Janet Rolanda Lee
62, Elkmont, Ala.
Michaela Andrews of Foxworth, front row, far left, is the student body maid for the 2018 University of Southern Mississippi homecoming court. The court will be presented at halftime of the USM vs. University of Texas at San Antonio game Saturday.
Columbia came into Thursday night’s road matchup with West Marion aiming to accomplish three things: beat the Trojans for the first time since 2013, claim its first Marion County Football Championship since 2008 and remain undefeated in district.
Marion County will begin seeking terms and rates for bonds to fund $5 million in bridge and road repairs.
Bond Attorney Warren Greenlee spoke with supervisors Monday during their regular meeting. The board plans to borrow the money and pay it back with newly allocated internet sales tax revenue.
A friendship bench proposed by three different Girl Scout troops in Gentry Terrell’s honor will be built on Columbia Primary School’s playground.
The school board approved the project during its Oct. 11 meeting. Gentry, 6, was a student at Columbia Primary who died on Aug. 3 after a courageous battle with a rare brain tumor.
Columbia officials continued working to clean up blighted properties across the city, taking action on nearly two dozen Tuesday night.
Building Inspector Lonnie Stringer addressed the Board of Aldermen, which learned several of the concerns from last month had already been addressed and took action on demolition of others.
The proposed “One Lake” project in Jackson will now require the full approval of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers rather than an expedited process.
Opponents say that’s an additional hurdle for the nearly $350 million plan that has proven unpopular in Columbia and other downstream communities along the Pearl River.
Engineers are finalizing some numbers needed by consultants for Columbia’s annexation study.
City Engineer Sean Burns told the Board of Aldermen Tuesday that they’re looking into each of the six different geographic regions being considered to be taken into the city limits.
Columbia police arrested eight people Tuesday morning and recovered drugs, paraphernalia and a weapon as they served a warrant in the Popetown area.
Officers converged on a home at the corner of North Main and West Rankin streets around 9 a.m.
Coach Larry Calhoun, star of the “Move to Learn” exercise break videos, had Columbia students and teachers dancing and laughing earlier this week.
Students at Columbia Primary and Columbia Elementary schools were introduced to his antics and exercise regimen during sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.
Now that the district volleyball slate is completed and the playoff spots have been gobbled up, it’s time for East Marion to focus on how to get past the second round of the playoffs, while Columbia and West Marion continue to build for the future.
The Columbia Board of Aldermen will soon get a look at a body camera system for police officers.
Police Chief Michael Kelly spoke to the board earlier this month about various systems and a demonstration may be conducted as soon as the board’s meeting on Tuesday.
East Marion made the trek to Lumberton with vengeance at the forefront after last season’s 38-34 contest went down to the wire, but the Eagles failed to execute in key moments, leading to a 34-8 loss.
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.
During a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Columbia Board of Aldermen appointed Eric Lucas to serve on the Columbia School District Board of Trustees.
The 39-year-old is a Columbia High School graduate and works for Jones Companies.
Columbia School District Trustees say they are pleased with the work of new Superintendent Jason Harris.
The Board completed an evaluation of Harris before the Jan. 11 meeting and talked about Harris and the projects that he has begun since taking the helm on July 1, 2017.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies are seeking a man who is considered armed and dangerous in connection with a death investigation.
Chief Deputy Jamie Singley said late Saturday that authorities are seeking Ronnie Smith of the Kokomo area.