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$33.6 million aquatic center at Ridgeland proposed

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi isn’t necessarily known as a “swimming” state. But a plan has been floated to change that. An 88,700-square-foot facility at an estimated cost of $33.6 million has been proposed for land to be donated by the city of Ridgeland for the Mississippi Aquatic Center. The facility would rely on corporate sponsorships — including the possibility of ...

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Greensboro, N.C. center a success for area but operates at a loss

By JACK WEATHERLY The Greensboro (N.C.) Aquatic Center has had an economic impact of more than $130 million since it was opened in September 2011. The facility also runs an annual operational deficit, according to Susan Braman, its director since its inception. This year, the deficit will be about $350,000 on a $1.5 million budget, she said. That’s much better ...

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Madison elementary teacher wins $25,000 educator award

A Madison first-grade teacher has been chosen as one of 35 teachers nationwide to receive a $25,000 teaching prize. Allison Ruhl was named a winner of the Milken Educator Award at Madison Station Elementary School. Ruhl is being honored in part for leadership. She helped develop first-grade assessments for Madison County and another district, and helped write a new first-grade and second-grade ...

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(UPDATED) New sources of money eyed to build Reunion interchange in Madison County

By BECKY GILLETTE The Madison County Board of Supervisors (BOS) has renewed its efforts to find a way to build an interchange at Reunion Parkway and Interstate-55. “For economic development and transportation, it is very important,” said BOS President Trey Baxter, “We have a parkway we need to connect from the west side of Madison with the east side. The ...

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Coming full circle in Livingston?

By JACK WEATHERLY  This Town of Livingston dates to 2014. That was about 190 years after the original  Livingston was created and long after it disappeared. Now, its eighth and ninth buildings are under construction. A Sal & Mookie’s will open in the upscale development at the intersection of Highways 463 and 22 in the rolling hills of Madison County. ...

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Despite TIF, Costco store not done deal yet

By JACK WEATHERLY  The game is not over for the proposed Costco Wholesale store in Ridgeland. Plaintiffs are still trying to block the store, which they contend would disrupt traffic and devalue residential property in the vicinity. A tax rebate of up to $30 million that apparently had been granted through a state program for what developers said was the ...

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Madison County doing full assessment of economic development before hiring new chief

By TED CARTER Madison County officials say they expect to fill a vacant executive director position at the county Economic Development Authority sometime in the spring. Officials say they must first complete a public-private collaborative “visioning” process for the development authority before filling the post Tim Coursey left in April. In the meantime, Ken Oilschlager will continue guiding the agency on ...

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Century Construction starts work on new professional office building at The Quorum at Colony Park

By BECKY GILLETTE Century Construction, a firm founded by Colin Maloney in Tupelo in 1997 as a two-employee, one truck-firm now employs more than 200 people at three locations in Mississippi, currently has $130-million worth of construction projects underway in several states. The firm now known Century Construction & Realty, Inc., has outgrown its current office space , and recently broke ...

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Developer of Madison mixed-use project mulls hotel, conference center

By TED CARTER Developers of a yet-to-be-announced mixed-use project in Madison County have agreed to consider adding a hotel and conference center to their plans. The Madison County Economic Development Authority and business leaders have been pursuing the hotel and conference center the past couple of years, after having originally raised the idea 13 years ago before concluding costs and projected ...

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