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Arrest report for 7-13-20

Posted yesterday in Area

Large PPP loans help local-based businesses 'weather the storm'

Posted 7/11/2020 in Area

In the middle of storm season, 4-County Electric Power has one principal job: to keep the power on. Consequently, Marketing and Public Relations Director Jon Turner said, "the last thing you want to do is be understaffed."

Area businesses receive more than $123 million in PPP loans

Posted 7/11/2020 in Area

Roughly 2,000 small businesses in Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee counties were approved for more than $123 million in federal loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program, according to an analysis of SBA data released Monday.

Monroe County acquires mine-resistant vehicle

Posted 7/10/2020 in Area

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office has acquired an armored vehicle through the Law Enforcement Support Office Program (also known as the 1033 Program), which helps transfer excess military equipment to state agencies.

Alsobrooks: EMCC will 'open for business' in fall

Posted 7/10/2020 in Area

East Mississippi Community College plans to hold in-person courses this fall, according to president Scott Alsobrooks

Masks required in Starkville, Columbus, West Point

Posted 7/8/2020 in Area

Employees and customers of businesses and city-owned buildings in Columbus, Starkville and West Point must wear protective face coverings in order to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, all three cities decided Tuesday.

Monday Profile: Teacher reflects on spending time with her daughter during pandemic

Posted 7/6/2020 in Area

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic changed a lot of things in Omini Parks' life, she said, but "in some ways it's been a godsend" for her and her 5-year-old daughter, Gibson.

Shutoffs up 50 percent at CLW since disconnects resumed in June

Posted 7/4/2020 in Area

Columbus Light and Water has been disconnecting the service of 40 to 50 customers a day due to unpaid bills, a 50-percent increase from its normal volume of shutoffs.

Black or African American? Self-identity for minority group remains a complex issue

Posted 7/4/2020 in Area

Shannon Bardwell has a question for her friend, Angela Jones, a question that had been nagging at her over the weeks since the death of George Floyd, an event that stirred a reawakening in the Black Lives Matter movement, both nationally and here in the Golden Triangle.

Local leaders weighing face mask mandates in light of COVID spikes

Posted 7/3/2020 in Area

Recent spikes in confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus, both locally and statewide, are prompting city and county leaders in the Golden Triangle to consider requiring citizens to wear protective face coverings in public.

Area medical professionals differ on whether to mandate masks

Posted 7/3/2020 in Area

As local government leaders across the Golden Triangle weigh mask-wearing ordinances to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, area medical professionals differ on just how far those ordinances should go and how effective such requirements actually will be.

Arrest report for 7-3-20

Posted 7/3/2020 in Area

Arrest report for 7-2-20

Posted 7/2/2020 in Area

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.

Local Fourth of July celebrations scarce this year

Posted 7/1/2020 in Area

Area residents will only have a handful of Fourth of July celebrations to enjoy this year as many events are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

'I think the peak is to come still': Area cleaning companies experiencing rebound after pandemic lull

Posted 6/30/2020 in Area

Since opening Worker Bees in Starkville in 2015, Shannon Voges-Haupt never once had a day without a single customer -- until April 3, the day Gov. Tate Reeves' statewide shelter in place order went into effect because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Arrest report for 6-29-20

Posted 6/29/2020 in Area

School districts making tentative plans to reopen buildings for 2020-21

Posted 6/27/2020 in Area

Keeping track of the ever-changing impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is a lot of work, said Cherie Labat, the superintendent of Columbus Municipal School District.

Area hospitals say they're ready for possible COVID-19 surge

Posted 6/26/2020 in Area

A day after the state health director warned that Mississippi's health care system could be overwhelmed by the effects of COVID-19 in the fall, local hospital officials said they are equipped for a surge in their communities.

Legislators hope for flag vote this weekend

Posted 6/26/2020 in Area

The tide is turning in the Mississippi Legislature. As athletic department officials from Ole Miss, Mississippi State and other Magnolia State institutions, along with various lobbyists, descended on the state Capitol in Jackson on Thursday, lawmakers hoped the effort would draw out the votes both the House and Senate will need to vote on a bill removing the Confederate battle emblem emblazoned on the state flag.


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