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Tiny state agency plans on issuing $895 million bond

By WYATT EMMERICH,

When a Tiny backwater state agency published a public notice in the newspaper that it planned on issuing up to $895 million in state debt, it raised some eyebrows.

The Municipal Gas Authority of Mississippi (MGAM) only has a half-dozen or so employees, but that isn’t stopping the 30-year-old agency from some whopping plans.










Paper party

The Annandale Chapter, Mississippi State Society Daughters of the American Revolution sponsored a Genealogy “Paper Party” recently at a Flowood restaurant.  Guest genealogist was Billie Breedlove, Vice President General, NSDAR. Shown are (from left) Debbie Cannon Annandale Chapter regent, MSSDAR; Mrs.


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Economic education

It was a packed house earlier this month at the Jackson Convention Center when hundreds of Mississippians convened for the Forum on American Enterprise. The guest speaker was Atlanta Federal Reserve president Raphael Bostic, who took office last year as the 17th president.



Is bullying different from hazing?

By STEVE WATSON,

The new academic year is well under way and along with new school clothing, new school supplies and new classes, age-old worries crowd our students’ minds. “How do I look?” “Will I make friends?” “Will I be accepted?” “Where are my classes?” You get the picture. Their heads are full of concerns even when they appear not to care.



Rushed lottery law

Addressing a group of press and involved citizens at the Stennis Capitol Press Forum, 34-year veteran state senator Hob Bryan delivered a persuasive evisceration of the state legislature’s most recent special session creating a lottery to help fund repairs to our state’s crumbling roads and bridges.




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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).


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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Germanfest

The 31st annual Gluckstadt GermanFest is scheduled for Sunday, September 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, located off Interstate 55 North of Madison.  The family-oriented festival is best known for its German food and authentic German Folk music provided by the band, Polkameisters.


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.


Families support

The Families First Advocacy Council Update was held recently at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The meeting was an overview of Families First History, Gen+, Partners, Results, Fatherhood Program, Healthy Teens for a Better Mississippi, and testimonials from General Elton Berry, Colonel D. Smith, and Marcus Dupree.


Spirit award

The Jackson Academy Spirit Award is presented to a middle school boy and girl in each grade who shows exceptional loyalty and enthusiasm for the school and its activities.  Receiving the 2017 are (from left, back) ​Emily Buchanan, Addie Elliot, Caroline Crisler, Alex Summerford; (front) Will Graven, Samuel Chustz, Michael Hederman, and Mackenzi





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.


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