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Area hospitals see spike in COVID cases, have not reached ICU capacity

Posted earlier today in Area

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.

Pandemic brings uncertainty, hope for brick-and-mortar stores

Posted 11/25/2020 in Area

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.

A guide to thrift store shopping

Posted 11/25/2020 in Area

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.

What are you thankful for?

Posted 11/25/2020 in Area

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.

Mother of Jamel Banks urges justice on son's death anniversary

Posted 11/25/2020 in Area

At the mention of her son Wednesday morning, Willie Mae Spraggins broke into tears, her voice shaky.

Area residents alter Thanksgiving plans due to COVID-19 concerns

Posted 11/25/2020 in Area

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.

Long-term care facilities 'making best' of Thanksgiving

Posted 11/25/2020 in Area

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.

Area residents, groups feed those in need during Thanksgiving week

Posted 11/24/2020 in Area

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.

Arrest report for 11-23-20

Posted 11/23/2020 in Area

COVID-19 cases in four-county area nearing 6,000

Posted 11/20/2020 in Area

As COVID-19 cases keep soaring both statewide and nationwide, the numbers in the four-county area continue to climb.

Area hospitals brace for increase in COVID cases

Posted 11/18/2020 in Area

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.

Higgins: Variety of industries eye North Star, other Golden Triangle sites

Posted 11/16/2020 in Area

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.

Private schools inconsistent with COVID reporting methods

Posted 11/14/2020 in Area

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.

Arrest report for 11-13-20

Posted 11/13/2020 in Area

Golden Triangle COVID-19 numbers continue to increase

Posted 11/13/2020 in Area

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.

Carnival sent packing over COVID concerns

Posted 11/12/2020 in Area

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.

West Point parks remain closed amid pandemic despite selectman's objections

Posted 11/11/2020 in Area

Another month, another failed effort by Ward 4 Selectman Keith McBrayer to open the city parks.

4-County announces nominal rate cut for members

Posted 11/9/2020 in Area

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.

Monday Profile: Self-described 'dog lady' cares for animals in West Point

Posted 11/9/2020 in Area

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.

'We used to call it Shawshank': Former MUW employees, student-athletes claim Trufant's leadership of Owls athletics is 'run on fear'

Posted 11/7/2020 in Area

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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