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Madison County Magazine is a supplement to the Madison County Journal.


Winter 2014 Newcomer’s Guide Published by The Madison County Journal Publisher James E. Prince III Associate Editor & Publisher Michael Simmons Layout Greg Pevey


Annual Events

10 Local Info 16 Out and About 18 Public Schools 21 Private & Parochial Schools 24 Higher Education Ad Design Jason “Twiggy” Lott

26 Getting Settled

Greg Pevey

28 Parks & Recreation

Contributing Photographers

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Located in Ridgeland, Renaissance at Colony Park is one of Madison County’s shopping destinations. Photo by Greg Pevey.

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LOCAL INFO | Don’t Miss Commerce continues to grow each year and the 2014 race will be held Saturday, May 17.

Dragon Boat Race

JUNE • Heatwave Classic Triathlon — On June 7, participants will set off at Madison Landing for a halfmile swim to kick off the annual Heatwave Classic Triathlon. For more information, visit www. heatwavetri.racesonline. com.

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Balloon Fest

• Pepsi Pops – From 4:30 p.m.9:30 p.m on May 9, gather at the Reservoir for an amazing performance by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Pieces include everything from traditional classical to hits from musicians in the 1950s-1970s. FEBRUARY • Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo — The largest show east of the Mississippi River, this even will be held at the Mississippi Coliseum. Musical performers include Ronnie Milsap and Eli Young Band. MARCH • Mal’s St. Paddy’s Day Parade & Festival — Held in Jackson, this annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival brings tens of thousands of Metro-area residents together for a fun-filled day. This year’s parade will be Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. on the corner of State and Court Streets in Jackson. APRIL • KidFest! Ridgeland — The 11th Annual children’s event will be held at Freedom Ridge Park and the two-weekend event will once again bring families across the Metro together. Featuring live performances and the 4 - Madison County Magazine

Annual Easter Egg. • Crossroads Film Festival — Events are primarily held in Madison but some extend into other area cities. This year’s festival will run from April 3-6 and will feature numerous categories including documentary and experimental short and animation. • Renaissance Fine Arts Festival — Scheduled for April 5-6 at the Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, the Fine Arts Festival is ranked in the Top 100 Festivals of its kind in the country. Artists working with a multitude of mediums gather in Ridgeland for one of the best art showcases in the country. MAY • Natchez Trace Century Ride — Scheduled for Saturday, May 3, the Natchez Trace Century Ride is an opportunity for cyclists of all skill levels to enjoy the beauty of the Trace parkway. The race is

• Canton Flea Market – Held twice a year, the Canton Flea Market attracts thousands of people from not only the state, but the south. The May Market will be held on May 15 and the deadline for vendors in March 1. • Dragonboat Regatta – The annual race presented by the Madison County Chamber of Heatwave Classic Triathlon

• Mississippi Picnic in Central Park — The 33rd annual meeting of Mississippians in the Big Apple is scheduled for June 14. Join thousands of other Mississippians for sweet tea and fried catfish in New York City. JULY • Family Fourth Celebration — This annual event in Madison includes live entertainment and a fireworks display at Liberty Park. Fresh watermelon and sweet lemonade are staples of the family event. • Balloon Fest/Balloon Grow — Starting in Canton, over 25 hot air balloons will decorate the sky for the annual Mississippi Championship Hot Air Balloon Fest. As part of the Fest, the annual Ridgeland Celebrate America Balloon Glow will once again be held at Northpark Mall. The family- friendly event features live music, food vendors, and amazing balloons in flight.

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LOCAL INFO | Madison County

Madison County While maintaining a boisterous social calendar, Madison County also is one of the largest economic powerhouses in Mississippi.


n 1828, nine years after Mississippi was admitted into the United States, Madison County was established as Mississippi’s 23rd county. Named after president James Madison, this County has a rich legacy of community living, economic development, and natural beauty, and to this day Madison County is still one of the most robust and lively places to live in the State of Mississippi. With a population of approximately 96,941, Madison County is one of the fastest growing counties in the sate of Mississippi. Home to 19 public schools and 12 private schools, Madison County is known for its excellence in academic achievements. In 2007, Madison received various different awards such as Family Circle’s Top Ten Towns for Families in America and Money Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Live.” Supported by various Chambers of Commerce and private business organizations, Madison County provides an excellent atmosphere to raise a family and build a community. While maintaining a boisterous social cal-

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endar, Madison County also is one of the largest economic powerhouses in Mississippi. Shopping centers such the Renaissance and Grand View provide both job opportunities as well as excellent shopping for the Madison County area. Madison County is also home the largest automotive plants in North America: Nissan. Located in Canton, the Nissan plant has brought countless jobs to Madison County. In fact, the expected growth rate of jobs as of June 2012 is 37.60 percent, which is 5.5 percent above the national average. Despite its strong suburban and industrial economic base, Madison County is nevertheless home to some of the most beautiful natural locations in the state. Take a Sunday afternoon drive on the Natchez trace and see a multitude of historical sights. While there, stop by the Ross Barnett Reservoir and have a picnic lunch next to the water. With numerous hiking and biking trails as well as 14 parks, Madison County is home to an abundance of natural amenities to keep the most avid of outdoorsmen busy.

Madison County Board of Supervisors – 601-855-5500 Responsible for overseeing all county government operations including roads, infrastructure, public safety and law enforcement, supervisors meet at the Madison County Office Complex at 6 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month.

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LOCAL INFO | Ridgeland


if you prefer the water, take your boat out on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. If crafts are more of your thing, Ridgeland is also home to the Mississippi Craft Center, which the Mississippi Tourism Association named the 2010 Travel Attraction of the Year. With a population approaching 25,000, Ridgeland is one of the most thriving cities in all of Mississippi. In the summer of 2013, Ridgeland was named the Healthiest City in the state and was honored by BlueCross & BlueShield of Mississippi for the accomplishment.

Ridgeland Over the last two decades, Ridgeland has experienced tremendous growth in both its retail and commercial components, while sporting some of the state’s top-rated schools and recreational opportunities.


hough once a simple farm town that specialized in strawberries and pears, Ridgeland’s socio-economic base has shifted to a thriving suburban area within the last 200 years while still maintaining its naturalistic charm. Undoubtedly one of the fastest growing areas within Madison County, Ridgeland is home to various shopping centers, restaurants, and attractions. From bookstores, to fashion, to electronics, locations such as The Renaissance at Colony Park, Northpark Mall, and the Township will meet most any shopping needs. Ridgeland is also home to various local restaurants. Whether you are in the mood for Italian, fried Catfish, or simply a good hamburger, Ridgeland has something for everyone. Like spending time outdoors? Ridgeland is known for its biker-friendly infrastructure, recreational parks, and various outdoor attractions. Spend your weekends biking down the Natchez Trace or, Madison County Magazine - 11


LOCAL INFO | Madison - The City


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Post Office Box 40 Madison, MS 39130


(601)-856-7060 Post Office Box 544 Madison, MS 39130

Madison continues to see a boom in highend retail and commercial developments that compliment its quality residential subdivisions.


rom its humble beginnings as a small railroad town in 1856, Madison has become some of the most valuable and sought after real estate in the state of Mississippi. Home to approximately 20,000 people, Madison is a quaint, yet booming southern city. Though the 1990s, Madison’s population nearly doubled, and after various, long-lasting court battles, the city limits of Madison were expanded in the late 2000s. Due to Mayor Mary Hawkins-Butler’s strict building codes and ordinances, much of Madison’s commercial architecture is aesthetically unique. Known for the uniformity of its red brick commercial buildings – even the Wal-Mart is brick – Madison is certainly one of the most beautiful suburbs in the state. Madison has seen economic and commercial growth in recent years. With shopping centers such as Grandview Drive, Colony Crossing, and the Old Madison Station District, Madison has a projected job growth rate of 37.6 percent for 2013; that is five percent higher than the national rate. Coupled with some of the highest performing schools in the state as well as numerous public parks, Madison is of the best and safest locations to raise a family in the state of Mississippi.

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Incorporated in 1839, Canton’s most impressive feature is the Historic Canton Courthouse Square.


ights, cameras, and action! Make your way to Canton, and you’ll find the most secretly famous city of Mississippi. Hosting films such as “My Dog Skip,” “Oh Brother Where Art Thou,” and most recently James Franco’s take on William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying,” Canton is the epicenter for Mississippi’s up and coming film industry. While being Mississippi’s version of Hollywood, Canton is also the seat of Madison County. Known for its traditional Georgian architecture, much of Canton has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the Civil War, Canton was the site of a major battle; however, the famous Canton Courthouse withstood the skirmish. Built in 1838, the Canton Courthouse is one of the only pre-Civil War courthouses still in operation. Today, Canton is a picturesque city that is steeped with tradition such as the bi-annual Canton Flea Market. Held on the second Thursday in May and October, Canton’s Flea Market has been dubbed the best in the state. When December comes around, Canton hosts a Victorian Christmas Festival. With enough lights, carols, and decorations to make Charles Dickens feel at home, Canton’s Victorian Christmas Festival will wow both the young and old alike. Essentially, Canton is where Mayberry and Hollywood collide: all the glitz and glam with a hint of sweet tea.

