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Myrtles to celebrate 40 years

By SUSAN AMUNDSON,

A lot of things have changed in 40 years, but some things still stay the same.

One constant in Columbia has been The Myrtles Nursing Center.

The Myrtles opened Jan. 14, 1979, as a 60-bed nursing center in the same location as it is now on Alberta Avenue. On July 25, there will be a 40th anniversary celebration.





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Wilks dubbed All-American

By JOSHUA CAMPBELL,

The legend of Columbia Academy slugger Slade Wilks continues to grow with the rising senior named both an Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American.

That marks him as one of the top 40 players in the nation and gives him the opportunity to play at two big league stadiums in nationally broadcast games.


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Frank Oliver Cooper

By STAFF,

Frank Oliver Cooper

83, Lumberton

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Hathorn Funeral Home for Frank Oliver Cooper, 83, of Lumberton, who died on Monday, July 1 in Columbia. Bro. Roger Miller officiated at the services.





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Get proof, not assumptions

By KENNETH MCNEASE,

Greetings to all the fine folks of Columbia and Marion County. I sincerely hope everyone enjoyed a safe and blessed Thanksgiving. I would like share a personal opinion on a certain topic that I hope will enlighten everyone in America as well as give our community an opportunity to get on the map so to speak.




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Simply spectacular

By MARK ROGERS,

Record crowds estimated at between 8,000 and 10,000 lined the streets for Saturday’s Kiwanis Club of Columbia Christmas Parade followed by a light show and fireworks.

The parade featured a little bit of everything, from marching bands to the Honey Island Clydesdales and dozens of floats from local schools, churches and businesses.





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103 candles at this birthday

The family of Steve Bournes of Columbia hosted a party for him Friday on the date of his 103rd birthday at the Myrtles Nursing Center. Step-children and nieces and nephews attended, coming from as far away as California. Bournes is an Oak Vale native and spent his life in Columbia, where he operated a barber shop on Corner Avenue.




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