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A gentle giant: Longtime Columbus chiropractor succumbs to COVID complications

Posted 8/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Dr. Paul Veal was a big man in every sense of the word. At 6-foot-6, with "hands as big as hubcaps," as one friend put it, Veal's imposing presence was allayed by a gentleness, a boundless optimism and a sweetness of spirit that endeared him to everyone he met, including the countless number of patients he saw during his 34 years as a chiropractor, where patients often became friends.


School starts in Columbus under strict COVID protocols

Posted 8/7/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

The first day of school always means a bit of apprehension. But this year, those fears were of a different nature.


Retesting delays employees from returning to work

By now, employers know what to do when a worker reports symptoms of COVID-19. Those guidelines haven 't changed: The employee is sent for testing and required to self-quarantine.


Murry Anthony remembered as mentor, father figure

Posted 7/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Officially, Murry Anthony was a father of six, but the list of those who considered him a father figure goes far beyond that number. It's easy to understand why.


MSMS plans hybrid schedule for upcoming school year

Posted 7/30/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

During the COVID-19 pandemic, public schools have faced a complex challenge in keeping their students safe for the roughly eight hours a day they are in their charge. For Germain McConnell and the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, the challenge is increased by a factor of three.


Slimantics: More than one way to look at unemployment supplements

Posted 7/30/2020 in Local Columns

If you have a job, July 25th may not have held much significance. Yet for an estimated 69,700 Mississippians who are unemployed, it was a red-letter day, emphasis on red.


Hope provides for the underserved: Credit Union with branch in West Point focuses efforts on financial opportunities for African Americans, women

Posted 7/28/2020 in Area

Since its founding in 1995, Hope Credit Union has provided more than $2.5 billion in financing for more than 1.5 million people, primarily in underserved communities. It especially helps Black communities, where lack of access to capital has been historically low.


Slimantics: Too hot to handle?

Posted 7/28/2020 in Local Columns

Forty-three years ago, I worked at Peterbilt Motors in Nashville where I was one of a dozen college students hired for a summer job program. I worked with four other college students in the factory's maintenance department, where we were generally disliked by the union workers who considered all of us to be "smarty-pants."


Local activists, families ask judges to consider parole for habitual offenders with nonviolent felonies

Posted 7/24/2020 in Area

When Gov. Tate Reeves vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have made up to 2,000 nonviolent offenders eligible for parole earlier this month, family members of those inmates set aside their disappointment to search for other options.


'Everybody likes catfish': Local church's food program distributes five tons of live catfish to those in need

Posted 7/23/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As part of her duties as minister/chaplain at St. James United Methodist Church in Columbus, Eve Preister administers the church's food program.


Slimantics: It's more than a game

Posted 7/23/2020 in Local Columns

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated into the summer, Americans are grappling with the consequences. We remain justifiably concerned about the financial and health impacts and are beginning to realize that we are nowhere close to a resolution.


As COVID testing increases, some see nearly two week delays on results

Posted 7/22/2020 in Area

When a person tests for COVID-19, the first thing they want to know is whether they have contracted the virus. More and more, the answer is yes. On Monday, Mississippi State Department of Health reported 1,635 new cases, shattering the previous high single-day case record. Given the increase, the next logical question posed at a lab, clinic or drive-in test site is how long it will take to get the results.


City proposes alternate site for Confederate monument

Posted 7/22/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

Columbus City Council will offer Lowndes County supervisors an option between two parcels of land at Friendship Cemetery on which to move the Confederate monument outside the courthouse, after city officials became concerned the first parcel chosen would be too difficult for the monument's movers to access.


New Salvation Army directors meet new assignment with enthusiasm

Posted 7/16/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

As it is with the regular military, serving as an officer with the Salvation Army means frequent moves from one community to another. Now in their 10th year with the Salvation Army, Capts. Pradeep and Priscilla Ramaji are finding their fourth assignment different from the previous ones.


Helping Hands offers fans to help citizens battle summer heat

Posted 7/14/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A box fan won't solve all of Marianna Hubbard's problems, but it will stop the bleeding, she hopes.


Slimantics: A better idea for the school year

Posted 7/14/2020 in Local Columns

Today, I am narrowing the focus of my column to the graduating Class of 2021. I suppose their parents may find this relevant, too, along with anyone else who might have some interest in living long enough to see them graduate.


The only 'rehabilitation' Reeves cares about is his own

Posted 7/10/2020 in Local Columns

When Gov. Tate Reeves gritted his teeth and signed into law a measure to change the Mississippi flag on June 30, he probably knew there would be hell to pay among his ultra-conservative base.


Moving monuments like 'taking apart and reassembling a jigsaw puzzle'

Posted 7/8/2020 in Columbus & Lowndes County

On Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted to relocate the Confederate monument, which has resided on the southwest corner of the courthouse property since it was erected there in 1912.


Slimantics: Beyond the pain, there is potential

Posted 7/7/2020 in Local Columns

Monday, the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to have the Confederate Memorial relocated from the courthouse grounds, presumably to Friendship Cemetery, although a few obstacles are yet to be navigated.


Black or African American? Self-identity for minority group remains a complex issue

Posted 7/4/2020 in Area

Shannon Bardwell has a question for her friend, Angela Jones, a question that had been nagging at her over the weeks since the death of George Floyd, an event that stirred a reawakening in the Black Lives Matter movement, both nationally and here in the Golden Triangle.



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