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Celsie Staggers demonstrates a pose to her campers during the Atmos Energy Summer Arts Academy on Thursday at the Columbus Arts Council. Campers explored theater, music and dance all week. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Campers take the stage to practice improv

Campers explored theater, music and dance all week during the Atmos Energy Summer Arts Academy at the Columbus Arts Council. They spent Thursday afternoon practicing their improv skills. The campers will have a performance for their parents on Friday.

District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks sits in the corner while the other four county supervisors sit at the table during the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday at the Lowndes County Courthouse. Brooks has decided to sit apart from the other supervisors for the last three meetings because he does not want to share a table with District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders, who made racist comments about African Americans being “dependent” since slavery after the June 15 supervisors meeting. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

County supervisors meet, small protests continue outside courthouse

The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors met on Wednesday to hear from four concerned citizens, who all asked for District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation, and to discuss making a county-wide mask requirement.

Bonnie Partridge leads a Zumba class on Tuesday evening at the River Walk Soccer Complex in Columbus. About 25 people came to follow along to upbeat music as the sun went down. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Dancers take evening Zumba class at River Walk Soccer Complex.

Bonnie Partridge hosted a free Zumba class at the River Walk Soccer Complex in Columbus on Tuesday evening. About 25 people came to follow along to upbeat music as the sun went down.

David Curtis hands Renee Scott silverware along with a brunch box on Saturday morning at the River Walk Soccer Complex in Columbus. Scott is from Oregon but visited Columbus to see her son on the air force base. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Junior Auxiliary of Columbus distributes brunch boxes

Junior Auxiliary of Columbus distributed free brunch boxes on Saturday morning at the River Walk Soccer Complex in Columbus. The organization prepared 100 boxes, each containing two egg cups, grits and a biscuit.

Dequadrion Welch, a ninth-grade receiver at Noxubee County High School, catches the ball during a drill at the Jeffery Simmons Football camp on Saturday at the Starkville Sportsplex in Starkville. / Photo by: Anto Tavitian/Dispatch Staff

Jeffery Simmons hosts two-day football camp in Starkville

Football players of all ages attended the Jeffery Simmons Football Camp on Saturday at the Starkville Sportsplex.

A group of friends plays basketball on Thursday at the Crawford Community Center. The boys came from Crawford, Artesia and Starkville to play on the new court. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Crawford Community Center reopening gets boys back in the game

After over a year of dealing with a leaky roof and ripped up floor, the Crawford Community Center had its grand reopening on Monday and has since been put to good use. Over two dozen boys from Crawford and surrounding towns took to the court on Thursday.

Lazeric Phillips watches the sunset while Jewelee Hill skips rocks on June 18 at the Tom Bevill Lock and Dam in Pickensville. The friends arrived about an hour before the sun went down and spent the evening talking and watching the water as a way to pass the time. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Young people spend a summer evening watching the water

Three young people spend a summer evening skipping rocks, watching the sunset and dancing on June 18 at the Tom Bevill Lock and Dam in Pickensville.

Protesters can be seen through the window of the Lowndes County Courthouse as they demand District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation during the supervisors meeting on Monday. This was the third time a crowd has gathered in response to racist comments Sanders made about African Americans after the June 15 supervisors meeting. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Protesters continue to demand Sanders resignation

About 100 people protested outside the Lowndes County Courthouse during the supervisors meeting on Monday morning. This marked the third gathering calling for District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation.

American flags line the sidewalk on July 4 in downtown Starkville. The annual Fourth of July celebration at the Starkville Sportsplex was much smaller scale this year, without bouncy houses for kids and no grills allowed due to COVID-19. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Ringing in America’s 244th

This year’s Fourth of July celebrations looked a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic but were no less festive. Instead of large gatherings, families celebrated with small cookouts and quick outings.

Omini Parks works in her garden on Thursday outside her home in Starkville. Parks started the vegetable garden with her daughter, Gibson, 5, as an educational activity over spring break. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

An evening in Omini’s garden

Omini Parks and her daughter Gibson, 5, repot tomatoes on Thursday in their driveway garden in Starkville. Parks started the vegetable garden as an educational activity and has kept it going to minimize trips to the store amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angie Basson removes paper from the window to reveal the art at the opening night of the Elayne Goodman gallery exhibit at the Rosenzweig Arts Center in Columbus. The doors to the gallery opened just a few minutes later at 5:30 p.m. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Elayne Goodman gallery opens as main exhibit at Columbus Arts Council

People donned masks to attend the opening night of the Elayne Goodman gallery exhibit at the Rosenzweig Arts Center in Columbus. Goodman is a local folk artist who creatively repurposes materials found at auctions and junk shops.

People hold signs and watch the back entrance of the courthouse during a protest demanding District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’s resignation on Tuesday outside the Lowndes County Courthouse. The demands were in response to Sanders telling The Dispatch after the June 15 supervisors meeting that African Americans have been “dependent” since slavery. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Crowd gathers outside supes meeting to demand Sanders’ resignation

More than 70 people gathered for the second time in the last two weeks to demand District 1 Supervisor Harry Sanders’ resignation on Tuesday outside the Lowndes County Courthouse.

From left, Blair Duke, Stacy Davis, Barbara Yeates and Letadreon Mattix mop the gym floor on Saturday at the Palmer Home in Columbus. Volunteers began cleaning around 8 a.m. and finished by 11 a.m. / Photo by: Claire Hassler/Dispatch Staff

Volunteers clean the historic Palmer Home during United Way’s Annual Day of Action.

About 40 volunteers mopped, vacuumed and scrubbed Saturday away during United Way’s Annual Day of Action at the historic Palmer Home in Columbus. The group cleaned the kitchen and the gymnasium.

 

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