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District to close school, consolidate others to save money

Trustees over the second-largest school district in Mississippi have voted to close an elementary school and consolidate two middle schools. The Jackson Public Schools board of trustees approved the plan Tuesday night, news outlets reported. The change was needed to save money amid decreasing enrollment, a teacher shortage and a limited amount of funding to update old buildings, said Superintendent ...

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US attorney criticizes Jackson officials over crime

One of the top federal prosecutors in Mississippi had tough words for officials in Jackson over violent crime in the city. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said at a news conference Monday that local judges should stop releasing violent criminals “when there are facts to show they are a danger to our community,” the Clarion Ledger reported. And he told politicians to ...

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Shops join District at Eastover lineup

Several retailers have opened at the District at Eastover in north Jackson. Those shops are the District Drugs and Mercantile Holiday Pop-Up Shop and Elizabeth Clair’s, a fine-china and gift shop These openings follow the November opening of Nursery Rhymes, a baby and children’s boutique. District Drugs & Mercantile’s pop-up shop offers a variety of gift items with a focus ...

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Fixed-wing ambulance service begins

Pafford AIR ONE will begin its fixed-wing air ambulance operation at Hawkins Field in Jackson on Wednesday. Pafford AIR ONE currently serves the critically ill and injured of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The addition of Pafford AIR ONE Foxtrot allows destinations as far as Dallas Houston, Nashville, Atlanta and Tallahassee to be reached in about an hour. “We could not imagine basing Foxtrot anywhere other ...

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State-run golf course in Mississippi closing for maintenance

A state-run golf course in Mississippi’s capital city is closing three months for maintenance. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks says the LeFleur’s Bluff Golf Course is closing Tuesday and should reopen in late February. The department says crews will work on improvements to buildings at the course in northeast Jackson.

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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘El boom Latino’ heard at the Sanderson Farms Championship

Welcome to Mississippi, Senor Munoz. Let’s expand that welcome to the whole country, because Sebastian Munoz truly arrived in the United States in a big way on Sunday. In Jackson, he won his first PGA golf tournament, opening the door to bigger and better things. His achievement was set up when he sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th ...

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William Carey University, Millsaps College form teacher preparation partnership

In an effort to prepare future teachers, William Carey University and Millsaps College have agreed to a new partnership that will enable Millsaps students to earn teacher licensure after graduation. Participating Millsaps students will complete teacher preparation coursework and student teaching through William Carey University during their senior year and, if they meet all licensure requirements,  will be recommended by ...

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School district parts with man accused of improper spending

A schools administrator accused of improperly spending nearly $50,000 on himself is no longer working for the district. Hinds County School Board President Linda Laws confirmed Earl Burke’s departure to the Clarion Ledger , but wouldn’t say whether Burke was fired or resigned. Burke was an assistant superintendent in charge of finances for the 5,600-student Hinds County district, which educates ...

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Waste Management rebuts city on recycling; firms step into breach

By JACK WEATHERLY Waste Management of Mississippi Inc. adamantly denied in a recent prepared statement that any of the recyclable materials that it had picked up for the city of Jackson had ended up in the city landfill, contrary to statements attributed to the Jackson public works director. The city broke off its contract with Waste Management effective Sept. 1. ...

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Colonial Highlands rebrands, starts with apartment complex

By JACK WEATHERLY The owner of what had been called Colonial Highlands has rebranded the mixed-use development as NorthRidge to “position the property for future growth,” and has sold a parcel of land to Birmingham-based Arlington Properties to build a luxury apartment community as a cornerstone in the 152-acre development in northeast Jackson. Terms of the deal were not disclosed ...

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