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Zoo Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Attendance, money woes plague future of Jackson Zoo

Recently, the Jackson Zoological Park announced the unexpected death of Casper the giraffe.

Prior to the death, zoo keepers reported that the 14-year-old reticulated giraffe was not feeling well.






Freshman court

Madison Ridgeland Academy ninth-grade homecoming maids and escorts include (from left, back) Laurel Fulcher, Sam Thomas McInnis; (front) Brayden Jones, Carlisle Johnson, Bess Chinchen and Toby Trowbridge.


Spelling winner

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2017 Middle School Spelling Bee. Shown are (from left) winner Eesh Majithia and Head of Middle School Tim Alford.


Baseball at Gulf Coast

Madison Central High School senior Kade Dees signed to play baseball at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College next year. Shown are (from left, back) Mattie and Jerry Dupuy; (front) Tracie Dupuy, Dees, and Judy Dupuy.


KNEEL-IN MOVEMENT

PROGRAMS SCHEDULED TO COMMEMORATE INTEGRATION OF JACKSON CHURCHES

A week before the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opens, local religious, educational and civic leaders will commemorate another milestone in the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi - the Kneel-In Movement.



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At Last

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Mayor secures financing for major North State project

Two years and numerous discussions later, the city of Jackson is finally moving forward on the North State Street and West County Line Road reconstruction projects.

And the projects will be moving forward more than a year ahead of schedule.




Traffic changes

The county is looking to change their policy for homeowner associations that want to make positive traffic changes to their subdivisions, such as reducing speeding, adding speed bumps, or other deterrents of reckless driving.




Behind the Scenes

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

Lynda wright helps make Ballet Mississippi  ‘just so beautiful’

Having taken ballet classes all her life, being in charge of the box office, accounts, and even filling in as “Mother Ginger” for three years during The Nutcracker performances, Lynda Wright could be called the backbone of Ballet Mississippi.


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City meet

The River Hills parent relay team (from left) Ben Kerr, Will McCraney, Tal Hendrix, and Parker Ellison swam to a first place finish during this year’s event at the Jackson Swim Association’s City Meet.


Court denies R’land request

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Opponents of the Ridgeland Costco Wholesale scored a minor victory recently in their efforts to keep the wholesaler from locating on Highland Colony Parkway.

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied the city of Ridgeland’s request to expedite the appeal of the city’s 2015 vote to amend the zoning ordinance.



Dealership requests to be left out of Gluckstadt and Canton annexation issue

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

The Gluckstadt incorporation is making slow and steady progress, but there is one commercial entity that wants to stay out of the issue.

The Mak Haik car dealership, located north of Glucksadt Road and west of I-55, does not want to be part of the incorporation. The car dealer does not want to be part of Canton’s annexation either.


Watters honored for contributions

Betti Watters was the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter.

This award goes to Mississippi NASW members who have made significant contributions to the field of professional social work throughout their professional careers in Mississippi.


Trying Again

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Michel still wants neighborhood improvement district

District 25 Sen. Walter Michel hopes the fourth time will be the charm when it comes to seeing a “neighborhood improvement district” bill passed.

The Northside senator is planning to introduce a bill creating the NIDs in the 2018 session.



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Millage increase

The Southwest Madison fire district is about to see a change in millage. Recently, the Madison County Board of Supervisors approved an increased millage of four mills.



Pastors for Kemper

We thought nothing regarding the Kemper power plant could surprise us anymore, but we were wrong. We now have a campaign called the Ministerial Alliance calling for the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) to take mercy on Mississippi Power and its failed boondoggle.


Joe Deason on his plans for MCEDA

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) has a new executive director. Joey Deason has a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University, and he is a graduate of Ethel High School in Attala County. Deason has worked for General Motors for 17 years in Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Michigan.







Online auction

Madison County is renewing their contract with GovEase, a software company that facilitates government improvement at a local level.

The software company will allow Madison County to conduct their second online property auction. Lee County is the only other county in the state using the software.


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Social

The Jackson Academy Accents won in the MAIS Spirit Competition, taking first place in both the AAAA Kick division and the AAAA Pom division against teams from across the state.