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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.

A wave of volunteers forms a line behind the serving station Nov. 28 at Stokes-Beard Elementary School. The food was prepared in the days leading up to Thanksgiving by the team of cooks at the school. A total of 165 turkeys were donated for the meal. / Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

Gathering to give back

A celebratory shout rang out in the Stokes-Beard Elementary School kitchen with the completion of each order as volunteers gathered to prepare meals for those in need of a Thanksgiving meal Nov. 28 in Columbus.

Shirley Miller:

"What are you thankful for?"

We asked a few local folks what they are most thankful for Nov. 26 in Columbus. Here's what they had to say.

Holly Parker holds Dolly Parton as Willie Nelson walks by on Nov. 25 at her home in Caledonia. When Nelson is relaxed, the wattle on his neck is red. When he is agitated, the flesh becomes white. / Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

Caledonia family raises pet turkeys

The family also takes the turkeys, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, to schools to visit students. On Nov. 25 they were at home holding and feeding their feathery friends.

Marlee Cate Hudson, daughter of Robby and Anna Hudson, wears a colorful Native American-inspired headdress for dress rehearsal Nov. 20 at First United Methodist Church Early Learning Center in Columbus. / Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

Little turkeys prepare for Thanksgiving program

Children at First United Methodist Church Early Learning Center rehearsed for their Thanksgiving program on Nov. 20 in Columbus. The program was held Nov. 21.

Ward 4 City Councilman Pierre Beard speaks with students during the kickoff for his mentorship program Nov. 1 at the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus. During the event, Beard spoke to three classrooms of students ages 8-17. The group then moved to the gym where students played a basketball scrimmage with mentors from the community. Beard went around the room and asked students what they would like to be when they grow up. / Photo by: Jennifer Mosbrucker/Dispatch Staff

Beard hosts kickoff for new mentorship program

Ward 4 City Councilman Pierre Beard spoke with students during the kickoff for his mentorship program Nov. 1 at the Boys & Girls Club of Columbus.

 

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