(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Walmart’s Steven Mercier.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born Aug. 6, 1996, at Wesley Medical Center.
That’s the result of an infrastructure bill the legislature passed during a special session this week.
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Monday, Aug. 20
It will now cost 27 percent less to get a camping spot near the Pearl River at the Columbia Water Park.
The Marion County Board of Supervisors lowered the daily rates from $30 to $22 recently, and District 2 Supervisor Terry Broome said he hopes that the new rates will attract more tenants.
Aging and non-functioning fire hydrants in Columbia will be replaced over a period of years.
The Board of Aldermen approved a bid Tuesday to replace 15 hydrants for $48,850.
It’s one step needed to improve the city’s fire rating, which affects home insurance rates.
The Mississippi Court of Appeals has rejected the appeal of a man serving life without parole for the 2004 murder of a Columbia real estate agent.
The court ruled this week that Keith Magee’s motion for post-conviction relief was without merit.
City Building Inspector Lonnie Stringer always has a long list of properties in need of demolition or cleaning, and Tuesday’s meeting was no exception.
The Columbia Board of Aldermen heard about 17 properties and took a variety of actions, from scheduling hearings to sending resolution letters to property owners.
Lottery also debated at special session
State Rep. Steve Holland described the infrastructure bill being debated in the Mississippi legislature Thursday during a special session this way: “When you’ve got a dog that hasn’t ate in two weeks, he'll gnaw any bone you throw out there.”