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A crowd of roughly 250 people, some standing in a loose circle and others listening from their cars, gathered near the main entrance at Leigh Mall Saturday to protest Attorney General Lynn Fitch's decision to drop the manslaughter charge against former Columbus Police Department officer Canyon Boykin in the 2015 shooting death of Ricky Ball. / Photo by: Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff

Demonstrators gather peacefully in front of Leigh Mall in light of Ball decision

Morgan Lauher, left, and Barbara Burgess, were serving lunch customers in front of Restaurant Tyler on Tuesday afternoon. Lauher, who just graduated from Mississippi State University with majors in finance and Spanish, wears a face mask she got during a recent visit with her mother in Springfield, Illinois. Burgess who is the restaurant’s sommelier, models a face mask she bought online from Pin-Up Girl clothing. The company uses left-over dress fabric for masks. / Photo by: Birney Imes III

Masks as fashion

Behold, the face mask, once largely confined to surgical units or industrial sites as necessary safety items, but now a ubiquitous presence everywhere, either through personal choice or official edict.

Lily Dunn, 17, sits in her bedroom during the COVID-19 quarantine. She is a senior at New Hope High School.

The Days of Quarantine: Part I

In a very short amount of time, ways of life were changed in the Golden Triangle. Schools, churches, clubs and local businesses closed with uncertain prospects for reopening. People quickly started working from home and spending less time in the public.

Preacher Byron Benson addresses his congregation during a drive-in service held last Sunday at East End Baptist Church in Columbus.

Drive-in Jesus

Members of East End Baptist Church in north Columbus gathered last Sunday at the church for a drive-in service. More than 65 cars pulled in and faced Preacher Byron Benson as he stood on a stage.

Tables remain empty Saturday at The Little Dooey in Columbus. The Columbus City Council voted on a resolution Friday afternoon that limited all restaurants to carry-out only dining. / Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Special to The Dispatch

Life slows

As people stay home from work and more and more businesses limit services and hours, life is slowing throughout the Golden Triangle.

The main entrance of Oktibbeha County Hospital is closed Thursday in Starkville, Mississippi. The hospital is limiting visitors for patients and screening every person who enters the hospital for illness. / Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Special to The Dispatch

Communities respond to COVID-19

As communities around the Golden Triangle encouraged social distancing, nearly every aspect of life has been affected. People working in different sectors have responded in their own way.

Tim Gordon fishes while looking out over the flooded Columbus Riverwalk downtown Wednesday afternoon. Areas in floodplains, including the soccer complex, amphitheater and Columbus Lock and Dam, have all flooded after days of rain. / Photo by: Isabelle Altman/Dispatch Staff

Flooding in Columbus

Areas in floodplains, including the soccer complex, amphitheater and Columbus Lock and Dam, have all flooded after days of rain

Jared Brock, left, and Jared Kimes help clean up Odd Fellows Cemetery in Starkville during their day off from school for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. Hundreds of volunteers participated in a Day of Service to honor King's legacy. / Photo by: Austin Frayser/Special to The Dispatch

MLK Day of Service

Volunteers participate in a Day of Service to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens swears in Steve Wallace as the county’s new prosecutor Monday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Wallace, joined by his children, Colt and Clara, was one of six new county officials to be sworn into office. / Photo by: Slim Smith/Dispatch Staff

County officials sworn into office

Columbus Christian Academy’s Lawson Studdard falls to the ground while attempting to move past Starkville Academy’s Reese Jackson, 3, and Logan Roach, 10, Dec. 5 at Columbus Christian Academy. Studdard quickly recovered and attempted to shoot the ball. / Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

Starkville Academy Vols defeat Columbus Christian Rams 56-47

The two teams were tied 38-all in the third quarter before Starkville Academy pulled ahead in the Dec. 5 game at Columbus Christian.

Miz Claus watches as Santa Claus points to a child who he would then take a picture with during the tree lighting ceremony Dec. 5 at the Columbus Riverwalk. The event was sponsored by Columbus Main Street, the City of Columbus, Prestige Event Rentals, McAlister's Deli, Sweet Peppers Deli and Coffee House on 5th. / Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

O Christmas Tree

Mayor Smith flipped the switch to turn on the lights during the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony held Dec. 5 at the Columbus Riverwalk.

Rhyn Wilson, 8, watches the Christmas parade with her parents Nathan and Elise Wilson, and little brothers Rhys Wilson, 5, and Riley Wilson, 1, Dec. 2 in Columbus. “It’s the grinch,” she yelled as the Zion Church float went by a moment later. / Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

Local organizations ride down Main Street during Columbus Christmas Parade

Participants lined up by the soccer complex before parading down Main St. and looping back along College St. Dec. 2 in downtown Columbus.

West Lowndes’ Averi Sanders attempts to pass the ball to teammate Marvaysha Seals during a game against New Hope Nov. 30 at West Lowndes High School. / Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

West Lowndes girls basketball defeats New Hope

The Panthers defeated the Trojans 55-42 in a game Nov. 30 at West Lowndes High School.

 

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