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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.
  • 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.
  • New Firehouse Subs opens in Madison
    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.”
  • Ridgeland board denies hotel third story variance
    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.
  • Plans to issue $8M in bonds to repave streets fails in 2-2-1 vote
    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.
  • Police search for man suspected of stealing laptop from Walmart
    MADISON — Police here are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of shoplifting a laptop computer from the Walmart Supercenter.

    Police say on Jan. 30 , shortly before midnight, a white male was seen on surveillance cameras taking an HP laptop computer from the store.
  • Plans to revive lake park fail second time
    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.)
  • Hobby Lobby, Academy at center of new retail center
    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.
  • Banks' supervisor election challenge heads to jury trial by judge's order
    A jury trial will be held immediately to determine the outcome of an ongoing District 4 Supervisor election challenge between Karl Banks and David Bishop that began at the end of 2015.
  • Youth Leadership class meets with community leaders, business execs
    The Madison County Youth Leadership Class met for Lifestyles Day on Jan. 18 at Nissan where Brad McMullan, CEO of, was the keynote speaker for the event.
  • Madison doctors offering concierge medicine as primary care providers
    MADISON — Two doctors intend to flip the script by offering concierge-style medicine, a fee-based concept that bypasses insurance.
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