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County Line at Ridgewood to get two restaurants

By JACK WEATHERLY The northwest corner of County Line Road at Ridgewood Road will soon awaken after years of dormancy. The busy intersection has had no reason to stop for a bite at the Ridgeland quadrant of the crossroads. One Ridgeland restaurant location has been vacant for two decades and another next to it that has been empty for several ...

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UPDATE: Another luxury hotel to open in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cotton House. Is there better name for a luxury hotel in the Delta? Tradition with a wink. The $17.6 million, 95-room hotel will open early next year in downtown Cleveland, dead center in the region known for the richest soil and earthiest music in the world. “It’ll be a very high-end product,” said Luke Chamblee, president ...

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STEAK WARS — Koestler Prime strikes first

An hour after the city of Ridgeland issued its last permit to the restaurant mid-afternoon last Thursday, Scott and Julie Koestler decided – what the heck – let’s open tonight. And so they did. Julie posted it on Facebook. But it was not like there was  a complete  surprise to the opening of Koestler Prime in Renaissance at Colony Park. ...

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Daily newspaper to launch in Memphis in the fall

By JACK WEATHERLY A daily newspaper will debut in the fall to fill the void it says the ever-shrinking Commercial Appeal has left in the Memphis area news market. The seven-days-a-week Daily Memphian has recruited some of the leading members of the Commercial Appeal staff. Launching a metropolitan daily is a rarity in an era when many have labeled dailies ...

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Study says Jackson making strides in delivering services

By JACK WEATHERLY Jackson ranks 101st on WalletHub’s annual survey of best- and worst-run cities in the United States for 2018. The city ranked 149th in last year’s report. Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said in an interview on Tuesday that he is encouraged by the survey. The city faces several major problems, including streets, water system and billing and the ...

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McDade’s sold to Louisiana chain; Rainbow Co-op to close

By JACK WEATHERLY McDade’s Market, a small family-owned chain of grocery stores, has been sold to Louisiana-based Durnin Group. McDade’s Wine and Spirits in the Maywood Mart of north Jackson also has been sold. The Durnin Group will rename the two of the four groceries as Froogel’s, a chain with stores on the Mississippi Coast, according to Find It in ...

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Auction of UA Northpark 14 building hits a snag

By JACK WEATHERLY An auction of the UA Northpark 14 movie theater building last Thursday failed to draw a bid, but the owner of the property said interest was shown in the 36,000-square-foot building on the Ring Road north of Northpark Mall. William McGuire of United Development Co. of Southlake, Texas, said Monday a glitch interfered with the attempt to ...

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Um, no, the Supreme Court says to Costco case request

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected a motion by the City of Ridgeland to reconsider its April 21 ruling against a zoning change to accommodate a Costco Wholesale Store. Perhaps not surprisingly, the same seven justices who ruled against the city in the case that has captivated the attention of Ridgeland and beyond for several ...

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