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1,200 Reasons

By ANTHONY WARREN,

State eyes undeveloped land in attempted takeover

State officials have at least 1,200 reasons they’re trying to take over the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, namely the 1,200 acres of undeveloped land surrounding it.





SMITH PARK RENOVATIONS IN CLEANUP PHASE; FENCES REMAINING UP TILL FINISH

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Smith Park likely won’t be reopened for another month, but downtown officials say the wait will be well worth it once they see the improvements.

Last week, the large construction fences still blocked off the downtown Jackson destination.

However, much work had been completed to transform the park into a premier green space.


Frustrated

By ANTHONY WARREN,

New administration brings hope for one-percent tax work

In January 2014, nearly 90 percent of voters in Jackson cast ballots in favor of a new tax, with the promise revenues from the assessment would be used to repave roads, fill potholes, and fix water and sewer lines.




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parent volunteer

Natalie Gibbs finds time to support children’s school as PAT president

Natalie Gibbs claims she’s not a very interesting person, but that could not be further from the truth.






Canton Academy

By ALISON MARTIN,

Special to the Sun

Caroline Terry’s very earliest memory of being at Canton Academy is being in Mrs. McKay’s five-year-old kindergarten class. “I always got in trouble for not sitting still and wanting recess to be an all day, every day event,” remembers Caroline - who has trouble sitting still even now.




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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.


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.






City meet

The River Hills parent relay team (from left) Ben Kerr, Will McCraney, Tal Hendrix, and Parker Ellison swam to a first place finish during this year’s event at the Jackson Swim Association’s City Meet.


Court denies R’land request

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Opponents of the Ridgeland Costco Wholesale scored a minor victory recently in their efforts to keep the wholesaler from locating on Highland Colony Parkway.

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied the city of Ridgeland’s request to expedite the appeal of the city’s 2015 vote to amend the zoning ordinance.



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Spirit award

The Jackson Academy Spirit Award is presented to a middle school boy and girl in each grade who shows exceptional loyalty and enthusiasm for the school and its activities.  Receiving the 2017 are (from left, back) ​Emily Buchanan, Addie Elliot, Caroline Crisler, Alex Summerford; (front) Will Graven, Samuel Chustz, Michael Hederman, and Mackenzi


Intersection work

The Stribling and Catlett intersection is finally about to receive improvements that could improve traffic.

Madison County officials recently approved advertising for bids for improvements to the Stribling and Catlett roads intersection.  The work would include a 300-foot turn lane on Stribling Road, turning southward onto Catlett.


Juried winners

Fondren Renaissance Foundation recently announced winners of the sixth annual Cedars Juried Show.  This year’s show was presented by Jan and Lawrence Farrington and Bulter Snow, LLP and represented works from all across the state including 28 Mississippi cities. Juror for the show was George Bassi, director of The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.




Officer of the Month

City of Ridgeland Detective Mike McGahey (center) was selected as Officer of the Month for August 2017. Due to Detective McGahey’s initiative, work ethic and diligence, two major theft cases were solved in the City of Ridgeland along with additional cases in neighboring jurisdictions.


Another startup failure

Mississippi could be holding the bag for yet another “green-energy” startup that is fizzling out.

Last week, solar panel maker Stion announced that, due to its inability to compete effectively against imports, it would have to close its plant in Hattiesburg, laying off 137 employees.


Wicker defeat unlikely

The defeat of an incumbent U.S. Senator in Alabama is encouraging Tea Party conservative Chris McDaniel to consider taking another stab at pulling the improbable in Mississippi — unseating a longtime congressional incumbent.


Football Friday

The Jackson Academy Raiders kicked off their first football Friday of the year with a pep rally led by the JA accents, varsity cheer, band, and the Rowdies, an organized spirit group made up of senior boys. Ready to cheer on the Raiders are (from left) Parker Guy, Tre Lewis, David Robertson, Garrett Clarke.



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Social

First Presbyterian Day School fifth-graders celebrated National Kite Flying Day by constructing kites out of household materials.