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Getting Closer

By ANTHONY WARREN,

City to set vote for Fondren Business Improvement District

The Fondren business community is one step closer to having a new way to fund beautification, security and other public improvements that cannot be paid for by local government.






Prison death

Fifteen deaths of Mississippi inmates in one month is normal? That’s what this state’s corrections commissioner, Pelicia Hall, claims.





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Relief?

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson police have the lowest pay and highest living expenses when compared to their counterparts in comparable cities.

However, relief could soon be on the way.

As part of his 2019 budget, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is proposing an across-the-board two-percent pay raise for all municipal employees.





Golf Standout

Future ‘green jacket’ could be a possibility for junior golfer Simms Abney

Like many junior golfers, Simms Abney dreams of putting on a green jacket after winning the Masters Tournament.

Unlike many of those golfers, though, Simms stands a good chance of one day doing it.




THE CHEF

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Young northsider started love of baking at four years old with a blueberry pie

Macaroons and cookies and cakes – oh, my!

Nine-year-old Andrew Clark – or The Chef Andrew as he is known on social media – is learning to make all of the above in his own creative way.


Little Help

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Planned work on Eubanks will offer little relief from flooding

Design work is about to wrap up on a project designed to improve drainage along Eubanks Creek in Fondren.


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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.








Child's Prayer

Van Devender family donates for expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital

The simple prayer of a child for the patients of Batson Children’s Hospital brought about a $1.5 million gift from the Van Devender Family Foundation to expand pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).


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.


SESSION OUTLOOK

Bomgar tackling transparency, the economy and Justice system in 2018

Mississippi House District 58 Rep. Joel Bomgar has a lot in store for the 2018 legislative session.


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Mystix dance

The Rosa Scott JV Mystix dance team recently held their summer camp for the 2016-2017 season. During the four-day private camp, the team was taught by a choreographer from American All-Star, based in Louisiana.




Bond Payments Skyrocketing

Jackson’s bond debt payments are about to skyrocket, and city officials are still determining how to address them.

This year, the city is expected to pay around $7.9 million in principal and interest on its outstanding general obligation bonds.


Sign for baseball

Madison Central High School senior Kirkland Trahan signed to play baseball at Jones County Junior College next year. Shown are (standing)Ty Trahan; (seated, from left) Wendi Gowdy, Kirkland and Kortney Trahan.


Good Spellers

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2017 Middle School Spelling Bee. Shown are (back) Head of Middle School Tim Alford; (front, from left) finalist Unsh Majithia, winner Eesh Majithia, and finalist Alexandra Zevallos.


State takeover of JPS

According to a recent audit by the Mississippi Department of Education, the Jackson district is a managerial and pedagogic disaster. Rated “F” on the state’s A-to-F accountability grading, it was in violation of 24 out of 32 of the state’s accreditation standards, even after being given a year to try to correct its mess.


A Study

First Presbyterian Day School kindergartners dressed in athletic wear to end their week of studying the letter A. Shown are (from left) McRee Raggio, Caroline Lowry, Gianna Grace Odom, and Kate Bryant.



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Jackson Prep 2018 varsity softball team include (from left, back) Head Coach Cory Caton; Drea Morgan, McKinley Weeks, Maddie Newman, Colby Ray, Raylei McKinney, Sydney Ray, Assistant Coach Shane B