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Two supervisors have vehemently opposed a $13 million road plan to resurface subdivision streets with borrowed money in a plan that ultimately failed this week.

The Board of Supervisors did not approve the borrowing after a northern Madison County supervisor abstained because he was upset about an unfinished $2 million park in his district.
  • Supervisors abandon plan to make historic courthouse functional again
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM CANTON — Madison County supervisors are abandoning plans to turn the historic courthouse on the Square here into a functioning courtroom and instead will create new court space at the current county administration building.

    County Administrator Shelton Vance informed supervisors Tuesday night the total to get a courtroom ready in the historic courthouse was still over $1 million.
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  • Ridgeland board denies hotel third story variance
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM RIDGELAND — A conditional use permit to add an extra story to a proposed $30 million hotel project on I-55 was denied by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

    Aldermen voted 6-1 to deny conditional use petition on West Ridgeland Avenue. Ward 5 Alderman Scott Jones voted for the permit.
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  • New Firehouse Subs opens in Madison
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM MADISON — A Firehouse Subs opened Tuesday on Grandview Boulevard here, joining 1,000 locations nationwide.

    This is the third Firehouse Subs restaurant for local owner William Craig, who said he is excited to “bring the fire to Madison.”
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  • Plans to revive lake park fail second time
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM Another attempt a county supervisor to breathe life in the into a failed $2 million park project in his district failed Tuesday night after three supervisors declined to move forward with a grant application to build a .75-mile long walking trail.

    The failure to pass a resolution and grant application caused District 5 Supervisor Griffin to abstain from a later vote on $8 million road plan. (See story A1.)
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  • Hobby Lobby, Academy at center of new retail center
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM MADISON — Academy Sports and Hobby Lobby are coming to a new 39-acre development located off Welch Farms Road here.

    City officials approved a preliminary plant and site plan on Tuesday for Crawford Farms Development LLC to develop Welch Farms Road Shopping Center.
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  • MRA baseball team defending title as they take the field the season
    MADISON – Sometimes sports just get things right.
        Prior to its season-opener against Copiah on Thursday night, the MRA baseball team took the field with only eight players to honor Cole Kirby, a Patriots’ infielder who died in a car accident this summer. The first pitch of the game was thrown with nobody at second base, Kirby’s position.
  • Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society annual show held Feb. 25-26
    The Mississippi Gem and Mineral Society’s  58th Annual Show is scheduled for Feb. 25-26 at the Trade Mart on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for students. Scouts and Scout leaders in uniform get $2 admission. Children 5 and younger get in free.
  • Center Players to perform 'The Red Velvet Cake War'
    The Center Players Community Theatre is cooking up a tasty treat to share with audiences next week.
        For six weeks, director Ken Hackman and his 12-member cast have been mixing all the ingredients for a knee-slapping, Southern-baked comedy that will be served March 2-5 at Madison Square Center for the Arts.
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  • PERRY/Medical marijuana
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM When looking for the next big investment boost for Mississippi – both private sector profits and tax revenue – some folks propose the Colorado model: marijuana legalization. It could help blunt budget cuts and as a business be in high demand.  That revenue would still violate federal law making banking difficult and farming on federally insured or loan guaranteed land problematic.
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  • BROOKS/This century is broken
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM Most of us came of age in the last half of the 20th century and had our perceptions of “normal” formed in that era. It was, all things considered, an unusually happy period. No world wars, no Great Depressions, fewer civil wars, fewer plagues.

