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2021 Pilgrimage canceled due to pandemic

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

The 2021 Columbus Spring Pilgrimage has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Preservation Society of Columbus announced in a press release Monday.

Monday Profile: 4-County lineman braves icy roads, works long hours during winter storm

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Fred Harris' job as a journeyman lineman for 4-County Electric Power Association is pretty simple, to hear him tell it. "Basically, it's just maintaining lines, setting poles, keeping the lights on," he said. He might get five or so "trouble calls" a day -- anything from a fallen limb knocking down a powerline to a squirrel or bird getting too friendly with a transformer. But none of the week of Valentine's Day was "normal" for Harris and his colleagues at the rural utility.

Four injured in Saturday shooting

Posted yesterday in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus police are investigating a shooting that injured four people in South Columbus Saturday afternoon. The victims were all in a vehicle when they were shot on the 1200 block of Seventh Street South at 4:40 p.m., according to a Columbus Police Department press release.

Partnership reflects on unconventional year at virtual awards ceremony

Posted yesterday in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

The Greater Starkville Development Partnership, Starkville's community development organization, hosted its 20th-anniversary award ceremony virtually Thursday morning. Typically an in-person banquet, the Partnership held this pre-recorded event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the community safe, said Paige Watson, Partnership special events and projects coordinator.

Analysis: Mississippi leaders try big, quick tax changes

Posted yesterday in State

When then-Gov. William Winter wanted to make substantial changes to Mississippi's education system in the early 1980s, he and his staff spent months building support for their proposals.


Misery lingers for many without water in Mississippi capital

Posted yesterday in State

Water for flushing toilets was being distributed at seven sites in Mississippi's capital city -- more than 10 days after winter storms wreaked havoc on the city's water system.



Historians oppose bill to change Archives and History board nominations

Posted yesterday in State

Historians are opposing a bill that they say could politicize the board that governs the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.



Man sentenced in shooting that partially paralyzed Madison deputy

Posted yesterday in State

A Mississippi judge has sentenced a man to 210 years in prison for firing an automatic rifle at law enforcement officers in 2019 and leaving a sheriff's deputy partially paralyzed.



Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

Posted yesterday in National

Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another top legislative priority -- a long-sought boost to the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure that could run into Republican resistance to a hefty price tag.



Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

Posted yesterday in National

The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate.



Trump calls for GOP unity, repeats lies about election loss

Posted yesterday in National

Taking the stage for the first time since leaving office, former President Donald Trump called for GOP unity, even as he exacerbated intraparty divisions by attacking fellow Republicans and promoting lies about the election in a speech that made clear he intends to remain a dominant political force.



AP sources: Feds pinpoint suspect in Capitol officer's riot death

Posted yesterday in National

Federal investigators probing the death of a U.S. Capitol Police officer killed in the Jan. 6 riot have zeroed in on a suspect seen on video appearing to spray a chemical substance on the officer before he later collapsed and died, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.



Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

Posted yesterday in National

With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs.



Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Posted yesterday in National

February is usually the peak of flu season, with doctors' offices and hospitals packed with suffering patients. But not this year.



Mississippi center receives grant for work preserving Emmett Till legacy

Posted yesterday in State

A Mississippi institution is receiving a grant to advance its work in teaching people about the legacy of Emmett Till, a Black teenager from Chicago whose lynching by white people in Mississippi in 1955 spurred the civil rights movement.



J&J's 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID vaccine

Posted yesterday in National

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.


In Crawford, a 140-year-old railway section house sees glimmer of new life

Posted 2/28/2021 in Area

Under the fallen leaves heaped on the front porch of one of Crawford's oldest remaining houses, Tommy Gentry could barely make out a hint of metal.

Arborists: Care needed in keeping trees healthy after ice storm damage

Posted 2/28/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

When the ice began to melt after the Feb. 14-15 ice storm, George Hazard did what a lot of homeowners were doing.

Market Street rescheduled for September due to COVID

Posted 2/28/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The Market Street Festival will return this year after a one-year hiatus, but it will shift from May to September for safety reasons, Main Street Columbus announced through a press release Friday.

CPD seeks help in Military Road gunfire exchange

Posted 2/27/2021 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying the occupants of a car believed to be involved in a Feb. 19 shooting incident on Military Road.


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