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Fire Report: May 24, 2018


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, May 14

Adoptions highlight foster gains


Gabe Fowler was all smiles Monday in the Marion County Chancery Courtroom.

After more than 1,200 days as a foster child, he finally has a permanent home with his dad, Daniel, mom, Katcha, and brother, Aaron, in Hattiesburg. Gabe was one of 19 adoptions of foster children that have taken place in Marion County during the past year.

Five earn All-State honors


While the high school baseball season may have ended weeks ago in Marion County, several area ball players were recognized for their prowess by the state’s coaches.

Between Columbia High School and West Marion, five players received All-State honors, voted on by 3A coaches throughout the state.


I'm innocent, I tell ya

Bobbie Jean Geverd was among the the Improve Baptist Church members “locked up” during a tour of the old Sumrall jail May 8. Pictured at left is the full “Young at Heart” group in the upstairs portion of the building, used as a courtroom and town library back in the day.

Gas tax train missed

For several years, we and others, including members of Mississippi’s Transportation Commission, have been encouraging state lawmakers to significantly raise the fuel tax to pay for maintenance of roads and bridges.