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5 things you didn’t know about GINA DIAMOND

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Because of her love of cooking, she is a part of two cookbook clubs. She has lived in five states but has lived in Mississippi the longest. Before opening her shop, she served as marketing director for four different organizations. Her Italian heritage shines through when she makes her homemade ravioli, “the real way.” Her biggest hobbies c



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Property Plans Revealed

The first phase of a new apartment complex on the Northside could be completed by next summer.

Construction is under way on the first phase of Tapestry NorthRidge, a new 220-unit apartment complex going up at the old Colonial Country Club golf course.



5 things you didn’t know about Kelly Antici

By NIKKI ROWELL,

When planning for vacation, she and her family prefer destinations where they can explore nature. She and her husband first met at age 15 and began dating at 17. When it comes to exercise, she prefers weight-lifting to cardio. A self-described fan of “older music,” her bucket list includes George Strait and Elton John concerts. Her husband






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Stan Buckley on But God Ministries

Stan Buckley is founder and director of But God Ministries in Ridgeland. The Madison resident started the group in 2011, around the time he stepped down as pastor of First Baptist Church of Jackson. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and received his Juris Doctorate from the Mississippi College School of Law.



Shut-offs

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson officials going after unpaying water customers

The new year will mean new efforts by the city of Jackson to recoup an estimated $20 million in outstanding water revenues.

The city ramped up its water shut-off efforts to recoup funds on about 20,000 delinquent accounts, according to Public Works Director Robert Miller.


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.







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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s varsity boys basketball team recently held their end-of-season banquet, celebrating their championship season and awarding team members.



Honor artist

Local artist TJ Legler (left) spoke recently to the Metro Jackson Lions Club. Legler discussed light painting and drone photography, as well as his work collaborating with other artists on an international project to honor Vincent Van Gogh. Also shown is Lion President Anthony Warren.


Shoreline Habitat

To promote shoreline habitat and stabilize the bank, a planting project will soon be underway. Shoreline areas along the Ross Barnett Reservoir, such as the Reservoir Overlook, were recently lined with rip rap rock to repair eroded slopes.


run for the Brain

Planning is underway for the third annual Brawn and Bubbles Run for the Brain Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Participants may join The MIND Center and the Reservoir Fire Department of Rankin County for this sunset run along the shoreline of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.


Eagles

Jackson Academy students who have achieved Eagle Scout rank through Boy Scouts of America are (from left, back) James McLemore, Preston McWilliams, Drake Warman, Brent Butler, Harris McLemore, Garner Cheney, Charlie Gautier; (third row) Michael Hederman, William Meck, Bryan Barksdale, Yeager Whitehead, Don Waller, John Eric Clark, Bonner Dinkin


Magical moments with a first doe

I can’t recall the exact date, but somewhere around 20 plus years ago the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks created several special youth seasons for those younger than 16 years of age. Don’t hold me to it, but I believe a two day waterfowl season was the first in a series for the kids.



Gerrymandered

We don’t know that Mississippi Senate District 22, even with its majority-black voting-age population, is racially gerrymandered, as federal Judge Carlton Reeves has ruled. We do know that it’s politically gerrymandered.



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The Montessori Academy of Jackson recently celebrated World Peace Day.  Participating were (from left) Lincoln Songcharoen, John Hudson Abel, Jake Aldy, Emmerson Laschanzky, Blue Harper Mitchel, R