Stephen Donald Olson
(This week The Columbian-Progress spotlights Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association System Engineer Erik LaVine.)
Q: When and where were you born?
A: I was born Nov. 4, 1985 in Petal.
Q: Where did you attend school?
Paintings and encouraging sayings now greet students in the restrooms at Columbia Elementary School.
The Joy Project brought the artwork to the bathroom stall doors throughout the school Saturday in preparation for the first day Monday.
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.
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.
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.
A Columbia woman is facing one count of misdemeanor child neglect after her four children were found in her car while she shopped at Walmart Monday.
Amber Fairburn, 25, of Columbia, was arrested by Columbia police shortly before noon, according to Lt. Cmdr. Jonathan Harrison.
An Angie, La., woman faces felony shoplifting charges after allegedly stealing more than $1,200 worth of electronics from Walmart in Columbia over the weekend.
Lullabies Children’s Boutique opened in August 2016 and has offered Columbia a high-quality, one-stop shop with unbeatable prices.
Owner Kim Sullivan said her inspiration for opening the business was simple.
A pair of hearings for variances for properties on Church Street will take place next month.
The Columbia Board of Aldermen set the hearings as citizens and Building Inspector Lonnie Stringer discussed in one case, new construction and in another, a change of occupancy for a structure.
Robert Lawrence “Booger” Sandifer
Graveside services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Woodlawn Cemetery for Robert Lawrence “Booger” Sandifer, 64, of Columbia, who died on Sunday, Jan. 14. The Rev. Greg Pittman and the Rev. Mike Sahler officiated at the services.
A state appeals court says a convicted murderer from Marion County is not entitled to a parole hearing every year.
The Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled on Herman Barnes’ case Tuesday. It said a 2014 law requiring annual parole review does not apply to people convicted before that law was passed.
As storms swept through the region this morning, Marion County law enforcement and first responders were kept busy.
Firefighters from South Marion, Pine Burr and Foxworth responded shortly after 10 a.m. to a report of a tree that had fallen on a car on Mississippi 43 near Mail Route Road.
Schools across the region were closed, about 3,000 homes in Marion County were without power Friday as heavy snow fell across South Mississippi.
In Marion County, by 11 a.m., many areas had received at least three inches of the white stuff, with some areas expected to have six inches.
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.
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.
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.
A Saturday night checkpoint in eastern Marion County netted an arrest and serious drug charges for a Sandy Hook man.
When is a road not a road?
The Marion County Board of Supervisors is confronted with two questions over whether roads are private or public.
Kind and dedicated.
That’s how her co-workers describe Rachel Gail Green during her 31-year tenure leading the kitchen at The Grove.
They honored the retiring Certified Food Protection Professional Tuesday with a reception at the Columbia nursing facility.