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Ford’s Encampment set for Feb. 24

The 19th century will come alive next weekend at the John Ford Home in Sandy Hook.

The fifth annual Ford’s Encampment is set to run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Feb. 24.

(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Marion County Comptroller and Inventory Clerk Susan Bridges.)


Q: When and where were you born?

A recently discovered letter from a Union general in 1864 is the only known original Civil War document from Marion County, and now it’s back home.

Tickets for the Columbia High School production of “Music Man” go on sale online at 7 a.m. Saturday.

While the other three Marion County schools participate in district tournaments in this week, Columbia Academy is already onto the South State playoffs.

After ending an eight-game losing streak last Tuesday with a win over Wesson, the West Marion Lady Trojans (5-18, 1-9) began a new streak in their season finale last Thursday night at home.

City increases water rates


The Columbia Board of Aldermen voted 4-1 Tuesday to raise water rates 3 percent in 2018 after voting down the price hike at its previous meeting.

Aldermen Wendell Hammond, Jason Stringer, Mike Smith and Ed Hough voted for the increase, and Alderwoman Anna Evans voted against it.