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Get tough on embezzlement

The logic for not giving jail time to public officials who embezzle money makes sense: Let them work and pay back their dishonest gain rather than be a further drain by requiring the taxpayers to feed and house them in prison.



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Dean Powell

By STAFF,

Dean Powell

54, Foxworth

Dean Powell, 54, of Foxworth,  died Thursday, July 19, 2018, at his residence. He was the owner of Diesel Tech in Foxworth and an avid race car fan. Dean was of the Church of God faith.







Schools kick off year

By MARK ROGERS,

They did it in different ways, but the message was the same as teachers from the Columbia and Marion County school districts prepared for the start of school this week.

In Columbia, students head back to the books on Monday, and Marion County students will follow suit on Tuesday. This week, each district hosted a day of preparation.




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Board smart on sales tax

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.











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