Jimmy Gail Corley
The day I’m writing this, Aug. 15, the birthday of an important woman, should be declared a national holiday to honor this woman who changed the face of eating in America. In 1912, Julia Carolyn McWilliams was born in Pasadena, Calif., into an upper middle class family.
Volunteer fire departments have as good a case as anyone for why they deserve more property tax money. Their workers are all volunteers, saving a tremendous amount from if the rural communities they protect were forced to pay wages, and most all of the time their members live within their service area.
For more than 100 years, Colonial Funeral Home has been located at 323 Second St. in Columbia and has honored deep-rooted family values with care and support.
Colonial offers traditional services, funeral services with burial, cremation and grief counseling with certified counselors in its service to families in their darkest hours.
STARKVILLE — From the White House down to city halls in rural hamlets across this country, politicians are using the term “fake news” to discredit anything they encounter in the media that they deem negative or that doesn’t fit their self-interests.
State grant funding 2 of 4 classes this year
The Columbia school board on Tuesday approved accepting a $140,000 grant to begin its pre-K program at Columbia Primary School this year.
The new program will serve 70 4-year-olds in four classes.
The following land transactions were listed as completed in the Marion County Chancery Clerk’s Office during the week of July 23:
Dana Bryan Phillips to Ronald A. Herrington and Mary L. Herrington for property.
The following marriage license applications were received by the Marion County Circuit Clerk’s Office during the week of July 23:
• Elvis McArthur Singleton of Sandy Hook and Richelle Nicole Crumedy of Angie, La.
• Charles Ronald Pittman Jr. of Columbia and Venetia Griffin of Columbia.
Columbia and Marion County have seen a significant decrease in population since the 2010 census with the city dropping 8 percent and the county 7 percent over the seven-year period.
In April 2010, when the last full census was completed, Columbia had 6,582 residents; in 2017, it had 6,037.
There were no marriage license applications received by the Marion County Circuit Clerk’s Office during the week of July 30.
The following divorce was listed as final in the Marion County Circuit Clerk’s Office during the week of July 30:
• Kyle L. Bolin and Kayla Delancey Bolin.
After meeting with the Marion County Board of Supervisors about space concerns, election commissioners are moving to new offices at the BusinessPlex, the former Columbia Training School.
The offices are located behind the Community Room in the same building with the Columbia Law Enforcement Training Academy at 182 Partnership Way.
A former Columbia Police Department officer avoided jail time after pleading guilty Tuesday to a charge that he had sex with a woman who was under post-release supervision in 2014.
Shawn Williams, who had been scheduled to go to trial Wednesday, is the last of four officers to be sentenced in the case.
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.
A line of strong storms caused damage to buildings in the county Jan. 2 although no one was injured.
The Marion County Board of Supervisors opened the year by electing District 5 Supervisor Calvin Newsom as president and District 1 Supervisor Randy Dyess as vice president for 2017.
A shakedown Thursday at the Marion-Walthall County Regional Correctional Facility in Columbia unearthed everything from bags of tobacco to pink Nike shoes to tattoo ink.
The Mississippi Department of Corrections said in a news release that it seized the contraband during an unannounced raid.
Forecasters don’t expect the heaviest rains in Marion County from Hurricane Harvey until mid-to-late next week, although its impact remains uncertain.
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.
For too long the state and federal governments have either cut spending to local governments or required new spending without allocating any funds for it. That allows politicians at those higher-up levels to brag on themselves without having to bite the bullet and face the on-the-ground consequences.
During a special meeting Tuesday afternoon, the Columbia Board of Aldermen appointed Eric Lucas to serve on the Columbia School District Board of Trustees.
The 39-year-old is a Columbia High School graduate and works for Jones Companies.
Columbia School District Trustees say they are pleased with the work of new Superintendent Jason Harris.
The Board completed an evaluation of Harris before the Jan. 11 meeting and talked about Harris and the projects that he has begun since taking the helm on July 1, 2017.
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.