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Eighteen years ago nearly to the day, 7-0 West Marion hosted 7-0 Columbia and beat the Wildcats 12-7 on a Thursday night.
Undefeated Magee arrived in Foxworth Friday night with an explosive offense averaging close to 50 points per game, but West Marion’s smothering defense shut the other Trojans down to lead West to
A year ago the Columbia Wildcats announced themselves as contenders to the rest of Class 3A by knocking off Jeff Davis County in the regular season only to lose to the Jaguars when it mattered mos
The fields at Columbia and West Marion have been on fire and not just with football.
Editor’s Note: This is the second of a six-part series leading up to Veterans Day honoring veterans of each American war from World War II through the ongoing War on Terror.

Jail Docket: Oct. 17, 2019

Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail from Oct. 7 to Oct. 13. The C-P will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at 736-2611 for corrections.

Ramsey G. Brumfield, 37, Tylertown, arrested by CPD, charged with embezzlement.

Burn ban lifted

Gov. Phil Bryant lifted a statewide burn ban Monday after a series of rains brought some color and moisture back to what had been a parched landscape.

Also, the Marion County ban expired on Tuesday.

Bryant enacted the statewide ban Oct. 2 after one of the driest and hottest Septembers in state history.


Sandra Watson Lampton

Sandra Watson Lampton

81, Gainesville, Ga.

Sandra Watson Lampton of Gainesville, Ga., went to her celestial home on Oct. 5, 2019, after an extended illness, during which she exhibited courage and hope, despite increasingly difficult odds.



Harry Taylor Sr. 77, Columbia


Eighteen years ago nearly to the day, 7-0 West Marion hosted 7-0 Columbia and beat the Wildcats 12... READ MORE


Columbia Presbyterian Preschool Speech Clinic, Oct. 17


Last week presented a fun opportunity for the newspaper to host a reporting trip of students from... READ MORE

Public Notices

Editor’s Note: Columbia and Marion County fire departments responded to the following calls from... READ MORE