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Friday, July 21, 2017
New buses fill parking spaces at the Madison County School District central office.
New buses fill parking spaces at the Madison County School District central office.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
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.
  • Vinyl siding for apartment complex denied
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM 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.
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  • R’land aldermen approve plans for Slim Chickens, Denny’s
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM 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.
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  • County officials spar over Silverleaf
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM 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.
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  • Supes increase health premium
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM 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.
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  • Chestnut Hill appeal tabled
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM 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.
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  • St. Joseph alumna Bria Paige named Beyonce Formation Scholar
    MADISON — St. Joseph Catholic School alumna Bria Paige has been named a recipient of a 2017-2018 Beyonce Formation Scholar and will receive a $25,000 scholarship.

    Paige is a rising junior at Spelman College, where she is a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and a Dean’s List scholar. Paige is a 2015 graduate of St. Joseph.
  • 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!’”
  • Madison County Students Enjoy Theatre Day Camp
    JACKSON – New Stage Theatre announces its First Stages Theatre Camp for rising 1st through 5th grades. The New Stage Theatre Arts in Education department strives to bring professional, progressive acting instruction to youth throughout Mississippi with its summer camps, yearlong acting classes, and touring workshops. The First Stages Theatre Camp serves as an introduction to acting, singing, and dance for ages 7-10.
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  • EDITORIAL/No to the UAW at Nissan
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM Paperwork has been submitted and on Aug. 3-4, several thousand employees at the Canton Nissan plant will cast their vote to decide whether or not to unionize.

    A decades-long battle for a stronghold in the Deep South will finally come to head and the UAW is pulling no punches as it continues its war of manipulating facts in order to garner support among the workforce.
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  • LOWRY/The party of bad faith?
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM If the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare ultimately fails, it will be a lesson in the wages of political bad faith.

      The current path of the Senate bill has plenty of obstacles, including the sheer inertia of the Obamacare status quo and the fact that no one has made the public case for the Republican legislation. But the effort also suffers from a mismatch between the longtime public posture
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  • BROOKS/Getting radical about inequality
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM I’m not in the habit of recommending left-wing French intellectuals, but I’m beginning to think that Pierre Bourdieu is helpful reading in the age of Donald Trump. He was born in 1930, the son of a small-town postal worker. By the time he died in 2002, he had become perhaps the world’s most influential sociologist within the academy, and largely unknown outside of it. Read More
  • CANNON/Coming together on healthcare
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is struggling to line up the 50 Republican votes he needs behind his health-care bill. Conservatives complain that it does not fulfill the GOP’s seven-year pledge to repeal Obamacare, while the caucus’s more moderate members complain that it goes too far. McConnell cannot afford to have more than two of the 52 Republican senators vote no. If he is going to pull the bill out of the fire, he will need ideas that make it more appealing to both factions of the Senate GOP. Read More
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 3:1-6
    Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM Our text this week is one of the most famous narratives in the Bible; Moses and the burning bush.  Israel is in Egypt in the midst of great suffering.  It has been 40 years since Moses left Egypt. Moses is tending sheep on the far side of the desert (a remote place). He is tending the sheep of his father-in-law. He was once prince of Egypt, now he doesn’t even own his own sheep. He has to range to lonely places just to find pasture for them. Read More
  • Canton Academy Lady Panthers win their 4th Consecutive MAIS Class AA Track and Field State Championship
    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:00 PM The Canton Academy Lady Panthers went into the 2017 track and field season with a lot of spaces to fill from the 2016 state championship team. That team graduated several seniors that participated in multiple events. Under the leadership of Head Coach Ben Williams and assistant coaches, Kenner Purvis, Craig Bowman and A.B. Williams, the Lady Panthers proved they were back to defend their state crown. They scored 151 points and had six state champions in individual events to Claim their 4th consecutive Class AA Track and Field Championship on May 6th at Jackson Prep. Read More
  • Canton Academy Boys Track Team wins the 2017 MAIS AA Track and Field State Championship
    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:00 PM The Canton Academy Boys Track Team won their first state championship in track since 1999 on May 6th at Jackson Prep. Led by head coach Ben Williams and assistant coaches, Kenner Purvis, Craig Bowman and A.B. Williams the boys team scored 102 points and accumulated two state champions in individual events to win the AA State Championship. Read More
  • Murray State next stop for Gilmore
    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 6:00 PM MADISON – Devin Gilmore quickly became a fan favorite upon his arrival at MRA four years ago for his aerial exploits and vast array of jaw-dropping dunks.  

     The Patriots’ high-flying swingman formally announced on Tuesday he will be taking that high-wire act nearly six hours north to Murray, Kentucky – home to Murray State, site of Gilmore’s college destination of choice.
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  • MRA tennis duo wins championship
    Wednesday, May 3, 2017 6:00 PM  RIDGELAND – First things first, Isaac Johnson and Gray Johnson are not brothers.

    “I mean, we look so much alike can’t you tell,” deadpanned Gray, tongue in cheek.

    Neither is adopted, either, although they often joke about it. “It’s his week this week,” Isaac said, with a big grin as he pointed toward his playing partner.
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  • 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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  • At 6'7" tall, Taylor Yates stood out in a crowd. Taylor was a reserved and fun loving young man whose smile and wry wit could light up a room. His optimism and will to live helped in his battle against lymphoma which finally took its toll on July 9, 2017, at age 26.  

    A native of Ridgeland, Taylor lived a full life surrounded by friends and family who loved him.
  • Dr. John Davis Handley, 58, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his home in Madison, after a brief battle with cancer. John was born on November 1, 1958 in Picayune, to Jane Anne and Donald Handley. He attended Picayune Memorial High School, the University of Mississippi, School of Pharmacy and University of Mississippi Medical Center.
  • Roy M. Weissinger (Roy Mac), 77, of Madison, died on July 2, 2017 at this home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born in Louise, MS on July 13, 1939, to the late Herbert Weissinger and Pauline Hull Weissinger.

    In addition to his parents, Roy is preceded in death by a brother, Herbert ( Bud) Weissinger, Jr.  Roy was a graduate of Mississippi State University and retired from the USDA Office of Inspector General.
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