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Historic Downtown Canton




Madison County’s smallest municipality is home to a busy downtown and growing residential development.

Downtown Flora


ocated only 15 miles from Jackson, Madison, Clinton and Canton, Flora is recognized as Madison County’s authentic small town. While Flora’s history dates back almost 130 years, the downtown area has recently been restored and is now home to unique shops, business services, and several of the state’s best restaurants. Flora is also home of the MS Petrified Forest, Monsanto’s Corn Breeding Facility, Primos Hunting Calls, and the Madison County School District’s Central Office. The Flora area remains blessed with uncongested roads and unspoiled scenery, where cattle and horses outnumber the cars. The Flora area’s large lot developments combined with the town’s historic character creates a natural escape from the effects of urban sprawl. And Flora’s leadership has embraced managed growth in order to not only preserve the small town character, but to enhance it.

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LOCAL INFO | Out and About

Natchez Trace Parkway MS Craft Center


lthough Mississippi is one of the most rural states in the union, Madison County provides a plethora of both indoor and outdoor activities and attractions. Madison County’s 719 square miles contains everything from museums and art galleries to a reservoir and forests. Whether you are looking for an educational day out with the children or a quiet place to fish, Madison County has it all.

Ross Barnett Reservoir: First established by its namesake, Governor Ross R. Barnett, the Ross Barnett Reservoir (also known as “The Rez”) is one of the largest man-made lakes in Mississippi. Initially created as a source of water for the Jackson area, this Reservoir has become one of Madison County’s major sources of entertainment and recreation. With 33,000 acres of water and 105 miles of shoreline all of which is maintained by the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District, the Ross Barnett Reservoir has hosted concerts, picnics, fireworks, and more. Located on the Rankin County side of the Reservoir is Pelahatchie Shore Park, home to the highest rated Disc Golf course in the Jackson area. Simply known as “The Rez 16 - Madison County Magazine

DGC,” this course offers 18 holes over 7,059 feet of land. With camping available nearby, The Rez DGC offers Disc Golfers a challenging and convenient location to test their skills. Be careful though! With the Reservoir right around the corner, it’s easy to throw your disc in the water. The Ross Barnett Reservoir also has five separate camping grounds available for public use as well as 16 parks, 22 boat launches, and a numerous waking and biking trails. For more information about the Ross Barnett Reservoir, visit

trained in various different forms of craft such as weaving, glass blowing, woodcarving, and paper making – all of which is on display and for sell within the Craft Center. Located at 950 Rice Road in Ridgeland, MS, the Mississippi Craft Center also is an educational experience for students. Each year the Craft Center offers a Summer Craft Camp for Children ages 5 to 12. With four separate sessions throughout the summer months, children are taught by professional Craftsmen how make various crafts such as pottery, wire sculpture, fused glass, mosaics, and more. For more information about the Summer Craft Camp or the Mississippi Craft Center in general visit www.mscraft. org or call 601-856-7546.

Mississippi Craft Center: Supported and run by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi inc., the Mississippi Craft Center is one of the major attractions for the Jackson Metro area. Voted the 2010 Attraction of the Year by the Mississippi Tourism Association, the Craft Center greets over 14 million people a year, as they travel down the Natchez Trace. Opened in June of 2008, the Mississippi Craft Center 20,000 square foot structure serves a place for the members of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi to display and sell their work in an attempt to preserve, promote, market, educate and encourage excellence in regional crafts. Guildsmen are

Mississippi Petrified Forest: When visiting the Mississippi Petrified Forest, modern day man travels back 36 million years and sees an ancient log jam deposit that has now become one of Mississippi’s most beautiful natural attractions. As a place of beauty and fascination, the Mississippi Petrified forest an educational and natural experience unlike any other. Although this forest was discovered in the mid-1800’s, it wasn’t until R.J. and Shirl Schabilion acquired the land in 1962 that any conservation effort was made to preserve the forest. It has only been in the past few decades that the Mississippi Petrified Forest has been open for the public. Offer-

Ross Barnett Reservoir

ing a wide variety of activities and attractions such as a nature trail that explores the forest’s history, an earth science museum that displays various fossils, and a gem-mining flume where visitors sift through earth for minerals, the Mississippi Petrified Forest is an excellent outing experience for the entire family. Located at 124 Forest Park Road in Flora, MS, the Mississippi Petrified Forest offers a camping ground that caters to RV’s and tents, a large 30’ X 60’ pavilion (with lights and running water) for rent, as well as a gift shop that offers various gems, minerals, and hand made jewelry for sale. For more information visit or call 601-879-8189. Natchez Trace Parkway: Originally forged by grazing bison, the Natchez Trace Parkway was at first a walking path used by Native Americans for tracking purposes. Today, the Natchez Trace Parkway is considered to be a one of Mississippi’s natural attractions. During the Great Depression of the 1930’s, Congressman T. Jeff Busby proposed the construction of the Parkway and that its location should pay homage to the original path of the Natchez Trace. In 1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who is known for his efforts to combat unemployment by creating national parks, signed the legislation to establish the Natchez Trace Parkway. Since then, it has been under the supervision of the National Park Service. Stretching through Madison County as it winds its way around the Ross Barnett Res-

ervoir, this historic Parkway starts in Natchez, MS and ends in Nashville, TN. In total, the Natchez Trace Parkway stretches 444 miles of beautifully preserved countryside and is the perfect scenic route for joggers, bikers, and motorists alike. Along the way, travelers will also find various historical landmarks placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution that tell the story of the Natchez Trace. To learn more about the Natchez Trace Parkway visit and search “Natchez Trace.” Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum: Founded in 1978 by Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce, Jim Buck Ross, the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum’s (or Ag Museum) purpose is to document and preserve the historic significance that agriculture and forestry have had on the American lifestyle specifically as it relates to Mississippi. Today, the Ag Museum serves as an island of natural solace amidst the urban jungle of Jackson. Located off of Interstate 55 on Lakeland Dr., the Mississippi Ag Museum provides an interesting look at the rural roots of Mississippi in the heart of its capital city. One of its main attractions is the Children’s Barnyard where visitors can spend time closely observing various barn animals such as horses, chickens, rabbits, cows and more. The Ag Museum also is known for its train and aviation exhibits that explore the influence that each form of transportation has had upon the agricultural industry within the state of Mississippi. Visitors will also be able to spend time walking the Ag Museum’s newly renovated nature trail. Traversing 10 acres of wood, this 300 yard trail’s renovations were scheduled to finish this summer. These include: educational signs and labels for local foliage, a new pavilion where visitors can sit and watch wildlife, and tables with benches that will function as perfect spots for an afternoon picnic. For more information about the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, visit their website at or call 601-432-4500.

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum: Situated on Lakeland Dr. across from Smith-Wills Stadium, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Musesum chronicles the individuals of athletic achievement from Mississippi. First opened on July 4,1996, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame has been a staple mark for sports fans in the Jackson Metro Area. Known for its different exhibits, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame celebrates various different athletes and sports as they relate to Mississippi. One such exhibit is the “Dizzy Dean” Museum, which chronicles the career of Jay Hanna Dean: the last National League pitcher to win 30 games in a row. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame also features the “Viking Classic Exhibit,” which tells the story of Mississippi’s PGA tournament. Although the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame features many professional athletes, it also takes interest in high school sports as well as the local community. Each year, the Sports Hall of Fame displays the Wendy’s High School Gallery, which recognizes the Wendy’s High School Heisman winners of

Mississippi as well as high school state champions. The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame is also available to rent for functions by the public. Because the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame does not receive support from the local, state, or national government, membership is especially important. It offers three different membership plans: individual membership, family membership, and a lifeOut and About - Continued on Page 22

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LOCAL INFO | Public Schools

Madison Central High School

Germantown High School

Public Schools: Living in an age where education is essential for success, Madison County schools are striving for excellence in every area of academia. Comprised of 17 schools ranging from elementary to high school, the Madison County School District has been given a tier one status within the state of Mississippi. With an enrollment of over 12,000 students, the district is one of the fastest growing districts within the state. Madison County schools are focused on incorporat18 - Madison County Magazine

ing cutting edge technology into the classroom while preparing students for college or careers. Two years ago Germantown High School joined the ranks of the Madison County School District. Since then it has obtained the highest ranking within the state. Ramping up for its third year, German Town High shines as an example for not only Madison County schools but also for schools across the state of Mississippi. Community is the greatest strength of the

Madison County School District. From Business to volunteer parents, these schools rely and thrive off of community involvement and allow each of these schools to offer a variety of extra curricular activities such as sports, JROTC, and band. While academics always come first, Madison County Schools nevertheless take pride in these extra curricular activities, as they provide students with a means to stay involved, engaged, and enthusiastic about their education. The Madison County School District’s office is located at 117 Fourth St. in Flora. If you wish to enroll your student, you can stop by there or call 601-8793000. Or rather, if you would like your child to attend one of the schools in the northern part of Madison County, you should look into the Canton Public School district. For enrollment information, contact the Canton Public School District office at 601-859-4110.

