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Zoo Blues


Location cited as factor in low attendance at Jackson Zoo

For the Jackson Zoo, it’s all about location, location, location.

The zoo has been hemorrhaging visitors for years, and local and out-of-towners alike cite the park’s surroundings as a major reason why.



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.


Shearer overcomes back injury to continue love of dance at Indiana University

What at one point seemed impossible for a young ballerina has now become a reality.

After suffering a back injury, Mary Kate Shearer is attending Indiana University Bloomington and is now part of the ballet program at the Jacobs School of Music.

Zoo Blues


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.

Developer pulls rezoning appeal for StorageMax on Highland Colony


Buster Bailey of H.C. Bailey Companies has pulled the Highland Colony Parkway StorageMax appeal for the Ridgeland board of aldermen’s approval.

“There was a public hearing before the zoning board (a couple of months ago). The board did not recommend approval,” Mayor Gene McGee said. “The developer pulled the item.”

Milne on new role at Jackson Academy

Jack Milne is currently the vice president and dean of school at Jackson Academy. On January 1, he will become JA’s new head of school. Before becoming vice president and dean of school at JA this past June, Milne served for 17 years at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, where he was a teacher, middle school head and associate head.


Traffic changes

The county is looking to change their policy for homeowner associations that want to make positive traffic changes to their subdivisions, such as reducing speeding, adding speed bumps, or other deterrents of reckless driving.

Joe Deason on his plans for MCEDA

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) has a new executive director. Joey Deason has a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University, and he is a graduate of Ethel High School in Attala County. Deason has worked for General Motors for 17 years in Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Michigan.


Property Rezoned

Plans to use a former Northside daycare for a commercial office have been approved, after the petitioner and opponents reached an agreement.

Recently, the Jackson City Council approved rezoning properties at 4909 Ridgewood Rd. and 1538 Sheffield Dr., from special use district to R-1A residential.


During Literacy Awareness month, New Summit School partnered with the Mississippi Community Education Center/Families First for Mississippi to bring awareness to literacy by decorating little libraries that will be placed in the Families First Resource Centers and Schools.  Shown are (from left, back) Emily Hollis, Chandler Carter, Eli Walley,

Tennis champ

Reunion resident 12-year-old Will Hooks (left) recently   won a state championship tournament and won the consolation of a national level event. Under the coaching of Reunion Golf and Tennis Club’s Director Justyn Schelver, (right) Hooks won the boys 14s division of the Central Mississippi Jr.

Tour the schools

Paul Gallo, host of the Gallo Radio Show on SuperTalk Mississippi, recently toured New Summit School, Mississippi Dyslexia Center, and Spectrum Academy. He observed different classroom settings and learned about the numerous services the school has to offer. Tours are available Monday-Friday. To set up a tour call 601- 982-7827.

Ends season

Jackson Academy junior high football players (from left) Parker Grant, Daniel Adams, Harrison Johnston, and Julian Palmer enjoyed their final pep rally before closing out the season. 

Helping out

Jackson Academy students (from left) Gracie Coe, Carneilus Powers, Fran Wilkirson, and Priya Ray arrived on campus early to serve by unpacking school supplies for lower school teachers.


Covenant Presbyterian Preschoolers enjoying a trip to the pumpkin patch include (from left) Anny Yerger, Reeve Payne, and Iyanu Carson.

Improving Turn Lane

The turn lane on Stribling Road should be under way soon. During a recent meeting, county engineer Dan Gaillet updated the Madison County Board of Supervisors on the project.

“The paperwork got signed last Tuesday,” Gaillet said. “I believe all we lack is closing on the property, and then we’ll be advertising (for the project).”

Take a break

Jackson Academy preschoolers (from left) Brickell Breazeale, Levi Bates, Carter Haralson, Mary Hollis Gresham, Kate Samuels, Ainslie Long, Dudley Stancill, Kaylen Turner paused from a busy day of learning to rest in the shade for awhile.


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


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


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


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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