Big plans for Christmas

By MARK ROGERS,

Parade, festivities beginning Friday

Downtown Columbia will be a busy place this weekend with major events taking place to welcome in the yuletide season.

On Friday night, the annual Kiwanis Club of Columbia Christmas Parade steps off at 6 p.m. from the former Orleans Furniture site on Mississippi 13 North.


County test scores boosted by more rigorous academic courses

By MARK ROGERS,

Offering more Advanced Placement and dual credit college classes helped the Marion County School District jump from a C to a B in state ratings.

The district’s overall score jumped five points from 590 to 595 on a 1,000-point scale and much of that increase came from students’ participation and performance in those courses.





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