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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.






Freshman court

Madison Ridgeland Academy ninth-grade homecoming maids and escorts include (from left, back) Laurel Fulcher, Sam Thomas McInnis; (front) Brayden Jones, Carlisle Johnson, Bess Chinchen and Toby Trowbridge.


Spelling winner

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2017 Middle School Spelling Bee. Shown are (from left) winner Eesh Majithia and Head of Middle School Tim Alford.


Baseball at Gulf Coast

Madison Central High School senior Kade Dees signed to play baseball at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College next year. Shown are (from left, back) Mattie and Jerry Dupuy; (front) Tracie Dupuy, Dees, and Judy Dupuy.


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.



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Moody-Thomas, Moffett exchange wedding vows April 15 at Pratt Methodist

LAVETA DANNETTE Moody-Thomas and Stanley Moffett were married April 15 at Pratt Memorial United Methodist Church. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor DeMario Benson Sr.

The bride is the daughter of the late Roshell and Jessie Mae Moody of Laurel. The bridegroom is the son of the late Esaw and Wilma Moffett of Laurel.




Slip-sliding away

By LOTTIE BOGGAN,

A bottle of complimentary champagne in front of us, Edrie Royals and I sat out on our balcony. Now late afternoon and back from our tours of Hong Kong, the sun was a burnished copper and it was almost time for our ship, the Celebrity Millenium, to set sail in the East China Sea for points, sights and scenes unknown.


Food drive

With a roster of 449 students, the ninth-grade class at Rosa Scott collected more than 17,000 cans in a canned food drive. Shown are (from left) Shelby Jayroe, Alexis Derry, and Martina Batalla.



Beauty of the Rockies can nullify the danger of the wolverine

By JEFF NORTH,

Have you been thinking about the fierce one? Did the Polar bear come to mind? Maybe you had thoughts of other species that aren’t so obvious. A Canada goose with goslings can be extremely vicious when it comes to protecting her nest. A wolf can be ferocious but this is still not the one that ranks at the top of the list.



Paving streets for tourists

Jackson’s one-percent oversight commission’s hopes to repave downtown streets to coincide with the opening of the two Mississippi Museums could be too little too late.

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Mississippi History Museum are expected to open December 9, to coincide with the state’s bicentennial.


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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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The Jackson Academy Accents won in the MAIS Spirit Competition, taking first place in both the AAAA Kick division and the AAAA Pom division against teams from across the state.