In a Fourth of July spectacle in Washington that blurred the lines between patriotic celebration and political preening, President Donald Trump thankfully steered clear of turning his speech on the Washington Mall Thursday into a brazen re-election pitch.
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Fifth-grade students (from left) Julia Thompson, Ebbie Barbour, Katherine Gault, Breck Hines, Yates Elfert, Emily Martin, and Brennon Shorter read poetry aloud at a recent Jackson Academy Middle School poetry cafe event.
Alternative Route Requested
Jackson city officials will ask Eastover residents to take a different route, if possible, once construction gets under way on the second phase of the Eastover Water Main Replacement Project.
It’s a political year and I was happy to see all the major politicians show up at the Mississippi Press Convention in Biloxi. This week, I’m highlighting the two main candidates for the Democratic primary for governor.
Jim Hood, four-time Mississippi attorney general:
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2019 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments. Students honored for high achievements on the National French Exam are (from left) Jory Tanaka, Dami Oluwatade, Rhodes Pharr, Khushi Patel, Anna Buckley, Betsy Burrow, and Jacob McGrath.
The Madison Lions Club was pleased to have Bonnie Holliday, Program Coordinator and Camp Director of The Epilepsy Foundation of Mississippi, recently as our guest speaker. Shown (from left) Todd Rhodus and Holliday.
John K. Bramlett Jr. was recently appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant as District Attorney for the 20th Circuit Court District, which includes Madison and Rankin counties. He replaces Michael Guest, who was elected to the U.S. Congress. Bramlett has served as an assistant district attorney in the 20th Circuit Court District since 2015.
Native Jacksonian Matt Allen is a candidate for Hinds County Circuit Court Judge, Subdistrict 1. This is the seat that has been held by Judge Jeff Weill, who is not seeking reelection to that position.
Many people know Warren Strain as the man who provides information on high profile cases across the state. However, when he isn’t representing the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, he serves his city on the Madison Board of Aldermen.
The Ross Barnett Reservoir could soon be home to a new residential development featuring lakefront lots and others with lake views.
A group called Expedition Point LLC was the successful bidders for a 100-acre property, where they intend to build the residential development.
Construction is on track for the second and third phases of Renaissance, complete with a show fountain and Malco theater.
Phase two of Renaissance is projected to be complete sometime this summer or early fall.
The Costco portion of phase three and four should be complete by next summer.
Helen Summerford is president and race coordinator of MUTS, the Mississippi Ultra and Trail Society. Summerford has a degree in classical studies from Millsaps College and a degree in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).
Inaction by library officials has resulted in the loss of approximately 34,000 books at the now defunct Charles Tisdale Library. The books were destroyed by black mold.
Meanwhile, any hopes of cleaning the collection were dashed recently, when an insurance claim filed to cover the books’ restoration costs was denied.
In his third season at the helm of Jackson Academy, head coach Larry Weems has returned the Raiders to their winning ways.
Last year, Weems posted a 9-3 record and took the Raiders to the second round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) AAAA playoffs.
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).
This summer, Jackson resident Erin Smith will move to Los Angeles, not to try to make it on the big screen, but to train under world-renowned plastic surgeons as a part of her fellowship.
She will be trained by Dr. Paul Nassif, who stars on the television show “Botched” and Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.
The Ridgeland Costco could be welcoming customers next spring.
Meanwhile, residents opposed to the store are still fighting the matter in court.
Developers have applied for and received a permit to clear the Costco site, which is located on the east side of Highland Colony Parkway south of the Old Agency Road roundabout.
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.
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.
A lot of Mississippians are happy with our existing state of affairs. Indeed, we are the most religious and generous state in the nation. We have great hunting and fishing, little pollution, great weather and plenty of room.
Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed legislation that will require, beginning in January 2018, most governmental agencies to utilize reverse auctions when purchasing goods and services. The legislation was hailed as a means to set more responsible purchasing practices by governmental agencies and to save taxpayer money.
So I’m kind of a frugal guy. My wife says cheap, but that’s just semantics. I like cars that get good gas mileage.
I also don’t like air pollution, since my job often has me reading about how particulates from car exhaust and other sources cause childhood asthma, premature deaths and things like that.
Beemon Drugs Owner Lester Hailey has announced that the iconic North Jackson drug store will be closing on June 25.
A notice was posted at the Maywood Mart institution today.
The store, which has been a staple on the Northside for years, is known for providing home delivery of medications to customers.
The first jurisdictional hearing for Gluckstadt’s incorporation has been moved for a second time, but progress on the area’s assimilation into Madison County is still steady.