Highland Elementary 330 Brame Road Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-853-8103 Principal Marilyn Naron

East Flora Elemntary

High Schools: Madison Central High School 1417 Highland Colony Parkway Madison, MS 39110 601-856-7121 Principal Austin Brown Germantown High School 200 Calhoun Parkway Madison, MS 39110 601-859-6150 Principal Ted Poore Ridgeland High School 586 Sunnybrook Road Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-898-5023 Velma Jackson High School 2000 Loring Road Camden, MS 39045 662-468-2531 Principal Bertram Goodloe Ninth Grade: Rosa Scott 200 Crawford Street Madison, MS 39110 Principal Sean Brewer Middle Schools: Germantown Middle School 202 Calhoun Parkway

Madison, MS 39110 601-859-0376 Principal Richard Burge

1199 Madison Avenue Madison, MS 39110 601-856-2951 Principal Dr. Brenda Jones

Madison Station Elementary 261 Reunion Parkway Madison, MS 39110 601-856-6246 Principal Beverly Johnston

Madison Avenue Upper Elementary 1209 Madison Avenue Madison, MS 39110 601-856-6609 Principal Kim Hurst

Madison Crossing School 300 Yandell Road Canton, MS 39046 601-898-7710 Principal Martha D’Amico

Luther Branson Elementary 3903 Hwy 16 East Canton, MS 39046 601-859-2743 Principal Jessica Ghoston

Mannsdale Elementary 443 Mannsdale Road Madison, MS 39110 601-879-0309 Principal Chris Perritt


Ann Smith Elementary 306 Pear Orchard Drive Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-856-6621 Principal Dr. Melissa Philley

Madison Career & Technical Center 1633 West Peace Street Canton, MS 39054 601-859-6847 Principal Dr. Aimee C. Brown Academic Options Center 1633 West Peace Street Canton, MS 39045 601-859-0367 Principal Chris Perrit

Madison Avenue Elementary Northeast Madison Middle School 820 Sulphur Springs Road Canton, MS 39046 601-855-2406 Principal Kelvin Griffin Madison Middle School 1365 Mannsdale Road Madison, MS 39110 601-605-4171 Principal Dee Walsh Olde Towne Middle School 210 Sunnybrook Road Ridgeland, MS 39157 601-898-8730 Principal Allen Lawrence Elementary Schools: Camden Elementary 4784 Hwy 43 North Camden, MS 39045 662-468-2833 Principal Fannie Green East Flora Elementary 759 Hwy 22 East Flora, MS 39045 601-879-8724 Principal Capucine Robinson

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THERE’S NO QUESTION that an outstanding school begins with outstanding academics.

But a truly outstanding school is anything but textbook. It’s teachers dedicated to making learning an adventure. It’s the excitement of discovering new ideas, new skills, and new possibilities every day.

St. Andrews

It’s laying the foundation for a life filled with genuine meaning and purpose. It’s a close-knit group of friends right there beside you, sharing every new experience. It’s an extended family of students, teachers, and parents who come from many different backgrounds, but form a common bond with one another. Join us, and find out how much more a school can be. Find your community. Find your St. Andrew’s.

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LOCAL INFO | Private and Parochial Schools


imilar to its Public Schools, Madison County has a number of prestigious and highly performing private and parochial schools. Whether you are looking for an independent, college preparatory school or a faith-based instruction, the Madison County area has a number of excellent options to choose from for your student. Madison Ridgeland Academy: Founded in 1969, Madison Ridgeland Academy (MRA) has been one of the highest performing schools within the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. Focusing on preparing students for college, MRA excels in academics, performing arts, fine arts, and athletics. This prep school offers classes from K3 to 12th grade and is known for its small, safe, and personal atmo-

sphere. To find out more about Madison Ridgeland Academy, contact 601-856-4455 or visit St. Andrew’s Episcopal School: Often described as “the smart school,” St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is one of the highest performing schools in the greater Jackson area. With an enrollment of 1,185 students spread across two campuses, St. Andrew’s has the highest percentage of National Merit Scholars in the state of Mississippi. Also roughly 100% of St. Andrew’s graduating seniors are accepted into four-year universities. St. Andrew’s is a coed college prep school that offers grades pre-K to grade 12. For more information about St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, call the North Campus at 601-853-6000 or the South campus at 601-987-

9300. You can also visit gosaints. org. St. Joseph’s Catholic School: Established in 1870, St. Joseph’s Catholic School is the oldest private school in the Madison County area. Offering grades 7 to 12, St. Joe’s mission is to develop and nurture students academically and spiritually. With an emphasis on college preparation and spiritual duty, St. Joseph’s Catholic School attempts to prepare its students for both college and civic life. To learn more about St. Joe’s, call 601-898-4800 or visit St. Anthony Catholic School: Located in Madison, St. Anthony Catholic School is the newest private school in the area. Founded in 2009 and offering enrollment for children in PreK6th grades, St. Anthony develops each child’s academic gifts and morals. St. Anthony enhances understanding of academic concepts by infusing the arts into curriculum and is formally recognized as the WSI Model School and MAAE School of Excellence. St. Anthony’s goal is to enhance the academic experience by nurturing creative problem solvers who are grounded in morality. Find out more about St. Anthony Catholic School by calling 601-607-7054 or log on to The Veritas School: Located on the Madison/ Ridgeland line on Highland Colony Parkway, The Veritas School is a 5th – 12th grade classical, Christian school with a mission to equip the next generation of Christian leaders to think and live biblically. The Veritas School provides a liberal arts education founded on a Christian worldview. Veritas also offers drama, music, and a wide array of athletic


opportunities for girls and boys, all centered on honoring Christ and preparing students for life. For more information, contact: 601-713-1555, or visit Christ Covenant School: Founded in 2002, Christ Covenant School (CCS) is a branch of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (PCA). Striving to “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5b), CCS’s goal is to instill within its students a Biblical Worldview though academics. Offering classes from Pre-K to 8th grade, CCS partners with parents to equip students both academically and spiritually. Visit or call 601-362-9676 to find out more about CCS. Jackson Academy: With roughly 1,350 students enrolled, Jackson Academy (JA) is Mississippi’s largest independent school. First established in 1959, JA is a coed, nonsectarian college preparatory school. Offering grades K-3 to 12, JA provides an academically rigorous yet nurturing environment that allows students to develop the necessary critical thinking skills for college. For more information visit or contact 601-362-9676. Jackson Preparatory School: Comprised of grades 6 through 12, Jackson Preparatory School (Jackson Prep) is one of the premier preparatory schools in the Jackson area. With roughly 800 students, Jackson Prep prides itself on having a low student/ teacher ratio thus allotting students more one on one time in the classroom. Established in 1970, Jackson Prep has produced over 550 National Merit semifinalists by providing an academic atmoMadison County Magazine - 21

sphere that encourages students to grow intellectually, physically, and emotionally. For more information, contact 601-939-8611 or visit First Presbyterian Day School: Opened in 1965 by First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, First Presbyterian Day School offers a biblical curriculum for grades K-5 to 6. While focusing on students’ spiritual development, First Pres Day School also does an exceptional job preparing students for junior high and high school in both the private and public setting. Located in the heart of Jackson, you can contact First Presbyterian Day School by calling 601-859-5231 or visiting Canton Academy: Located in the heart of Mississippi’s ‘Hollywood,’ Canton Academy is a college preparatory school that excels in the arts by offering a program that includes pottery, drawing sculpting, and painting. Offering an educational atmosphere that encourages academic, spiritual, and personal growth, Canton Academy is a school founded on Christian principles. With a curriculum that meets the requirements of higher education, 98% of Canton Academy graduates are accepted into universities and colleges. To learn more, visit or call 601-859-5231. Tri-County Academy: With a mission to provide an education in a safe Christian atmosphere, Tri-County Academy is Flora’s college preparatory school. Established in 1970 as an independent day school, Tri-County now offers grades kindergarten to 12. As a member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, TriCounty Academy emphasizes the importance of integrity, citizenship, and achievement in the academic process as student are encouraged to purse their goals. To find out more call 601-879-8517 or visit tricountyacademy. org. New Summit School: Located in Jackson, New Summit School (NSS) places a strong focus on individual learning. With a low student/teacher ratio, instructors develop individual learning plans for each student. Offering grades Kindergarten through 12, students are given the individual attention they need in a positive and intellectually stimulating environment that allows them to flourish. To learn more about NNS, contact 601-892-7827 or email 22 - Madison County Magazine

