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The Center Players Community Theater present The Red Velvet Cake War at Madison Square Center for the Arts. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Cast members include, front, LeLane Ray Higgins, Jenny Cochran, Kathryn Dawkins, Betty Jo Mahaffey, Kim Sims; back row, Michael Yost, Oliver Nordan, Wendie Sheppard and Jack Mallette. This Southern comedy is set for 7:30 p.m. March 2-4 and 2:30 p.m. March 5.
The Center Players Community Theater present The Red Velvet Cake War at Madison Square Center for the Arts. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Cast members include, front, LeLane Ray Higgins, Jenny Cochran, Kathryn Dawkins, Betty Jo Mahaffey, Kim Sims; back row, Michael Yost, Oliver Nordan, Wendie Sheppard and Jack Mallette. This Southern comedy is set for 7:30 p.m. March 2-4 and 2:30 p.m. March 5.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM
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.
  • Ridgeland police apprehend suspect in Wednesday afternoon armed robbery

    The Ridgeland Police Department in conjunction with Jackson Police apprehended a Jackson man earlier this afternoon, shortly after he allegedly robbed an Old Canton liquor store. The man is believed to be connected to other incidents in Ridgeland and surrounding jurisdictions.

    Blessed Adams, 23, of Jackson has been arrested and charged with strong armed robbery and simple assault after he pepper sprayed a clerk at a liquor store and made off with money from the register at Old Canton Liquor and Wine.

  • Warnock billed CMU $1.15M for four months of invoices
    Since being named sole engineer for Canton Municipal Utilities in mid-August, Rudy Warnock’s firm has billed nearly $1.2 million, ranging from emergency sewer repairs to a five-point plan to address future needs.

    According to invoices obtained by the Journal, Warnock & Associates has billed CMU $1,148,178.78 since August.
  • Lawyer claims Warnock threatened CMU commissioner, newspaper publisher
    CANTON — Rudy Warnock went beyond the scope of his duties to threaten and harass Canton Municipal Utility Commissioners, an attorney for one embattled commissioner alleged at a special meeting last Thursday.

    A series of text messages presented by the attorney, who is a state Senator, also revealed threats to whip a Madison County newspaper publisher.
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    CANTON — Exposed storm drains, discarded iron piping, and floating manholes were just a few of the sights seen during a tour of Canton Municipal Utilities’ sewer system Tuesday as contractors continue work under an emergency sewer contract issued in October.

    Officials with CMU and the city took a two-and-a-half hour tour Tuesday where representatives of Warnock & Associates, CMU’s engineering firm, pointed out failures of infrastructure found during a questionable months-long emergency sewer repair contract.
  • MCHS student arrested with gun on campus
    MADISON — A 15-year-old male student at Madison Central High School was arrested last week for possession of a firearm on school property, though police and school officials say there were no signs of ill-intent.

    Madison County School Superintendent Dr. Ronnie McGehee said this was the first incident in 20 years with a student bringing a gun onto campus.
  • A student was arrested with a fire arm at Madison Central

    A student was arrested after it was found he had a gun in his backpack at Madison Central High School this morning shortly after the first bell rang.

    The student was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor on school property and was transported to the Yazoo County Detention Center. A date will be set for him to appear in Madison County Youth Court at a later date.

  • Lack of rain cited in CMU emergency repair work
    CANTON — An emergency sewer declaration was made two weeks ago, Canton Municipal Utilities officials said, in part because of the current drought that allows for quicker repairs.

    CMU General Counsel Mike Espy read a letter from Engineer Rudy Warnock during Tuesday’s board meeting where Warnock explained that an emergency declaration allows them to take advantage of no rain so they can find and repair parts of the line that are not functioning properly.
  • Employees jump two robbers
    RIDGELAND — Two 18-year-olds have been charged with strong armed robbery after allegedly trying to rob Mac’s Fresh Market grocery store off Highway 51 here Tuesday morning.

    Denzel Curtis Watson and Francesco Jaaziniah McKnight-Smith both remain locked up at the Madison County Detention Center awaiting a preliminary hearing. Both were also charged with fleeing law enforcement/resisting arrest. Watson was also charged with profanity/drunk in public.
  • City, HUD settle over apartment complexes
    RIDGELAND — City officials have settled with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in an ongoing legal battle involving multiple apartment complexes here and rezoning efforts by the city.

    A HUD complaint lodged in December by the Assistant Secretary of Fair housing and Equal Opportunity identified five complexes that are located in a "high minority concentrated area in the eastern half of southeast Ridgeland."
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    RIDGELAND — City officials have set full a slate of public hearings for the Oct. 18 meeting, including a proposed tax increment finance (TIF) plan for Renaissance Phase III, a project that includes the Costco building as an anchor tenant.

    TIFs divert sales tax dollars to pay for infrastructure improvement on large  projects.
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