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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 following land transactions were filed in Marion County Chancery Court during the week ending July 26:
Monday, July 22
• Jolly E. Cox Jr. to Tommy R. Bourne and Lynn Bourne
• Mr. Jim’s Homes LLC to Christine Fortune
Wednesday, July 24
Hattiesburg native using platform to draw attention to life-saving gifts
OXFORD — University of Mississippi alumna Mary Margaret Hyer is using the spotlight as Miss Mississippi 2019 to draw attention to her social change initiative, “Advocate, Celebrate, Donate: Diminishing the Donor Organ Deficit.”
Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail by local law enforcement agencies from Aug. 5 to Aug. 11. The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction.
Monday, Aug. 5
• Medical, 163 Bullock Road, 5:16 a.m., Southwest Marion responded.
• Vehicle accident-property damage only, 169 Expose Road, 11:26 a.m., Tri-Community responded.
• Medical, 38 Valdez Lane, 1:02 p.m., Southwest Marion responded.
Darren Hill, left, and Larry Henning prepare the ground for a new sidewalk at the Marion County Courthouse. Henning Construction is working with the Marion County Board of Supervisors to repair the crumbling sidewalks all around the courthouse. |Photo by Susan Amundson
Resident petitions about road conditions; county points to tight budgets
A citizen presented petitions for better roads to the Marion County Board of Supervisors at its meeting Monday, but supervisors said they are doing all they can with the resources at hand.
The Marion County Historical Society will be presenting the Ford’s Encampment Sept. 13 through Sept. 15.
The sixth annual encampment will be located at the John Ford Home in Sandy Hook. The encampment was originally scheduled Feb. 23, but was canceled due to the weather at the time.
The event now will be spread over 3 days.
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.