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Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Dewayne Thompson, wanted in the wounding and kidnapping of 17-year-old Katelyn Beard, has been captured by Jackson Police. He was taken into custody around 5:45 in west Jackson near where Beard's vehicle was found earlier today.
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A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
The city of Adrian is getting a facelift and as plans move forward, many wonder what will happen next.
City leaders say a vacant building that sits on the edge of downtown isn't giving off the right impression.
"This corner is so busy, but it gave everybody the wrong idea of what our central business district looked like," said Mayor Jim Berryman.
Lots of work and redevelopment have gone into making downtown Adrian seem more attractive. Leaders say the building with Jean Christopher Portraits is next, after it sat vacant for years and even started deteriorating.
"We had problems of bricks falling down and falling on the sidewalk, so we had to fence it off," explained Berryman.
Now, those fences are down and new paneling protecting the building is up, as crews give the building an overhaul. Adrian leaders say it's the first step in bringing new life to the corner.
"It's really important that we get this done. So hopefully in 2014 we can get the renovation going on this," said Chris Miller, director of Downtown Adrian Development Authority.
The renovation will lead to high-end apartments on the upper level and a commercial tenant on the first level. Miller believes finding the right tenant shouldn't be hard "noting the prominence of the corner, the high traffic counts, the great parking spots in front and back."
While it may just seem like one building, the mayor says it's all part of a bigger plan.
"This is one small step in moving forward to making this a more inviting place to come," said Berryman.
Another place leaders are bringing new life is a vacant lot on North Main and Front, where a gas station had to be demolished last year. Months later, land is finally being prepared for something new.
Although there's nothing there now, things could soon change. Back in October, the vacant Amoco gas station that used to sit there was demolished and fresh soil was put in the ground underneath.
Since then, city leaders have been working with developers to come up with the best way to use the land. They say there's a lot of interest in building a new restaurant and have narrowed it down to two potential investors.
"Whenever we do something like this, a highly visible corner looks better as a result of some kind of project or renovation. We always hear from the community about how terrific it is and how excited they are to see something new happening downtown," said Miller.
According to Miller, the two proposals will be reviewed at next week's county land bank meeting. Construction on the project they choose could start later this year.