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Northpark launches new ‘family friendly’ era

By JACK WEATHERLY With the pomp and ceremony of a major government facility dedication, the “new” Northpark Mall was opened Thursday. The 34-year-old mall is undergoing a multimillion first phase makeover that started in February. A gathering of a 100 or so —  including Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, aldermen, chamber and auxiliary officials, including those from Rankin County and even ...

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Mistletoe Marketplace: A classic that changes with the times

By JACK WEATHERLY Many, if not most of the members of the Junior League of Jackson were not born in 1980, the first year of the Mistletoe Marketplace. And the annual event that signals the start of the Christmas shopping season for many people has grown over the years. The League, which was established in 1941 and has taken some ...

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Costco case may hinge on definition of ‘service station’

By JACK WEATHERLY Most Costco Wholesale Stores have a fueling station. The question remains: will the giant wholesale club go forward in Ridgeland without one? An answer may await in Madison County Circuit Court, Judge Steve Ratcliff presiding. Homeowners filed a brief last week fInalizing its challenge of the legitimacy of a site plan approved by the Ridgeland Board of ...

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‘Parklet’ well-received in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Downtown Jackson’s first “parklet” has been well received. And so the city may move forward with another, according to Travis Crabtree, urban designer for the city. The parklet — wooden benches and planters and spaces for small lightweight tables and chairs — occupies what had been parking spaces on the east side of Congress Street in front ...

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Drilling raises some hope for return of Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil

By JACK WEATHERLY The drilling of a few oil wells in southwest Mississippi and the recovery of the price of crude have awakened hopes, however slight, of a revitalization of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale “play.” Prices plunged from about $100 in mid-2014 to the low point of around $40 by the end of that year. But the price of West ...

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Sanderson ‘19th hole’ plays big for steak houses and economy

By JACK WEATHERLY After 18 holes of playing or following players, the question is: what’s next? The 19th hole for many after one of the rounds leading up to and including the Sanderson Farms Championship Tournament was a nice white-tablecloth steak house. Those in the vicinity of the Country Club of Jackson got a bump in revenue and golf tales. ...

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The Quarter in Jackson undergoing transformation, adding apartments

By JACK WEATHERLY The Quarter is getting a new look and a new function. The retail and office center on Lakeland Drive in Jackson just west of the Pearl River is becoming a mixed-use development. The StateStreet Group is adding 12 loft apartments, expanding some retail space and giving The Quarter’s facades a fresh look. The Quarter was built in ...

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Magazine reports Seraphim shutdown; bigger things in works, solar panel maker says

By JACK WEATHERLY Pv magazine reported that earlier this month Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA shut down its PV module factory in Jackson, “leading some to conclude that the company is going out of business.” However, according to Seraphim USA officials with whom pv magazine spoke, the opposite is happening. The company did indeed stop operations and lay off some employees, ...

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MDA puts ‘smokestack chasing’ in back seat

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s economic development agency is taking a more measured strategy for promoting industrial growth in the state. “This year, more than 80 percent of state-assisted economic development announcements have been expansions of our existing corporate citizens,” Mississippi Development Authority Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr, said in a news release last month. McCullough declined to discuss the current ...

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