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Zoo Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Location cited as factor in low attendance at Jackson Zoo

For the Jackson Zoo, it’s all about location, location, location.

The zoo has been hemorrhaging visitors for years, and local and out-of-towners alike cite the park’s surroundings as a major reason why.


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.


Determination

Shearer overcomes back injury to continue love of dance at Indiana University

What at one point seemed impossible for a young ballerina has now become a reality.

After suffering a back injury, Mary Kate Shearer is attending Indiana University Bloomington and is now part of the ballet program at the Jacobs School of Music.



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.


Developer pulls rezoning appeal for StorageMax on Highland Colony

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

Buster Bailey of H.C. Bailey Companies has pulled the Highland Colony Parkway StorageMax appeal for the Ridgeland board of aldermen’s approval.

“There was a public hearing before the zoning board (a couple of months ago). The board did not recommend approval,” Mayor Gene McGee said. “The developer pulled the item.”





Milne on new role at Jackson Academy

Jack Milne is currently the vice president and dean of school at Jackson Academy. On January 1, he will become JA’s new head of school. Before becoming vice president and dean of school at JA this past June, Milne served for 17 years at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, where he was a teacher, middle school head and associate head.


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Donation

First Baptist Church, Fannin collected money at their vacation Bible school for The Little Light House and  presented a check for $1,884.  Shown are (from left, back) Fran Patterson, Francie Howie, Deyanna Buckner, Terri Kennedy, Chad Russell, Jeff Giles, Amy Stokes; (front) Camya Gibson, Jase Coleman, Mary Virginia Bost, Jayveon Bankston, Kaid


Aid victims

Rosa Scott ninth-grade class members collected coloring and activity books, crayons, and markers to aid in the Houston Hurricane Harvey flood relief.  Shown are (from left) Audrey Kilgore, Katherine Delaney and Taylor Boyt.


Curious savage

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s upper school theater department presents the play “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick. Starring in the play are (from left, back) Jay Warnock, Hunter Newell, Betsy Seage, Stephen Cook, Turner Martin, Iain Brumley; (front) Gracie LaRue, Lauren Tanaka, Darby Farr, Julienne Sones, and Ellie Caraway.


Sculpture dedicated

A life-size sculpture of writer Eudora Welty, commissioned by two Millsaps College alumni and created by an alumnus, was unveiled and dedicated recently at the college. Given in honor of Dr.


Residency Rule Repealed

Jackson has repealed its residency requirement for new police officers and firefighters.

The council approved amending the city’s residency ordinance last week, at the request of Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance.


Matching Funding

Madison County will be paying a total of $615,000 in matched funds to the city of Madison for road improvements.

Estimates for the Sandalwood ($350,000 in matched funds) and Treasure Cove ($50,000 in matched funds) subdivisions were discussed during a November board of supervisors meeting.



Alum panel

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held a panel between alums and faculty in which seven members from the Class of 2016 discussed how St. Andrew’s helped prepare them for college.



Football awards

Jackson Prep junior high football awards winners include (from left) Seth Cook – Captain and Impact Players; Matt Jones – Most Valuable Player and Captain; Braedon Mabry – Most Valuable Defensive Player and Captain; Riley Maddox – Most Valuable Offensive Player and Captain.


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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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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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Location cited as factor in low attendance at Jackson Zoo

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First Presbyterian Day School’s Crusader Club parent organization is made up of multiple committees of parent volunteers.