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Big win for Mississippi


STARKVILLE­ — Mississippi’s tense and emotional public debate of removing the Confederate Battle Flag from the canton corner of the state flag evoked some of the more startling lessons of history regarding the evolution of racial views by individuals and by institutions.

Nursing grad pinned

Morgan Allen of Columbia recently graduated from the Holmes Community College as a member of the 2020 practical nursing class. A pinning ceremony was held June 24 in the McGowan Workforce Training Center Auditorium on the Ridgeland campus.


Manhunt ends with arrest


A manhunt for a suspect off of Mississippi 13 North ended with a capture in the woods today.

Kelby Glenn Jordan, 22, of New Augusta was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, burglary and felony fleeing. He was booked at the Marion County Jail shortly after 1 p.m. today.

The Comeback: Sims ready for 2nd act after near-fatal accident


In the blink of an eye, a high-flying athlete’s entire future hung in the balance. He was stuck in the passenger seat of a 2016 Nissan Altima, begging for someone to help him get out of the car. A teenager known for his gaudy leaping ability and ferocious dunks, he suddenly couldn’t move his legs.


Obituary: Laura L. Blansett

Laura L. Blansett

81, Kokomo

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019, in Darbun Community Cemetery for Laura L. Blansett, 81, of Kokomo, who died on Monday, Dec. 16 in Columbia. Rev. A.D. Gammill officiated at the services.

Shelter to be opened at church

Columbia officials plan to open the Vine Church (the former skating rink on Mississippi 13 North) at 8 tonight as a shelter for people affected by today's tornado.

Police Chief Michael Kelly said at least 10-12 buildings have been damaged, and power lines are down throughout town. Extra emergency personnel are patrolling.


City to explore annexation


The City of Columbia may grow its borders if a study approved by the Board of Aldermen Monday shows the expansion is feasible.

In a special meeting Monday, the Board, Mayor Justin McKenzie and engineers Jeff Dungan and Sean Burns met with Mike Slaughter of Slaughter and Associates for nearly two hours at City Hall.


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