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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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Road Project

Madison county’s North Old Canton Road project should be under way. However, there have been minor expense additions to ensure the project runs smoothly.

State Aid Engineer for Madison County Jim Hust recently spoke with the board of supervisors about the project’s progress.







Behind the Scenes

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

Lynda wright helps make Ballet Mississippi  ‘just so beautiful’

Having taken ballet classes all her life, being in charge of the box office, accounts, and even filling in as “Mother Ginger” for three years during The Nutcracker performances, Lynda Wright could be called the backbone of Ballet Mississippi.


Joe Deason on his plans for MCEDA

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) has a new executive director. Joey Deason has a degree in accounting from Mississippi State University, and he is a graduate of Ethel High School in Attala County. Deason has worked for General Motors for 17 years in Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Michigan.



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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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