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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:00 PM
Madison County supervisors on Monday voted 4-1 to borrow $8 million for road repairs that limits spending authority to 14 specific projects to alleviate concerns that money could be spent on other county projects.

An initial resolution placed on the agenda last Thursday had given supervisors the ability to spend money on any road project they deemed necessary. Language was added Monday night to the resolution limiting spending to the following: Cherry Hill Drive,
  • Reservoir fireworks show July 1
    The Barnett Reservoir Foundation is teaming with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District to present the annual Barnett Reservoir Independence Celebration and dueling fireworks show July 1 at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland and Lakeshore Park in Rankin County.

    The highlight of the annual show is the double pyrotechnic show, launched from locations on each side of the 33,000-acre lake near Jackson.
  • MDOT continuing projects along highways, Interstate
    The Mississippi Department of Transportation is expected to conclude work on a number of projects in Madison County that began last week.

    MDOT crews were finishing up maintenance work on roadways throughout the county to remove dips in the road and smooth out asphalt, MDOT Public Information Officer Morgan Miller said. The work took place on Mississippi 463, Madison Avenue, I-55 West Frontage Road, and Mississippi 16.
  • Federal money utilized for Craft Center parking lot
    RIDGELAND — The city and the Mississippi Department of Transportation recently settled payments on parking lot work done at the Mississippi Craft Center. The project cost more than $630,000 with federal money picking up almost 80 percent of the tab.

    A final payment of $36,328.67 from MDOT concludes the departments involvement in the $632,881.20 project involving parking improvements in the northeast corner at the Craft Center on Rice Road. Ridgeland contributed $139,604.19
  • Madison hosting July 4 fireworks show at 9 p.m.
    Madison will celebrate the Fourth of July with its annual fireworks show.

    Grab a spot to view the sky over Liberty Park at 9 p.m. on the holiday as it fills with exploding circles of multi-colored stars and sparkles. Sponsor of the fireworks show is Neel-Schaffer.
  • Offices closed for holiday
    State, county and municipal government offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the July 4 holiday.

    Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation closing government offices on Tuesday and gave discretion to the executive officers of state agencies to close offices for the Independence Day holiday.
  • Judge says no to bond in Kingston Frazier case
    A Madison County Justice Court judge on Monday ruled in a preliminary hearing to send the case involving three teens charged in the killing of a six-year-old in Gluckstadt to a grand jury.

    Six-year-old Kingston Frazier was shot on May 18 in Gluckstadt after he was found in a car stolen from the Kroger parking lot on frontage road in Jackson.
  • Ridgeland denies Dollar General
    RIDGELAND — City officials say the architectural review and a site plan for a proposed Dollar General on Highway 51 will have to undergo revisions on the entrance before they will approve the project.

    City officials voted 6-1 to deny the site plan and architectural review for a proposed Dollar General store on the grounds that it needed to implement a safer entrance to the store. Ward 5 Alderman Scott Jones was the lone “nay” vote in his last meeting as a city alderman.
  • Madison 8-year-old donates cookie money to neighbor
    MADISON — Eight-year-old Andrew Clark, a constant presence armed with brownies and chocolate chip cookies at the Downtown Madison Farmers Market, donated everything he earned last Tuesday to his neighbor Anna Hill, who has survived ovarian cancer and is the recent subject of a GoFundMe campaign.
  • Weems remembered for smile
    CANTON — Longtime public servant Charles Weems was remembered for his friendly demeanor and his love for this city. Weems died at home last Thursday. He was 66.

    Weems served as an alderman for the City of Canton for 36 years and was currently in his third year serving as a Canton Municipal Utilities commissioner. Weems also served as interim Madison County Chancery Clerk in 2001 following the resignation of then-Chancery Clerk Steve Duncan.
  • St. Andrew’s has highest test scores
    St. Andrew’s Episcopal High School led all schools in Madison County in ACT scores and Madison Central High School led all Madison County schools in National Merit Scholar Finalists, according to the report compiled by Madison County Business League & Foundation Education Committee Co-Chairman Dr. Don Burnham.  

    Burnham currently serves as vice president of the Ridgeland campus for Holmes Community College. His report compiled the 2016 ACT scores, graduation rates, and National Merit Scholars for all schools in Madison County.
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