Today's Top Stories

Ten months ago Marion County Deputy Lance Poirier’s doctor delivered the bad news: His shattered right leg would need to be amputated.

Also, longtime Jefferson Middle leader retires

Changes are already taking place at the Columbia Police Department under new Chief Michael Kelly.

The Columbia Wildcats (9-2, 2-0) kept the ball rolling last week with two decisive wins and are playing well in every phase of the game.

The East Marion Eagles (3-2, 0-1) lost their district opener last week and have been using the loss as a teaching tool moving forward.

The West Marion Trojans (10-3, 1-0) are inching into the meat of their schedule with some big games on the horizon but are focusing on what’s immediately in front of them.

Schools to budget snow makeup days


Next year the Columbia School District will have predetermined makeup days to be used if school is cancelled because of weather.

That decision was made before this week’s snow and ice, which resulted in school dismissing early Tuesday and being out Wednesday and Thursday. The district hasn’t set yet when it will make up those days.

Clerk shot in armed robbery


Columbia police are seeking information on suspects who shot a clerk at the Family Dollar on South High School Avenue during an armed robbery Saturday morning.

Detective Capt. Rita Pickering said they are looking for two suspects who were wearing long jackets, toboggans and scarves that covered their faces.