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OurFondren announces ‘Bright Lights’ Winners

OurFondren announces ‘Bright Lights’ Winners

[smooth=id:18;] OurFondren neighborhood association has announced the winners of their annual ‘Bright Lights, Fondren Nights’ holiday lighting contest. The award for the ‘So Fabulous’ category went to the home at 3712 Hawthorn. Honorable mention goes to the home at 305 Glenway Drive. In the ‘So Funky’ category, the decorations at 4145 Robin were awarded while […]

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For Future Generations: Fondren Goes Green

For Future Generations: Fondren Goes Green

Like our wise indian chiefs of old, Fondrenites have adopted the mindset of making decisions that benefit even our future generations. The Fondren Association of Businesses has an aim of  making Fondren the greenest business district in Mississippi. Throughout Fondren, you’ll see energy efficient lighting, businesses and homes upgrading their heating and cooling systems to […]

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Where It All Began: The Guide!

Where It All Began: The Guide!

With the success of FindItInFondren.com, it’s easy to overlook where this whole thing started. The Find It In Fondren™ Visitor’s Guide was published in October and has been distributed to 15,000 homes via direct mail. An additional 5,000 copies have made their way from Southaven to Brookhaven and points in between. And just last night, […]

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Blues Marathon: 'Race Well Done'

Blues Marathon: 'Race Well Done'

At the starting line for last year’s Mississippi Blues Marathon, the temperature was 17°. But John Noblin says ‘warm and fuzzy’ was the feeling he believes participants left with on that frigid day.  The Jackson born businessman is the owner and race director for the Blue Cross/Blue Shield sponsored event that runs through the capital […]

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Breaking Boundaries: Group Pushes for Skate Park

Breaking Boundaries: Group Pushes for Skate Park

On a sunny Saturday in Petal, Mississippi, a group of people from six to thirty six all gather in one place, all centered around one thing: skateboarding. 36 year old Frank Henn says that’s an activity that needs a place a little closer to home – and maybe, here in Fondren. His group, Skate Mississippi, […]

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"It's My Park": Community Build About Ownership

"It's My Park": Community Build About Ownership

With a $500,000 federal grant funding a park makeover, some in Fondren are asking ‘where’s the playground crew?’ That’s a mentality organizers of this weekend’s playground build at Fondren Park hope to see changed. By calling on neighbors to actively participate, the idea is to give ownership of the park back to the community. Leslee […]

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Young Runner Hopes to Break State Record

Young Runner Hopes to Break State Record

Ask most 13 year olds what they are listening to on their iPod or what they are doing in their free time. The answers are always the same – unless you talk to Gabriel Escude. The guitar playing 8th grader is a Zeppelin and Clapton fan – and he’s a distance runner. Seems odd until […]

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Books & Beans: Coffee Shop Becomes Study Spot

Books & Beans: Coffee Shop Becomes Study Spot

Sometimes you just need a place. Be it for peace and quiet or a bit of community, a Fondren coffee shop has taken up the cause. Sneaky Beans in the heart of the historic business district is open until 2am through early Saturday morning, catering to a student crowd studying for final exams. Bean manager […]

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Fondren People to Know: Leanna Owens

Fondren People to Know: Leanna Owens

Early on, Leanna Range Owens always knew she wanted to be in the classroom. The Jackson native went to Callaway High School before college at the University of Mississippi. Owens earned a bachelor’s degree in business and went on to earn a master’s degree in education. While she taught in Memphis, she decided she would […]

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