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Kids Hub celebrated opening its Columbia location on Second Street Friday morning with a ribbon cutting in collaboration with the Marion County Development Partnership.
Members of the Columbia High School class of 2020 walk in as family and friends — limited in number and spaced apart for social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic — stand inside Walter
East Marion High School held its graduation commencement ceremony Friday night to honor a senior class that missed its final two months of school.
Friday evening West Marion High School held its commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 in Foxworth, with COVID-19 precautions like masks and social distancing being practiced.
Morgan Allen of Columbia recently graduated from the Holmes Community College as a member of the 2020 practical nursing class.

Couple celebrates Golden Anniversary

Richard and Martha Beal are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 19. They met at Mississippi College and spent 36 years serving as International Mission Board missionaries in Venezuela. They have two daughters, Susan Nosker (Kieth) and Sarah Watts; and five grandchildren, Hannah, Ella, Daniel, Natalia and Judson.

Sheriff’s Office gives toys

From left, Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, Deputy Tyler Creel and Chief Deputy Jamie Singley on Monday stand by a truck loaded with toys the sheriff’s office collected. Creel and Singley delivered the toys to the Blair Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson to be distributed to the young patients there for Christmas.

Obituary: Laura L. Blansett

Laura L. Blansett

81, Kokomo

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Darbun Community Cemetery for Laura L. Blansett, 81, of Kokomo, who died on Monday, Dec. 16 in Columbia. Rev. A.D. Gammill officiated at the services.


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