Happy Holidays from West JXN

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Every year West Jackson residents display beautiful signs in their yards for the holiday season. Dozens of residents participate and each year the number of participants increase. The signs are beautiful, heart warming, and a true display of neighborhood camaraderie.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Below are stories about the signs and who makes them.



Center for University-Based Development & WJ Neighborhoods Spread Holiday Cheer

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Tis the Season of Giving! Over the past month the Center for University-Based Development (CUBD) along with the 13 neighborhood associations that surround JSU, worked together to collect food and toys for West Jackson families. Each neighborhood association nominated two families to receive gift boxes. In total there were 17 families nominated to receive gift boxes. Families varied in size and number and the staff at CUBD worked closely with each neighborhood to provide their families with items they needed. The items were donated from residents in West Jackson.

Once all the items were collected they were divided among each family. After all the gift boxes were put together, then the staff at CUBD went to the homes of the families along with each Neighborhood Association President. All the receiving families were extremely happy to be nominated and were very thankful for the gift box.

For more information about the Center for University-Based Development at JSU go to http://www.jsums.edu/cubd
Below are a list of the Neighborhood Association and their Presidents.

Battlefield Park……………………..Janice Adams
Capitol Neighbors Association………….Cassandra Welchlin
Dalton-Deer Park Association…………..Hezekiah Watkins
Pecan Park N.A. ……………………..The Honorable Alyce Clarke
University Park………………………Betty Lyons
Washington Addition…………………..Melvina Deans
Zoo Area Progressive Partnership……….Marcia Reed
Friends of West Jackson……………….Ethel Floyd
Matthew’s East Homeowners……………..Thomas Alexander
West Park……………………………Maggie White
Hemingway N.A………………………..Zenotha Robinson
Jayne Ave. Neighborhood Association…….Oredell Calhoun

Lynch Street Complete, Ahead of Schedule & Under Budget

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Since June of this year, the City of Jackson and Stantec Consulting have been working to repave J. R. Lynch St. from Wiggins St. to HWY 80. According to Stantec Consulting they had until February 2015 to complete the project, however they said they have completed the project two months early and under budget.

Stantec states they are trying to determine what they can do with the funds that are left over but they have not made any decisions yet. However the funds will be used to enhance the Lynch Street Corridor.

Below are the list of things that were completed for this project.

Four new traffic signal polls on HWY 80 and Lynch St.
New cross walk with lights on Arbor Vista
New pavement from Wiggins St to HWY 80
Painted new lines on Lynch St.
Installation of raised pavement markers along Lynch St.
Installation of new curbs and gutter in selected areas along Lynch St.
Drainage repairs in front of Christ the King Catholic Church
Sidewalk repairs in front of Christ the King Catholic Church

For more information visit http://www.stantec.com/

Good Deed Features The Rotary Club

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The West Jackson Rotary Club presented a $7,500.00 check to the Jackson Zoo’s Wild Learning Program, which will be used to purchase new technology equipment for the program – such as an interactive SmartBoard, tablets and computers.

The Wild Learning Program is an educational program that has previously been in place at the Jackson Zoo and is currently being underwritten by corporate partners. Wild Learning offers opportunities to low income households and diverse ethnicities that do not have the means to visit the zoo. The program provides free admission and transportation to these students. This grant will enrich educational learning opportunities for students who visit the zoo through Wild Learning.

This is the first grant that has been designated toward technology advancement for the Zoo’s Education Department. The impact this grant can have for the Wild Learning Program and the children who interact with the equipment will be greatly visible for years to come. The Rotary emblem will be made visible on the equipment that is purchased through the grant in recognition of Rotary.

West Jackson Rotary Club Members will also be volunteering to assist with the Wild Learning program.

Cookies with Santa, Saturday


Cookies with Santa will take place this Saturday, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at at the Jackson Zoo. Children will get to decorate sugar cookies with pastry elves from Just Kaking Custom Cakes and Treats, participate in a special holiday story time and enjoy fun zoo holiday crafts.

Story time will be read by ventriloquist John Edward Lowe and his dog Homer. Sounds of holiday music will fill the air with choir performances on the amphitheater stage from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

General Admission is $5.00 for adults and children. Member admission is free.

For more information call: 601-352-2500.

“Once Upon a Wolf ” Stage Play, Tonight


The JSU Department of Speech Communication and Theatre, College of Liberal Arts, will present a free stage production of “Once Upon a Wolf” at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium.

The story is a collection of fractured fairy tales with a modern twist that tells what happens when the Big Bad Wolf decides he doesn’t want to be big or bad anymore. It showcases favorites such as “Red Riding Hood,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Jack and the Beanstalk.” All the skits will be performed by children enrolled in Kids Kollege, the Department of Speech and Theatre and the music department at JSU.

