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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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Zoo Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

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.


At Last

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Mayor secures financing for major North State project

Two years and numerous discussions later, the city of Jackson is finally moving forward on the North State Street and West County Line Road reconstruction projects.

And the projects will be moving forward more than a year ahead of schedule.



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.



MORE THAN HORSES

FRIENDSHIP HELPING BUILD NEW TOWER AT UMMC’S BATSON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

When Priscilla O’Donnell and Karen Kogon met, they were at Providence Hill Farm, riding their horses, a pastime they both love.





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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).


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.


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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.