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Creel, Butler engaged

Chris and Stacy Creel of Columbia announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Nichole Elizabeth Creel of Columbia, to Dylan Michael Butler of Ellisville, son of Dennis and Stacey Butler of Ellisville.

Land Transactions: Dec. 7, 2019

The following land transactions were filed in Marion County Chancery Court during the week ending Nov. 29:

Monday, Nov. 25

Jeanell D. Rainey to Phelan Lyle Rainey, Walter Craig Rainey, Andrea Rainey Toney and Ramona Rainey Martin

Gene R. Johnson and Dymple R. Johnson to David Harold Johnson


Wildcats wallop Velma Jackson


The Columbia Wildcats dominated in the second round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night in a start-to-finish 25-7 blowout of Velma Jackson on their home field.

No. 1 ranked Columbia (12-0) forced four turnovers defensively, rushed for more than 250 yards and threw two touchdowns to take down the Falcons (7-5).


Helen J. Sanders Sweatt


Helen J. Sanders Sweatt

90, Columbia


Private services will be held at a later date for Helen J. Sanders Sweatt, 90, who died on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.


She was a lifelong resident of Columbia.


She was preceded in death by a son, Herbie Ray Reid.


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.


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.