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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.

Lynda wright helps make Ballet Mississippi  ‘just so beautiful’

The city of Jackson could soon have a plan on how to breath new life into Smith-Will Stadium, thanks to the help of the owner of a minor league baseball team in Biloxi.

The upper Spillway Road project is on schedule, and construction should begin in the spring. Soon, officials will advertise for the project.

Highland colony Parkway is in the middle of major improvements.

The parkway is currently undergoing an overlay project from Old Agency Road to West County Line Road.

William “Bill” Lester is returning to his roots.

Nearly 50 years after he hosted his first art show in Jackson, the former Northsider is returning home for a one-man show on November 2.

Beauty of the Rockies can nullify the danger of the wolverine

By JEFF NORTH,

Have you been thinking about the fierce one? Did the Polar bear come to mind? Maybe you had thoughts of other species that aren’t so obvious. A Canada goose with goslings can be extremely vicious when it comes to protecting her nest. A wolf can be ferocious but this is still not the one that ranks at the top of the list.

Cheerleaders

The 2017-2018 Rosa Scott cheerleaders attended UCA camp this summer at Beach Club Resort in Fort Morgan, Ala., where they won overall Game Day, second in Game Day Cheer, third in Extreme Routine along with Spirit Sticks and seven All-Americans selected.

Color guard

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School students who serve as boy scouts contributed to the recent Saints Celebration and opening of the school’s new Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC) as the event’s color guard. Shown are (from left) Forrest Carson, Owen Newburger, Luke Fender, and John Sistrunk.

Playtime

First Presbyterian Day School preschoolers enjoying end-of-morning play are (from left) Gray Nicols, Carlisle Lavender, Walt Mardis, Hank Walker, and Charlie Jones.

Cancer awareness

First Presbyterian Day School recognized childhood cancer awareness month by “going gold for Mississippi kids.” Shown are (from left) McLeod Woodson, Parker Thomas, Gaines Reeves, Maggie Bailey, Reese Russ, and Sophia French.

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.

Gold in the sky

Second-graders at First Presbyterian Day School released gold balloons to recognize September as childhood cancer awareness month. Shown are (from left) Anna Fair Barbour, Victoria Morgan, Frances Hollingsworth, Mary Ainsley Zischke, and Eliza Christopher.

Finalist

Madison Central High School engineering teacher Michelle Robinson (center) was recently named state-level finalist for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program. Also shown are Rosemary G.

I dare you

Jackson Academy juniors receiving the National “I Dare You Leadership Award” for exhibiting personal integrity, balanced living and a potential for leadership are (from left)  James McLemore and Janise Bennett.

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Esperanza Velasquez is founder of the Mississippi Hispanic Association in Flowood.