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time membership known as the 200 Club. To find out more about becoming a member or the Mississippi Sports Hall of fame in general, call 601-982-8264 or visit msfame. com. The Russell C Davis Planetarium: Among the largest of its type in the US, the Russell C Davis Planetarium is another educational attraction in the Jackson metro area. Named after Jackson former Mayor, the Russell C. Davis Planetarium was constructed in 1978 with the intention of being both a science facility as well as an art gallery. Initially, Jackson had intended to fund either an art or science project for the city; however, it was Major Davis who realized that a Planetarium, which encompassed both subjects, would ultimately appeal to more citizens than either subject alone. After undergoing renovations in the 2000’s, the Planetarium now has a state of the art, large format, cinema screen. Along with its indoor laser system, the Russell C Davis Planetarium is one of the best and most advanced Planetariums this side of Los Angles. Featuring a variety of shows such as sky shows that focus on popular astronomy, laser light concerts featuring classic and contemporary rock and roll, and large-format film documentaries projected on the giant hemispheric screen, the Jackson Planetarium is an educational/entertaining experience for the whole family. For hours of operation and show times, call 601-960-1550 or visit Jackson Zoo: Located on West Capitol St. in the heart of the city, the Jackson Zoo is one of the largest attractions in the Jackson Metro area. Founded in 1919, Jackson’s Zoo was established on land bought from Samuel Livingston. Currently sitting on 110 acres of land, the Jackson Zoo serves up to 167,000 visitors annually. With over 100 different species of animals (twelve of which are endangered), the Jackson Zoo provides visitors with a quality recreational and educational environment. Dedicated to wildlife care and conservation, the Zoo serves as a haven for over 776 animals as well as a living classroom for both children and adults alike. Within the last seven years, the Jackson Zoo has completed four different projects: a tiger exhibit, the Gertrude C. Ford Education Center, Orangutan Exhibit renovations, and the Wilderness Mississippi proj-

ect. Currently, the Jackson Zoo is working on two new projects – an Amur Leopard Exhibit and a Gibbon Exhibit – both of which will open in the near future. For more information about the Jackson Zoo, visit or call 601-352-2580. Mississippi Children’s Museum: The Mississippi Children’s Museum is one of the newest and most popular museums in Jackson. Established in 2010, the Mississippi Children’s Museum has quickly become a popular outing location for schools, daycares, and families. Offering a number of different programs, activities, and summer camps for grades 1 through 5, the Children’s Museum is an exciting educational experience for many young students. With roughly 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Mississippi Children’s Museum is focused around different themes: Mississippi heritage, science and technology, heath and nutrition, literacy, and cultural arts. Each area of the museum attempts to provide children with a fun and educational experience that will ultimately ignite and inspire a passion for education within all its visitors. For more information about the Mississippi Children’s Museum, visit the or call 601-981-5469. Eudora Welty House: In 2001, the Mississippi lost one of its most famous and influential writers – Eudora Welty. This Pulitzer Prize-Winner lived at her Jackson home, 1119 Pinehurst Street, for 76 years. After her passing, Eudora Welty’s home was restored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and is now opened to the public for tours by reservation. As a National Historic Landmark, The Eudora Welty House is one of the nation’s most intact literary house museums. Upon her death, Welty left her home and her collection of thousands of books to the state, and the Welty family supplied both furniture and art. Therefore, those who visit the Eudora Welty House will see her home just as she live in it. Currently, the Department of Archives, which oversaw the Welty House’s transition from a private estate to historic site, is undergoing renovations in order to create a visitor center as well as a specific space devoted to special Eudora Welty exhibits. For more information or to schedule a tour, call 601-353-7762 or visit online at mdah.state.

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LOCAL INFO | Higher Education

Holmes Community College: With a 69 percent growth rate in the last five years, Holmes Community College in Ridgeland Mississippi has been on the most successful community colleges in the Jackson area. Whether students are taking summer courses, planning to transfer into a four-year program, or earning their Associates Degree, Holmes is an excellent place to develop skills for further education or a career. With additional locations in Goodman and Grenada, Holmes offers an Associates Degree in Arts, Associates Degree in Science, technical certificates, career certificates, and workforce training. Tulane University: Originally established in 1834, Tulane University of New Orleans, LA has opened a satellite campus in Madison, MS. Renowned for top-notch research, Tulane is a highly selective and private university that caters to the best and brightest of students. Offering courses in liberal arts, business, hard sciences, media arts, and computer science, the Tulane Madison campus is specifically designed for parttime students looking to earn their Bachelors degree.

Belhaven University: Known for being one of only 30 schools in the entire United States that is accredited in all four of the arts: theater, dance, music, and visual art, Belhaven University is one of Jackson’s premier private institutions of higher education. Originally established as Presbyterian woman’s college in 1883, Belhaven Uni24 - Madison County Magazine

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versity now offers a coed educational experience rooted in a Christian Worldview. As a liberal arts university, Belhaven offers various undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, and social sciences. Millsaps College: Undoubtedly one of Mississippi’s most prestigious universities, Millsaps College is a privately funded liberal arts school located in the heart of Jackson. With a student body of approximately 1,000, Millsaps prides itself for having a low student/teacher ratio. With various majors among the sciences, arts, and social sciences, Millsaps offers both graduate and undergraduate programs that provide students with a quality education from award winning faculty. Mississippi College: Located in Clinton, Mississippi, Mississippi College is the state’s oldest university and is the second oldest Southern Baptist University in the country. Established in 1850, Mississippi College is a liberal arts university that has been pioneer in higher education. Mississippi College was the first institute of higher learning to issue a medical degree to a woman, and to this day, Mississippi College is renown for its pre-med and nursing program. With a Law School located in the heart Jackson, Mississippi College is the largest private university

in the Jackson metro area. Tougaloo College: Traditionally a black liberal arts college, Tougaloo College is private coeducational university located in Ridgeland, MS. Charted by the state in 1871, Tougaloo College was established by the American Missionary Association and to this day is tied to – but not controlled by – the Disciples of Christ. Tougaloo is also known for being at the forefront of the civil rights movement during the 1960’s and 70’s. As a liberal arts school, Tougaloo offers graduate and undergraduate studies in nine different majors and allows for a special emphasis in Accounting, Business Administration, Community Health, Computer Science, Health Education, Journalism, Recreation for Special Populations and Social Work. Jackson State University: Jackson State University is another historically black liberal arts college. With a campus in Jackson and a new campus in Madison, Jackson State is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Jackson metro area. Like many liberal arts colleges, Jackson State University offers a wide variety of graduate and postgraduate degrees in both the arts, sciences, and social sciences; however, the school has particularly strong Social Work and Chemistry departments.

