Eric Krieger is worried about waiting to cast his ballot in long lines.
About 200 people, most wearing protective face coverings, had come to the outdoor market on Commerce Street by 10:30 a.m. Saturday, West Point-Clay County Growth Alliance Director Lisa Klutts estimated.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Halloween might look a little different in the Golden Triangle this year. Many of the usual haunted houses and other events that kids and kids-at-heart have become used to attending over the years are canceled, such as Starkville's annual Pumpkinpalooza, due to the difficulty of maintaining social distancing at those events.
For Greg Fulgham, helping Americans vote runs in the family. Fulgham, a Republican who has served as District 1 Election Commissioner in Oktibbeha County for 10 years, replaced his grandmother, Margie Fulgham, in 2010. Margie had been the commissioner for 17 years, he said, and his mother and aunt were both poll workers.
Outside Lowndes County Circuit Clerk's Office, David Chism fist-bumped his opponent, Lynn Wright, to concede in the House District 37 special election runoff Tuesday night. "I will be supporting you. I will be praying for you," Chism told Wright. "When I call, I hope you'll answer the phone."
Following Tuesday evening's board of selectmen meeting, Ward 4's Keith McBrayer approached Parks and Recreation Director Jarrod McDaniel as others filed out of the boardroom. "Well, I tried," he told McDaniel, flatly. "I'll try again next month."
When the final tally came in from the special election for District 37 House of Representatives, Lynn Wright had finished tantalizingly close to winning the seat outright, falling just 47 votes of a majority in the three-candidate race. Instead, he's meeting David Chism in a runoff today.
West Point police are investigating a string of shootings within the last week, the most recent of which sent one person to the hospital.
Louis Sharp knows there's always a project. It's become clear to Sharp in more than five years as president of Heritage Academy's sports boosters that there's always something that needs to be done.
The Clay County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to amend its curfew on Thursday for two weeks.
Herman Watson and Rhonda King live on the same Columbus street, in houses with nearly identical layouts in the Northaven Woods neighborhood. Both moved there as soon as the houses were built in 2017. Watson bought his house after renting it for about a year. King hasn't bought hers, and she said she doesn't know if she ever will.
Lowndes County Circuit Clerk Teresa Barksdale was not surprised by the large volume of new voter registrations ahead of the Nov. 3 election. "It's always like that in a presidential election year," Barksdale said.
Albert McBrayer misses the big crowds at high school football, which seems a bit counterintuitive, given his connection to the game. McBrayer is a game official, part of a seven-member crew responsible for enforcing the rules of play, often to the consternation of fans.
There are more than 40,672 registered voters in Lowndes County, with more people registering every day, Circuit Clerk Teresa Barksdale said. "And I think they've all been in the office this week," she told Columbus Exchange Club, of which she is a member, at its weekly meeting at Lion Hills Center on Thursday.
Although the state mask requirement expired Wednesday night, the mask mandate in the Golden Triangle will stay.
Work will begin soon to install sewer lines at 138 acres of the Prairie Belt Powersite.
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