Marion County’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent in August from 6.2 percent in July, although there were actually less employed people in the county in August.
That’s because the labor force fell from 10,330 in July to 10,060 in August, according to numbers the Mississippi Department of Employment Security released this week.
A jury returned a guilty verdict on all four counts against Victor Mitchell this afternoon and sentenced him to life in prison.
The 45-year-old was convicted following a four-day trial at the Pearl River County Courthouse in Poplarville related to a plot to kidnap businessman Tommy Duff.
The Marion County Board of Supervisors heard the final numbers on its 2019-2020 budget Thursday with changes made to reflect the board’s decision not to raise taxes.
County CPA Charlie Prince emphasized department heads must stay on track with their spending for the upcoming fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1.
East Columbia Baptist Church will hold its 100th anniversary celebration this Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.
At the celebration the church will have a special service, including a fellowship meal and a time for sharing and reflection.
The church began as Little River Baptist Church on July 14, 1888.
The new 3 percent tourism tax in Columbia generated $57,002.89 during its first month.
That represents $1.9 million in sales at restaurants and hotels within the city limits during July.
The Board of Aldermen received a report from City Clerk Maria Temples about the funds during its meeting Tuesday.
The Columbia School Board started off the meeting with recognitions Tuesday night.