Stonewall Mayor Glenn Cook (pictured) says "until attorneys got involved" in the aftermath of the incident between Jonathan Sanders and white part-time officer Kevin Herrington, people in Stonewall were willing to patiently await the outcome of the investigation that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was conducting. Photo courtesy Youtube/CC Hot Topics TV Channel
There's never a slow news week in Jackson, Miss., and last week was no exception. Here are the local stories JFP reporters brought you in case you missed them:
- Allen Jones, the city's parks director, said future plans call for commercial development of Livingston Park, possibly including a restaurant and a large splash pad.
- Stonewall Mayor Glenn Cook said people have the wrong idea about his 1,100-person community, which has been in the national spotlight since the death of Jonathan Sanders on July 8.
- Vicki Slater spoke with the Jackson Free Press in early July about why she believes she would make a better governor than the incumbent Phil Bryant.
- Schools run by the government are subject to the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause above other religious freedom laws, like Mississippi's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
- A fundamental problem with Mississippi's Education Scholarship Account program for students with special needs is that the $6,500 it provides to families is just not enough money to fund most kids who have special-education needs.
- Mississippi ranks 50th overall in child well-being, according to the 2015 Kids Count Data Book the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Tuesday.
- Studio Chane owner Ron Chane will soon bring a new space for local creators to Jackson in the form of The Wonder Lab, located in the basement of Fondren Corner.
- About 100 supporters of "biblical marriage" gathered at the Capitol steps Monday morning for a rally and prayer vigil that the Christian Action Commission organized.
- Even though the Jonathan Sanders killing was rare, Stonewall residents say black folks have long been strangled by the kind of racial oppression that made the events of July 8 surprising to few in the town, where old divisions still run deep.
- Anthony Hervey, a black Mississippi man who often dressed in Confederate regalia to support the state flag, died in a one-car accident last Sunday.
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