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Scholarship honors young adult fiction author Angie Thomas

A university is creating scholarships to honor one of its graduates who is the author of bestselling young adult novels. The Angie Thomas Writers Scholarship program will be at Belhaven University, based in Jackson, Mississippi. Thomas wrote “The Hate U Give,” about an African American teenager who sees a police officer shoot and kill her best friend, and “On the ...

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Herndon promoted at Waggoner

Waggoner Engineering has announced that Ryan Herndon has been promoted to strategic services/government relations manager. In his new role, Herndon will manage strategic services and government relations activities, including supporting clients, project managers and client account managers with strategic services needs. In his prior role as Senior Discipline Manager for Construction, Herndon oversaw the completion of the U.S. Highway 80 ...

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‘Madison at Main’ will become the city center

Construction at 17-acre development to commence in 2020 By JACK WEATHERLY Madison is seemingly the Mississippi city that has just about everything one could want for “the good life.” Yet it has been dreaming and planning for decades for an element that it lacks. Mayor Mary Hawkins was on the cover of the Mississippi Business Journal in 1987 talking about the dangers of “unregulated growth” that could befall the farming ...

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Newseum hailed free press, but got beaten by free museums

WASHINGTON — In 2008, the Newseum — a private museum dedicated to exploring modern history as told through the eyes of journalists — opened on prime Washington real estate. Sitting almost equidistant between the White House and the Capitol on Pennsylvania Avenue, the glass-walled building became instantly recognizable for its multi-story exterior rendition of the First Amendment. Eleven years later ...

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Biloxi gets more time on grant to renovate downtown theater

A city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is getting more time to repair and renovate a downtown theater that hosts musicals and other productions. Biloxi’s Saenger Theatre is temporarily closed for the $2.3 million project. A grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History required that the work be done by the end of this year, WLOX-TV reported. The department has ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Miracle in a season of miracles

It seems a miracle, to use a word overused and misused so often in this season and secular age. The final performance of the 50th annual Candles by Candlelight at Jackson’s First Baptist Church was held Sunday night. A gentleman dressed in formal black, designating him as a choir member, was crossing the street after exiting the cavernous auditorium in the ...

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Cinema Grill theater opens at Renaissance at Colony Park

The Renaissance Cinema Grill in Ridgeland opened Dec. 12. The theater is in the Renaissance at Colony Park, and  features luxury reserved recliner seating in all auditoriums, as well as Dolby 7.1 digital surround sound. It will be located at the entrance to the new synchronized water and music feature. The Malco Grill will offer gourmet quick-casual selections, with a ...

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Madison’s Malco to open IMAX Theater on Thursday

Memphis-basedMalco Theatres, a 104 year-old family-owned motion picture exhibition company, announced today that guests visiting the Grandview Cinema in Madison, Mississippi can now enjoy The IMAX Experience® starting December 13 with the release of Jumanji: The Next Level. The new IMAX at Grandview is the first and only commercial IMAX in Mississippi, offering moviegoers a truly immersive cinematic experience and allowing them to enjoy the ...

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GOOD TOWNS — Vicksburg, Mississippi

This Mississippi River hotspot is known for history, haunts and a 20th Century phenomenon. By Doug Segrest » Spotlighting special towns across Mississippi, Good Towns, presented by Regions Bank, is about the character, the history, the people and the unique things that make a town a special place. High above downtown Vicksburg, overlooking the Yazoo River as it snakes its ...

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GOOD TOWNS — Clarksdale, Mississippi

Home of the Delta Blues, this crossroad of cultures gave birth to a uniquely American sound By DOUG SEGREST » Spotlighting special towns across Mississippi, Good Towns, presented by Regions Bank, is about the character, the history, the people and the unique things that make a town a special place. The intersection of Highways 61 and 49 is where Robert ...

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