Today's Top Stories

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office found nearly $100,000 in cash inside a New York man’s vehicle after stopping him following a chase Thursday and says it believes the money is connected to...

(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights East Marion Elementary School teacher Jerri Schexnayder.)


Q: When and where were you born?

Barrett’s Garden Center has played a leading role in making Marion County beautiful for more than 35 years, and it has been Tracie Raybourn’s pleasure as owner for more than six years.

The Columbia Police Department is launching a Police Explorers Program for students ages 16 to 20 that will give them real-life experience toward a career in law enforcement.

When he was a junior at the University of Southern Mississippi, Anthony Payton created a binder labeled “Champion’s Way.” Contained within it were the exercise physiology major’s dreams for his...

The Marion County school board honored the state champion East Marion basketball team at Monday’s meeting.

Watts sentence upheld


The Mississippi Supreme Court has declined to hear the case of a man convicted of murdering and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Columbia girl in 1993.

That means the state Court of Appeals’ decision to uphold the life without parole sentence of James Earnest “Squirrel” Watts stands.

Jail Docket: March 14, 2019


Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail by local law enforcement agencies from March 4 to March 10. The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction.




Lisa Turnage

48, Columbia


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Public Notices

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