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Big win for Mississippi


STARKVILLE­ — Mississippi’s tense and emotional public debate of removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the canton corner of the state flag evoked some of the more startling lessons of history regarding the evolution of racial views by individuals and by institutions.

Nursing grad pinned

Morgan Allen of Columbia recently graduated from the Holmes Community College as a member of the 2020 practical nursing class. A pinning ceremony was held June 24 in the McGowan Workforce Training Center Auditorium on the Ridgeland campus.


Fire Report: June 18, 2020

Monday, June 8

Fire alarm, 434 Lafayette St., 5:11 p.m., Columbia responded.

Gas leak/odor, 1120 Broadmoor Ave., 10:25 p.m., Columbia responded.

Tuesday, June 9

Medical, 169 Clem Thornhill Road, 9:41 p.m., Morgantown responded.

Wednesday, June 10

Hattiesburg protests draw many

A large crowd holds a peaceful protest Saturday at the Forrest County Courthouse in downtown Hattiesburg between the statue of civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer and the Confederate Memorial. Two groups came from different directions and met there. Several people spoke from the steps of the courthouse, and groups performed gospel music.

Tornado aid deadline approaching

Marion County residents and property owners hit by the April 19 tornado have until July 20 to submit applications for federal aid.

But the U.S. Small Business Administration encourages businesses, nonprofits, homeowners and renters to go ahead and get that done as soon as possible.



Board smart on sales tax

For too long the state and federal governments have either cut spending to local governments or required new spending without allocating any funds for it. That allows politicians at those higher-up levels to brag on themselves without having to bite the bullet and face the on-the-ground consequences.


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