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LOCAL INFO | Getting Started New Flora residents will need to go to City Hall, located at 168 Carter Street to get their water activated. A $100 deposit for renters and a $40 deposit for owners will be required before service. Same-day connection will be provided, with few exceptions. Call Flora City Hall at 879-8686 for more information. Most Canton utilities are handled through Canton Municipal Utilities. CMU offices are located at 127 West Peace Street. They provide water, gas and power service. Renters must pay a $300 deposit and show picture I.D. Owners must pay $200 deposit and need picture I.D. Please call 859-2921 for more information. Trash/Recycling Waste Management, which can be reached by calling 922-9647, provides twice weekly service to residents of Ridgeland Madison. The daily schedule varies by location and the

Electricity Call Entergy. Located at 1165 Highway 51 North in Madison. 1-800-368-3749. Residential deposits may vary but the base rate is $200 and the connection fee is $45. Natural Gas Atmos Energy can be reached by calling 1-888-286-6700. Centerpoint Energy can also help other customers. Located at 120 Beaver Creed Dr. in Ridgeland, the phone number is 800-371-5471. Residential deposits are based on a credit check; however, deposits start at $75. Water and sewer Each municipality handles its own water and sewer customers. Newcomers to Madison will need to call the Water Department at 856-8958 for info on hook-ups and billing. 26 - Madison County Magazine

New services at Madison Water Department include: $100 for owners and $300 for renters. You can make payment by mail, bank draft, or in person at 1239 Highway 51. Ridgeland residents may call 856-3938 for information on water and sewer services. Connection cost is either $50 or $75, depending on the size of the meter. Payments can be made at Ridgeland City Hall, located at 304 Highway 51.

fee is assessed on your water/utility bill. All garbage containers should be placed in containers or bags no larger than 35 gallons in capacity and should not weigh more than 60 pounds. Garbage should be placed curbside by 7 a.m. Yard waste such as leaves and debris should be placed in bags and tied securely. They can’t weigh more than 60 pounds each. Waste management does not collect any hazardous waste including materials such as

fice says you do not need to get a Madison County tag until your current tag expires. You will need to bring your old plate and a piece of mail with your current Madison County address on it. In all cases, license plates must reflect the county of residence of the registered owner. For more information, contact Madison County Tax Collector Kay Pace. Three locations are available for your convenience: • 332 U.S. Highway 51 Ridgeland, 856-4472 • 146 West Center Street Canton, 859-5226 • 168 Carter Street Flora, 879-9537 weekly newspaper. Call 601-853-4222 to subscribe. Vehicle Inspection Mississippi state law requires that all vehicles be inspected annually. Many local service stations can perform, the simple, quick inspection. The cost is $5 and the decal must be displayed on the car windshield. For more information, contact the Mississippi Highway Patrol at 987-1212.

gasoline, chemicals, or motor oil. The Jackson Environmental Service Center has a local drop-off site for these materials. Post Office Home delivery of mail and post office boxes are available in each local community. The find the post office closest to your home: • Ridgeland 611 South Pear Orchard Road 1-800-275-8777 • Madison 990 Highway 51 1-800-275-8777 • Flora 4853 Main Street 879-3101 • Canton 150 S. Union Street 855-7245 Newspapers The Madison County Journal is the county’s only independently-owned and operated

Property Taxes Madison County boasts one of the lowest property tax millage rates in the state. County, city and public school taxes are collected annually by the Madison County Tax Collector’s Office. For more information, call 856-4472. Voter Registration Potential voters must be registered at least 30 days before any election to be eligible to vote. To register for city, county, state and federal elections, contact Circuit Clerk Lee Westbrook at 859-4365. Car Tags Automobile licenses must be purchased annually and are due during the month in which the vehicle was purchased. For new residents, Mississippi law requires that automobiles be registered within 30 days of moving into the state. Vehicles purchased new or used from a dealer or individual must register within seven days. If you moved from another county within Mississippi, the county Tax Collector’s Of-

Driver’s License New residents of Mississippi must apply for a driver’s license within 60 days. If the applicant has a valid out-of-state license, only a rules, signs and eye test is required. If the applicant’s out-of-state license has express, a road test may be required. A Social Security Card must be shown. Minors making an application must be at least 16 years of age and present a Social Security Card and birth certificate for proof of age. The Mississippi Highway Patrol operated a testing center on 1101 Metro Center Mall Space #1 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and in Canton at the City Hall on Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Homestead Exemption If you are buying your home in Madison County and occupy it as your primary residence, you may be eligible for Homestead Exemption. Applications are made at the Madison County Tax Assessor’s Office and require the following information: • Driver’s License and/or Birth Certificate • Social Security Card • Deed or Warranty Deed • Sale price of property • Down payment amount • Balance owed • Monthly payments • Interest rate • Mortgage company’s name and address • Automobile license number For more information, contact Tax Assessor Gerald Barber. Offices are located on Highway 51 in Ridgeland on at the Madison County Complex in Canton. Madison County Magazine - 27


LOCAL INFO | Parks & Recreation

When it comes to parks and recreation, Madison County boasts a number of excellent locales for those young and old. Ridgeland Located on McClelan Drive near Hwy 51, Hite B. Wolcott Park offers a wide variety of sporting facilities such as baseball and softball fields, batting cages, an in-line hockey rink, and a playground. Right around the corner is the Ridgeland Tennis Center, which is a 17-court tennis facility run by tennis professionals that offers both men and woman’s locker rooms as well as a tennis pro shop. If are looking for a small park to take the kids while you have a quick power walk, try Friendship Park. Located at 474 Lake Harbour Drive, Friendship Park offers a fitness court, a mile long walking/jogging trail, and a playground for the kids. It even has a Pavilion available for events. Ridgeland’s signature park, Freedom 28 - Madison County Magazine

Ridge Park, is located at 235 School Street. This large 50-acre park is perfect for a family outing. With a number sports fields such as soccer and softball as well as playgrounds and walking trails, Freedom Ridge Park has all the desired elements of a city park. The park also has plenty of pavilions where families can enjoy shakes and beverages from the concession stands. If you want something closer to the water, visit the Old Trace Park. Situated right next the Ross Barnett Reservoir, the Old Trace Park is an open space where families can come and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Reservoir. Old Trace Park also hosts various different events throughout the year. If you enjoy biking, Ridgeland is the place for you. With over 12 miles of trails which are used for biking, running, or walking,

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Ridgeland has received the Bicycle Friendly Community Bronze Award. Madison At the heart of the City of Madison lies its signature park, Liberty Park. Home to Rosa Scott Ninth Grade School, St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal Church, as well as various softball and soccer fields, Liberty Park is one of the central hubs of the Madison community. Liberty Park also offers batting cages, volleyball courts, and a playground, and due to its centrality, Liberty Park hosts various community events throughout the year. Further back into the residential area of the City of Madison is Strawberry Patch Park. This quaint neighborhood park is known for its scenic atmosphere. Located

off of Old Canton Road, across the street from Madison Ridgeland Academy, Strawberry Patch Park offers a walking trail that winds its way around a lake, playground equipment, and various picnic areas.

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Canton The City of Canton offers two locations that host sporting and community events: the Canton Sports Complex and the Canton Multipurpose & Equine Center. Each has been use for sporting events in the past; however, the Canton Multipurpose & Equine Center has sponsored various community events such as concerts and rodeos. Other At the Madison Ridgeland Youth Club, numerous youth sports are offered year round. With leagues in baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and cheerleading, the Madison Ridgeland Youth Club provides children ages 5 to 14 an opportunity to compete throughout the many parks within both municipalities. While most leagues complete on a local level, some teams play on both a national and state level. For more information about the Madison Ridgeland Youth Club, visit The South Madison County Soccer Organization is devoted to providing individuals ages 4 to 65 with the means to compete in one of four soccer programs. With more than 1,000 youth competing, the South Madison County Soccer Organization offers a division for 5-under and 19-under that runs for two seasons. They also have 11-under and 18-under divisions comprised of 500 upper skilled players who compete on select teams. A TOP division provides individuals with vision and physical handicaps a means to develop their athletic skills in a friendly, competitive environment. Comprised of people age 4 to 65, the TOP division serves the needs of over 100 players. For more information, call 601-898-1996.

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LOCAL INFO | Quality Healthcare Baptisit Hospital - Madison


happy Madison is a healthy Madison — that’s why our county is home to some of the state’s most outstanding medical providers. Each medical facility provides quality healthcare by skilled professionals equipped with the latest technology to meet your healthcare needs while ensuring quality patient care.

Baptist Health Systems: Stemming from Jackson, Baptist Medical Center has earned numerous awards and certifications from outside organizations that evaluate hospitals for their quality of care. There is also a Baptist Medical Clinic located in Madison, which includes pediatricians, orthopedic, oral surgeon care, radiology, physical therapy, an eye clinic and ear, nose and throat clinic.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center: located in Jackson, UMMC is the state’s only academic health science center. UMMC includes five hospitals and University Physicians (the faculty physicians’ practice plan). It also includes Mississippi’s only Level 1 trauma hospital. With a total of 722 beds, it is the largest diagnostic, treatment and referral care system in the state.

Madison River Oaks Medical Center: In 2011, Madison River Oaks began seeing patients in their brand new, 113,000 square foot, stateof-the-art hospital. It is their mission to serve the healthcare needs of all Madison County residents. Offering a variety of health services, they focus on everything from emergency care, general procedures to specialized surgery. Madison River Oaks Medical Center is part of the River Oaks Healthcare network, with family hospitals that include River Oaks Hospital, Central Mississippi Medical Center, Crossgates River Oaks and Women’s Hospital.

