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Explore Ridgeland, formerly Visit Ridgeland, celebrated its rebranding along with a new visitor’s center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday. Mayor Gene McGee, center, cut the ribbon for the center located at Renaissance at Colony Park.
The Ridgeland Vistors Center rolled out a new brand and bike share program at their grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting at their new space at the Renaissance last week.
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Madison crime statistics remain low for 2023

MADISON — There were no major violent crimes here in 2023 allowing the city to maintain its “relatively low crime rate,” Madison Police Chief Gene Waldroip said after crime statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation were released. 

Robinson appointed new assistant superintendent

Madison County Schools is pleased to announce Dr. Capucine Torrey Robinson will serve as an Assistant Superintendent for the 2024-2025 school year. Dr. Robinson currently serves as director of elementary school services in the district.

Treasurer rebrands college program

State Treasurer David McRae announced recently the state's 529 program has rebranded to become Mississippi College and Career Savings.

Dr. Seuss Day set at Children’s Museum

Make plans to visit the Mississippi Children’s Museum on Saturday, February 24, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for Dr. Seuss’ Silly Birthday.

GETTING THE MESSAGE/God’s gracious gift of grace

In Revelation 1:4, we see that the book of Revelation is a letter to seven churches in Asia. Seven is the favorite symbolic number in the book which is full of symbolic language.
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Rest of old city hall demolished

Crews tear down the former Ridgeland City Hall building located on U.S. Highway 51 weeks after a contractor accidentally tore down a section.
RIDGELAND — A crew was working to complete the demolition of the old City Hall building here that was accidentally partially demolished earlier this year.

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THOMAS/Willis vs. Wade vs. euphemisms

Euphemism - word from wooden blocks with letters
During questioning of Fulton County, Georgia prosecutor Nathan Wade about his “relationship” with District Attorney Fani Willis there was a moment that cut through all the euphemisms we have become accustomed to when it comes to human behavior.

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Fentanyl seized from man walking down 55

Wetzel was arrested with a backpack that contained over 100 Fentanyl pills, over a pound of marijuana individually packaged, and $2,700 in cash, GPD Chief Hale said.
GLUCKSTADT — An Illinois man accused of trafficking fentanyl after he was arrested on foot along Interstate 55 here early Monday remains in jail on a $1 million bond.

G’stadt gets more body cams

GLUCKSTADT — City officials approved the purchase of five more police body cameras bringing the total number to 15.

Soulshine opened in December

Lauren Leard, general manager for the Gluckstadt location of Soulshine, presents a three meat pizza.
GLUCKSTADT — A popular pizza restaurant introduced a new fast-casual concept when it opened its second Madison County location here in early December.

Physical therapy clinic specializes in baseball injuries

GLUCKSTADT — A physical therapy clinic specializing in baseball players hopes to bring precise, data-based training and therapy to athletes, owner Bill Thomas says.

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MADISON — A Whataburger restaurant will open here later this year on Grandview Boulevard without the brand’s trademark orange on the exterior.
Madison County Board of Supervisors President Gerald Steen wants to abandon Bozeman Road work inside the city of Madison to focus more on road improvements that are “100 percent in the county.”
The prison sentence of one of the accomplices in the 2017 slaying of six-year-old Kingston Frazier in Gluckstadt was affirmed by the state Court of Appeals on Tuesday.

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GLUCKSTADT — An attempt to put a 90-day moratorium on new nail salons here failed to pass Tuesday night as objecting aldermen called it a “slippery slope” to start regulating specific businesses. 
RIDGELAND — Four people have been arrested and two charged as adults in connection with a shooting in the Hawthorn Green subdivision over the weekend.
Freshman Representative Celeste Hurst, who represents part of Madison County, introduced House Bill 634 to the Mississippi House of Representatives marking her first time speaking from the well in the House Chamber. 
Reverend Clyde Tate, Senior Pastor of St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Canton, and Greater Antioch Baptist Church in Jackson delivered an opening prayer to the Mississippi Senate on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at the invitation of Senator Joseph Thomas Sr., who led the Pledge of Allegiance before Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann guided lawmakers through the day’s agenda.

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MCCT makes presentation to Madison County Schools

The Madison County Community Trust, philanthropic arm of the Madison County Business League & Foundation, proudly presented Madison County Schools with a check for Virtual Reality headsets provided by MCBL&F member Lobaki. These headsets allow students the ability to experience career exploration virtually and are equipped with training simulations for certain career choices. This grant continues the commitment to training the future workforce of Madison County.

Canton Academy American Government class visits Supreme Court

Twenty seniors from Canton Academy’s American Government class visited the Mississippi Supreme Court on Oct. 3. Attached for your consideration is a photo from the students’ visit to the Supreme Court. Presiding Justice Jim Kitchens, in the middle of the group photo, gave students an overview of the Judicial branch of government, explained the differing roles of the trial and appellate courts and answered students’ questions about court proceedings. Students were accompanied by parent chaperone Alison Spivey, front row, second from left, and government teacher Tim Busch, at far right, front row.

2023-2024 Madison County Youth Leadership Class selected

Pictured, front row from left, are Georgia Love Greenlee Doty, Jackson Prep; Connor Young, St. Andrews; Thomas Blanks, Jackson Academy; Julia Lever, Germantown High School (Middle) Amelia Rose Cook, Canton Academy; Bryce Perry, Tri County Academy; Warren Hutchinson, Madison Central High School; Destinee Stewart, Ridgeland High School (Back) Connor Odom, St. Joseph; Serenity Chesser, Velma Jackson High School; Jamarion Fleming, Canton High School; and Blayne Williams, Madison Ridgeland Academy.

The Madison County Business League & Foundation and MCEDA Announce the 2023-2024 Madison County Youth Leadership (MCYL) Class. All public, private, and parochial schools in Madison County, plus Jackson Academy and Jackson Prep, select one junior to represent their respective school in the program. All students are Madison County residents.

Holmes Ridgeland Campus announces 2023 Homecoming Maids

Pictured are the Holmes Community College 2023 Ridgeland Campus Homecoming Court members. They are (left to right) Freshman Maid Maddison Turner of Byram, Freshman Maid Addison Sawyer of Madison, Student Body Maid Kennedy Manning of Brandon, Sophomore Maid Presleigh Powers of Carthage and Sophomore Maid Kamilah Millsap of Madison.

Holmes Community College recently announced members of the 2023 Homecoming Court.

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Ladd delivers opening prayer

Pictured, from left, are Rep. Jill Ford, Dr. Breck Ladd, Speaker Jason White and Rep. Andy Boyd.

Dr. Breck Ladd gave the opening prayer to the Mississippi House of Representatives recently. 

Bond denied for man accused of killing wife

Myles Flint Johnson

CANTON – A man accused of murdering his wife last month remains in custody after he was denied bond during his initial appearance in Canton Municipal Court last week.

Delta man arrested for murder here

Danger on the street. Blue flasher on the police car at night.

A Washington County man has been charged with a murder in Madison County.

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