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$340,000 a month

In the battle for the state government’s telecommunications business, C-Spire underbid AT&T by $32.5 million for an eight-year contract. That’s a savings of $340,000 per month for a newer and faster network. AT&T has sued in Hinds County Chancery Court and the case is being heard by Judge Denise Owens.


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JA Board of Trustees

Serving on Jackson Academy’s Board of Trustees for 2018-2019 are (from left, back) Scott Pedigo, Brad Williams, Greg John-ston, Austin Barbour, McKie Edmonson; (front) Brandon Kennedy, Jody Varner, Martha Ray, Rita Gaines, Robert Hederman, and Renee Rice. Not Pictured: Ashley Willson and Calvin Thigpen.

 


Too many funerals

By ROBERT STEDMAN,

I broke a record this year. And it's certainly not something to be proud of either. 2018 took me to more funerals than any other. There was an unexpected passing of my very healthy uncle. We had a gut-wrenching overdose on my mother's side of the family. One of my best friends lost his father, who was one of the greatest men you'd ever meet.





Miss Myers, Newman to exchange wedding vows January 5 at First Presbyterian

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas James Myers of Ridgeland announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Elizabeth Myers, to Zachary Ellis Newman, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Walter Newman IV of Jackson. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Robert Sydney Snyder of Jackson and the late Mr. and Mrs.



No Revenue

By ANTHONY WARREN,

City seeks new managers for Smith-Wills baseball stadium

smith-wills baseball stadium  could soon have new managers, but experts say that much more than new management is needed to again make the structure viable for entertainment and sporting events.


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Jeffrey Lee Cole

Jeffrey Lee Cole died peacefully at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland Mississippi on November 20, 2018. He was 89 years old. He was visited frequently by friends and family until he finally slipped away after a brief fight with cancer. He professed his firm belief in his savior Jesus Christ and is now with his Lord in paradise.



Costco

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Opposition alleges aldermen had conflicts when voting

The legal battle over the Ridgeland Costco gas station could come down to whether two Ridgeland aldermen had a conflict when voting to approve it.




Jackson tragedy turns 30

By CHARLIE DUNAGIN,

One of Mississippi’s most perplexing mysteries turned 30 years old this past summer.

On July 26, 1988, 72-year-old Annie Lauren Hearin, a prominent Jackson socialite and wife of one of the state’s wealthiest businessmen, went missing from her Jackson home where she had hosted a bridge club party earlier in the day.



Chickenpox returns

If there is one place in America that is serious about its spirituality, it must be Buncombe County, N.C., where the families of 5.7 percent of kindergarten students have claimed a religious exemption to avoid vaccinating their children against serious diseases.



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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.






Child's Prayer

Van Devender family donates for expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital

The simple prayer of a child for the patients of Batson Children’s Hospital brought about a $1.5 million gift from the Van Devender Family Foundation to expand pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).


SESSION OUTLOOK

Bomgar tackling transparency, the economy and Justice system in 2018

Mississippi House District 58 Rep. Joel Bomgar has a lot in store for the 2018 legislative session.





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Drawdown to build

The fourth annual Drawdown to Build Anew, a fund-raiser in support of the next Habitat for Humanity – Episcopal build, will be held April 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Fondren. Tickets are $100 and are good for one draw and admission for two.



Kindness

Three students from Madison Ridgeland Academy Student Leadership Institute spoke at elementary chapel recently about their mission trip to San Francisco and how people can show kindness in their daily lives.


All about H

Kindergartners at First Presbyterian Day School wore headbands, hilarious hair, and hats to school as they studied the letter H. Shown are (from left) Aaron Mangana, Katherine Lewis, Virginia Mehrle, Robin Weaver, and Sophia Torres.


Wallowing in self-pity

By LOTTIE BOGGAN,

Back from my afternoon bounce and run with dog Roo Roo, and not quite time for my slow motion walk with June Cleaver, I was catching my breath when the phone rang.
“I got your text message, Grand Lottie,” Christian Boggan said. “What’s this about you needing me to pick up you and another lady at 2:00 in the morning next week?”



Hugh C. Montgomery Jr.

Services were held February 7 at Christ United Methodist Church for Hugh Cameron Montgomery Jr. of Madison. Bishop Clay F. Lee Jr. and the Rev. Calvin Cosnahan officiated.

Hugh Cameron Montgomery Jr. passed away peacefully February 3 at the age of 92.


Speaks to Rotary

Dr. William Bynum, the new President of Jackson State University, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Jackson. Dr. Bynum is the 11th president of Jackson State University, the fourth largest historically black college in the United States. Shown are (from left) club President Brooks Buchanan, JSU President Bynum, and Leroy Walker.



On to college

New Summit School seniors accepted into college include (from left) Alyssa Watson, University of South Dakota, Mississippi State University, and University of Southern Mississippi; Courtney Latham, University of Southern Mississippi; and Libby Shropshire, Holmes Community College and Hinds Community College.


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