An entertaining fireworks display Saturday night capped another successful Freedom Fest. It was an impressive show for a city the size of Columbia, and organizers and the public should rightly feel proud.
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A Marion County grand jury has indicted a Kentucky man on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault.
James Brumfield, 37, of Oak Grove, Ky., is being held at the Marion County Jail on $10,000 bond for the two felony charges.
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association Manager of Member Services Kurt Brautigam.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 14, 1957.
Q: Where did you attend school?
A lot of things have changed in 40 years, but some things still stay the same.
One constant in Columbia has been The Myrtles Nursing Center.
The Myrtles opened Jan. 14, 1979, as a 60-bed nursing center in the same location as it is now on Alberta Avenue. On July 25, there will be a 40th anniversary celebration.
Whacking overgrown shrubs back hard, like changing diapers, needs doing occasionally and can be worrisome the first time. But it usually works out fine.
And it doesn’t harm plants. Ever see where a drunk driver ran over hapless crape myrtles, and the plants sprouted right back out and bloomed just fine?
65 years ago, July 15, 1954
The legend of Columbia Academy slugger Slade Wilks continues to grow with the rising senior named both an Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American.
That marks him as one of the top 40 players in the nation and gives him the opportunity to play at two big league stadiums in nationally broadcast games.
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.
Work is scheduled to start April 8 and finish by June 7 to fix a sewer line problem underneath Main Street near the courthouse that could be one culprit for downtown drainage problems.
The Columbia Board of Aldermen accepted the low base bid March 19 from Mitchell Contracting of Covington, La., for $138,270.
The family of Steve Bournes of Columbia hosted a party for him Friday on the date of his 103rd birthday at the Myrtles Nursing Center. Step-children and nieces and nephews attended, coming from as far away as California. Bournes is an Oak Vale native and spent his life in Columbia, where he operated a barber shop on Corner Avenue.
Columbia will be looking for a new building inspector as it continues its task of cleaning up properties along with a major overhaul of its zoning ordinances.
Aldermen accepted Bo Williams’ resignation Tuesday after the Marion County School District hired him last week to be 16th Section land manager.
Jefferson Middle School and first-year principal Levi Robinson are working diligently to improve the school’s D rating and spent $50,000 on an outside firm to improve test scores, according to an update he gave the school board April 11.
The following land transactions were filed in Marion County Chancery Court during the week ending June 21:
Monday, June 17
• James M. Rogers to Michael E. Bates
• Taylor Nicole McKenzie to Jimmy Allen McKenzie and Ellen Lynn T. McKenzie