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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.

school leaders

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


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


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.


Night out

The Central Mississippi Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter recently held their Phi Mu National Night Out event in Brandon.  Attending were (from left, back) Sara Farris Leach, Heather Perry, Reanna Perry, Shea Carter, Stacy Therrell, Sissy Carter; (front) Julye Clark Jenkins, Lana Bulger, Morgan Comfort Sirmon, Katie Orr Nelson, Apryle Whitley, Jacinda Roa

A better playoff

Here’s a great idea from Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel: Since some of last weekend’s college football conference championship games essentially are the first round of the playoffs, how about replacing these games by bringing four more schools into the chase for the national title?

making a difference

Steady paycheck leads sam fant to Madison county bank president position

When Sam Fant got his first job in banking, like most recent college graduates, he was simply looking for a steady paycheck.

Fifteen years later, Fant is still in the banking business, and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Fire safety

First graders at Jackson Academy (from left) Dudley Stancill, Elizabeth Peters, and Brody Reed recently got to take a seat with a fireman and learn about fire safety.

Grady Howell on writing and history

Grady Howell is a Northside author and retired historian from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH). Howell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He and his wife Gail reside in Northeast Jackson.

Teacher testing

Relaxing licensing exam standards for 110 new Mississippi public school teachers — out of a teaching force that numbers more than 30,000 — is nothing to get too alarmed about.

band members

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School members of the 2018-19 upper school band are (from left, back) Kira Leflore, Madison Word, Aaron Cooper, Hannah Clay King, Henry Sanders, Patrick Marcus, Caleb Young, Grant Worsley; (fourth row) Allen Ryu, Luke Tynes, Forrest Hutchison, Michael John Davis, Christian Welander, Harrison Speed, band director


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


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).


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.


Honor Roll Jackson preparatory

Students listed to the honor roll at Jackson Preparatory School for the first term include:


Sixth Grade

Head of School’s List: Bailey Blount, Brantley Denson, Charlie Faulk, Allie Landry, Aaron Lu, Parker Puckett, Barron Vance;

Faculty List: Dylan Dean, Claiborne Perry;

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.


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.

Wallowing in self-pity


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.

First tee

Madison-Ridgeland Rotarians learned about The First Tee of Central Mississippi during a recent luncheon. The First Tee is a nonprofit program aimed at introducing the game of golf to children while promoting core values of integrity and sportsmanship.