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Mark Rogers

For the first time Marion County will be represented by a Little Miss Hospitality.

(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights China Buffet waitress Carrie Wood.)

 

Q: When and where were you born?

A: I was born in Pensacola, Fla., on March 30, 1983.

 

The dedication for a new sign welcoming visitors to Columbia is set for May 1.

A new car wash is coming to U.S. 98 near Griner Drilling Service.

Linda Stringer was trimming bushes Thursday morning when she noticed a visitor — well, 25,000 to 30,000 buzzing, yellow-and-black visitors.

Relay for Life hits the road next week as a new concept on the annual event is unveiled.






County test scores boosted by more rigorous academic courses

By MARK ROGERS,

Offering more Advanced Placement and dual credit college classes helped the Marion County School District jump from a C to a B in state ratings.

The district’s overall score jumped five points from 590 to 595 on a 1,000-point scale and much of that increase came from students’ participation and performance in those courses.






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