Today's Top Stories

In a season of giving one place that could use the extra help is the Marion County Food Pantry.
The Columbia school board recognized the district’s top teachers and administrator at its meeting Tuesday night.
They’ve taken some lumps to begin the year, but the Columbia Lady Wildcats are close to getting healthy again as the schedule heats up.
With the return of their senior point guard and three talented freshmen, the West Marion Trojans basketball team’s arrow is pointing up.
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Laura Hobgood of Looks Great Services and Experience Columbia.) Q: When and where were you born?

Marion County escapes storms

By MARK ROGERS,

Marion County escaped the brunt of storms that did heavy damage nearby and even killed a woman on the wet side of the state.

Marion County was placed under a tornado warning shortly before 4 a.m. The same storm damaged homes and buildings and injured several people in neighboring Washington Parish.






Chickens to flock downtown

By MARK ROGERS,

Think your rooster has the best tail feathers? Or your hen is the “hottest chick?” Perhaps your feathered friend bears an uncanny resemblance to you.

Well, flock on down to Second Street Saturday as chickens and their human friends will be having some light-hearted competition at the new Chicken Fest.


Trial set in Duff case

By CHARLIE SMITH,

The trial for a former Columbia man accused of plotting to kidnap and extort billionaire businessman Tommy Duff is set for May in Poplarville.

Victor Mitchell, 44, faces up to life in prison and has remained in the Lamar County Jail without bond since his arrest on Nov. 19, 2016.




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Obituaries

William Andrew Ford 36, Columbia

Sports

With the return of their senior point guard and three talented freshmen, the West Marion Trojans... READ MORE

Social

City Market already has its deer processing off the ground and will be a full-line meat market... READ MORE

Opinion:

It’s time to turn the page as we do every December and turn out attention away from football to... READ MORE

Public Notices

Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8... READ MORE