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Trump's Rushmore trip draws real and figurative fireworks

Posted 7/3/2020 in National

President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore before a crowd of thousands, but even in a part of the country where many remain supportive of the president, the event has drawn controversy and protests.



Hugh Downs, genial presence on TV news and game shows, dies

Posted 7/3/2020 in National

Hugh Downs, the genial, versatile broadcaster who became one of television's most familiar and welcome faces with more than 15,000 hours on news, game and talk shows, has died at age 99.


Arrest report for 7-3-20

Posted 7/3/2020 in Area


Does wearing a mask pose any health risks?

Posted 7/3/2020 in National



Mississippi tightens its belt for new state budget year

Posted 7/3/2020 in State

Mississippi government is on track to spend less during the new budget year than it did during the one that just ended, as questions remain about the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.



New leader appointed for Mississippi Highway Patrol

Posted 7/3/2020 in State

The Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol has a new leader.



Democrat Dortch leaves Mississippi House to lead state ACLU

Posted 7/3/2020 in State

A Democratic member of the Mississippi House has stepped down and will become the new state director of the American Civil Liberties Union.



Mississippi pausing reopening process after COVID surge

Posted 7/2/2020 in State

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday the state is pausing its efforts to reopen the economy after a recent surge in new reported coronavirus cases.



Former lawmaker retires as Mississippi's top tax collector

Posted 7/2/2020 in State

Mississippi's top tax collector is retiring after four years in that job, and Republican Gov. Tate Reeves will nominate someone to succeed him.



Black businesses see increased sales amid racial reckoning

Posted 7/2/2020 in National

When Mahdi Hashemian was looking for a bicycle for his 7-year-old daughter Zeynab last week, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, resident decided to skip his local cycle shops in favor of a Black-owned one a few miles away in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.



Old times not forgotten: Mississippi furls rebel-themed flag

Posted 7/2/2020 in State

Mississippi officials held a ceremony Wednesday to retire the former state flag and send it to a history museum, a day after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law stripping official status from the last state banner in the U.S. that included the Confederate battle emblem.



Federal Reserve minutes show concerns about severity of economic downturn

Posted 7/2/2020 in National

Federal Reserve officials last month expressed concerns about the severity of the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, saying the drop in economic activity in the spring would likely be the steepest in the post-World War II period.


Arrest report for 7-2-20

Posted 7/2/2020 in Area

'I think he should get another chance': District 1 voters in Caledonia show little appetite for wanting Harry Sanders off board of supervisors

Posted 7/2/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

In the two-plus weeks since Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders made his now-infamous comments following a board meeting about Black people remaining "dependent" since slavery ended, the voices calling for Sanders to resign from the board have been thunderous.

Police departments evolve strategies to reduce exposure to coronavirus

Posted 7/2/2020 in Area

Two Columbus police officers had to be tested for COVID-19 after a woman who had tested positive for the virus entered the police station without wearing a mask to talk to them.

Upcoming Starkville housing development aimed at 'workforce'

Thirty-six houses are coming to the corner of Reed Road and Westside Drive in Starkville, with the goal of housing the city's low-to-middle-income residents, Oxford-based developer Stewart Rutledge said.

Business Moves with Mary: New restaurant in West Point

Posted 7/2/2020 in Business

Truth be told, you just can't beat Southern cooking. Pearl's Southern Cooking, 7066 Hwy. 45 N., is officially open in West Point with soul food specials and Southern delights.


Mississippi bill would give thousands a chance at parole

Posted 7/2/2020 in State

The Mississippi Legislature has passed a bill that could grant thousands of incarcerated inmates a chance at parole.



Bills to help former prisoners re-enter workforce 'dead'

Posted 7/2/2020 in State

Two criminal justice bills aimed at helping former prisoners re-enter the workforce have stalled in the Mississippi Legislature after lawmakers couldn't come to an agreement.



Lowndes County Building Permits July 1, 2020

Posted 7/1/2020 in Public Records



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