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A tale of two lakes

IF JOHN MCGOWAN had his way, Two Lakes would have been finished 15 years ago and development along the project would be thriving.

Instead, engineers are about to begin a new feasibility study, this time on the One Lake project, a scaled-back version of McGowan’s original plan. The study will cost around $1.8 million.

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Highway 463 bypass slated for opening June 15

AFTER MORE THAN a decade of delays, the Highway 463 bypass north of downtown Madison will be finished and open next weekend, according to the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT).

MDOT and Madison officials will hold a ribbon cutting at the crest of the new 463 bridge above the railroad tracks Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m.

 “This is one of the most exciting days in the history of our city,” said Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler of the bypass, which was recently named Madison Parkway.

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Demand for area independent schools reaching capacity

SPACES ARE FILLING up at the Northside’s private and parochial schools.

The majority of schools in Northeast Jackson and South Madison County are nearing or have reached enrollment capacity for the fall, and are now putting students on waiting lists or in wait pools.

Schools are still urging parents to apply, saying that some spots could open up this summer as families relocate for new employment.

Other schools say they will adjust their faculty and staff to meet the needs of more students.

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Ridgeland plans to go 'paperless'

RIDGELAND IS going paperless.

The city will no longer print paper copies of board packets and agendas for board of aldermen meetings and committee meetings. Instead, Mayor Gene McGee, the seven aldermen, city attorney and city clerk will each have an iPad for official use.

“This will reduce the amount of paper we use and the manpower in putting the packets together for each meeting,” said City Clerk and Human Resources Director Paula Tierce. “It’s something that we have been looking at for several years.”

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Optimist speaker

Former columnist and new executive director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Rick Cleveland (left) recently spoke to the Optimist Club of Jackson. Cleveland talked about his former career as a sports columnist and his plans for the hall of fame, such as revamping its Web site and increasing corporate sponsorship. He is shown with Optimist President John Wakeland.

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A conversation with Will Longwitz on first term in Senate

Will Longwitz just finished his first session in the state Legislature as District 25 senator, representing parts of Madison, Ridgeland and northeast Jackson. Longwitz also has a law practice in Madison. He and his wife, Leigh Ann, are members of Chapel of the Cross and have two daughters. He recently spoke with Sun staff writer Katie Eubanks about the 2012 session.

 

Going into the Senate as a rookie, what was the thing you were most nervous about?

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Power plant in Kemper bad idea

The Mississippi Public Service Commission’s support of Mississippi Power Company's Kemper County Power Plant is indefensible and ridiculous. Clearly Commissioner Brandon Presley has this one right and Commissioners Leonard Bentz and Lynn Posey are just flat wrong to support the costly, environmentally destructive, unnecessary project.

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Plenty of strange town names in Mississippi

The wags enjoy telling it to you straight: "What's that y'r ask'n, son? Wh'r do th' names f'r Mi'ssippi towns come from? Why right off them wat'r tow'rs, that's wh'r." Pause. Guffaw.

Such insightful wit is not reserved for just the uninitiated. It is also, should there be a lapse in conversation, the sustaining stuff of duck blinds, deer stands and barber shops.

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Environmentalists must be wise regarding use of natural gas

The Sierra Club, which once supported the use of natural gas as a bridge to its hope for total reliance on “green energy,” has now come out against it.

Apparently the powerful environmental group is worried the glut of natural gas is driving the price of electricity down too much. Their ultimate goal of near total reliability on non-fossil fuels is unachievable, they must believe, unless the price of traditional energy can be driven up.

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It's nice when your son thinks you are Thor

While awaiting the much anticipated (by Marvel fans) “The Avengers,” starring Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Black Widow and Thor, I must admit to intense excitement on my part and on the part of my two-year-old son, Paul. Every night after reading books we watch the DVD of “Thor,” starring Chris Hemworth (“Star Trek”) in the title role, and Oscar and Golden Globe winners and nominees Anthony Hopkins (Odin), Renee Russo (Freya), Idris Elba (Hemdall), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), Stellan Skarsgaard (Selvig), and Tom Hiddleston (Loki).

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