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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM
RIDGELAND — The city did not attempt to prove any meaningful change had occurred around a proposed Costco when a zoning amendment pertaining to big box stores was approved last year, the attorney for residents opposed to the development argued in court on Monday.

About 50 people filed into Madison County Circuit Court Monday afternoon to hear the appeal of the June 2016 zoning ordinance amendment that paved the way for the proposed Costco off the Highland Colony Parkway just south of the Natchez Trace.
  • PERRY/Electing a statue
    If you visit the U.S. Capitol you’ve likely been through National Statuary Hall and seen the collection of statues given by each state to represent itself in the collection. Beginning in 1864, Congress authorized each state to send two statues and in 1933 expanded the location for these statues throughout the Capitol.
  • Fired Engineer Warnock suing CMU for $6.3M
    Former Canton Municipal Utilities Engineer Rudy Warnock is suing the utility company for failure to pay over $6.3 million he says is owed to him following a strenuous four-month working relationship that ended in December 2016.

    Warnock was named the sole engineer for CMU in mid-August and was terminated in late-December.
  • Madison firefighter competes in St. Paddy's Day 5K in full gear
    A Madison firefighter racing in the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day 5K in Jackson over the weekend wearing full turnout gear had some other racers and spectators scratching their heads.

    Jes Harrington, 40, has been with the Madison Fire Department for a year now and decided to race in this year’s 5K wearing his full turnout gear.
  • County elections moving back to paper ballots
    County supervisors approved the purchase of over $420,000 worth of new election equipment that will have voters filling out paper ballots.

    At the behest of the Madison County Election Commission, supervisors approved the purchase of 60 new precinct scanners and one ballot-on-demand machine for the Circuit Clerk’s office. The contract was awarded to ES&S, Election Systems & Software, based out of Omaha.
  • Nissan working on 10th Habitat home build
    CANTON — A 44-year-old widow will soon become a homeowner here, thanks in part to efforts by Nissan and Habitat for Humanity.

    Mildred Daughtery lost her husband, Eddie, on Veteran’s Day in 2002 when he was killed along I-55 near Gluckstadt while aiding a stranded driver.
  • Federal funds require too much match for city
    RIDGELAND — City officials denied a resolution that would have awarded the city $288,972 in federal funds from the Metropolitan Planning Organization for School Street improvements because it required the city to put up $874,948.

    The resolution was one of a handful of items on the consent agenda for Tuesday’s meeting that lasted less than 10 minutes.

    In other board action:
  • Chestnut Hills homeowners requesting relief with roads
    CHESTNUT HILLS — Homeowners here are asking the county to help with roads they say were never properly finished once the development began a decade ago.

    Russell Green asked county supervisors on Monday for assistance with roads he says are not being maintained.
  • City awards tennis center contract
    RIDGELAND — The Ridgeland Tennis Center contract was awarded to What A Racket, Inc., by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.

    The contract goes from April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2021. The contractor is responsible for “wear and tear” repairs of the facilities, while the city is responsible for “big ticket items.”
  • PAID POLITICAL AD/Why am I running for Mayor of Madison?
    First and foremost, I have come to love the City of Madison and what it represents. I pledge to protect those values that all of you hold dearly, keeping our neighborhoods safe, providing the best education for our children, and protecting our property values.  I plan to have an Open Door Policy where citizens of the City can openly express their views, concerns and suggestions on how to move our City forward. The relationship between the Mayor and the citizens should be a policy of trust and respect. Too often, our elected leaders over a period of time become so consumed with themselves and their personal agendas that they forget their primary role is to serve the people.
  • PAID POLITICAL AD/Re-elect Gene F. McGee as Mayor of Ridgeland
    I am running for reelection to continue building on the progress we have made together. Ridgeland enjoys the lowest property taxes and highest quality of life of any municipality in the area. We have never raised taxes and always maintained a balanced budget. In fact, Ridgeland has a reserve fund of over $15 million and enjoys and excellent bond rating.
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