To Renee Sanders' surprise, not a single person who registered with United Way to volunteer for storm cleanup Saturday morning was a Columbus native.
Midway through the second quarter Friday night, Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State's 6-foot-7 center, got the ball about 20 feet from the basket, turned and fired the first three-point shot of her 146-game career at Mississippi State. The shot clanged off the basket. The crowd roared with approval anyway.
Cindy Lawrence walked through the doors of Union Academy and for a moment, she was taken back to 1966. That year, Lawrence started her education as a first grade student in the now closed down school. "It brought back so many memories," Lawrence said. "I knew where all my classrooms were. Everything just about looked the exact same."
Nearly a week after supervisors voted to have Board Attorney Rob Roberson draft a contract for the potential acquisition of three former Oktibbeha County School District campuses, it remains unclear what such an arrangement might look like.
Change tends to come slowly to a venerable 79-year tradition like the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage. But, as with all things, change does come with the passage of time. This year's annual Pilgrimage marks an exit, and an entrance -- a farewell to the tour by one homeowner family, and the beginning of another family's antebellum journey.
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