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Some locals concerned about in-person voting amid pandemic

Posted yesterday in Area

Eric Krieger is worried about waiting to cast his ballot in long lines.

Arrest report for 10-19-20

Posted 10/19/2020 in Area

Reimagined outdoor market event draws hundreds to downtown West Point

Posted 10/17/2020 in Area

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.

Arrest report for 10-16-20

Posted 10/16/2020 in Area

Pandemic-safe Halloween events to raise money for charity

Posted 10/15/2020 in Area

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.

Lowndes, Oktibbeha each have contested election commissioner race on November ballot

Posted 10/15/2020 in Area

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.

Wright wins House District 37 seat by large margin; Williams wins District 15 Senate runoff

Posted 10/14/2020 in Area

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."

Effort to partially open West Point parks fails Tuesday

Posted 10/14/2020 in Area

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."

Voters return to polls today for legislative runoffs

Posted 10/13/2020 in Area

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.

One injured in West Point shooting

Posted 10/13/2020 in Area

West Point police are investigating a string of shootings within the last week, the most recent of which sent one person to the hospital.

Facing extreme declines in income, high school booster clubs get creative

Posted 10/11/2020 in Area

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.

Clay supes move start of daily county curfew to midnight

Posted 10/9/2020 in Area

The Clay County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to amend its curfew on Thursday for two weeks.

Rent-to-own housing designed to help low-income residents buy homes, rarely works out that way

Posted 10/8/2020 in Area

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.

Voter registration booms ahead of Nov. 3 election

Posted 10/7/2020 in Area

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.

Arrest report for 10-7-20

Posted 10/7/2020 in Area

Monday Profile: High school football official can 'feel' difference of pandemic atmosphere

Posted 10/5/2020 in Area

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.

Hundreds of absentee ballots already requested, cast for general election

Posted 10/2/2020 in Area

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.

Statewide mask order ends; Golden Triangle cities leave theirs in place

Posted 10/1/2020 in Area

Although the state mask requirement expired Wednesday night, the mask mandate in the Golden Triangle will stay.

Higgins: 'Large processor' eyeing West Point industrial site

Posted 10/1/2020 in Area

Work will begin soon to install sewer lines at 138 acres of the Prairie Belt Powersite.


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