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Cougars win state title


The Columbia Academy Cougars are Class 3A state champions after controlling the action from start to finish against Carroll Academy in the title game at Canton Academy to win 53-37 Saturday night.

Columbia Academy (35-2) only trailed during the first minute of the game and suffocated Carroll’s offense.

Jail Docket: February 27, 2020

Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail from Feb 17 to Feb 23. The C-P will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at 736-2611 for corrections.

Donald Abram, 23, Columbia, arrested by MCSO, charged with litter law violation.


Wreck claims 2 lives on 98


Marion County is grieving the loss of what it feels like “one of its own” following a fatal accident that claimed the life of former Columbia resident Forrest Phillips and another man.

Phillips, 60, of Hattiesburg was killed in a head-on collision at 9:54 p.m. Tuesday in Walthall County near the Pike County line.



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.