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Margo Coleman uses golf to help teach young people skills for a successful life

For the last two decades, Margo Coleman has worked to give amateur golfers across the state numerous opportunities to improve their skills as players.

Her work even helped some junior golfers earn college scholarships.


Dorlisa Hutton on SR1 and purpose

Dorlisa Hutton, a Jackson native, serves as the chief operations officer for SR1. Hutton earned her undergraduate degree in healthcare administration at Jackson State University. She earned her master’s degree in public health from Jackson State and a master’s in biomedical science from the University of Mississippi.


Pothole Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Manpower and money hurting city’s efforts to repair streets

Jackson’s long-planned assault on potholes is less an assault and more an attempt to dip water out of a bucket with a teaspoon.

Last fall, city officials said they had fallen behind on repairing potholes largely because of broken down equipment.




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Rivers flow to the sea

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

Gravity is a fundamental law of nature. It makes rivers flow to the sea. If the natural flow is blocked, there are consequences. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blocked about 40 percent of the Mississippi River’s peak flow to the Gulf at Morgan City in 1964. The delayed consequences today are unnatural floods on the Lower Mississippi.



News Briefs

Water Collections Up

Jackson is slowly but surely making progress in addressing its water and sewer billing issues, as evidenced by increased collections in the water/sewer billing department.

Through February 28, the city has collected nearly $22.2 million, or 83.1 percent of total billed amounts.


City official says time for Jackson to rethink purpose of local transit system

By ANTHONY WARREN,

With years of declining ridership, Jackson city officials say it’s time to rethink public transit.

“Transit needs to be a service to the community and all of the community,” Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine said. “For a long time, we looked at the service as only for those who have no means of transportation.


Council approves public access gates by 5-0 vote for Heatherwood for public access gates

By ANTHONY WARREN,

The Heatherwood neighborhood promises to be safer for walkers, joggers, and pedestrians in general, following a recent vote by the Jackson City Council.

Recently, the council approved the Heatherwood Area Homeowners’ Association’s application to install a public access gate along Briarfield Road.





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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).




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.



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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.


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Two area high schools have started what will be an annual competition to raise money for waterfowl conservation.