Most Read News Articles





Hamlin’s career changes from the pulpit to politics

By NIKKI ROWELL,

When Ridgeland Alderman Wes Hamlin was in college and imagined what his future might be like, he saw himself in the pulpit, not in politics.

However, over the years, Hamlin saw a shift in his career choice, partly thanks to his circumstances and the influence of family members. He went on to become Ridgeland’s youngest alderman.


Real Men

In its fourth year in Central Mississippi, 24 area men will take a stand against breast cancer by supporting the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Central Mississippi through participation in the Real Men Wear Pink campaign.






Pages


Relief?

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson police have the lowest pay and highest living expenses when compared to their counterparts in comparable cities.

However, relief could soon be on the way.

As part of his 2019 budget, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is proposing an across-the-board two-percent pay raise for all municipal employees.






Golf Standout

Future ‘green jacket’ could be a possibility for junior golfer Simms Abney

Like many junior golfers, Simms Abney dreams of putting on a green jacket after winning the Masters Tournament.

Unlike many of those golfers, though, Simms stands a good chance of one day doing it.



THE CHEF

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Young northsider started love of baking at four years old with a blueberry pie

Macaroons and cookies and cakes – oh, my!

Nine-year-old Andrew Clark – or The Chef Andrew as he is known on social media – is learning to make all of the above in his own creative way.


Little Help

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Planned work on Eubanks will offer little relief from flooding

Design work is about to wrap up on a project designed to improve drainage along Eubanks Creek in Fondren.


Pages

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.


Pages

Lions speaker

Congressman Gregg Harper recently spoke to the Madion Lions Club. Shown are (from left) Lions Matthew Kirk, Joshua Gates, Rep. Harper,  Lion Steve Haskins.




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.




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.



Pages

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