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Rep. Denny targeting increasing CCID funding, changing voting laws during session

Increasing allocations for road, water and sewer projects in the Capitol Complex Improvement District (CCID), and changing voting laws to make it easier to register and vote are among top priorities for District 64 Rep. Bill Denny.







‘Great Job’

By ANTHONY WARREN,

City successfully battles fallout from freezing weather

At press time, the capital city was bracing for another round of sub-freezing temperatures, which could again challenge the city’s worn out water mains.


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Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to an opinion piece written by Keith Dunn in the December 21 issue of the Northside Sun entitled “Separate but not equal still exists.” In the article, he compares education and facilities at Madison County Public Schools with those at Jackson Public Schools.


Fondren Streetscape Project under way; sidewalks, signs, landscape, parking included

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Work is under way on the Fondren Streetscape Project, months after the city of Jackson brought on a contractor.

Crews descended on the Fondren Business District in December to begin the first leg of the project, which includes widening the sidewalk and adding parallel parking in front of Fondren Corner.


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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.



Dealership requests to be left out of Gluckstadt and Canton annexation issue

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

The Gluckstadt incorporation is making slow and steady progress, but there is one commercial entity that wants to stay out of the issue.

The Mak Haik car dealership, located north of Glucksadt Road and west of I-55, does not want to be part of the incorporation. The car dealer does not want to be part of Canton’s annexation either.


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Rebecca Seale

Rebecca Seale, a student at Saint Joseph High School, displayed her Girl Scout Gold Award Project at the 2017 Mississippi State Fair. The purpose of this award project is to educate the community about the assistive devices that are available to help students be independent in school and in life.


River trip

As part of the Ray Edgar Higgins Soar program, fifth-grade students at Jackson Academy have the opportunity to take part in a canoe trip along the Mississippi River. Ready to set out are (from left) James Chapman, vice president and dean of the school Jack Milne, and Henley Nance.



Public service

Central Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson recently and offered an update on the status of the Kemper County power plant in eastern Mississippi. Shown are (from left) Rotary Club of North Jackson President Witt Ruffin, Brown, and Rotarian Jeff Adcock.


Pacers

Jackson Prep Pacers include (from left, back) Emma Sapen, Grace Parker, Avery Andress, Katie Walker, Elly Lamb, Elizabeth Herring, Evie Farrington, Lawson Yelverton; (middle row) Breelyn Davenport, Katelyn Cox, Julia Zouboukos, Mackenzie Nichols, Stewart Shive, Alex Trumpore, AnnAdair Blackledge, Beth Ann Young, Miriam Box, Alexis Simon, Jordan


Celebration

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School held its annual Saints Celebration recently, honoring each sports team and celebrating the grand opening of the school’s brand-new Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC). Shown are (from left) Clay Morris, Kayla Crossley, Olivia Lantrip, and Allen Ryu.



Jackson passes public access gating ordinance; takes effect on October 12

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson City Council chambers erupted into a 34-second round of applause last week, a sign of appreciation from residents whose long battle to restore the city’s public access gating ordinance was over.

The council voted 5-2 to amend the gating ordinance, again allowing neighborhoods across the city to have the devices.


A Study

First Presbyterian Day School kindergartners dressed in athletic wear to end their week of studying the letter A. Shown are (from left) McRee Raggio, Caroline Lowry, Gianna Grace Odom, and Kate Bryant.


Pecans - another gift idea

By JEFF NORTH,

Acorn production in the Mississippi Delta, at least in our region, was slim to none this year. When we were busy preparing food plots we assumed the vast array of Quercus that inhabit our swamps and ridges would provide a food source for the many species of wildlife throughout the winter. We were wrong in this assumption.


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John Carter “Jack” Stamm, a lifelong resident of Vicksburg, died Saturday, December 30. He was... READ MORE


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