The Columbian-Progress traces its roots to 1882 as Marion County’s newspaper of record. In the early 1900s, the newspaper was owned and operated by Lester Williams and, after his death, by his family until it was purchased by John O. Emmerich Jr. in 1980. The newspaper is now owned by Marion Publishing Company, which in turn is owned by Emmerich Newspaper, Inc. of Jackson.
A Mississippi-owned newspaper and magazine publishing company, Emmerich Newspapers, Inc. began in 1923 when the company's founder, John Oliver Emmerich Sr. bought a weekly newspaper called the Enterprise in McComb.
In the years since, the company has grown to include 26 paid daily and weekly newspapers, 10 shoppers, a military base publication, 18 Web sites and more than 100 niche publications. Many of the company's newspapers – including those published locally – are still printed in McComb. The Columbian-Progress has since grown from a weekly to a twice-weekly publication and also publishes a free shopper, Marion County’s Advertiser.
Also as a service to our communities and advertisers, The Columbian-Progress offers several special sections throughout the year. Our annual Profile edition is our largest and most highly read editions of the year and is published every March. This special section is a tribute to the community and offers the faces, businesses and all the things that make our county special. It is a magazine publication with a long shelf life and an excellent forum to promote business.
In addition, The Columbian-Progress also publishes an annual color Prep Football Magazine, Graduation Magazine, Milestones/FYI Magazine, Wedding Belles Magazine and much, much more.