They died for freedom

One of the hundreds of gravestones in Columbia’s Woodlawn Cemetery bears the name of Pfc. Jewell Roland Martin.

His body, just 21 years after it entered this world, found its final rest there May 24, 1953 — a week before Memorial Day was commemorated.

Bridge fixes needed now

Mississippi’s statewide infrastructure crisis has hit home in Marion County. The Board of Supervisors faces an astounding 51 wooden-pile bridges that will need to be fixed in the next decade, yet it only figures to get enough funding through its normal local, state and federal programs to repair or replace half that number at best.