For more information, contact Tierra Strong (601-979-2238) and Nadia Bodie-Smith (601-979-4309)

Free Pictures with Santa, Metrocenter Mall

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Santa Claus will be at the Metrocenter Mall for the next two weekends. Children can come and get a free picture with him on Saturdays from 11:00 am-6:00 pm and on Sundays from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Each child can get one photo taken and printed with Santa Claus for free.

Santa will be located at Center Court and will be waiting to see you.

For more information contact 601-969-7633.

Black Nativity, Christmas Parade, & Messiah

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The play “Black Nativity” by renowned poet, playwright and social activist Langston Hughes is set to open tonight, Dec. 4, at Rose E. McCoy auditorium.

“Black Nativity” is a gospel song play that tells the Christmas story through gospel song, poetry and dance. It has been called “an uplifting experience the entire family can enjoy. Like large family gatherings, this count-your-blessings evening plays out with contagious spontaneity and joyous imperfection.”

JSU’s Department of Speech Communications and Theater is presenting the play directed by Dr. Mark G. Henderson, chair of the department.

Times are:
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 3 p.m.
Admission is $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 general admission.
Tickets may be picked up beforehand at the box office in the auditorium lobby or online:


christmas parade

The annual Christmas parade is scheduled for noon on Saturday, December 6th in downtown Jackson. Among this year’s parade float judges are Sweet Potato Queen Jill Conner Browne, WAPT-TV Reporter Scott Simmons and WLBT Reporter Joy Redmond. The parade’s theme is the “Most Incredible Christmas in the Bold New City.”

The parade will feature Jackson State University’s Sonic Boom of the South, Christmas-themed floats, marching bands, school choirs and more.
“We’re encouraging all Jackson residents to come out and take part in the holiday festivities,” said Mayor Tony Yarber.

For more information, contact Keyshia Sanders, 601-960-1084.


Jackson State University’s Annual Winter Concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. with seasonal favorite “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel.

To be presented at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium, the musical event will be performed by the JSU Chorale and JSU Singers with Willenham Cortez Castilla conducting, and the Jackson State University Choir with Dr. Loretta Galbreath conducting. They will be assisted by the JSU String Ensemble with Rachel Jordan conducting.

Castilla is director of choral activities and Galbreath is assistant director.

Special guests will be the Murrah High School Concert Singers with Pierrdro Gallion conducting and the Lanier High School Concert Choir with Conesha Barron conducting.

The public is invited to this free event sponsored by the JSU College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Music.

For more information, call 601-979-2141.

Parents Resource Center in West Jackson

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JPS’s Enochs Family Resource Center is part of the district’s State and Federal Programs Office. It provides services to all families within the district and is located in West Jackson at 101 Near Street. The center oversees the operation of school-based centers at 59 JPS schools.

The Resource Center is open M-F from 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Parents can come to the center and check out books, videos, and other educational materials for their children. They can also access the internet. The Resource Center provides parents with educational resource material, equipment and information to become more effective in working with their children on specific skills at home.

Program Purpose

To enable parents to enhance the learning experience of their children.
To provide resources designed to strengthen the social, emotional, and academic needs of the family.
To improve student achievement by involving parents in the education of their children.
Through the Parent Program, the Family Resource Center offers the resources below for parents to use at no charge.

Computer Lab

The state-of-the-art computer lab offers parents and students a variety of computer programs including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and the internet.

The computer lab has the Odyssey Learning Program available to students enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade in the following areas: Reading, Math, Spelling, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.

Home Study Packets

These packets are used to reinforce and support the Benchmark skills taught in the classroom. Parents may obtain a Student Prescription Sheet from the Family Resource Center to be completed by the child’s teacher and faxed or returned to the center. The staff will prepare individual packets based on teacher recommendation.

Reading Enrichment

Reading books are available for upper and lower grade students. Books on the summer reading lists for grades K-12 are available at the Enochs Family Resource Center.


Lightspan is a video program that connects to your home television set with reading, math, social studies, science and English programs for grades K-6.

Parent Workshops

Parents who use the center are invited to take part in scheduled meetings, workshops, computer training, adult literacy and the annual Parent Involvement Conferences. Workshops can be scheduled at the child’s school upon request.

Video Teaching Program

These programs are ideal for intensive study and skill development. Videos are available in reading, math, science, social studies, English and Parenting.

Parent Requested Services

The staff will work with parents in securing community services and assistance for their families.


This is a hand-held computer with software in reading, math, social studies, and English.

For more information on any of the Center’s resources, contact Enochs Family Resource Center coordinator Sylenia Anderson at 601-960-8945.

Holidays Under the Stars, Tomorrow

“Holidays Under the Stars” will be held on Tuesday, December 2nd on the Gibbs-Green Plaza. Enjoy train rides, Santa Clause, hot cocoa and much more!

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Happy Holidays!


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