After 49 years in Columbia, Fred’s will be closing its doors by the end of May.
The Memphis-based company announced Thursday that it was shutting down 159 of its 557 stores, nearly 30 percent of its total.
Shoppers at the location on Mississippi 13 expressed surprise at the news.
Lawsuits filed by Columbia and Marion County against opioid drug companies will be heard in federal court in Ohio rather than Mississippi.
U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster of Ohio currently has more than 1,317 similar cases before him.
The Marion County School District honored the volunteer contributions of the parents of the year from each school Monday.
• East Marion Elementary: Yolanda Bourne
• East Marion High: Tibby Johnson
• West Marion Primary: Kimmie Miller
• West Marion Elementary: Kayla Crawford
The Junior Auxiliary of Columbia is donating to each of the four high school softball programs in Marion County to honor one of its members killed in the December 2014 tornado.
The gifts are being made in memory of Amber Owens Sumrall, who played softball at West Marion High School and Pearl River Community College.
The Lady Trojans are still fighting for their playoff lives after splitting their last two Region 8-3A games.
West Marion (9-5, 3-3) is tied for second place in the district with Seminary at 3-3 apiece, with Magee lurking in the rearview in fourth at 2-3.
A bill pending Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature gives raises of 3 percent to 5 percent for elected county positions throughout Mississippi starting with the new terms in 2020.
State Rep. Ken Morgan, R-Morgantown, gave a brief update to the Marion County Board of Supervisors Thursday about Senate Bill 2827.