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The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help for information about a large private party Friday night that ended with three injured by gunfire.
The incident occurred after 11 p.m. outside the activity center of New Zion United Methodist Church on Rural Center Lane, which is off of Mississippi 13 south of Columbia.
Columbia Mayor Justin McKenzie says neither he nor Police Chief Michael Kelly are aware of any investigation pending against an officer hired this week who resigned from the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year.
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Colonial Funeral Home’s Jimmy Turnage.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Jackson, Miss. on Feb. 21, 1965.
Q: Where did you attend school?
Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail by local law enforcement agencies from July 8 to July 14. The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction.
65 years ago, July 8, 1954
“Sidney Head and Bill Lampton of Columbia were named on the Dean’s List for the second semester at Millsaps College. … Sidney Head is the son of Sidney Head of Mt. Olive and the late Mrs. Head of Columbia. Bill Lampton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Ben Lampton of Columbia.”
A brief meeting was held Monday night to close out the fiscal year for the Marion County School District School Board.
The board approved the following resignations:
• Casey Sullivan Taylor as assistant state literacy coordinator;
• Melissa Taylor as West Marion High School counselor.
Cyclist Randall Lewis of Columbia is set to ride again for charity.
This year’s ride will begin at 1 a.m. Thursday in Columbia and end in New Orleans later that day about 119 miles away.
“I have been riding all over South Mississippi for quite a while,” Lewis said.
The Columbia Board of Aldermen approved a new countywide training facility for firefighters at the Marion County BusinessPlex Tuesday.
Deputy Chief Lyle Berard of the Columbia Fire Department requested that the city contribute up to $5,000 toward the project, which aldermen did.
The following incorporations were filed in Marion County during June, according to records from the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office.
• E & S Enterprise LLC, 16 Rankin Creek Road, Sandy Hook
• Touch Of Grace Home Health Care LLC, 103 Judy St., Columbia
The Columbia School District accepted its 2019-2020 budget in a special meeting Tuesday.
The school district is already at its millage cap of 55 mills so there is no property increase, Business Manager Kim Rogers said during her presentation to the school board.
During a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Columbia Board of Aldermen appointed Eric Lucas to serve on the Columbia School District Board of Trustees.
The 39-year-old is a Columbia High School graduate and works for Jones Companies.
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.
A massive blaze destroyed a home on Mississippi 35 Wednesday morning.
Myron Miller, assistant chief for the Southwest Marion Volunteer Fire Department, said the house belongs to former Columbia Police Chief Carroll Bryant.
A line of strong storms caused damage to buildings in the county Jan. 2 although no one was injured.
The Marion County Board of Supervisors opened the year by electing District 5 Supervisor Calvin Newsom as president and District 1 Supervisor Randy Dyess as vice president for 2017.
Forecasters don’t expect the heaviest rains in Marion County from Hurricane Harvey until mid-to-late next week, although its impact remains uncertain.
Firefighters from two area departments battled an early morning blaze just outside the city limits Thursday.
The Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department was called to a residence in the 1500 block of North Park Avenue around 12:30 a.m., according to Deputy Chief Tyler Creel.
A person of interest in a suspicious death investigation from Friday night in Kokomo was taken into custody without incident Sunday morning.
Shortly before 9, Marion and Wathall County deputies responded to a tip in Wathall County on Henry Smith Road where Ronnie Smith was located and taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.
A shakedown Thursday at the Marion-Walthall County Regional Correctional Facility in Columbia unearthed everything from bags of tobacco to pink Nike shoes to tattoo ink.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release that it seized the contraband during an unannounced raid.