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Mississippi's state accountability model is designed to measure the instructional effectiveness of schools and districts in the state. It includes students' scores on language and math tests as well as attendance and graduation rates. Schools and districts are given a letter grade from A to F according to their performance.
From new islands to waterfront property, the One Lake Project promises to create new economic and recreational opportunities for the entire metro area.
However, exactly how that land will be made available remains to be seen.
Police department working to keep Barnett Reservoir safe for all users
The Ross Barnett Reservoir offers a lot of options for summer fun. However, many don’t notice the people behind the scenes who make these activities safe for all visitors to each of the 48 recreational facilities.
Cancer society planning annual event
Nearly every time the board that oversees Mississippi’s Public Employees’ Retirement System jacks up the rate that the taxpayers have to kick in to keep the system financially viable, it says that the latest increase should provide long-term solvency.
And every time they are wrong.
Mississippi is the fourth most rural state in America. Only Maine, West Virginia and Vermont are more so.
In addition, Mississippi ranks fifth in the nation in terms of homegrown population with 72 percent of its population having been born in Mississippi. Only Louisiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have more natives.
The One Lake Project is a step closer to becoming a reality, but quite a few blocks will have to fall into place before the project is built on the Pearl River.
Recently, the Rankin-Hinds Flood and Drainage Control District (levee board) released its report evaluating the $355 million project.
Vickie Buchanan announces the engagement of her daughter, Anna Grace Buchanan, to Michael Carter Osborne, son of Dr. and Mrs. Clarence Michael Osborne. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Dr. Douglas Prescott Buchanan.
E-books to Chromebooks: Tech is key in Madison County schools’ classrooms
Madison County Schools are rising to the challenge of teaching in a technology-driven society by aiming to produce digitally-proficient and well-rounded students.
Subject Area Award – Science went to Jackson Prep students (from left) Ainsley O’Quinn, McKenzie Nichols, Charlie Ott, Catherine Watson, Neha Adari.
Less than two months into the project, Siemens has corrected some 5,400 water bills and $547,000 in back usage fees, according to Public Works Director Bob Miller.
Siemens was brought back on in late April to help the city resolve lingering problems with the city’s water/sewer billing system.
Wells United Methodist Church has selected Growing Up Knowing: The Mississippi Campaign for Teen Pregnancy Prevention as the beneficiary of WellsFest 2018.
Lt. Gen. (Ret) Fred Kornet Jr. passed away June 22 at St. Catherine's Village. He was born in Wortendyke, N.J., October 2, 1919, to Frederick Kornet and Adrienne Roteman.
A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.
Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.
The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.
The District at Eastover will add a new addition in the spring of 2018, Eastover Market, the state’s first food hall. Eastover Market will be developed in consultation with the esteemed St. Roch Market of New Orleans, and will showcase a curated collection of local, boutique restaurant concepts.
Over the past 15 years, the subdivision of Reunion has become the place to call home for many Madison County residents.
Although the development is almost two decades old, it continues to add new homes and amenities for residents.
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.
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.
Van Devender family donates for expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital
The simple prayer of a child for the patients of Batson Children’s Hospital brought about a $1.5 million gift from the Van Devender Family Foundation to expand pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).
A lot of Mississippians are happy with our existing state of affairs. Indeed, we are the most religious and generous state in the nation. We have great hunting and fishing, little pollution, great weather and plenty of room.
Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed legislation that will require, beginning in January 2018, most governmental agencies to utilize reverse auctions when purchasing goods and services. The legislation was hailed as a means to set more responsible purchasing practices by governmental agencies and to save taxpayer money.
Back to school time is finally here, and for Madison Station Elementary Principal Martha Hanna the first day of school could not get here soon enough.
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.
Students and administrators preparing for new year
School is about to begin for another year, and administrators, teachers and students are gearing up for what the 2017-2018 academic year has to offer.
New Costco construction scheduled to start in spring
Construction on the Ridgeland Costco could get under way in the spring, according to Ridgeland city officials.
“The developer plans to begin construction … in March and expects that Costco will be open before Christmas,” said Mayor Gene McGee.
Northsider Thomas Guest, 19, will soon return home from the Shepherd Center in Atlanta after rehabilitating from a spinal cord injury.
The Shepherd Center specializes in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation.
The Madison County Board of Supervisors have formed a five-man committee to head the Reunion Parkway interchange project.
The committee will be in charge of choosing an environmental assessor and design engineer for the project.
Denny Britt has just been appointed as interim head of school for Jackson Preparatory School. After having worked for Prep as both chief financial officer and chief operational officer for a total of 12 years, he was chosen to keep Prep moving forward in its mission and for its students.
Work on Briarwood and Ridgewood remains unfinished
Contractors and the city of Jackson appear to be at fault for delays on a $4.7 million street resurfacing project.
Robert Miller was recently named public works director for the city of Jackson. Miller has a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Louisville and a master’s in business administration from Indiana University.