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Resident Education employees count masks on Wednesday at Herbert Hall on the MSU campus in Starkville. Herbert Hall was the main staging area for assembling PPE bags for students, and from there resident assistants distributed the bags to each hall according to how many residents will be moving in. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Resident Education preps for students’ return to campus amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Resident Education staff assembled 4,800 PPE bags for MSU campus residents and distributed them to residence halls on campus on Wednesday. Students will begin moving in on Friday.

Starkville Academy Junior Mia Kate Cade vies for the ball during a soccer game against Hartfield Academy on Tuesday in Starkville. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Starkville Academy girls soccer loses 0-8 to Hartfield Academy

Starkville Academy girls soccer lost 0-8 to Hartfield Academy on Tuesday at the Starkville Sportsplex.

From left, Carter Holloway, 9, Cameron Blissard, 5, Resse Wooten, 7, Colton Blissard, 7, and Madison Coggins, 6, play outside Oak Hill Academy on July 29 in West Point. The kids threw Styrofoam airplanes and played on the jungle gym while their parents or grandparents, all faculty at the school, set up their classrooms for the upcoming school year. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Kids entertain themselves while their parents set up their classrooms at Oak Hill Academy

A group of kids entertained themselves while their parents and grandparents, all faculty at Oak Hill Academy, set up their classrooms for the upcoming school year on July 29 in West Point. The kids launched Styrofoam airplanes into the sky and played on t

Lowndes County Supervisors pray before starting their meeting on Monday at the Lowndes County Courthouse in Columbus. District 5 County Supervisor Leroy Brooks stands in the corner of the room instead of at the table as an act of protest against District 1 County Supervisor Harry Sanders and the racist remarks he made about African Americans on June 15. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Community faith leaders urge Sanders to resign during Supes meeting

Rev. Ron Houston and several other community faith leaders asked District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders to resign at the supervisors meeting on Monday at the Lowndes County Courthouse in Columbus.

8th grader Jeoreia Henry pitches the ball during a softball game against Oak Hill Academy on Monday at Oak Hill Academy in West Point. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Lady Patriots take down the Raiders in softball

The Heritage Academy Lady Patriots beat the Oak Hill Academy Raiders 26-16 on Monday at Oak Hill Academy in West Point.

Niya Smith talks with Kylin Boyd, 12, while students get up for a bathroom break during Ms. Smith’s Academic Summer Camp on July 16 at the Needmore Center in Starkville. Kids who enroll in Ms. Smith’s summer camp or after school program usually use the educational services for five to nine years. “It’s really awesome to watch these kids grow,” Niya Smith said of how she gets to be part of their lives beyond camp. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

More than just a summer camp

Ms. Smith’s Academic Summer Camp helps kids get ahead in school but also teaches them leadership skills and provides a sense of community and a place where kids feel they belong.

Assistant Principal Katie Ballard walks near a sunflower garden on Wednesday at Oak Hill Academy in West Point. Ballard said last school year the kids had fun watching the flowers grow taller than themselves and then taller than their teachers. She said students will be surprised by how tall they are this year when they see them in two weeks on the first day of school. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Oak Hill Academy expands gardens around campus

Oak Hill Academy will be expanding its gardening program for students after receiving a grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

Protesters march through the streets during the Equality and Justice March on Saturday in Columbus. About 60 people gathered to continue to demand Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation in response to racist remarks he made on June 15 after a supervisors meeting. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

NAACP organizes protest to demand Sanders’ resignation

About 60 people marched through downtown Columbus to continue to demand Lowndes County District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation in response to racist remarks he made about African Americans on June 15.

Junior Clayton Findley does sprints during a football workout on July 9 at Pickens Academy in Carrollton. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Pickens Academy football hopes to ‘come out a lot stronger’

The Pickens Academy football team is preparing for the season with summer workouts. As a precaution due to COVID-19, players wear masks inside the weight room and disinfect equipment between each use.

Justin Martin puts on his helmet on Friday during training outside Fire Station 3 in Columbus. Martin has been a firefighter for three years. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Justin Martin continues family legacy at Columbus Fire and Rescue

Justin Martin grew up hanging out in Fire Station 1 in Columbus while his mother worked as the dispatcher. Now, he works there as a firefighter and brings his own children from time to time.

Luke Cosby picks up plates to take out to the dining room on Wednesday at The Veranda in Starkville. Martin Rendon, The Veranda’s manager, said they are currently operating with one third of their usual staff, and that they had as few as six staff total in April. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Restaurants learn to operate under a new normal

The Veranda in Starkville and Skeet’s Hotdogs in Columbus have adapted their operations to function amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Construction crews work on the North Star Industrial Park on Thursday in Starkville. Construction began on March 30 and, if things go as planned, is set to end in late January. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Construction on the North Star Industrial Park continues

Construction crews continued work on the North Star Industrial Park on Thursday in Starkville. Construction began on March 30 and, if everything goes as planned, will end in late January.

Amy Ballard paints the utility box at the intersection of Main Street and 6th Street on July 16 in Columbus.  Ballard describes her style of painting as serious and realistic. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Local artist Amy Ballard paints utility box on Main Street

Amy Ballard spent four afternoons making the utility box at the intersection of Main Street and 6th Street a bit more patriotic. The local artist painted an eagle, the Statue of Liberty, the American flag and a magnolia on the box.

 

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