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Location, money woes result in shuttering gardens on Saturday

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Nearly 20 years ago, a group of Northsiders worked tirelessly to improve a once popular Jackson landmark.

Now, their efforts are fading with Mynelle Gardens falling victim to location and city financial woes.

The gardens are now closed on Saturdays. The Jackson City Council recently voted to close the gardens on Saturdays.




Solar power is here

The recent announcement of a 652-acre, 100-megawatt solar farm six miles east of Greenwood is good news in many ways. The facility, which can provide enough power for 20,000 homes, will create 350 jobs during construction.





project kindness

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Northsiders form group to recognize random acts of kindness; bracelet awarded

Discouraged by negativity that she encounters online via social media, a Madison resident began working with some friends on a project to inspire kindness and positive action.


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Phoenix Club board

The Phoenix Club of Jackson is a group of young professional men who support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi through fundraising events and campaigns. Its members are business, social and philanthropic leaders who strive to help their community’s youth.




second chance

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Recently released female prisoners find help in adjusting through crossroads ministry

Within three years of release from prison, nearly 70 percent of released prisoners were re-arrested. A Madison County program is aiming to cut back on recidivism and help those who are recently released turn their lives around.







Smith combines love of fitness with community service

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Local governmenT officials aim to be advocates for their communities.

D.I. Smith, who serves on the board of aldermen in Ridgeland, not only aims to serve his community in this capacity, but he also calls himself a fitness advocate.

Smith encourages a healthy lifestyle and also is a big supporter of the local trail system.


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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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Dilemma

Budget constraints, growing expenses plague library

By anthony warren

Senior Staff  Writer

Difficult decisions could be on the horizon for the Jackson-Hinds Library System.



LION KING

Broadway production comes alive with costumes made by MRA students, faculty

More than 6,500 feet of twine, four languages, 2,000 mini glue sticks, 82 sixth through 12th-graders, 58-and-counting K5 through fifth-graders - this is what’s gone into creating the Lion King production at Madison Ridgeland Academy (MRA).



Coming Soon

By ANTHONY WARREN,

New Costco construction scheduled to start in spring

Construction on the Ridgeland Costco could get under way in the spring, according to Ridgeland city officials.

“The developer plans to begin construction … in March and expects that Costco will be open before Christmas,” said Mayor Gene McGee.







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Robert H. Watson will receive Mississippi College’s Award of Excellence at the university’s 2018 homecoming.

Activities include an October 26 awards banquet at Anderson Hall.