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Leader of Madison County Schools resigns abruptly

The leader of one of Mississippi’s largest school districts is resigning. The Madison County public school system sent a message to families on Wednesday saying that Kimber Halliburton has resigned effective immediately. The system says Halliburton is returning home to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue other opportunities and care for family members. The county school board has appointed Associate Superintendent Charlotte ...

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Half Shell Oyster House plan approved for downtown Madison

By JACK WEATHERLY Shucking the oyster on a long-anticipated arrival of a seafood restaurant in Madison is within reach. The city recently approved a site plan for a Half Shell Oyster House as a key element of an 18-acre mixed-use development. Plans by another developer fell through after the mayor and board of aldermen approved that site in 2017.   ...

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Homeowners take Costco gas station ruling to highest court

By JACK WEATHERLY Six Ridgeland homeowners have filed notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court over a ruling in favor of the city’s approval of a site for a gas station for a proposed Costco Wholesale store. The homeowners filed the notice on March 14. The latest step in the protracted battle that dates to November 2015 will see ...

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Maddux named chair-elect of Butler Snow

Butler Snow has announced the election of Christopher R. Maddux to succeed Donald Clark, Jr. as chair effective Jan. 1, 2020. Clark has served as chair since 2006 and will continue in the role until the end of the year. “I am thrilled to welcome Chris as our next chair after an extensive search process by our nominating committee. He ...

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Ritchey breaking ground on dealerships

By JACK WEATHERLY Ritchey Automotive scheduled a ground-breaking for Thursday at 11 a.m. for a $15 million facility that will be home for two dealerships – Audi Jackson and Jaguar/Land Rover Jackson – on Interstate 55 in Ridgeland. The group announced early last year that it was relocating the franchises from 5320 I-55 in Jackson. Joe Usry, Ritchey general manager, ...

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Ridgeland defends Costco gas station site approval

By JACK WEATHERLY The city of Ridgeland has denied major points in a court filing against its June 19 approval of a site for a gas station across Highland Colony Parkway from a 45-acre site that would include a proposed Costco Wholesale store. The case in Madison County Circuit Court comes after opponents of the so-called third phase of the ...

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Shrimp Basket to open Friday on County Line

By JACK WEATHERLY A Shrimp Basket restaurant will open Friday on County Line Road at Ridgewood Road. It will be the 30th restaurant in the Pensacola, Fla.-based casual dining chain that offers seafood seven days a week and a full bar. James Caldwell, the Ridgeland general manager, said the Shrimp Basket offers “good quality food served in a quick time ...

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Costco war moves to yet another battlefield

By JACK WEATHERLY Opponents of the proposed Costco Wholesale store in Ridgeland are relentless in their effort to block developers. The “war” that has dragged on for three years over the project proposed as the anchor for the 45-acre phase three of the Renaissance at Colony Park mall has moved to a third battlefield. The Mississippi Supreme Court was unanimous ...

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Northpark launches new ‘family friendly’ era

By JACK WEATHERLY With the pomp and ceremony of a major government facility dedication, the “new” Northpark Mall was opened Thursday. The 34-year-old mall is undergoing a multimillion first phase makeover that started in February. A gathering of a 100 or so —  including Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee, aldermen, chamber and auxiliary officials, including those from Rankin County and even ...

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Costco case may hinge on definition of ‘service station’

By JACK WEATHERLY Most Costco Wholesale Stores have a fueling station. The question remains: will the giant wholesale club go forward in Ridgeland without one? An answer may await in Madison County Circuit Court, Judge Steve Ratcliff presiding. Homeowners filed a brief last week fInalizing its challenge of the legitimacy of a site plan approved by the Ridgeland Board of ...

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