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vaping on the rise

By NIKKI ROWELL,

JUUL Labs has since responded to our story published in print and online. Their statement is in the story below.

 

Local school officials and parents are working to fight the vaping epidemic that is sweeping the nation.


News Briefs

Spillway Road Project

Work is slated to begin soon to improve traffic at the intersection of Spillway Road and Northshore Parkway/Old Fannin Road.

The long-term goal is to ease traffic at the busy intersection, which has approximately 30,000 vehicles using it daily.




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Gerrymandered

We don’t know that Mississippi Senate District 22, even with its majority-black voting-age population, is racially gerrymandered, as federal Judge Carlton Reeves has ruled. We do know that it’s politically gerrymandered.



Bills calling for transparency in communications spending die in legislative committees

By ANTHONY WARREN,

County leaders’ calls for more transparency in state emergency communications spending have so far gone unheeded by the Mississippi Legislature.

Bills that would have brought more oversight to the state CMRS board died in House and Senate committees.




Film incentives are a losing deal for the taxpayers

By BRETT KITTREDGE,

The prospect of a movie star eating at a local restaurant or a movie being filmed in your home town is appealing to most people. Yet it shouldn’t be funded by taxpayers.

Mississippi is one of the numerous states that offer taxpayer-funded film incentives to Hollywood producers in an attempt to have movies shot in the Magnolia State.



The cowboys need some help

By LOTTIE BOGGAN,

I can’t carry a tune in a lard bucket, but on this day I could almost hum, same song, second verse in perfect voice. A group of ladies from Jackson, Ann Barksdale, Margaret Vise, Carole Kirkland, cruisemate Edrie Royals and I were on a Danube River cruise. Our ship, the Viking Jarl had docked in Kalosca,  we would be there until late evening.


Jammies

These Jackson Academy kindergarteners spent a cozy day in their Christmas pajamas recently.


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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).




Renaissance to feature new show fountain, theater and Costco

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The second and third phases of Renaissance are on track to be finished next year, complete with another show fountain and Malco theater.

The city of Ridgeland director of community development Alan Hart said, based on reports from the developer, that phase two of Renaissance should be open by summer or fall of 2019.



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Helpers

One of the founding principles of St. Richard Catholic School is the value of community. Cardinals are taught from an early age that giving back to the community is an important part of being a good citizen.


Infrastructure

Rep. Cory Wilson spoke recently to the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club on the recently concluded special legislative session that resulted in the passage of bills on state infrastructure and transportation modernization and the creation of a state lottery.


Birthdays

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School held a birthday lunch for seniors celebrating birthdays in June, July and August.


Polar inspiration

With their classmates, Jackson Academy second-grade students (from left) Carson Lester, Emily Lampton, Preston Gough, and Lillian Griner participated in activities inspired by the book The Polar Express before Christmas.


Soccer team

Members of the 2018 Jackson Prep varsity soccer team include (from left, back) Head Coach Jon Marcus Duncan, Anna Grace Morgan, Campbell Perkins, Olivia Sasser, Cassidy ZumMallen, Avery Lee, Dylan Freeman, Madeleine Black, Annie Jicka, Parker Dausman, Dylan Burkhalter, Coach Kaylie Reeves, Coach TJay Busin; (middle row) Ramsay Jeffreys, Sarah C



Sports talk

Rick Cleveland, sports columnist with Mississippi Today spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at a recent meeting.


Most talented

Jackson Prep recently held its Precis Pageant. Students voted Most Talented were (from left) Meriwether Marchetti and Charlie Davis.


Soccer signing

Madison Central High School senior Connor Henderson has signed to play soccer in the fall at Millsaps College. Shown are (standing) Madison Central Head Soccer Coach Cecil Hinds; (from left, sitting) Terri, Connor and Wes Henderson.


Apple snacks

Madison Ridgeland Academy second-graders snacked on apples to end their study of Johnny Appleseed. Shown are (from left) Campbell Breckenridge, Fenley Bowie, Adelyn Donahue, Joshua Snowdy and Sidney Doty.

 


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Social

Kindergarteners (from left) Jaycee Baker, Paylor Jordan, Lucy Hines, Hart Noblitt and Carter Haralson recently dressed for their hundredth day of school at Jackson Academy.