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DUI Arrests Increase

More patrols and checkpoints in Madison County may have led to an increase in DUI arrests during the holidays.

The city of Ridgeland saw an increase in DUI arrests from December 21, 2018, to January 1, 2019, which Police Chief John Neal said could be due to an increase in checkpoints and the extra time off for the holiday season.


LOHO Annual Meeting Jan. 10

LOHO residents will have a chance to sound off on the neighborhood association’s new bylaws and budget at a meeting this week.

LOHO’s first official “neighborhood-wide annual meeting” is slated for Thursday, January 10, at the River Hills Club. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., according to a release.




Shut-offs

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson officials going after unpaying water customers

The new year will mean new efforts by the city of Jackson to recoup an estimated $20 million in outstanding water revenues.

The city ramped up its water shut-off efforts to recoup funds on about 20,000 delinquent accounts, according to Public Works Director Robert Miller.



Heartstrings

McLean Fletcher hosts gala Heartstrings Gala, an annual benefit for the McClean Fletcher Grief Center for Children, a service of Hospice Ministries, is scheduled for February 7 from 7-10 p.m. The event will be held at the home of Lea and Cal Easley.


Renaissance to feature new show fountain, theater and Costco

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The second and third phases of Renaissance are on track to be finished next year, complete with another show fountain and Malco theater.

The city of Ridgeland director of community development Alan Hart said, based on reports from the developer, that phase two of Renaissance should be open by summer or fall of 2019.



session outlook

Criminal justice reform at the top of lawmakers’ priority list for 2019 legislative session

Joel Bomgar

House District 58 Rep. Joel Bomgar is proud of the work he was able to accomplish this past year and is hoping to carry that momentum into the upcoming year.


Mother and daughter find comfort and camaraderie at St. Catherine’s Village

When Lynette Hegwood lost her husband last year to cancer, she decided it was time to consider alternatives to assist her with the challenges of living alone. And she could think of no better place than where her mother, Flora “Flo” Mullins, has lived for more than a decade—St. Catherine’s Village.


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