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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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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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Ministry

Each year First Presbyterian Day School adopts a ministry for families and students to support. The 2017-2018 mission project is Mission First, located in the city of Jackson. Lee Thigpen (back), Mission First director, recently spoke to students during chapel to kick off the year of partnership and giving.


Flood control madness

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

The Mississippi River crested over nine feet above flood stage at Natchez on March 17 — higher than the epic 1927 flood which put the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the flood control business. The 2011 crest was even higher. Four of the five highest floods have happened since 2008.



Meet the teacher

Madison Ridgeland Academy recently held Meet the Teacher day. Shown are (from left) Dianne Robinson with her grandchildren, Tilley (K4) and James (2nd) Dykes.



Crossroads

Michele Baker, coordinator of the Crossroads Film Festival, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson about the festival, which will celebrate its 19th anniversary in April. This year’s festival will include films from across the United States and 26 countries, including 32 films from Mississippi.


Carter Wachtel

Carter Wachtel, Madison Ridgeland Academy sophomore, was among those who placed first in the Congressional App Challenge, a competition aimed at encouraging students across the United States to learn how to code by creating their own applications.


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Social

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