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The Columbia School District has hired the same architecture firm that revamped Mississippi State University’s Dudy Noble Field to study possible improvements to Walter Payton Field at Gardner Stadium.
The school board on Aug. 15 voted to approve Wier Boerner Allin Architecture of Jackson.
Week 1 is rivalry week for the Columbia Academy Cougars as they head to Mendenhall Friday to take on reviled Simpson Academy.
The Cougars are coming off a 3-8 campaign in which they had a minus-7 turnover margin and lost in the first round of the playoffs but are ready for 2019.
For the third year in a row, the East Marion Eagles start their season on the gridiron against the Amite County Trojans Friday night on the road.
The Eagles have played Amite County Week 1 each of the last two years, losing 28-20 in 2017 and winning 33-2 last year.
The West Marion Trojans’ 2018 season was a tale of two halves. They began the year a perfect 6-0 in non-district play before faltering down the stretch, going 1-4 in Region 8-3A and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012.
The Columbia School District is exploring a grant to install solar panels at a school as part of the Kemper County power plant settlement.
Using the sun’s energy, the devices could potentially offset some of the district’s light bill.
The Columbia 8u all-stars made history Tuesday morning, becoming the first team from Mississippi to win the Dixie Youth 8u coach pitch World Series by beating South Carolina 3-1 in the championship in Ruston, La.
Head coach Ryan Stringer said it was an awesome experience for the team.
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Citizens Bank Marketing Administrative Assistant Brook McKenzie.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Hattiesburg Sept. 13, 1994.
Q: Where did you attend school?
Football tickets for Columbia High School games will remain at $7 this year, but the admission price for other sports in the city district will increase from $5 to $6.
But fans can get into all sporting events throughout the year with an all-sports pass for $100 for adults and $50 for students.
In Marion County two big events are happening next week: primary elections and the opening of school. Of course references to both of those are on the front page, but I am still going to offer my two cents in these matters.
Robotics and robotic coding were the teaching tools used this summer at Columbia High School’s summer reading program.
Funded through the 21st Century Federal grant funds, the school used a STEM approach to encourage growth in reading and writing by offering a hands-on approach to building and coding robots.
The July murder of a pretty Ole Miss coed is eerily similar to one that occurred about 33 years ago when the daughter of a couple who then lived in Magnolia was sexually assaulted and slain in her off-campus apartment in Oxford.
Business was short and sweet Tuesday night at the Marion County school board meeting.
The budget for the school year was approved. The advertised amount of the district’s annual budget was $23.4 million.
In other action the board approved the resignation of Topeneka Bridges as a bus driver.
It approved four new hires:
The West Marion High School family is carrying a heavy heart this week after junior basketball player Jamyre’un Hammond died in his Kokomo home early Friday morning.
Hammond shined a bright light into the lives of others, according to his friends, teammates and family.
Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail by local law enforcement agencies over the past week. The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction.
Dutharene Rayborn Pittman
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.
Columbia Academy senior Lauren Rowley became the second Lady Cougar to ink a college scholarship this season after signing with William Carey University Tuesday afternoon.
Rowley said it means everything to her to continue her playing career after starring for the Lady Cougars for several years.
A UPS truck and an 18-wheeler crashed in slick conditions Thursday afternoon on U.S. 98 near Pierce Road east of Columbia.
The UPS truck driver, Christopher Magee, 41, of Hattiesburg, was entrapped and had to be extricated before being taken to Forrest General Hospital with moderate injuries.
65 years ago, July 29, 1954
“Paving of all the streets in the Golden Acres subdivision and parts of a number of other city streets wil begin in the near future as a result of the sale of $35,000 street improvement bonds Monday.”
Starting next school year, 85 percent of 4-year-olds in Marion County will be enrolled in a public preschool program.
That’s the result of a grant-funded learning collaborative headed up by the Marion County School District that also involves the Columbia School District, Pearl River Valley Opportunity Inc. and two daycares.