    It’s looking like we’re not going to get to enjoy one of those times again. The 21st century is looking much nastier and bumpier: rising ethnic nationalism, falling faith in democracy, a dissolving world order.
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  • LOWRY/Trump’s new Watergate?
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM In an environment where every day has felt like a month and almost every news cycle has something that the media consider a potentially administration-shaking disaster, we finally have something worthy of the perpetually screaming headlines — a national-security adviser getting fired under a haze of suspicion about his dealings with Russia.
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  • THRALL/Early returns on President Trump
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM During Trump’s surprising presidential campaign, pundits became fond of pointing out that Trump’s supporters took his often-shocking rhetoric seriously, but not literally, whereas his opponents took his rhetoric literally, but not seriously. Today, however, it is obvious that one should take Trump’s words both seriously and literally. In his first month Trump has been busy matching actions to words, temporarily banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations and ordering sanctuary cities to detain illegal immigrants, launching work on the U.S.-Mexican border wall, and preparing to lift the ban on the CIA black sites where the United States carried out “enhanced interrogation techniques.” Read More
  • DUNCAN/What you must know about the second coming
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM Turn to Luke 17:22-37. There are a couple of things I want you to note about this passage before you read it. First of all, some of your Bibles may not have a verse 36. This is because that verse is not found in some manuscripts. Lest that cause you some problem, I want to set your heart at ease. The Lord has providentially given us thousands of manuscripts of the Greek New Testament. One of the things that comes along with having so many manuscripts is the small variations within those manuscripts that scholars of the Greek New Testament have to wrestle with. In this case, it ends up not mattering because the entire verse is found in the original manuscript of Matthew. So do not be unsettled by this. Read More
  • Father and son bond through weightlifting, prep for event
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM A St. Joseph High School junior discovers a love for powerlifting that brings him even closer to his dad.

    Pat Frascogna, 54, and his only son, 17-year-old, Franco, do all the usual things a father and son do together with one exception; they are training for the competitive powerlifting circuit, too.  Pat was a competitive powerlifter some decades ago but, as he says, "the tyranny of life dictated my time be spent away from the weightroom".
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  • Saint Joseph Catholic School seniors sign athletic scholarships on Wednesday
    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 6:00 PM MADISON  Saint Joseph Catholic School seniors Bergen Teeter and Nick Thompson signed scholarship offers today, National Signing Day, to continue playing sports on the community college and university level.

    Teeter will play volleyball next fall at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Mo., while Thompson signed to play football beginning next fall at Holmes Community College. Both were standout players during their high school playing career at Saint Joseph.
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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 PM MADISON – The first thing one notices upon entering the lobby of MRA’s gymnasium is the trophy case filled with gold balls. Enter into the gym itself, and there’s championship banners galore. Step inside longtime coach Richard Duease’s office and there’s even more title paraphernalia and countless Coach of the Year plaques from year’s past.

    Yes, MRA’s dominance in boy’s basketball is real. All the trophies, banners and plaques are just further proof of that.
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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 PM The late, immeasurably great Boo Ferriss could have become a Major League manager had he chosen that path. With his people skills and his baseball acumen, he surely would have been a splendid one. Read More
  • Equestrian Team at Mississippi College wraps up Fall 2016 season at Georgia tournament
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 PM Mississippi College equestrian team riders finished the Fall season in style with an impressive showing at a recent Georgia tournament.

    Topping the highlight reel for the Blue & Gold was MC senior captain Maggie Waters. The Zanesville, Ohio rider and her horse earned a first-place ribbon in the category of open over the fences.
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  • Robert Donald Trigg of Madison died peacefully in his sleep on February 17, 2017. He was born on April 5, 1937 to George Trigg, Jr. and Bernice Lott in Covington County MS. Robert spent the majority of his adult life in the Fire Service.

    While working for the Jackson Fire Department, he was promoted to the rank of Fire Marshall, and later to Deputy Fire Chief, serving 5 years in the Combat Division and 2 years in Administration.
  • Mary Holder Tew, 86, of Ridgeland, former resident of Laurel, died Saturday, February 4, at St. Dominic Hospital after a brief illness.  

    A graveside service was held Monday, February 6, 2017 at Lake Park Cemetery in Laurel.  Mary was a member of First United Methodist Church in Laurel and attended Highland Presbyterian Church during her years in Ridgeland. 
  • Robert Neal Slater, 67, of Madison, died on February 13, 2017.  Services were held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Stringer Family Funeral Home Chapel in Crystal Springs.   

    Burial followed at Crystal Springs Cemetery. Mr. Slater was a native of Crystal Springs and was a resident of Madison since 1998.
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