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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

In this photo from 40 years ago, Dec. 6, 1979, Mrs. Betty Upton, right, accepts the Outstanding Citizen Award from Mrs. John McElroy at the Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball.

Looking Back: Charity ball

65 years ago, Dec. 2, 1954

“Jill Applewhite and Jimmy Hardy will represent the Columbia band at the Mississippi State High School Band clinic to be held in Greenville, Dec. 9-11, Dick Prenshaw, band director, announced this week.”

Community Calendar: Dec. 7, 2019

Woodmen of the World Christmas Supper, Dec. 7

The Woodmen of the World will hold its Christmas supper at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Woodmen lodge on Bullis Street. The Woodmen will furnish meat and drinks. Members are to bring covered dishes. For more info, call Dewitt Forbes (601) 736-6851.


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.


Narcan needed

Society seems to be finally turning the battle against prescription pain pill abuse, even though it will still take many years to win the war. Gov. Phil Bryant’s opioid task force commission, which issued its report last year, offered many sound ideas that are beginning to be implemented.