The Columbia Board of Aldermen made more than 20 appointments to various boards during its Feb. 4 meeting.
Those included bodies that manage zoning, historic preservation, schools and the airport.
Aldermen began with the Planning Commission, a seven-member body that deals with zoning changes.
The state prison crisis has proven beneficial to the Marion County Regional Correction Facility, sending more inmates here that bring state dollars with them.
Warden Derek Mingo and Sheriff Berkley Hall met with the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 6 and offered some positive news about how things are going.
Columbia aldermen received conceptual drawings and cost estimates of a potential sportsplex and discussed what features they’re looking for during a Feb. 6 work session.
A nearly packed board room of interested citizens attended, and Mayor Justin McKenzie said afterward the two-hour meeting was very productive.
If I were appointed Mississippi’s superintendent of education, or at least a speechwriter for a more qualified person to take that position, here’s the public address I would write to be delivered on the first day in office:
STARKVILLE — State Rep. Carl Mickens of Brooksville is from the northern part of Noxubee County. A former Noxubee County circuit clerk and justice court judge, Mickens is a second-term Democratic lawmaker who is apparently quite popular with his home county’s voters.
“Look among the nations and watch---Be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you. For I am raising up the Chaldeans...” Habakkuk 1:5-6a (NKJV)
Gambling hasn’t always been legal in Mississippi, but gardeners have been doing it openly for generations. Unfortunately, the house usually has better odds than even us old hands.
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Marion County Carl Loftin Career and Technology Center automotive instructor Kade Lear.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Baton Rouge, La., Sept. 17, 1998.
Q: Where did you attend school?