Rodney “Rod” W. Forrester
The Columbia Board of Aldermen will continue discussions about property issues during April.
Building Inspector Lonnie Stringer on March 20 presented several properties for the city to take action on ranging from letters to owners to clean them up to demolitions.
It was a busy weekend for the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department, which quickly extinguished two house fires over the weekend.
Sunday at 6:51 p.m., firefighters were dispatched to 1450 Lampton Hilltop Road, according to Chief Cole Robbins.
Chief Michael Kelly announced a restructuring of the Columbia Police Department Friday that he says is designed to “move us into modern policing.”
Changes include breaking it into separate divisions, swearing in new officers and promoting several current officers to new roles.
The following marriage license applications were received by the Marion County Circuit Clerk’s Office during the week of April 9:
• Austin Ramel Mingo of Columbia and Anjerica Cymone Newton of Columbia.
There were no divorces listed as final in the Marion County Chancery Clerk’s Office during the week of April 9.
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.
Ask just about any driver in Columbia, and they’ll tell you one of the city’s worst streets is Sumrall Road beside Walmart.
The half-mile stretch between U.S. 98 and Broad Street is filled with ruts that frequently develop potholes.
(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.)
A person of interest in a suspicious death investigation from Friday night in Kokomo was taken into custody without incident Sunday morning.
Shortly before 9, Marion and Wathall County deputies responded to a tip in Wathall County on Henry Smith Road where Ronnie Smith was located and taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.
Forecasters don’t expect the heaviest rains in Marion County from Hurricane Harvey until mid-to-late next week, although its impact remains uncertain.
An agreement to sell local radio stations WJDR and WCJU has been filed with the Federal Communications Commission and a public notice posted in The Columbian-Progress.
A Saturday night checkpoint in eastern Marion County netted an arrest and serious drug charges for a Sandy Hook man.
The exact moment Dr. Cody Choate decided to pursue medicine came while he was repairing a barbed wire fence on his family’s cattle farm near McComb.
“I decided I didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life,” he says with a laugh.
But there was more to it.
Throughout the year impromptu parties come up – “We are grilling tonight, please come.” You ask automatically, “What can I bring?” hoping the answer is paper plates. But the answer is “How about an appetizer?” You answer woodenly, “Oh, sure,” then go into a panic.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies are seeking a man who is considered armed and dangerous in connection with a death investigation.
Chief Deputy Jamie Singley said late Saturday that authorities are seeking Ronnie Smith of the Kokomo area.
A woman is dead and a man was injured after being shot near Foxworth late Friday in what investigators say appears to have been a domestic dispute.
Tamaneka Murree Alexander, 30, of Foxworth, died Friday night as a result of her injuries, Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall said in a news release Monday.
Some jobs and tax revenue will be returning to Columbia as Ramey’s Marketplace is coming to U.S. 98 in the building formerly occupied by Winn-Dixie.
Thomas Hodges, a spokesman for the family-owned, Purvis-based company, said the grocery store will employ approximately 100 people and will open before Thanksgiving.
Columbia Police Chief Mike Cooper announced his resignation Monday, and the Board of Aldermen hired Michael Kelly as his replacement during a special meeting Monday.
A massive blaze destroyed a home on Mississippi 35 Wednesday morning.
Myron Miller, assistant chief for the Southwest Marion Volunteer Fire Department, said the house belongs to former Columbia Police Chief Carroll Bryant.
The Columbia school board approved Monday afternoon hiring Perry Central High School football coach Chip Bilderback to lead the Wildcats football program.
Superintendent Jason Harris said in a news release that Bilderback is "one of the top young coaches" in Mississippi.