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Madison mayor stays focused on continuing city’s success and safety

Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said her goal for 2019 is to continue building on the city’s success, safety and overall quality of life that earned Madison national accolades in 2018.

“We will stay focused on maintaining the strong and safe environment we have and to build upon that,” Butler said. “The best is yet to be.”



My Ten Years Ago Me hopefully would be proud

By ELIZABETH QUINN,

A friend recently reminded me about a book I read several years ago that I really loved, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. In it, a woman wakes up from a bad fall to find that amnesia has taken all memory of the last 10 years of her life. In her last memory, she is pregnant with her first child and blissfully in love with her husband.


Physician drift hurts medicine

By HEDDY-DALE MATTHIAS,

Nearing the end of my career, I’ve been inundated with examples of my colleagues practicing “outside” their training, board certification and “scope of practice.” I am concerned about this “practice drift” towards lucrative, cash-based procedures performed in physician offices.

“Practice drift” may occur in three ways:

 


Mounting

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Fines continue to increase for delay in completing airport work

Fines continue to mount for the contractor brought on to repave the west runway at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport.



underwater love

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Madison couple exchange marriage vows in Bahamas with sharks part of the wedding party

Ronnie and DeLane Grogan have always been a nontraditional couple and have never felt the need to go along with the norm.


RIDGELAND MUNICIPAL COURT TO OFFER FEE WAIVER PROGRAM FOR OUTSTANDING ARREST WARRANTS ON CONTEMPT OF COURT

The Ridgeland Police Department in conjunction with Ridgeland Municipal Court will offer a Fee Waiver Program for individuals with arrest warrants for Contempt of Court (Failure to Appear). This period will begin Tuesday, February 19th and end Friday, March 1st, 2019.



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Growing Pains

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Decade later Germantown Middle School doubles enrollment

When Germantown Middle School opened its doors 10 years ago, there were 470 students enrolled and 40 faculty and staff members.



Bramlett on role as district attorney

John K. Bramlett Jr. was recently appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant as District Attorney for the 20th Circuit Court District, which includes Madison and Rankin counties. He replaces Michael Guest, who was elected to the U.S. Congress. Bramlett has served as an assistant district attorney in the 20th Circuit Court District since 2015.









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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).






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Slip-sliding away

By LOTTIE BOGGAN,

A bottle of complimentary champagne in front of us, Edrie Royals and I sat out on our balcony. Now late afternoon and back from our tours of Hong Kong, the sun was a burnished copper and it was almost time for our ship, the Celebrity Millenium, to set sail in the East China Sea for points, sights and scenes unknown.


Fall fund-raiser

Parents 4 New Summit will head up the sixth annual 5k and Fall Festival Fund-raiser October 14 to raise funds for the school’s athletic programs and facilities.


New superintendent

Reunion Golf and Country Club has named Charley Crell golf course superintendent. Crell is a Mississippi State University graduate with a degree in agronomy. Crell and his wife Suzanne have a three-year-old daughter, Caroline.


Fondren Renaissance hosts inaugural Mississippi Food and Wine Festival in June

Fondren Renaissance Foundation (FRF) recently announced the inaugural Mississippi Food and Wine Festival will be held June 14-16, with four preview events scheduled for this fall. The 2018 preview events are comprised of two private chef dinners, and two large-scale culinary events centered around barbecue and a gospel brunch.


Senior reps

Madison Central High School Student Government Association senior members are (from left, back) representatives Mary Ranie Miller, Tara Amos, Catherine Whitten, Anne Daniel Embry, Brooke Thomas and Stroud Tolleson; (front) secretary Spencer Castilla, president Cedric Beal, treasurer Chanu Cherukuri and vice president Parth Malaviya.



Cheerleaders

Madison Ridgeland Academy sixth-grade cheerleaders include (from left, back) Alecya Berry, Savannah Rimmer, Mary Crisler Gatlin, Julia Mason, Olivia Gainey, Emmie Adams, Taylor Waldrop, Elisabeth Morton; (middle row) Emma Kate Cook, Gracie Rhea, Charley Roberts, Emery Grissom, Anna Mac Dew, Lily Beth Hall, Abby Sheffield; (front) Scarlett Jacob



Financing disasters

The horrific wildfires in California that have wiped out thousands of homes and killed scores of people in recent weeks has prompted a similar question as one raised in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Should areas prone to natural disaster be rebuilt?


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We are fortunate to attend a small church with a tight-knit congregation. Our children’s committee hosts a baby shower for each expectant family in our church and invites the entire congregation.