Even though the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, cases are steadily declining across Mississippi and the Golden Triangle area. This week alone, only 44 cases were reported in Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties.
A year after the COVID-19 pandemic began, cases of the virus are significantly decreasing across the state and the Golden Triangle. Just more than 100 confirmed new cases total have been reported in the four-county area since Feb. 27.
On Wednesday, 18 fourth-grade students throughout Starkville sat at their computers in anticipation of what some parents say has become the highlight of the kids’ week this year — science club.
The club is a long-standing organization for fourth-grade students at Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary School. This year, it looks a bit different compared to previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that has not stopped club adviser and fourth-grade teacher Brooke Crosland from developing the students’ interest in STEM education through hands-on learning.
“I’m a guy that believes God guides and God provides,” John Almond said with conviction. That faith has not wavered, certainly not since he was shocked to learn there were an estimated several thousand children in the Triangle area that had no bed to sleep in.
Starkville Utilities Department has already begun sending out some bills that charge for power used during last week’s freezing temperatures, and Director Terry Kemp said customers may be surprised by how high some of those charges are.
A bill that would phase out the state income tax in Mississippi and reduce sales tax on groceries, while raising the general sales taxes, is getting some pushback from local business owners and at least one local legislator who say it would seriously harm retailers.
Nearly 9,000 of 4-County Electric Power Association’s members are without power after a second winter storm brought rain, light snow and icy conditions to the region Wednesday night.
After a quiet Monday of responding to only three accidents and several more calls of stranded motorists, Mississippi Highway Patrol officers are investigating two crashes and have responded to more than 40 calls for service since Tuesday morning, due to icy roads caused by the winter storm.
“All of a sudden, people kind of don’t want to stay at home or something,” said MHP spokesperson Sgt. Derrick Beckom.
COVID-19 vaccinations at Fairview Baptist Church in Columbus and the Mississippi Horse Park in Oktibbeha County that were scheduled for today are canceled.
Classes in the Columbus Municipal School District and the Lowndes County School District will be held virtually on Wednesday.