St. Dominic’s Hospital: Located in Jackson, St. Dominic’s is a leader in heart, cancer, orthopedics, maternal newborn care and neuroscience services. They are also known for their excellent retirement community, St. Catherine’s Village in Madison. St. Dominic’s partners with a popular fitness center, The Club, which has locations in Madison and Ridgeland. 30 - Madison County Magazine

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LOCAL INFO | Local Shopping

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f you have money that’s burning a hole in your pocket, Madison County is the place for you. With a wide selection of retail centers, stores, and boutiques, Madison County has some of the best shopping in the entire state. Spend some time exploring each of these centers, and you’ll be amazed at the sheer variety of options available that will allow you to customize your shopping experience. Old Madison Station District Tired of large chain stores that offer essentially the same things? Try the Old Madison Station District where you’ll find a variety of local shopping options. With quaint boutiques such as Persnickety and Inside Story, this distinctive shopping center is a great place to find jewelry, home decorations and furnishings, purses, and a wide selection of accessories. Situated off of the City of Madison’s main street next to the train tracks, The Old Madison Station District is in a conveniently located area and provides an exceptional shopping experience. 32 - Madison County Magazine

Grandview Shopping District If small boutiques aren’t your cup of tea, then the City of Madison still has you covered. The Grandview Shopping District has become one of the major hot spots for large chains in Mississippi. This well-located shopping center is located right off Interstate 55 in Madison and houses major chains such as Wal-Mart, Dicks Sporting Goods, Best Buy, and PetCo. Looking for entertainment, are you? Well then, check out Madison’s Grandview movie theater, or if you are in the mood for a quick bite to eat, swing by Chick-fil-a or Backyard Burger. With all of this and more, the Grandview Shopping District is the best one-stop-has-it-all shopping experience in Madison. Colony Crossing As if two large shopping centers weren’t enough for one city, Colony Crossing is another powerhouse retail center in Madison. With everything from French manicures, to gourmet cupcakes, to the latest fashions, Colony Crossing offers a

wide range of unique options for shoppers. Located on the opposite side of Interstate 55 from Grandview, Colony Crossing is also a convenient place to visit Kroger’s to buy groceries. Or if fine dining is your goal, try one of Colony Crossings many restaurants such as Nagoya’s Sushi and Hibachi, Kent’s Cajun Kitchen, or Georgia Blues Bar and Grill. With a range of stores that can satisfy even the pickiest of shoppers, Colony Crossing is the ideal place for a day or night out on the town. Renaissance at Colony Park As one of the newest additions to the Ridgeland retail scene, Renaissance at Colony Park has become the premier shopping location in the Madison County area. Situated off of Interstate 55’s Old Agency Road exit, the Renaissance offers the most luxurious shopping experience in the state of Mississippi. Among its lavish old world European architecture, the Renaissance is the perfect place to spend the day browsing various shops and boutiques

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such as Anthropology, J Crew, Brooks Brothers, and more. Looking for a new computer or maybe just a new cable for your iPhone? Visit Mississippi’s only Apple Store for all of your Mac needs. As for restaurants, visit Another Broken Egg for a gourmet brunch that will dazzle your taste buds. For lunch, grab a bite at the critically acclaimed 5 Guys Burger and Fries, but be careful when ordering! Or you may end up with enough food to feed an army. With dinner options such as Biaggi’s and P.F. Changs, the Renaissance is also an excellent location to enjoy a romantic evening. Accompanied by constant smooth jazz and a magnificent fountain, the ambiance of Renaissance at Colony Park is unlike any shopping center in the state of Mississippi. Jackson Street District Located near the railroad tracks in the heart of the City of Ridgeland, the Jackson Street

District is one of Ridgeland’s most iconic shopping areas. With a contemporary blend of both modern and classical architecture, this shopping district offers a plethora of boutiques and restaurants that will surly please any shopping connoisseur. Also offering a hand full of specialty stores, the Jackson Street District is a quaint shopping experience that you will not want to miss.

Northpark Mall Looking for an indoor shopping facility to escape the Mississippi heat? Check out Northpark Mall off of County Line Road in Ridgeland. Offering over 130 different shops within a massive two-story building, Northpark Mall is sure to meet your shopping needs. Northpark not only has the classic department stores, such as Dillards, Belk, and JC Penney, but also offers a wide selection of smaller chains like Journey’s and Buckle. And after a long day of shopping, you can head down to Northpark’s food court and dine at places such as Steak Escape or Chick-fil-a. Or if you are in the mood for a movie, the United Artists Northpark movie theater is right across the street. Fun for kids and parents alike, Northpark Mall has something for everyone.

Trace Station Situated at the corner of Highway 51 down the road from the Jackson Street District, the Trace Station is another boutique friendly shopping center in the city of Ridgeland. If you are looking for unique gifts, fine art, gourmet food, or antiques, Trace Station is the place for you. Shopping for that special person in your life? Visit Edible Arrangements to buy a decedent bouquet that will leave your lover satisfied and speechless. Or pop into Cakes and Candles where you can personalize a sweet treat for any celebration. Trace Station also is home to Fleet Street Sports that carries all the sporting equipment you’ll need for your

Canton Historic Square For a change of scenery, take a drive to the Canton Historic Square where you’ll find a one of a kind retail experience. Often considered to be one of Mississippi’s bestkept shopping secrets, Canton’s Historic Square combines the character of a the traditional southern town with quality of boutique shopping. Once you’ve spent some time exploring the Historic Square’s shops, check out some of Canton’s museums. Home to one of only seven unaltered, precivil war courthouses, Canton’s rich history is on display around every corner and serves as the perfect atmosphere for an afternoon shopping adventure. Madison County Magazine - 33

DINING guide

If you are looking for a place to eat and Madison County and the Jackson-Metro area offers plenty of options to satisfy any craving. Here are a variety of options within a quick drive from your home or business:

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse 1000 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 6001, Ridgeland / / 601-853-2734 For those looking for a great steak after a long day on the links Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is always a favorite not only for locals but visitors alike. With five dining areas (room for more than 250), a full bar, patio, conference rooms, a custom-made 1,200 bottle wine cellar and several other amenities the nationally-known chain is well respected for its ability to wow patrons with sizzling steaks and an upscale dining experience. / 601856-8646 Soulshine Pizza offers handmade pizzas, po-boys, calzones, pastas and salads, as well as a great atmosphere complete with live music. The owners put an emphasis on quality making sure that every item on the menu is made in-house without using frozen toppings like other pizzerias. Soulshine’s Ridgeland location opened in 2004 and has become a fixture in the Township community. Soulshine is open for lunch and dinner, carry-out or dine-in.

Pan-Asia 720 Harbour Pointe Crossing, Ridgeland / / 601-956-2958 For those looking for sushi or other asian fare Pan-Asia is one of the most popular spots in the Jackson-Metro area. Freshness, the key to any good sushi, is not the only thing that the popular restaurant brings to the cutting board. Pan-Asia also offers an impressive array of fish; from his Hawaiian Tuna, to Scottish Salmon and Walu. Pan-Asia can also seat up to 100 guests with its banquet rooms.

Another Broken Egg Cafe 1000 Highland Colony Parkway Suite #1009, Ridgeland / www. / 601-790-9170 Looking for a good place to have a hearty breakfast before taking in a round of golf try out Another Broken Egg Cafe in the Renaissance Shopping Center in Ridgeland. Their menu includes a wide array of benedicts, omelets, breakfast platters and sandwiches. They also offer burgers at lunch and offer mimosas, bloody marys, and a number of coffee beverages sure to satisfy any palate. Another Broken Egg is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and serves breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Parlor Market 115 W. Capitol St., Jackson / 601-360-0090 Located in the heart of downtown Jackson Parlor Market specializes in Southern cuisine drawing inspiration and ingredients from local farmers, ranchers and deep rooted traditions. The extensive bar selection features an extensive beer and wine menu as well as several specialty pre-prohibition cocktails. Parlor Market is open for dinner Monday through Saturday and lunch Tuesday through Friday. They host a brunch on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beagle Bagel Cafe 100 Mannsdale Park Drive, Madison / / 601-956-1773 Another option for breakfast or a quick snack going to or coming from the golf course is Beagle Bagel with a convenient location off Mississippi 463 on the way to Annandale. For almost 15 years, the good folks at Beagle Bagel have been bringing the tastes of a New York deli to the Madison area with their signature oven-baked bagels, homemade cream cheese spreads, and crispy bagel chips. Beagle Bagel also offers a wide selection of custom cookies, dessert bars, and chocolate cupcakes that are made fresh all day, every day.

