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Ridgeland officials approve new police chief


RIDGELAND — Ridgeland police Lt. John Neal has been named chief of police. Mayor Gene McGee made the announcement Thursday in a news release. Neal will take over July 1 after the retirement of current Chief Randy Tyler. McGee says Neal has worked for the city for 26 years. Neal has served as an investigator and a public information officer, ...

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Madison County purchases old vo-tech building

CANTON — Madison County is paying $1.3 million for a 15-acre compound to house emergency management operations and local other services. The Madison County Journal reports is spending another $200,000 to fix up the buildings once used as a vocational-technical center by the Madison County School District. It also was used as the school district’s central office. County Administrator Mark ...

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(WITH VIDEO) ALAN TURNER: Madison County Business League & Foundation honors Rita Martinson

Over 350 business leaders, lawmakers, and officials attended the annual “League and Legislature” luncheon on February 27 at Jackson’s Old Capitol Inn. A key focus of the meeting was to honor Madison County State Representative Rita Martinson, who is retiring after serving for 24 years in the state House.  She was praised at the Madison County Business League & Foundation ...

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MDEQ lowers fine on county for silt, other violations

CANTON — State regulators have lowered to $6,500 a fine levied against Madison County officials for violations at the Sulphur Springs Park project. The Madison County Journal reports that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality notified the county in January about problems at the site north of Canton and that a $20,000 fine was in order. Negotiations lead to a ...

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Judicial watchdog agency seeks suspension for Madison judge

JACKSON — A judicial watchdog commission is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to suspend a Madison County judge recently arrested for simple assault on a vulnerable person. The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance filed the petition Thursday with the court. The petition cites Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger for assaulting a mentally disabled African-American male at a flea market last ...

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AWAITING ITS FATE: Gables complex may have to shrink to meet law

Having lost in a bid for a reprieve from Ridgeland city officials, The Gables apartment complex has started the new year with the prospect of having to demolish a number of units in order to meet new building density limits. A zoning law adopted last February designates apartment complexes with over 10 units an acre as nonconforming uses that must ...

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Madison Circuit Clerk Westbrook won't seek seventh term

CANTON — Madison County Circuit Clerk Lee Westbrook will retire this year, ending a 30-year career with in county government and six terms in office. Before her election as circuit clerk in a special election in November 1994, Westbrook was secretary to the Board of Supervisors. Westbrook tells the Madison County Journal that she has enjoyed watching the county and ...

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Madison County's tax assessor looking for homestead tax fraud

CANTON — Madison County’s tax assessor is asking local homeowner’s associations to help identify rental properties in their neighborhoods. Tax Assessor Gerald Barber told the Madison County Journal the groups can help in cracking down on homestead exemption fraud. Under homestead exemption, the state encourages people to own homes by exempting the houses from some property taxes. The state reimburses ...

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Voters in Rankin County approve liquor sales on Ross Barnett Reservoir

RANKIN COUNTY — Residents have approved liquor sales at restaurants on the Rankin County side of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Complete but unofficial returns show more than 80 percent of those voting yesterday approved the liquor sales. Eligible voters were residents who live on property owned by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District and who were registered to vote. ...

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