COVID-19 cases in the four Golden Triangle counties continue to increase as the holiday season begins and local hospitals continue to manage several symptomatic patients per day.
By early November, Gloria Herriott had decorated 20 Christmas trees in her store. Wreaths hang from the archway and the blue walls inside Hollyhocks Gift Shop, a brick-and-mortar store in downtown Columbus that Herriott has owned for 23 years. Santa Claus dolls sit atop a shelf next to the window.
In the holiday shopping season, consumers tend to flock to popular retail stores like Wal-Mart, Belk and also use online ordering from services like Amazon. There are also other local options in the Golden Triangle: thrift stores.
It's been a difficult year for millions of Americans -- a pandemic that has infected 12 million Americans and killed a quarter-million, ugly incidents of racial injustice, and a bitterly contested presidential election. Yet today, Americans pause for a moment to recognize our blessings and good fortune and express our hopes for the future on this Thanksgiving Day. We asked Golden Triangle residents what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
At the mention of her son Wednesday morning, Willie Mae Spraggins broke into tears, her voice shaky.
Lisa Long has never cooked a Thanksgiving turkey before, but she will this year. Her family gathers in a group of about 15 most years, usually at her house in Starkville, and everyone brings a dish. She usually makes a side dish or a dessert while someone else handles the turkey, she said, but this year the group is limited to just her household -- her, her husband and their 10-year-old daughter -- due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Even as she talks about plans for this year's Thanksgiving preparations, there's a wistful tone in Judy Otts' voice. On Thursday, the 47 residents of Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville will still enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal and some will have visits from relatives. The common areas will still be decorated for the holiday.
For five years, Dustin Nichols cooked meals on Thanksgiving Day and fed whoever came looking for food from his North Columbus home. This year, the Alabama native is hoping for a broader reach.
As COVID-19 cases keep soaring both statewide and nationwide, the numbers in the four-county area continue to climb.
The surge in COVID-19 cases that is sweeping the state may finally be arriving in the Golden Triangle, administrators from hospitals in Columbus, Starkville and West Point acknowledge.
The Golden Triangle continues to be a sought-after region for industrial growth, even during a pandemic, Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins told the Starkville board of aldermen at its Friday work session.
Some private schools in the four-county area are not reporting COVID-19 related information directly to Mississippi State Department of Health, in violation of an Aug. 14 state order put in place to track virus cases in schools.
COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the Golden Triangle continue to rise along with those nationwide, with 339 new cases in the past week after 215 new cases the week before.
WEST POINT -- A "Please Wear Face Masks" sign was displayed at the entrance to the lot where C&M Southern Midways Carnival had set up at the intersection where West Church Hill Road meets Highway 45 Alternate on Wednesday. Behind it, the cotton candy concession stand, bright yellow ticket booth and Ferris wheel were already in place, along with roughly a dozen other rides and concession stands, just as they had been every fall for more than a decade.
Another month, another failed effort by Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer to open the city parks.
When Grey Land heard the news that 4-County Electric Power Association would be reducing its rates for the next 12 months, he didn't immediately start making his retirement plans. He kept on bush-hogging.
Neely Bryan woke up Friday with a pair of swollen eyes. She could not sleep well. The night before, she hurried from West Point to Starkville, worried. Bradley, a 7-year-old dog she had rescued, was dying, her friend told her.
Walking toward the doorway to the athletic offices at Mississippi University for Women in July 2019, a pair of now-former employees ran into Athletic Director Jason Trufant speaking with a third-party vendor.
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