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.
For years, the knock on Dodgers baseball fans was their commitment. At every home game, thousands of fans abandon Dodger Stadium in the late innings to get a jump on the Los Angeles traffic.
John Long will be 83 in April and confesses there are things he cannot remember from his childhood.
Such is the erosive nature of time.
If you were among the 9,931 fans who turned out to Humphrey Coliseum on Nov. 14, 2015, to watch the rebirth of Mississippi State men's basketball, your hopes probably rested on one of two people.
It's been a busy few weeks for the Columbus building inspection department in the wake of the Feb. 23 tornado that destroyed or damaged 275 homes and 38 businesses in the city.
While much of the attention over the past few weeks has been focused on the city of Columbus and its efforts to clean up after the Feb. 23 EF-3 tornado, Lowndes County has had its own "heavy lifting" to do.
When drones hit the mass market about 10 years ago, those in the aviation industry didn't know one thing but knew another.
For Sungman "Simon" Kim, Starkville's growth and its strong ties to Mississippi State University were key factors in his decision to accept the city's offer to become its new community development director.
At 8:25 Thursday morning, test proctor Terry Logan escorted eight people from the lobby at East Mississippi Community College to a classroom equipped with desktop computers, a calculator and pencil and paper.
Thursday, Caledonia Mayor Mitch Wiggins provided notice to stores in town of a new ordinance banning the sale or possession of Kratom, which is commonly sold in convenience stores as a pain relief/energy supplement.
It's been a quiet week along the Tombigbee River.
The familiar sight of barges moving up and down the waterway is strangely absent and the routine of loading and unloading at the Lowndes County Port has slowed to a trickle.
Like many candidates, Bill Waller Jr. has started making his tour of newspaper offices to talk with editorial boards. On Monday, the Republican candidate for Governor arrived at The Dispatch where he spent a lot of time in the newspaper lobby.
For the past week, Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Cindy Lawrence has been holding regular briefings for groups involved in responding to the Feb. 23 tornado and flooding that swept through the county.
For the dozens of historic homes in Columbus, Saturday's EF-3 tornado was no more than a close call.
There was, however, one exception.
Saturday evening, about an hour after an EF-3 tornado ripped through Columbus, Willie McCord went to check on his church.
Wednesday afternoon, a cloud of smoke hung over the intersection of Seventh Avenue North and 19th Street, but its presence did not signal cause for alarm.
As much as she likes the fish sandwich at Skeet's Hot Dogs, Mildred Brooks admits it wasn't worth the trouble early Saturday evening.
A short drive -- only about a mile from her home to the restaurant -- became Mildred's Wild Ride and a part of the folklore of the Columbus Tornado, an EF-3 twister that ripped through the city shortly after 5 p.m.
Come hell or high water, Blake Brown was going to get baptized Sunday.
Under normal circumstances, that would be easy enough. Steve Blaylock, pastor at First Pentecostal Church on Tuscaloosa Road in East Columbus has baptized hundreds of people in his 22 years at the church.
But pulling off a baptismal service Sunday was no small feat. For starters, the baptistery and the baptism robes were buried somewhere among the scattered debris of the church, which imploded under the power of Saturday evening's tornado.
Kelvin Burdine may be the new town marshal in Caledonia, but that doesn't mean he's exactly a stranger.
A group of about 150 parents and students gathered Thursday evening at Columbus Middle School to listen to school and city officials share information on a topic important to every parent in the district: school safety.
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