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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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More Time

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Developers get nine more months to decide on center

Developers have roughly three months to decide if it will lease some 130 acres of airport property to build a $165 million mixed-use project in Flowood.

The property is owned by the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA).


Punitive damages sought against Tulane University over Madison closure

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

After Tulane University’s abrupt closure in January of this year in Madison, the city is demanding $10 million in punitive damages.

The funds, according to Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, will cover hard construction costs, used city resources, and damages to Madison’s reputation and economic development credibility.



Miss Veazey and Rees to exchange wedding vows August 26 at Livingston

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Day Veazey Jr. announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Garner Veazey, to Charles Phillip Rees, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Henry Rees of Baton Rouge.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Garner Watkins Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Day Veazey, all of Madison.




Zoo Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Move could help zoo correct problems study concludes

A new location could be key to saving the Jackson Zoo, according to a memo from zoo Executive Director Beth Poff.

The memo, which was sent to city officials in June, states that the zoo’s location is a major deterrent to visitors, and moving may be necessary to save it.


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