When the Columbia Board of Aldermen meets next week, a likely topic of discussion will be hiring police officers and firefighters.
At the Aug. 15 meeting Fire Chief Jeff McKenzie and Police Chief Mike Cooper each hired part-time employees to help with the shortage, but both are seeking qualified applicants to fill several spots.
Seconds count when fire strikes and the Columbia Fire Department is helping to ensure residents have a fighting chance to discover fires in their homes before it is too late.
The CFD has nearly 100 smoke detectors to distribute this fall thanks to a grant from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Editor’s Note: Information printed in the “Fire Report” comes via the responding department(s). The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction or clarification.
Monday, Aug. 21
(Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail by local law enforcement agencies over the past week. The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction.)
A state appeals court says a convicted murderer from Marion County is not entitled to a parole hearing every year.
The Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled on Herman Barnes’ case Tuesday. It said a 2014 law requiring annual parole review does not apply to people convicted before that law was passed.
With the school year kicked off, Columbia School District officials are making sure construction projects are moving along and reviewing enrollment numbers.
This year on the first day, 1,691 students were enrolled compared to 1,695 last year.
After months of study and weeks of going over departmental budgets line-by-line, the Marion County Board of Supervisors is proposing a 4.58 mill property tax increase.
The Board met in special session Tuesday with CPA Cathy Slocum after four days of budget hearings.