Unemployment doubles to 11.1%

By CHARLIE SMITH,

Marion County lost less jobs than most Mississippi counties in April, with unemployment rising here to 11.1%.

Even though the county’s rate more than doubled from 5.0% in March, Marion rose to the 14th-lowest unemployment rate among Mississippi’s 82 counties in April. It had been the 22nd-lowest in March.









Rotary awards scholarships

By CHARLIE SMITH,

The Columbia Rotary Club normally honors its scholarship recipients with an awards luncheon each spring, but the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted those plans.

Instead Scholarship Committee Chairman Gary Smyly traveled to each of Marion County’s four high schools Tuesday to present the checks to the seniors.



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