A faith-based nonprofit has been training Columbia police and firefighters to recognize the signs of potential human trafficking and terrorism in the community.
More than 30 people joined Pastor Terry Weems and members of his congregation at New Life Fellowship Church for their third annual Holy Walk Friday.
The cooler weather didn’t seem to affect the high spirits of the walkers, who came from different churches and age groups.
Gator Fest is back, and the usual fall event has a new time and a new home.
“Our committee has decided to make Gator Fest a spring event from now on. In years past it was held at the Columbia Water Park in the fall, but there are just too many conflicts,” Festival Coordinator Steve Mercier said.
Ray Matthews grew up in Newport, Ark., as the son of a rice farmer. But from a young age he dreamed of different landscapes than those he saw in south Arkansas.
In 1917, the Commerical Club of Columbia, now the Marion County Development Partnership, helped raise $50,000 from area citizens and 3,000 acres of farmland were donated in an attempt to convince the state of Mississippi to bring its new training institute to Columbia.
There are so many amazing and interesting residents in Marion County but maybe none quite like Randall Baker. Not only does he have one of the most unusual occupations in the county, he has also shared his servant’s heart with Marion County for more than three decades.
Teacher, preacher and university president are professions associated with strong leaders. They also perfectly describe Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University.
The Columbia Police Department has recently started a program that could save lives and reduce drug-related crime. And while the idea behind the Mercy Project was a simple one, even Police Chief Michael Kelly thought it sounded crazy at first.