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Pandemic has 3rd generation businessman working overtime

COLUMBUS — First they came for the hand sanitizer. Then the disinfectant. Then the toilet paper. By Friday afternoon (March 14), customers were accosting sales representative E.J. Nolen in the back parking lot of Columbus Paper and Chemical for those basic supplies. Nolen had to turn them away. “It’s been crazy,” Nolen said. “I’ve not ever seen it this wild ...

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Coronavirus rekindles oil spill memories along Gulf Coast

The spring of the coronavirus feels a lot like the summer of oil to residents along the Gulf Coast. Bars and restaurants are empty in Florida because of an invisible threat nearly a decade after the BP oil spill ravaged the region from the ocean floor up, and condominium reservations have taken a nosedive in Alabama. There’s no crude on the ...

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MONDAY — Fewer new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi, 249 total

Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 249 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 42 newly identified cases on Monday morning. That is fewer new cases than on Saturday or Sunday. Cumulatively thus far, Hinds County has the most cases with 24, followed by DeSoto with 23 and Harrison with 21.   Tracking new cases reported to ...

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Analysis: Mississippi wise to close Capitol because of virus

The Mississippi Capitol is a germ and virus factory during any normal legislative session because of all the glad-handing, back-slapping and random hugging. It was clearly in line to become more perilous than usual during the coronavirus pandemic. Legislators voted last week to suspend their session until at least April 1, acting on the recommendation of the state health officer, ...

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Testing centers around the state are announced

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) will now be keeping an active list of local COVID-19 testing sites throughout the state.   The list has been provided to MSDH from local county emergency management agencies and local providers. It will be updated daily when positive cases are updated on the MSDH website (usually mid-morning).   Residents are asked to call ...

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SUNDAY — Mississippi has 67 news cases of COVID-19, 207 total

Mississippi had its biggest one-day total of Coronavirus cases reported Saturday with 67. Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 207 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 67 newly identified cases on Sunday morning, including Bolivar 1, Chickasaw 2, Copiah 2, Coahoma 2, DeSoto 5, Forrest 6, Franklin 1, Grenada 1, Harrison 5, Hinds 6, Holmes 3, ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — ‘Maybe we’ll realize that we are better together’

As we hunker down in fear of the coronavirus, not all must be gloom and doom. The wonderful Facebook blog “Motherhood and Muffin Tops,” written by my wife’s cousin Joni Miller, last week provided us with an enlightening perspective. Here are key excerpts from her poignant blog entitled “A Time to Embrace and a Time to Refrain from Embracing.” “I ...

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Mississippi collects more than $27M from lottery in 3 months

Revenue from the Mississippi Lottery continues to increase. The state has collected more than $27 million from the lottery that started operating in November. The Mississippi Lottery Corporation said Friday that it deposited $11.6 million into the state treasury. That is the net proceeds from lottery games played during February. The state received $8.4 million from lottery games played during ...

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Art community providing escape with “Stay @ Home Fest”

OXFORD — This week was supposed to be one of the biggest on Oxford’s art community’s calendar, but COVID-19 pulled the plug. On Wednesday (March 18), the 17th Annual Oxford Film Fest was scheduled to begin, but was postponed last week due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Other events from the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council were also scheduled every day, but now ...

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Brewery planned to make hard seltzer but made hand sanitizer

Lazy Magnolia Brewing has been on the Mississippi Coast for 15 years. They’re known for their ales, but as cases of the new coronavirus began to rise in Mississippi, co-owner Leslie Henderson saw something distilleries across the country were doing to help their communities. The brewery had been looking at making flavored seltzers, thanks to the popularity of White Claw ...

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