(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Jones Companies’ Eric Lucas.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born in Hattiesburg Aug. 5, 1978.
Back-to-school shopping will be the order of business this weekend when Mississippi’s sales tax holiday on clothes and shoes is held Friday and Saturday.
Mike Lowery, manager of the Walmart Supercenter in Columbia, said employees are busy preparing for a big weekend.
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.
An employee of the Columbia Walmart Supercenter was arrested and charged with embezzlement last week.
Emily Baker, 23, of Columbia was charged with embezzlement/ entrusted public property/ funds converted for own use by the Columbia Police Department after an investigation led to her arrest on July 16.
The following marriage license applications were received by the Marion County Circuit Clerk’s Office during the week of July 16:
• Nathan Tyler Kittrell of Forest and Miranda Elise Jenkins of Forest.
• Jeffrey Lee Valdez of Columbia and Letha Ann Mauffray of Columbia.
A pair of hearings for variances for properties on Church Street will take place next month.
The Columbia Board of Aldermen set the hearings as citizens and Building Inspector Lonnie Stringer discussed in one case, new construction and in another, a change of occupancy for a structure.
The following land transactions were listed as completed in the Marion County Chancery Clerk’s Office during the week of July 9:
• Steed A. Sears and Janice H. Sears to Adrienne Blanchard for property.
• Frank L. Echols to Janet Echols Minor and Alecia Janet Minor for property.
The South Marion Volunteer Fire Department is planning the purchase of a new truck using grant funds, savings and a loan.
Helmon Johnson said they’re getting a $70,000 state grant and have received a quote of $229,859 for a tanker truck through the state contract price.