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Statement of Madison County Journal Publisher James E. Prince III regarding death threats against Associate Editor and Publisher Michael Simmons and Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler:
  • Man arrested for stealing trailer
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM MADISON — A 59-year-old Seminary man remains behind bars after being arrested here last week for allegedly stealing a trailer and lawn mower from Highroads subdivision.

    Claude Napoli Brewer, of Sandford Road #D in Seminary, has been charged with one county of grand larceny and was given a $150,000 bond and is the Madison County Detention Center.
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  • Ridgeland, mayor receive Keep MS Beautiful awards
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM Ridgeland officials and Keep Ridgeland Beautiful officers announce awards earned at the Keep Mississippi Beautiful Annual Awards Luncheon held April 6. Three awards were taken home by Ridgeland at this event that recognizes organizations and individuals from around the state of Mississippi for efforts in promoting the mission of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, a nonprofit dedicated to reducing litter and promoting recycling and community greening. Awards were presented to Ridgeland High School, Jan Richardson, and Mayor Gene McGee. Read More
  • Convention center set for Township
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM RIDGELAND — New development at the Township, which would bring a conference and convention center along with hotels, was approved as part of a sales tax rebate incentive for economic development through the state.

    The city on Tuesday night voted to approve rebating 80 percent of sales tax returns generated from these particular projects for 15 years, capped at 30 percent of approved development expenditures, pending Mississippi Development Authority approval.
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  • Supervisors pass $1.64M plan for 9 roads, streets
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM Madison County supervisors approved a $1.64 million road plan Monday night for work on nine roads.

    District 4 Supervisor David Bishop came up with the plan and it will be funded from Grand Gulf Nuclear receipts for last year and this year, as well as current trash host fees.
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  • Madison Recycle Day set April 29 on Main Street
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM Madison Recycle Day arrives just in time to help with spring cleaning.

    On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Keep Madison the City Beautiful hosts the event at Tulane University at the corner of Main Street and Highway 51.

    “This is a wonderful opportunity for homeowners to drop off all types of unused or unwanted items in one place,” said Tona Becker, the city liaison with Keep Mississippi Beautiful.
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  • Madison Central and Rosa Scott Choirs Present - A Spring Concert
    MADISON – The Madison Central and Rosa Scott High School Choirs will present their annual spring performance on Monday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the MCHS Auditorium. The 122 members of the MCHS and Rosa Scott Concert Choirs along with the MCHS Madrigals will be performing. 
  • MRA’s new middle school approved by board, includes new cafeteria
    MADISON — An expansion at Madison-Ridgeland Academy that includes a new middle school and cafeteria was approved by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen Tuesday.

    Alan Hoops, director of environment and design for the city, said MRA is almost ready to begin construction but there are a few design features still being tweaked through his department.
  • Coming to Madison, Half Shell Oyster approved downtown
    MADISON — Half Shell Oyster House is coming to downtown at the corner of Mississippi 463, or what is the Madison Parkway, and Main Street in a vacant lot on the southeast corner.

    The Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved architectural review plans and gave permission to issue a building permit contingent on finalizing a few small design features.
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  • PERRY/Wicker: Assad war criminal
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM “We have ended an unfortunate fourteen year experiment with partisan judicial filibusters,” U.S. Senator Roger Wicker told the Stennis Press Forum last week in Jackson.  He said the 2003 filibusters against Miguel Estrada of Texas and Charles Pickering of Mississippi “was the first time a partisan filibuster had ever stopped a federal judge of any kind from being elevated to the court to which they were nominated.”
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  • BROOKS/How to leave a mark
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM Joe Toscano and I worked at Incarnation summer camp in Connecticut a few decades ago. Joe went on to become an extremely loving father of five and a fireman in Watertown, Massachusetts. Joe was a community-building guy — serving his town, organizing events like fishing derbies for bevies of kids, radiating infectious and neighborly joy.

    Joe collapsed and died while fighting a two-alarm fire last month. When Joe died, the Incarnation community reached out with a fierce urgency to support his family and each other. One of our number served as a eulogist at the funeral. Everybody started posting old photos of Joe on Facebook. Somebody posted a picture of 250 Incarnation alumni at a reunion, with the caption, “My Family.”
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  • LOWRY/No, Trump is not a neocon
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM With U.S. missiles flying in Syria, the “mother of all bombs” exploding in Afghanistan and an aircraft carrier strike group heading toward North Korea, has there been a revolution in President Donald Trump’s foreign policy?

