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Mary Hawkins-Butler
Mary Hawkins-Butler
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
MADISON — Aldermen voted Tuesday night to increase the salary of Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler by $38,000 and to double their salaries from $12,000 to $24,000.

Hawkins-Butler’s previous salary was $60,000 and was raised to $98,000.
  • Vinyl siding for apartment complex denied
    RIDGELAND — City officials denied on Tuesday an apartment complex from using vinyl siding as an acceptable material for renovations.

    Pinebrook Apartments located on Pine Knoll Drive sought the request.
  • R’land aldermen approve plans for Slim Chickens, Denny’s
    RIDGELAND — Two new fast-casual restaurants are one step closer to becoming reality after receiving site plan and architectural approval by the board of aldermen Tuesday night.

    The board unanimously approved a site plan and architectural review for Slim Chickens to be located on Lake Harbour Drive.
  • County officials spar over Silverleaf
    Developers will soon begin work on the first of three residential developments being built on 510 acres of land located on the south side of Stribling Road and the west side of Deweese Road following a testy exchange among county officials on Monday night.

    The Board of Supervisors ultimately approved a preliminary plat for Silverleaf subdivision in a 4-1 vote, with Board President Trey Baxter the lone nay vote.
  • Supes increase health premium
    Rising health insurance claims over the last year resulted in Madison County supervisors raising the cost of premiums paid by employees for dependents by $25 per month.

    The action came during Monday night’s board meeting. The county will also be pitching in $44 per month, per employee to shore the gap.
  • Chestnut Hill appeal tabled
    CHESTNUT HILLS — County supervisors approved another 90-day continuance for an appeal hearing involving an ongoing dispute between homeowners and developers here as both sides continue to hash out their differences.

    Madison County Board of Supervisors Attorney Katie Bryant Snell said both sides continue to work behind the scenes to come to an agreement and requested a continuance until Nov. 20. The first continuance was granted back in May.
  • Auto supplier investing $16.33M
    A global automotive supplier is investing over $16 million to create nearly 100 new jobs in Madison County, officials announced on Monday.

    Calsonic Kansei, a Japanese supplier that produces a range of products, is investing $16.33 million to create 98 new jobs. The company is a supplier to the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant. Calsonic Kansei already employs over 500 at the Canton facility.
  • Ridgeland aldermen vote to keep hotel moratorium in place
    RIDGELAND — City officials voted against lifting a moratorium on new hotels Tuesday night, much to the chagrin of Mayor Gene F. McGee and developers.

    A vote to lift the moratorium to allow the development of a Tru by Hilton and two Holiday Inn hotels failed 2-4, with Alderman Wesley Hamlin and Kevin Holder unsuccessful in swaying the other board members.
  • Host families needed for golf tourney
    MADISON — Local volunteers are rallying to welcome some of the best youth golfers in the nation with Southern hospitality as a prestigious Junior Golf Tournament returns to the state for the third time.

    Denise Forsythe has been asking neighbors and friends to consider housing one of the nearly 150 expected golfers who will converge on the metro area to compete at the Annandale Golf Club in Madison in August for the Trusted Choice Big I National Championship.
  • Schools spending $10M on buses
    Madison County schools will spend $10 million on 125 new buses in an attempt to cut down on future transportation costs.

    The district decided in April to end its relationship with First Student, a contractor that provided buses and drivers to the district, after the business increased its cost for the next year by over $1 million.
  • Union election Aug. 3-4
    CANTON — Nissan workers by secret ballot will decide next month whether to unionize and state and county leaders are encouraging them to vote “no.”

    “Unions want to do for Canton what they did for Detroit,” said Trey Baxter, a Republican and president of the Madison County Board of Supervisors. “Just vote ‘No!’”
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