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“Operation Real Deal” netted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office 14 arrests on Good Friday in an effort to remove drug dealers from the streets.

Marion County’s population is continuing to decline, according to 2018 census estimates released last week.

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.

While their first-round script was far from what anyone had in mind, the West Marion Trojans’ second-round opponent produces a story that has been told many times over: redemption.

The Columbia Wildcats advanced to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday without ever taking the field in the first round.

For the past 13 years, Azteca Mexican Restaurant has been a go-to eatery in the heart of Columbia for the community.


Jail Docket: March 21, 2019

By STAFF,

Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail by local law enforcement agencies from March 11 to March 17. The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction.

 


Fire Report: March 21, 2019

By STAFF,

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, March 11








Watts sentence upheld

By CHARLIE SMITH,

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.


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