Today's Top Stories

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.

Movie night

The Garden Club of Jackson is sponsoring a free Conservation Movie Night October 19 at 7 p.m. in the Yates Community Room at the Mississippi Museum of Art. This is the first time the GCJ has offered a documentary to the public about conservation.

Gardening Glimpses


I probably fell in love with the allium the first summer the Madison Central High School academic competition team went to New Orleans, and that would put it back about 20 years ago.

We rode the streetcars incessantly, and it seemed that every home had pots of this tall, perfectly round, and absolutely perfect blue flower.

Fall fund-raiser

Parents 4 New Summit will head up the sixth annual 5k and Fall Festival Fund-raiser October 14 to raise funds for the school’s athletic programs and facilities.


Rep. Cory Wilson recently visited with St. Anthony Catholic School sixth-graders to discuss the legislative process.  Shown are (from left) Stephanie Brown, Wilson, Grace and Rebecca Mansell.

Sports night

The Jackson Academy band performed a preview of their fall show at All Sports Night, hosted by the Jackson Academy Athletic Booster Club. Students (from left) Timothy Usey, Jalia Coins, and Genesis Graves will march in the clarinet section this fall.

Book fair

Highland Bluff Elementary recently hosted their annual Scholastic Book Fair Day for grandparents.  Northsider Jan Evers joined her grandson Charlie Crump to celebrate Grandparent’s Day.

Emma Ward

Emma Ward, a Jackson Academy senior, has received official commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation commended just 34,000 students from a nationwide pool of more than 1.6 million.

James Don Gordon

A celebration of life was held October 6 at Christ United Methodist Church for James Don “Jim” Gordon, M.D. The Rev. Calvin Cosnahan, pastor, officiated.

Dr. Gordon, 81, passed away October 3.

Work schedule allows time to appreciate the grandeur of Northwestern America


There was no good way to get there, but after visiting the airports of Atlanta, Salt Lake, Kalispell, and then finally a scenic drive to Whitefish, the effort was absolutely worth it. The final destination, Whitefish Mont., was not the place I would normally visit in October without bow or rifle.



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