Bands excel at competition


The fields at Columbia and West Marion have been on fire and not just with football.

The marching bands of both schools earned “All Superior” ratings at the Gulf Coast Regional Marching Band Festival on Saturday in Gulfport. Both bands will be performing in the state competition Nov. 2.


Jail Docket: Oct. 17, 2019

Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail from Oct. 7 to Oct. 13. The C-P will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at 736-2611 for corrections.

Ramsey G. Brumfield, 37, Tylertown, arrested by CPD, charged with embezzlement.

Fire Report: Oct. 17, 2019

Editor’s Note: Columbia and Marion County fire departments responded to the following calls from Oct. 7 to Oct. 13.

Monday, Oct. 7

Medical, 40 Gray Road, 2:54 a.m., Tri-Community responded.

Medical, 706 N. Park Ave., 10:41 a.m., Columbia responded.

Medical, 1032 Morgantown Road, 5:48 p.m., Morgantown responded.

Burn ban lifted

Gov. Phil Bryant lifted a statewide burn ban Monday after a series of rains brought some color and moisture back to what had been a parched landscape.

Also, the Marion County ban expired on Tuesday.

Bryant enacted the statewide ban Oct. 2 after one of the driest and hottest Septembers in state history.



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