Today's Top Stories

(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association System Engineer Erik LaVine.)


Q: When and where were you born?

An investment of $41,153.15 from Marion County brought in programs and services worth more than $1.4 million, according to South Mississippi Planning and Development District Executive Director Leonard Bentz.

Changes continue to occur at the Columbia-Marion County Animal Shelter and the city’s addition of a new (used) truck will be a big help to Animal Control Officer Brittney Yates and the volunteers that assist in the shelter.

A woman from the Blue Springs community is determined to take her battle for better roads to state and federal officials armed with a petition.

As students returned to Columbia High School, many found something new in the music department, a piano lab.

More than a decade ago, Johnnie Sauls didn’t think he would survive until a liver transplant saved his life. Now the Marion County resident is making music that shows his thankfulness to God.

Woman gets 18 years


A Columbia woman will serve 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in connection with a 2016 shooting death in Hattiesburg.

On July 30, Breanna Conerly, 26, entered her plea in Lamar County before Judge Prentiss Harrell. Friday, Harrell sentenced her to 20 years in prison with 18 to serve.

Qualifying starts Aug. 8


Qualifying for three school board spots and the county prosecuting attorney begins next week.

Marion County Circuit Clerk Janette Nolan said those seeking the offices up for election on the Nov. 6 ballot can qualify from Aug. 8 through Sept. 7.

Qualifying will be held for:



James “Jimmie” LaRune Coman

78, Thibodaux, La.

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