on the eve of the first presidential debate.



University of Southern Mississippi creates free COVID course

Posted less than 6 hours ago in State

The University of Southern Mississippi is offering a free online course aimed to educate the public about the coronavirus.



1963 church bombing survivor seeks apology, restitution

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

More than a dozen sticks of dynamite planted by Ku Klux Klansmen exploded at a Birmingham church in 1963, killing four Black girls.



Trump ex-campaign boss hospitalized amid threat to harm self

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Brad Parscale has been hospitalized after he threatened to harm himself, according to Florida police and campaign officials.



Barrett could be Ginsburg's polar opposite on Supreme Court

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

Amy Coney Barrett paid homage to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her White House speech Saturday as a shatterer of glass ceilings. She said she would be mindful of the woman whose place she would take on the Supreme Court.



US colleges struggle to salvage semester amid outbreaks

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases, entire dorm complexes and frat houses under quarantine, and flaring tensions with local community leaders over the spread of the disease.



Organizer arrested after driving car into California protest

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

An organizer of a Southern California demonstration against racism was in jail Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder after authorities say she drove through a crowd and struck two counterprotesters.



The eyes don't have it: Masks upset classroom communication

Posted less than 6 hours ago in National

Placing an order at a deli counter while wearing a mask and standing 6 feet away can be difficult. Try teaching a class full of schoolchildren and connecting with students who are themselves wearing masks.


'Legacy' of pine plantations falls short of projections

Posted 9/26/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

For the uninitiated, it might be assumed the terms "timber" and "lumber" are interchangeable, different words to describe the same segment of the forestry industry.

LCSD lets students switch from virtual to in-person learning mid-semester

Posted 9/26/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Roughly 20 percent of students who originally signed up for virtual learning at Lowndes County School District will be back in their classrooms by Oct. 12, Superintendent Sam Allison said Friday

Blackjack, Poor House roads receive state funding for construction

Posted 9/26/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The long-delayed Blackjack Road repair project will receive its final portion of funding from the state after the Oktibbeha County supervisors unanimously voted to accept $500,000 in general obligation bonds at a special-call meeting Friday.

Police seek suspects in drug store burglaries

Posted 9/26/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are seeking two suspects from a pair of Friday morning drug store burglaries.

Art Council goes 'outside the walls' during pandemic

Posted 9/25/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Over the summer, after Kalyn Fuller agreed to be the art teacher for all 1,600 elementary students at Columbus Municipal School District for the upcoming school year, she told her husband she was concerned about how the students would obtain art supplies -- or school supplies in general.

Oktibbeha first responders team up for dog rescue

Posted 9/25/2020 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Despite the cliche, the volunteer fire departments in Oktibbeha County rarely respond to calls about cats in trees, fire services coordinator Patrick Warner said.

Work on Wolfe Road bridge expected to finish by end of year

Posted 9/25/2020 in Area

Chances are few people have been more directly affected by the bridge replacement project on Wolfe Road near Caledonia than Frank Lockhart.

New pumpkin patch prepares to open in Caledonia

Posted 9/24/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In Caledonia, 2019 was known as "the year without a pumpkin patch," something the town had not experienced in almost two decades. It was no trivial matter in the community.

Business Moves with Mary: Former Fred's, Ryan's buildings in Columbus under contract

Posted 9/24/2020 in Business

The former Fred's building downtown and the old Ryan's restaurant building on Highway 45, both in Columbus, are under contract for potential sale.

Local students have voice in education policy

Posted 9/24/2020 in Area

Amy Zhang doesn't quite know what to expect from her first State Board of Education meeting today, she said.


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