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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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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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Gracie Broome

Gracie Broome

86, Bassfield

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church for Mrs. Gracie Broome, 86, who died on Friday, Jan. 25 in Columbia. Burial followed in Lowland Cemetery. Rev. Dewitt Bain and Rev. Ed Steele officiated at the services.


The ultimate friend of the people

Oliver Emmerich, a conservative Mississippian who founded the company that has owned this newspaper for decades, understood more than most the danger of championing a free and independent press. During the tumultuous summer of 1963, the KKK burned crosses at his home and newspaper office, the Enterprise-Journal in McComb.




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2017: The year in review

By STAFF REPORTS,

January

A line of strong storms caused damage to buildings in the county Jan. 2 although no one was injured.

The Marion County Board of Supervisors opened the year by electing District 5 Supervisor Calvin Newsom as president and District 1 Supervisor Randy Dyess as vice president for 2017.






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Person of interest in custody

By MARK ROGERS,

A person of interest in a suspicious death investigation from Friday night in Kokomo was taken into custody without incident Sunday morning.
Shortly before 9, Marion and Wathall County deputies responded to a tip in Wathall County on Henry Smith Road where Ronnie Smith was located and taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.





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