Soulshine Pizza 1111 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland /

Harvest Bread Company 500 U.S. Hwy. 51, Ridgeland / 601-856-3313

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Whole grain lovers looking for fresh baked goods need look no further than Harvest Bread Company at Trace Station in Ridgeland. The bakery offers a full slate of baked goods, from fresh loaves of varying breads to pastries to hot sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. Customers can dine in or carry out. The store will also cater for small parties and has recently begun offering boxed lunches for offices. Local 463 121 Colony Crossing Way, Madison / / 601-707-7684 Local 463 offers American cuisine with a Southern slant, but with a decidedly contemporary flair. Lunch is served daily, Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The lunch menu features pizzas, salads, burgers, sandwiches and “big plates,” with fried chicken, pan seared fish of the day, redfish beef short ribs, flat iron steak and veal meatloaf. Dinner, served 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, includes a more expanded menu, with additions of a super Kobe burger, Herford filets, “Big Boy” Duroc pork chop, duck confit cassoulette and pan seared scallops. Mermaid Cafe 652 Bellevue Dr., Madison (Lake Caroline) / www.themermaidcafe. net / 601-605-8764 Located on Lake Caroline, the Mermaid Café is a very casual venue, from its sprawling front porch to the menu, which features everything from fried catfish to flatbread pizza. The catfish sandwich is served on a soft onion roll dressed with house slaw and crystal remoulade sauce. The “Crew” Furter is a quarter pound beef frank stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon with a mustard sauce on a “bay bun.” Babalu 622 Duling Avenue, Jackson / / 601-366-5757 As one of the most unique eateries in the Jackson area, Babalu offers a wide variety of high-quality Mexican, Spanish and South American cuisine. Babalu prides itself on its fresh and individual take on tacos, tapas, enchiladas and many more dishes. From smoked pork belly tacos to homemade guacamole, Babalu features a wide array of Spanish influenced cuisine that offers flavorful options for casual diners and food fanatics alike. Burgers & Blues 1060 E. County Line Rd., Ridgeland / /

601-899-0038 If you’re in the mood for a great hamburger Burgers & Blues in Ridgeland fits the bill. Serving specialty burgers like the “Hwy 51 Chili Cheese Burger,” “Pizza Burger” and even a “Peanut Butter Lovers” burger with homemade peanut butter sauce, Burgers & Blues has the reputation for having some of the best and sometimes unique burgers in town. The restaurant has a nice bar area complete with big screen televisions for watching sports and a 3,000 square foot patio where they host live music and other events. Kristos 971 Madison Avenue Madison, MS 601-605-2266 Kristos is a family-owned and operated casual Greeg eatery located in the heart of Madison’s historic district. Since the doors opened in 2009, diners flock to the restaurant for the Greek and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. The chefs at Kristos have put their on spin on traditional Greek staples, including meatballs, fresh salad, gyros, and their famous Kristos Burger. Mama Hamil’s 480 Magnolia St. Madison, MS 601-856-4407 For four generations, the Hamil family has provided some of the best home cooking Madison County has to offer. Whether you are looking for soul food or some down-home BBQ, Hamil’s has it all covered. Every day is a new day, with a myriad of meats, sides, desserts and drinks. City Grille 1029 Highway 51 Madison, MS 601-707-4406 A new fixture to the Madison restaurant scene, owner/chef Zack Athearn can always be found preparing classic treats like Po-boys or busy working on a special for the evening. Offering daily lunch blue plates, at night, City Grille becomes the quintessential fine-dining establishment with entrees such as lamb tenderloin and grilled mahi. Signature appetizers include lobster rolls, duck chips and crab cakes. Madison County Magazine - 35


LOCAL INFO | Local Churches

Baptist Broadmoor Baptist 1531 Highland Colony Pkwy. Madison, 898-2345

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Buck Horn Baptist 2193 N. Old Canton Rd. Canton 859-7039 Calvary Baptist 441 Washington St., Canton 859-7431 Canton Bible Baptist 815 Dr Martin Luther King Dr. N. Canton 859-2003 Center Terrace Baptist 605 E. Peace St., Canton, 859-4186 Church of the Highlands 670 Highland Colony Parkway, Ridgeland, (601) 853-5433 Colonial Heights Baptist Northpark Dr., 956-5000, Ridgeland County Line Missionary Baptist 109 Lula Baptist Church Rd. Flora 879-8404 Damascus Baptist 3964 Hwy. 22, Flora 662746-5938 Fairview Missionary Baptist 1278 N. Old Canton Rd. Madison 605-2090 Farmhaven Baptist 420 Pat Luckett, Canton 859-7238 Fearns Chapel Freewill Baptist Old Pocahontas Rd., Flora 879-3525 First Baptist 3316 S. Liberty St., Canton 859-3172 First Baptist of Flora 102 Jackson St., Flora 879-8022 First Baptist of Madison 2100 Main St., Madison 856-6177 First Baptist of Ridgeland 302 W. Jackson St., 856-8724

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First Stokes Chapel Baptist 459 Third Ave., Canton 859-7911 Franklin Baptist Hwy. 22 W., Flora 879-3415 Good Hope Missionary Baptist 1828 Cox Ferry Rd., Flora 879-3913 Greater Richmond Grove Baptist Complex Rd., Ridgeland, 856-2209 Greater Ross Chapel Missionary Baptist Gluckstadt Rd., Madison 856-8778 Greater St. Matthew Missionary Baptist 3796 N. Liberty St., Canton 855-0240 Harvey Chapel Missionary Baptist 242 Ragsdale Rd., Canton 859-8811 Highland Colony Baptist 1200 Highland Colony

Pkwy. Ridgeland ,856-4031 Humble Jerusalem Baptist 420 Hwy. 16 W., Canton 859-0654 Jones Chapel Baptist Pocahontas Rd., Flora 879-3447 Liberty Baptist 815 W. Fulton St., Canton 859-6407 Livingston Missionary Baptist Livingston Church Rd., Flora 879-3400 Madison County Baptist Family Life Center 349 N. Canal St., Canton 859-9132 Magnolia Heights Baptist 206 Pine St., Flora 879-8122 Mary Grove Baptist Rankin Rd., Canton 859-5771 Mary Magdalene Baptist 1457 Loring Rd., Canton 859-2448

Mount Able Baptist Hwy. 43 S., Canton 859-3511 Mount Levi Baptist 1008 W. Fulton St., Canton 859-8720 Mount Pleasant Baptist Gluckstadt Rd., Madison 856-5862 Mount Zion Baptist 514 W. North St., Canton 859-2453 Mount Zion Cobbville Baptist 4206 Hwy. 51, Canton 859-5692 Mt. Center Missionary Baptist 468 Robinson Springs Rd. Flora 879-3117 Mt. Elam Missionary Baptist 306 Mt. Elam Rd., Flora 879-9094 Mt. Hope Missionary Baptist 201 Patrick Rd., Canton 855-0052 Mt. Levi Baptist

Hwy. 22, Canton 8598720 Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist 1397 Way Rd., Canton 859-1133 Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist 111 Mt. Olive Church Rd., Madison 853-3100 Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist 793 Pisgah Bottom Rd. Canton 859-4329 New Bethel Baptist 101 James Ave., Canton 859-2829 New Birth Fellowship 837 Old Agency Rd.,

Madison 856-5279 New Life Baptist 385 N. Old Canton Rd. Madison 856-8722 New Truelight Baptist 363 John Day Rd., Canton 859-5237 Old Rice Road Baptist 82 Old Rice Rd., Madison 853-7500 Old Truelight Missionary Baptist 128 Summerlin Rd., Canton 859-3555 Pilgrim Rest Baptist 239 Crawford St., Madison 856-2609

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist 701 Hwy. 43, Canton 859-6716

Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist 2055 Pleasant Gift Rd., Canton 859-3004

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist 852 Madison Ave. #A, Madison 856-2609

Pleasant Green Baptist 3920 Hwy. 43 N., Canton 859-5186

Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist 409 Main, Madison 856-2609

Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist 2184 Hwy. 22, Canton 859-5101

Pine Grove Missionary Baptist 249 Pine Grove Rd., Canton 855-2060 Pinelake Madison/Ridgeland Campus 566 Sunnybrook Rd, Ridgeland 829-4500

Priestley Chapel Missionary Baptist Virlilia Rd., Canton 859-8449 Ridgecrest Baptist 7469 Old Canton Rd., Madison 853-1090 Ridley Hill Missionary Baptist 1034 N. Livingston Rd, Madison 853-1068 Rising Chapel Baptist 127 Rising Chapel Rd., Canton 859-4393 Rocky Hill Baptist 390 County Barn Rd., Madison 856-0759 Shady Grove Baptist 168 Shady Grove Rd., Flora 879-3380 Sharon Community Baptist 114 Church St., Canton 859-5656 Simmons Memorial Baptist 118 Memorial Rd., Flora 879-8105 Simon Hill Baptist 139 W. Ridgeland Ave., Ridgeland, 853-2669 Smith Chapel Baptist 323 Livingston Vernon Rd., Flora 879-9110 Smith Chapel Baptist Hwy. 49 S Flora 879-8185 South Liberty Baptist 531 S. Liberty St., Canton 859-1279 Southern Hills Smith Chapel Baptist 1419 Hwy. 16 W., Canton 859-3523 St. James Missionary Baptist 814 Old Yazoo City Rd.