    His most fervent supporters shouldn’t get overly exercised, and his interventionist critics shouldn’t get too excited. What has been on offer so far is broadly consistent with the Jacksonian worldview that is the core of Trump’s posture toward the world.
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  • LYNCH/Reforming indigent defense
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM This article appeared on National Review (Online) on April 19, 2017:

    America’s criminal courts are in terrible shape. New York, Indiana, Louisiana, Idaho, Missouri, and many other states are mired in litigation over their festering crises in indigent legal defense. Public defenders want to do a good job for their clients but are often stretched so thin by enormous caseloads that they feel as though they are being forced to commit malpractice, like a doctor with way too many patients.
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  • DUNCAN/‘Kingdom investments’
    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM  Turn in your Bible to Luke 19:11-27. In my old New American Standard Version this parable is called “The Parable of Money Usage,” but it's not a sermon about stewardship. It's set in a specific context. At the end of this chapter, Jesus will be entering into Jerusalem, so He has now come to the culmination of His earthly ministry and the final week of His life before the crucifixion. His disciples, we're told in the very first verse that we're going to read, are misguided in their expectations about what is going to happen in Jerusalem. So Jesus pauses to explain to them what their attitude ought to be to the events that are about to happen in Jerusalem, and especially how they are to conduct themselves after those events happen. Read More
  • Father and son bond through weightlifting, prep for event
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 6:00 PM A St. Joseph High School junior discovers a love for powerlifting that brings him even closer to his dad.

    Pat Frascogna, 54, and his only son, 17-year-old, Franco, do all the usual things a father and son do together with one exception; they are training for the competitive powerlifting circuit, too.  Pat was a competitive powerlifter some decades ago but, as he says, "the tyranny of life dictated my time be spent away from the weightroom".
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  • Saint Joseph Catholic School seniors sign athletic scholarships on Wednesday
    Wednesday, February 8, 2017 6:00 PM MADISON  Saint Joseph Catholic School seniors Bergen Teeter and Nick Thompson signed scholarship offers today, National Signing Day, to continue playing sports on the community college and university level.

    Teeter will play volleyball next fall at Hannibal-LaGrange University in Hannibal, Mo., while Thompson signed to play football beginning next fall at Holmes Community College. Both were standout players during their high school playing career at Saint Joseph.
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  • Equestrian Team at Mississippi College wraps up Fall 2016 season at Georgia tournament
    Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 PM Mississippi College equestrian team riders finished the Fall season in style with an impressive showing at a recent Georgia tournament.

    Topping the highlight reel for the Blue & Gold was MC senior captain Maggie Waters. The Zanesville, Ohio rider and her horse earned a first-place ribbon in the category of open over the fences.
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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 PM The late, immeasurably great Boo Ferriss could have become a Major League manager had he chosen that path. With his people skills and his baseball acumen, he surely would have been a splendid one. Read More
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:00 PM MADISON – The first thing one notices upon entering the lobby of MRA’s gymnasium is the trophy case filled with gold balls. Enter into the gym itself, and there’s championship banners galore. Step inside longtime coach Richard Duease’s office and there’s even more title paraphernalia and countless Coach of the Year plaques from year’s past.

    Yes, MRA’s dominance in boy’s basketball is real. All the trophies, banners and plaques are just further proof of that.
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  • Sidney Summerlin , age 80,of Madison, died on April 8, 2017 at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial. He was born on July 19, 1936 to EC Summerlin and Pearl Lishman Summerlin in Kosciusko, MS.  

    Sidney is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margie Summerlin; sons, Sid Summerlin (Leigh Ann), Anthony Keith Summerlin and Jason Summerlin; grandchildren, Ashley Marie Summerlin, Bryce Jacob Summerlin, Justin Ross Summerlin and Sybil Rachel Summerlin; twin sister, Sylvia (James) Jenkins and many nieces and nephews. 
  • Elliott Frank Thomas, Sr., of Madison, passed away April 10 at the age of 87. Elliott was born on October 13, 1929 to Frank and Lucille Thomas.

    He attended Chamberlain Hunt Academy. He served in the Korean War. On April 25, 1954 he married Betty Jo Simon and they were married for 62 happy years.

    During his early years he was a traveling salesman for Frank R. Thomas Co. Inc. and he later was President of the company until his retirement. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Madison. He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and also the Alhambra.
  • Dr. Robert Shaye, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed away April 12, 2017. Dr. Shaye was born on November 9, 1937 in New Haven, Connecticut. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Connecticut and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from New York University.

    Following his graduation from dental school, he served in the United States Army on active duty with the 86th Medical Detachment in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, as well as the United States Army Hospital at West Point.
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