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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 Marion County Board of Supervisors is considering whether or not there will be an increase in taxes for the upcoming fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
The board met Thursday with Charlie Prince, its certified public accountant, to discuss finances for July and also the upcoming year.
Columbia police officer Justin Porter, center, was awarded Officer of the Month at the Board of Aldermen meeting held on Tuesday. Presenting the award are Mayor Justin McKenzie, left, and Chief Michael Kelly, right. | Photo by Susan Amundson
It’s easy to understand the frustration of Marion County residents as they drive down pothole-filled roads on a daily basis and have become so accustomed to them that they know exactly how to swerve to avoid them, as if it’s second nature.
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Marion County School District Behavior Specialist Katie Lee.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Hattiesburg May 24, 1984.
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 22 to July 28. The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction.
Forget the snooty debates over “crape murder” pruning; it’s a moot point now. We got a real problem.
In my lifetime, a fast-spreading insect wiped out most of America’s elm trees, and a leafspot disease ruined millions of red Photinias. And nothing we threw at either helped much at all.
Editor’s Note: Information printed in the “Fire Report” comes via the responding department(s). The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction or clarification.
Monday, July 22
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.
For too long the state and federal governments have either cut spending to local governments or required new spending without allocating any funds for it. That allows politicians at those higher-up levels to brag on themselves without having to bite the bullet and face the on-the-ground consequences.
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.
Columbia School District Trustees say they are pleased with the work of new Superintendent Jason Harris.
The Board completed an evaluation of Harris before the Jan. 11 meeting and talked about Harris and the projects that he has begun since taking the helm on July 1, 2017.