65 years ago, Sept. 2, 1954
“A record-breaking enrollment in Columbia City Schools was announced this week by Superintendent S.F. Smith. … A total of 1,490 students have registered to attend classes here in the first through 12th grades.”
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.