(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Myrtles Nursing Center Administrator Gail Whittington.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Prentiss March 2, 1961.
A Saturday night checkpoint in eastern Marion County netted an arrest and serious drug charges for a Sandy Hook man.
With school started and the Labor Day weekend approaching, the Columbia Police Department is increasing road patrols dedicated to traffic safety.
“From Aug. 18 through Sept. 4, we’re conducting our Labor Day blitz,” Capt. Johnny Barnes said. “We will be looking for impaired drivers and more during this period.”
You’ll see more Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies on the roads in coming weeks thanks to grant money from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety.
Deputies will join other agencies in participating in the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over blitz, which begins Aug. 17 and runs through Sept. 4.
A man wanted by Columbia police in connection with a drive-by shooting was arrested last week and faces a plethora of charges.
The Columbia Police Department served a high-risk warrant on Aug. 8 and arrested Henry J. Peters, 28, of Columbia and charged him in connection with a drive-by shooting that took place in July.
Garbage rates are going up 50 percent for residents of Columbia.
The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday night to raise rates across the board for residential and commercial accounts. The city has been losing $7,000 to $10,000 per month on garbage, according to Mayor Justin McKenzie.
Up to 90 percent of the felony cases in Marion County could be linked to drug use, according to District Attorney Hal Kittrell.