Rianna Gibbs Wilson
Editor’s Note: Information printed in the “Fire Report” comes via the responding department(s). The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction or clarification.
Monday, Dec. 18
An agreement to sell local radio stations WJDR and WCJU has been filed with the Federal Communications Commission and a public notice posted in The Columbian-Progress.
Columbia had an eventful 2017 that included a new generation of leadership. Mayor Justin McKenzie and Superintendent of Education Jason Harris succeeded long-tenured officials who were a couple of decades older than them in Robert Bourne and Marietta James.
The following marriage license applications were received by the Marion County Circuit Clerk’s Office during the week of Dec.18:
• Joseph Wayne Thornhill of Foxworth and Adrianne Taylor Domine of Foxworth
• Jonathan Rayshad Davis of Camden, Ark., and Hannah Jorie Montgomery of Columbia.
(Editor’s Note: The following people were booked into the Marion County Jail by local law enforcement agencies over the past week. The Columbian-Progress will correct any errors. Call Editor Charlie Smith at (601) 736-2611 to request a correction.)
Schools across the region were closed, about 3,000 homes in Marion County were without power Friday as heavy snow fell across South Mississippi.
In Marion County, by 11 a.m., many areas had received at least three inches of the white stuff, with some areas expected to have six inches.
The exact moment Dr. Cody Choate decided to pursue medicine came while he was repairing a barbed wire fence on his family’s cattle farm near McComb.
“I decided I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life,” he says with a laugh.
But there was more to it.
A person of interest in a suspicious death investigation from Friday night in Kokomo was taken into custody without incident Sunday morning.
Shortly before 9, Marion and Wathall County deputies responded to a tip in Wathall County on Henry Smith Road where Ronnie Smith was located and taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.
The City of Columbia officially has a new fire chief.
During Tuesday night’s Columbia Board of Aldermen meeting, veteran CFD Capt. Jeff McKenzie, who had been serving as interim chief, was approved for the position in a 4-1 vote.
A Saturday night checkpoint in eastern Marion County netted an arrest and serious drug charges for a Sandy Hook man.
Meetings with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn could benefit Marion County.
Marion County supervisors were asked to prepare of an agenda of items the county needs ahead of future meetings and even visits from top-ranking state officials.
Forecasters don’t expect the heaviest rains in Marion County from Hurricane Harvey until mid-to-late next week, although its impact remains uncertain.
Columbia High started the season on the right foot by blowing out Richton 41-8 Friday and now is preparing for the annual in-county battle with East Marion.
The Wildcats (1-0) and Eagles (0-1) will clash at 7 p.m. Friday at East Marion.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies are seeking a man who is considered armed and dangerous in connection with a death investigation.
Chief Deputy Jamie Singley said late Saturday that authorities are seeking Ronnie Smith of the Kokomo area.
A woman is dead and a man was injured after being shot near Foxworth late Friday in what investigators say appears to have been a domestic dispute.
Tamaneka Murree Alexander, 30, of Foxworth, died Friday night as a result of her injuries, Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall said in a news release Monday.
Some jobs and tax revenue will be returning to Columbia as Ramey’s Marketplace is coming to U.S. 98 in the building formerly occupied by Winn-Dixie.
Thomas Hodges, a spokesman for the family-owned, Purvis-based company, said the grocery store will employ approximately 100 people and will open before Thanksgiving.
A massive blaze destroyed a home on Mississippi 35 Wednesday morning.
Myron Miller, assistant chief for the Southwest Marion Volunteer Fire Department, said the house belongs to former Columbia Police Chief Carroll Bryant.
A shakedown Thursday at the Marion-Walthall County Regional Correctional Facility in Columbia unearthed everything from bags of tobacco to pink Nike shoes to tattoo ink.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release that it seized the contraband during an unannounced raid.
The Columbia school board approved Monday afternoon hiring Perry Central High School football coach Chip Bilderback to lead the Wildcats football program.
Superintendent Jason Harris said in a news release that Bilderback is "one of the top young coaches" in Mississippi.
A state appeals court says a convicted murderer from Marion County is not entitled to a parole hearing every year.
The Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled on Herman Barnes’ case Tuesday. It said a 2014 law requiring annual parole review does not apply to people convicted before that law was passed.