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Unemployment doubles to 11.1%


Marion County lost less jobs than most Mississippi counties in April, with unemployment rising here to 11.1%.

Even though the county’s rate more than doubled from 5.0% in March, Marion rose to the 14th-lowest unemployment rate among Mississippi’s 82 counties in April. It had been the 22nd-lowest in March.

Obituary: Carlyn Caughman Hahn

Carlyn Caughman Hahn

101, Columbia

Graveside services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Magee City Cemetery in Magee, for Carlyn Caughman Hahn, 101, of Columbia, who passed away Wednesday, May 20 in Columbia. Charlie Hahn and Bro. Millard Moak officiated at the services.

Top HVAC student named

Hunter Courtney, a senior at Columbia Academy, was chosen as by his teacher, Elmer Blanchard, as the top second-year HVAC student at the Marion County Career and Technology Center. Hunter maintained a high “A” average throughout the school year and an excellent attendance record.


Jail Docket: May 7, 2020


Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail from April 27 to May 3. The C-P will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at 736-2611 for corrections.

Benjamin Dewayne Crump, 42, Foxworth, arrested by MCSO, charged with DUI 1st offense.

Fire Report: May 7, 2020


Monday, April 27

Vehicle accident w/injuries, 69 Ward Road, 1:14 p.m., Foxworth responded.

Medical, 103 E. Rankin St., 1:16 p.m., Columbia responded.

Tuesday, April 28

Vehicle fire, Game Reserve Road/Mississippi 13 S., 6:51 a.m., Pine Burr and South Marion responded.

Red Bluff needs to be developed

We don’t judge the masses who have gathered at Red Bluff near Morgantown in recent days. After weeks of being cooped up at home, people need time outdoors for their mental and physical health.

The threat of spreading the coronavirus is far less outdoors than indoors because it can’t survive long outside.

Who's got next? 10 players who could become stars


With prep sports completed for the 2019-20 school year and seniors graduating, it’s time to look toward the 2020-21 year and discover who will be taking the place of the departing star athletes. This is a collection of 10 male student athletes who are expected to truly shine next year for the first time in their high school careers.



Dutharene Rayborn Pittman


Dutharene Rayborn Pittman

80, Kokomo

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Columbia for Dutharene Rayborn Pittman, 80, of Kokomo, who died on Sunday, Nov. 4 in Hattiesburg.



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