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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Nissan workers build a Habitat home in Canton as part of an 8-week build.
Nissan workers build a Habitat home in Canton as part of an 8-week build.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM
CANTON — A 44-year-old widow will soon become a homeowner here, thanks in part to efforts by Nissan and Habitat for Humanity.

Mildred Daughtery lost her husband, Eddie, on Veteran’s Day in 2002 when he was killed along I-55 near Gluckstadt while aiding a stranded driver.
  • County elections moving back to paper ballots
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM County supervisors approved the purchase of over $420,000 worth of new election equipment that will have voters filling out paper ballots.

    At the behest of the Madison County Election Commission, supervisors approved the purchase of 60 new precinct scanners and one ballot-on-demand machine for the Circuit Clerk’s office. The contract was awarded to ES&S, Election Systems & Software, based out of Omaha.
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  • City failed to prove change, residents claim in Costco zoning lawsuit
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM RIDGELAND — The city did not attempt to prove any meaningful change had occurred around a proposed Costco when a zoning amendment pertaining to big box stores was approved last year, the attorney for residents opposed to the development argued in court on Monday.

    About 50 people filed into Madison County Circuit Court Monday afternoon to hear the appeal of the June 2016 zoning ordinance amendment that paved the way for the proposed Costco off the Highland Colony Parkway just south of the Natchez Trace.
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  • PERRY/Electing a statue
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM If you visit the U.S. Capitol you’ve likely been through National Statuary Hall and seen the collection of statues given by each state to represent itself in the collection. Beginning in 1864, Congress authorized each state to send two statues and in 1933 expanded the location for these statues throughout the Capitol.
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  • Chestnut Hills homeowners requesting relief with roads
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM CHESTNUT HILLS — Homeowners here are asking the county to help with roads they say were never properly finished once the development began a decade ago.

    Russell Green asked county supervisors on Monday for assistance with roads he says are not being maintained.
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  • PAID POLITICAL AD/Re-elect Gene F. McGee as Mayor of Ridgeland
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM I am running for reelection to continue building on the progress we have made together. Ridgeland enjoys the lowest property taxes and highest quality of life of any municipality in the area. We have never raised taxes and always maintained a balanced budget. In fact, Ridgeland has a reserve fund of over $15 million and enjoys and excellent bond rating. Read More
  • Gladden competes as Mrs. Madison?County
    Whitney Warner Gladden of Madison has been selected to represent the title of Mrs. Madison County 2017 in the upcoming Mrs. Mississippi America Pageant.

    Whitney is married to David Lee Gladden Jr. and they are the parents of two children, Tucker and Macy, who both attend Madison Ridgeland Academy.
  • Madison firefighter competes in St. Paddy's Day 5K in full gear
    A Madison firefighter racing in the Hal’s St. Paddy’s Day 5K in Jackson over the weekend wearing full turnout gear had some other racers and spectators scratching their heads.

    Jes Harrington, 40, has been with the Madison Fire Department for a year now and decided to race in this year’s 5K wearing his full turnout gear.
  • Fired Engineer Warnock suing CMU for $6.3M
    Former Canton Municipal Utilities Engineer Rudy Warnock is suing the utility company for failure to pay over $6.3 million he says is owed to him following a strenuous four-month working relationship that ended in December 2016.

    Warnock was named the sole engineer for CMU in mid-August and was terminated in late-December.
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  • HARKINS/Finding welfare fraud
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM We all agree welfare should be reserved for the truly needy and recognize the injustice of fraud and waste that steals resources intended for the poor.  It’s the same outrage we feel over the widow robbed at gunpoint or the foster child bullied out of his favorite toy. It is this sense of fair play that inspired me to introduce legislation this session aimed at assuring our welfare programs are not being taken advantage of by fraudsters and con artists.  
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  • LOWRY/A 140-character flaw
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM The Trump administration is in the throes of one of the greatest self-inflicted distractions of the modern presidency.

    The latest chapter comes from James Comey in his highly anticipated congressional testimony. The FBI director said that he has no information to support President Donald Trump’s infamous weekend tweets alleging he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama during the campaign. This was treated as a bombshell, although what would have been truly surprising is if he said Trump’s allegations had a sound factual basis.
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  • TANNER/Separate art and state
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM This article appeared in National Review (Online) on March 22, 2017.

    As the husband and stepfather of accomplished artists, I take art very seriously. It is, in the words of President Kennedy, “close to the center of a nation’s purpose and a test of the quality of a nation’s civilization.” But for all that, Donald Trump is absolutely right in his desire to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
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    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM The text we are looking at this week reads: “My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” The Christian is to be deep in thought about the Lord. Watchmen were those who guarded a city at night. They longed for the morning light. The psalmist is not content to compare his longing after the Lord with one figure. He repeats it to show his hunger and thirst for the Lord was earnest. Read More
  • DUNCAN/‘The poor man who thought he was rich’
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 6:00 PM Turn to Luke 18:18-30 in your Bible. I want you to see a couple of things that will help you understand the context of this passage. First, the word “ruler” in this passage does not refer to a civil ruler but to a religious leader, someone that his contemporaries have a great deal of confidence in. Second, the question in verse 18 is not a question in a vacuum. The previous two stories spoke of justification and of entering the kingdom of God, and both of these are linked to this question, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Those three concepts are tied together. They’re stated different ways, but they’re getting at the same thing. If you’ll bear those in mind, it will help you read this passage. 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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  • 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
  • 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 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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  • Doris Haddix Dodd of Madison, died March 13, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 20, 1935 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Harvey and Eva Haddix and grew up in Aberdeen, Mississippi.
  • William (Bill) Lloyd Cox, 78, of Madison, died on March 9, 2017, in Madison, MS. He was a member of Northminster Baptist Church. Mr. Cox, was born to Louis Cox and Alice Sanders Cox in Forrest City, Arkansas.

    He graduated from Forrest City High School in 1956 and attended the University of Mississippi where he had an academic and basketball scholarship. 
  • Mark is survived by his wife of 42 years, Phyllis Ammons Givens, daughter Ashley (Billy) Bieliauskas, sons Tyler and Dylan Givens, grandsons Austin and Bayley Bieliauskas, sisters Keitha (Bob) Whitaker, and Peggy (Woody) Hoover; sisters- and brothers-in-law Linda and RichardCopeland, Bob and Penny Ammons, and Mike and Patsy Ammons. Mark is preceded in death by his parents Sybil Grace Hinson and Foy Winfred Givens.  Memorials may be sent to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation or Broadmoor Baptist Church Missions Offering.  A funeral service was held Monday, March 13 at Broadmoor Baptist Church Chapel.  
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