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Fire Report: May 21, 2020

Monday, May 11

Medical, 1409 Ridgewood Drive, 11:11 a.m., Columbia responded.

Grass/woods fire, Shiloh Firetower Road/U.S. 98 W., 1:25 p.m., Foxworth and Southwest Marion responded.

Smoke, 208 Wiggins Road, 8:15 p.m., Columbia responded.


Fire Report: April 30, 2020

Monday, April 20

Medical, 162 C and S Road, 1:11 p.m., Foxworth responded.

Medical, 717 Mississippi Ave., 2:30 p.m., Columbia responded.

Medical, 1408 Church St., 3:31 p.m., Columbia responded.

Medical, 60 Will Alexander Road, 4:26 p.m., Pine Burr and South Marion responded.

Obituary: Mary York

Mary York

70, Sumrall

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Woodlawn Cemetery for Mary York, 70, of Sumrall, who died on Monday, May 4 in Tylertown.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of the arrangements.

Jail Docket: April 30, 2020

Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail from April 20 to April 26. The C-P will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at 736-2611 for corrections.

Christopher Scott Atkins, 37, Columbia, arrested by MCSO, charged with trespassing.

Rotary awards scholarships


The Columbia Rotary Club normally honors its scholarship recipients with an awards luncheon each spring, but the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted those plans.

Instead Scholarship Committee Chairman Gary Smyly traveled to each of Marion County’s four high schools Tuesday to present the checks to the seniors.

Obituary: Kandi Lynn Lillis


Kandi Lynn Lillis

40, Columbia

A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in New Bunker Hill Cemetery in Columbia for Kandi Lynn Lillis, 40, of Columbia, who died on Thursday, April 30 in Hattiesburg.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia was in charge of the arrangements.

Obituary: Monique Laree Goar


Monique Laree Goar

54, Sandy Hook

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, in Woodlawn Cemetery for Monique Laree Goar, 54, of Sandy Hook, who died on Friday, April 24 at her parent’s home in Sandy Hook. A Mass will be held at a later date at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.



Board smart on sales tax

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.


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