Jimmy Gail Corley
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.
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.
A garden is much more sensory than mere looks; sometimes more memorable features can be found — eyes closed — right outside the door.
Some are haunting enough to keep us home, in a way, even when we’re far removed by distance or time.
Citizens Bank recently made a $1,500 contribution toward helping the Columbia Police Department outfit its Humvee. Pictured from left are Sgt. Adrien Fortenberry, Chris Smith, senior vice president and branch president of the U.S. 98 branch of Citizens Bank, Columbia Police Chief Michael Kelly and officer Josh McPherson.
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 Columbia woman allegedly tried to smuggle marijuana in her bra to an inmate she was visiting at the Marion County Regional Correctional Facility.
Annie Nicole Jefferson, 32, subsequently found herself behind bars Wednesday and charged with possession of narcotics inside a correctional facility.
Is a herb a herb, even if you don’t use it as one?
In an attempt to demystify a slough of simple, durable garden plants that are dauntingly lumped under one leaky umbrella by garden writers and plant societies, I insist that you don’t have to grow herbs as such to enjoy them.
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.
Caption: In this photo from 50 years ago, Aug. 1, 1968: For the third straight year, the Columbia High School cheerleaders took the first place trophy at the Williams Cheerleaders Clinic in Laurel.
(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.)
Over the two years I have been writing this column, many people have approached me with questions. They usually want to know where in the world do I come up with the topics and how do I even know about these things. My grandfather said I was born with a huge curiosity bump.
Over the past couple of weeks, East Marion (16-1, 6-0) has asserted itself as the team to beat in Class 1A/3A Region 7, while Columbia (7-13, 3-3) and West Marion (5-9, 2-4) are trying to keep pace with Salem (12-4, 4-1) for the coveted second spot in the district standings.
Since the beginning of 2017 until the end, Marion County sports never failed to disappoint. The sports year was flush with comebacks, walk-offs and buzzer-beaters and records, titles and scholarships.
It was tough to pick just 10 and some of them are lumped together to make one, but these 10 certainly do stand above the rest.
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, Dec. 11
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.