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.
Starkville Utilities Department has already begun sending out some bills that charge for power used during last week's freezing temperatures, and Director Terry Kemp said customers may be surprised by how high some of those charges are.
Absentee ballots for the April 6 municipal primary elections in Columbus, Starkville and West Point are now available.
A bill that would phase out the state income tax in Mississippi and reduce sales tax on groceries, while raising the general sales taxes, is getting some pushback from local business owners and at least one local legislator who say it would seriously harm retailers.
Nearly 9,000 of 4-County Electric Power Association's members are without power after a second winter storm brought rain, light snow and icy conditions to the region Wednesday night.
After a quiet Monday of responding to only three accidents and several more calls of stranded motorists, Mississippi Highway Patrol officers are investigating two crashes and have responded to more than 40 calls for service since Tuesday morning, due to icy roads caused by the winter storm. "All of a sudden, people kind of don't want to stay at home or something," said MHP spokesperson Sgt. Derrick Beckom.
COVID-19 vaccinations at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus and the Mississippi Horse Park in Oktibbeha County that were scheduled for today are canceled.
With snow flurries falling on the Gulf Coast during record cold temperatures and some Deep South towns already coated in ice, forecasters on Tuesday said another blast of winter weather could cause still more travel problems and shutdowns.
Classes in the Columbus Municipal School District and the Lowndes County School District will be held virtually on Wednesday.
Update: The victim of a fatal car crash in Oktibbeha County Monday evening has been identified.
As temperatures in the Golden Triangle area drop throughout the evening, emergency management agency directors and first responders are reminding residents to keep themselves -- and elderly neighbors and family members -- safe.
Utility companies are reporting far fewer issues with power outages than anticipated throughout the first day of a winter storm that has seen below-freezing temperatures and ice on roads and power lines.
By Monday morning, the impact of the winter storm was already emerging, Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency Director Kristin Campanella said. "We have very hazardous road conditions everywhere in the county with wrecks reported on both the east and west sides of Starkville," Campanella said.
Emergency management officials, utility companies and schools are keeping a close eye on the forecast as the Golden Triangle braces for severe weather.
The race to succeed outgoing West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson, who is retiring, grew to five candidates before Friday's qualifying deadline, and all but one member of the board of selectmen will face a challenger.
Two new candidates qualified in city council races Friday, an independent candidate in Ward 3 and a Republican challenger in Ward 6.
Local representatives are split on a pair of bills being considered in the state Legislature that would require election commissioners to send confirmation notices to voters who have not voted in at least one election within a set number of years and to remove them from the Statewide Elections Management System if they do not respond to the notice.
A third candidate has entered the race to succeed outgoing West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson, who announced in January that he will retire instead of run for a third term.
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