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Canton 859-3001 Stokes Chapel Baptist 902 Stokes Rd., Flora 879-3826 Trace Ridge Baptist 238 Lake Harbour Dr. 898-2003 Twin Lakes Baptist 673 Lake Cavalier Rd. Madison 856-2305 Union Hill Missionary Baptist 4549 Hwy. 22, Flora 879-9060 Victory Baptist 420 Hoy Rd., Madison 856-4260 Wilson Grove Baptist Cox Ferry Rd. NE, Flora 879-8602 Woodman Hill Missionary Baptist 468 Kearney Park Rd., Flora 879-8347 First Baptist Church Jackson Madison Campus, 427-0163 Apostolic Virgin Mary Apostolic 614 Virgin Mary Rd., Canton 859-9110 Aassembly of God Harvest Assembly of God 528 Hart Rd., Canton 859-0092 Turning Point Assembly of God 335 Cameron St., Canton 859-6158 BiBle Fellowship Bible 2270 Hwy. 51, Canton 855-0660 Open Door Bible 157 Sharpe Rd., Madison 898-0908 catholic Sacred Heart Catholic 238 E. Center St., Canton 859-3749

St. Joseph Catholic Gluckstadt, Madison 856-2054 Holy Child Jesus 315 Garrett St., Canton 859-2957 Christian Northeast Christian 3169 W. Tidewater Ln., Madison 856-7399 Canton Christian Center 2735 S. Liberty St., Canton 859-8324 Christian science First Church of Christ, Scientist 731 S. Pear Orchard Rd., Suite 9, Ridgeland 952-0307

Cobblestone Church of God 444 Pebble Creek Dr., Madison 853-6910 Crossroads Church of God Inc. Hwy. 16 E., Canton 859-2858 First Church of God 741 Hwy. 51, Madison 856-0652 Holy City Church of God in Christ 251 Kearney Park Rd., Flora 879-3999

land 234 W. Jackson St., Ridgeland, 856-6456 Flora Methodist 142 Carter St., Flora 879-8642 Goshen United Methodist 1023 Pat Luckett Rd., Canton 859-4656 Lampton Chapel Fgame 715 W. Fulton St., Canton 859-6047 Lee’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Hwy. 16 E., Canton 859-6005

Philadelphia Church of God in Christ 244 W. North St., Canton 859-1116

Madison United Methodist 2050 Main St., Madison 856-6058

St. Mark Church of God in Christ 354 Old Hwy. 16, Canton 859-6577

Middleton A.M.E. Zion 602 Way Rd., Canton 859-6551

Church of Christ 851 W. Fulton, Canton 859-7698

Episcopal Chapel of the Cross 674 Mannsdale Rd., Madison 856-2593

Parkway Hills United Methodist 1468 Highland Colony Madison 856-2733

Highland Colony Church of Christ N. Sunnybrook Rd., Ridgeland, 856-6555

Grace Episcopal 161 E. Peace St., Canton 859-2680

North Flora Church of Christ Hwy. 49 N., Flora 879-3509

St. Columb’s Episcopal 550 Sunnybrook Rd. 853-0205

Church of Christ Church of Christ 3479 N. Liberty St., Canton 859-2865

North Liberty Church of Christ 523 N. Liberty St., Canton 859-2865 Pleasant Green Church of Christ 925 Lutz Ave., Canton 895-5515

Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses 2780 S. Liberty St., Canton 859-8613

Sharon A.M.E. Zion Sharon Rd., Canton 859-6077 Singleton United Methodist Pat Luckett Rd., Canton 859-4656 St. Johns United Methodist 219 N. Hargon St., Canton 859-6265 St. Matthew’s United Methodist 7427 Old Canton Rd., Madison 856-9581

Pleasant Green Church of Christ 925 George Washington Ave., Canton 859-5515

Methodist Canton United Methodist 3808 N. Liberty St., Canton 859-6009

St. Paul & Dennis Chapel A.M.E. 495 Main St., Madison 898-9610

South Madison Church of Christ 338 Lake Harbour Dr., Madison, 856-2165

China Grove A.M.E. Mannsdale Rd., Madison 856-7348

St. Paul A.M.E. Zion 505 S. Union St., Canton 859-1904

Church of Jesus Christ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 703 Hwy. 17, Canton 859-3591

First Independent Methodist of Madison 1556 Hwy 51 N Madison, 672-1240

The Connection 670 Highway 51 C, Ridgeland, 856-8922

Sacred Heart Catholic Church 1494 Hwy. 17, Camden, MS (662) 468-2354

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 243 Hoy Rd., Madison 898-7751

St. Francis of Assisi 4000 W. Tidewater Ln., Madison 856-5556

Church of God Church of God in Mississippi, Inc. 213 John Day Rd. #A,

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First United Methodist 3301 S. Liberty St., Canton 859-4621 First United Methodist 136 Trace Cove Dr., Madison 726-5590 First United Methodist of Ridge-

Wiggins United Methodist 1023 Pat Luckett Rd., Canton 859-4656 Zion Chapel Methodist Robinson Rd., Canton 859-5609 Pentecostal Apostolic Lighthouse

1529 Hwy. 43 S., Canton 859-7363 Apostolic Revival Center 301 W. Washington St. 856-2385 First United Pentecostal Hwy. 51 N., Canton 859-2457 Parkway Pentecostal 1620 Mannsdale Rd., Madison 853-2607

Old Madison Presbyterian 232 Old Yazoo City Rd., Canton 859-7142 Pear Orchard Presbyterian 750 S. Pear Orchard Rd. Ridgeland 956-3283 Seventh Day Adventist Canton Seventh Day Adventist Lutz Ave., Canton 859-7364

Presbyterian First Presbyterian 202 E. Peace St., Canton 859-4738

Other The Church Triumphant 731 S. Pear Orchard Road Suite 43-Ridgeland 601-977-0007

First Presbyterian 7717 Old Canton Rd., Madison 856-6625

Faith Tabernacle 672 N. Liberty St., Canton 859-8972

Grace Chapel Presbyterian New Mannsdale Rd., Madison 856-7223

Greater Faith Calvary 551 Owens St., Canton 859-4997

Highlands Presbyterian 1160 Highland Colony Pkwy. Madison 853-0636

Greater Refuge 375 Morgan Rd., Canton 859-9483

Madison Heights PCA 405 Bozeman Rd Madison, 605-9929

Greater Sims Chapel Amez 915 Lutz Ave., Canton 859-6327

Holy Trinity Anglican Church Worship service meets at St. Anthony’s School 1585 Old Mannsdale Rd. Madison Office 133 Executive Dr., Suite C Madison (601) 898-5035 Keypointe Church Int’l 614 Magnolia St., Madison, MS 605-2880 Life Way Center 271 W. Center St., Canton 859-2770 Miracle of Faith Temple 3466 N. Liberty St., Canton 859-8995 New Mount Zion 432 Yandell Rd., Madison 856-9113 New Testament Fellowship 2009 Gateway Dr. 856-2106 Ridgeland Family Church 803 Old Agency Rd. 856-2101

River of Life 7417 Old Canton Rd., Madison, 922-7100 Spirit 731 S. Pear Orchard Rd. 957-0700 St. Peter’s Orthodox 180 Saint Augustine Dr., Madison, 856-3894 United Believers Center 819 George Washington Ave., Canton 859-7180 Word of Faith Ministries 228 W. North St., Canton 859-8972 Crossway Community Church 7430 Old Canton Road, Canton 605-2000 New Beginnings 211A Industrial Drive, Ridgeland 898-2727 Victory Church 7417 Old Canton Rd, Madison, 601-383-3891

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Welcome to Madison! The First  Baptist  Family  is  glad  you  are  here.  Madison  is  a  wonderful town in which to live and raise a family. From good  schools to great shopping, Madison has it all - including great  churches! We invite you to join us soon for worship.        


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