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A federal judge has filed an initial order regarding an excessive force lawsuit against Columbia police, dismissing some of the claims but declining to throw out the case.
U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett issued the opinion last month in “Shamber Hollins vs. City of Columbia.”
One arrest has been made so far with more arrests expected in a July 12 shooting on Rural Center Lane.
Usher Jackson, 19, of Columbia, was charged recently with aggravated assault related to the incident at a party outside the New Zion Methodist Church Activity Center.
The Marion County Correctional Facility has slashed $300,000 from its proposed budget as the county works on putting together a plan for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
Warden Derek Mingo presented the revised budget Monday morning at the Board of Supervisors meeting.
HATTIESBURG — The Southern Miss Department of Athletics announced Monday a list of changes at M.M. Roberts Stadium this fall, including allowing beer sales for the first time and lower prices for other concessions like hot dogs, popcorn and fountain drinks.
The Columbia School District is exploring a grant to install solar panels at a school as part of the Kemper County power plant settlement.
Using the sun’s energy, the devices could potentially offset some of the district’s light bill.
The Columbia 8u all-stars made history Tuesday morning, becoming the first team from Mississippi to win the Dixie Youth 8u coach pitch World Series by beating South Carolina 3-1 in the championship in Ruston, La.
Head coach Ryan Stringer said it was an awesome experience for the team.
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Citizens Bank Marketing Administrative Assistant Brook McKenzie.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Hattiesburg Sept. 13, 1994.
Q: Where did you attend school?
Football tickets for Columbia High School games will remain at $7 this year, but the admission price for other sports in the city district will increase from $5 to $6.
But fans can get into all sporting events throughout the year with an all-sports pass for $100 for adults and $50 for students.
In Marion County two big events are happening next week: primary elections and the opening of school. Of course references to both of those are on the front page, but I am still going to offer my two cents in these matters.
Robotics and robotic coding were the teaching tools used this summer at Columbia High School’s summer reading program.
Funded through the 21st Century Federal grant funds, the school used a STEM approach to encourage growth in reading and writing by offering a hands-on approach to building and coding robots.
The July murder of a pretty Ole Miss coed is eerily similar to one that occurred about 33 years ago when the daughter of a couple who then lived in Magnolia was sexually assaulted and slain in her off-campus apartment in Oxford.
Business was short and sweet Tuesday night at the Marion County school board meeting.
The budget for the school year was approved. The advertised amount of the district’s annual budget was $23.4 million.
In other action the board approved the resignation of Topeneka Bridges as a bus driver.
It approved four new hires:
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.