Caption: In this photo from 20 years ago, June 26, 1999 12 basketball standouts from Marion County, seven from Columbia Academy and five from West Marion High School, attended the 1999 Pearl River Community College basketball camp.
The following Marion County students graduated from Southwest Mississippi Community College in the spring:
COLUMBIA: Benjamin Alan Baughman, Sara Elizabeth Jackson, Cynthia Moses and Stanley Prine Pendarvis
FOXWORTH: Kayla R Brown
KOKOMO: Myria D Smith
SANDY HOOK: Amanda Blake Domine and Anna Grace Thomas
Ray Matthews grew up in Newport, Ark., as the son of a rice farmer. But from a young age he dreamed of different landscapes than those he saw in south Arkansas.
There is a ton of pressure on everyone involved when it comes to school ratings. From school boards to administrators to teachers and to students, the strain doesn’t escape anyone.
In 1917, the Commerical Club of Columbia, now the Marion County Development Partnership, helped raise $50,000 from area citizens and 3,000 acres of farmland were donated in an attempt to convince the state of Mississippi to bring its new training institute to Columbia.
There are so many amazing and interesting residents in Marion County but maybe none quite like Randall Baker. Not only does he have one of the most unusual occupations in the county, he has also shared his servant’s heart with Marion County for more than three decades.
Teacher, preacher and university president are professions associated with strong leaders. They also perfectly describe Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University.
Here is Henry Danton, knocking on doors during the London blackouts of World War II, asking for lodging while on tour. And he’s inside the Royal Opera House in 1946, soaring through the air during the premiere of what continues to be considered one of the great classical ballets in British history.
Editor's Note: Sports Editor Joshua Campbell posed questions to longtime coaches at each of Marion County’s four high schools about why they love their profession and what it means to them to work with young people.