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Residents ask city officials about taxes, services

The boardroom at Columbia City Hall was filled with nearly 30 visitors Tuesday night with one thing on their minds: annexation.

It’s David vs. Goliath as local officials oppose Jackson’s ‘One Lake’ plan

When John Ford came to Marion County and settled in the area now known as Sandy Hook, there was another family with him: his wife’s.

(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Will Houston of Houston’s Columbia Cleaners.)


Q: When and where were you born?

A: I was born in Columbia Sept. 25, 1984.


East Marion senior Skyler Sistrunk made school history Thursday morning, becoming the first softball player to sign a collegiate scholarship since the school began playing fast pitch in 2008.

The Columbia Academy Lady Cougars (24-11) dropped a heartbreaker at home Wednesday in the first round of the MAIS AAA State Tournament.

County test scores boosted by more rigorous academic courses


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.