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Book sorters

Jackson Academy students (from left) Caroline Graven, Ally Sessums, Mary Grace Downs, Mackenzie Coburn, Alice Williams, Priya Ray, and Delaney Williams helped sort books donated during the school’s recent 60th anniversary book drive.

 


The elderly

First-graders at First Presbyterian Day School dressed as “old people” for their 100th day of school celebration and enjoyed a parade around the school.



Features

Madison Ridgeland Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Students (from left) Isabelle Sandridge and Philip Short were voted Most Beautiful and Most Handsome.

 


Equestrian team honors

Members of the Jackson Academy equestrian team recently honored by the Mississippi Hunter Jumper Association for their work during the 2018 show season include (from left, back) Alex Guild, Sophie Rhoden, Ana Kelly Hontzas, Regan Felder, Reese McMichael; (front) Sophie Slade, Alden McNamara, Lily Rhoden, and Addison Armstrong.

 


A family affair

By RICK CLEVELAND - MISSISSIPPI TODAY,

SEC Coach of the Year runs in Davis family

Kermit Davis Jr. has earned Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year honors in his first season at Ole Miss. That’s a big deal – a really big deal – but SEC Coach of the Year in your first year on the job is not unprecedented.




Doctor of the day

Dr. Jessica Gordon (center), a child and adolescent psychiatrist from Ridgeland, served as Legislative Doctor of the Day at the Capitol recently. In that capacity, Dr. Gordon was available to provide emergency medical treatment to lawmakers and critical staff. Her father,  Dr.


Gateway mission

Ben Edwards, chief operating officer of Gateway Rescue Mission, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. Edwards talked about the program of work at the mission, which is to serve the “physical and spiritual” needs of the homeless by providing three daily meals, a clean bed, and counseling.


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Stan Buckley on But God Ministries

Stan Buckley is founder and director of But God Ministries in Ridgeland. The Madison resident started the group in 2011, around the time he stepped down as pastor of First Baptist Church of Jackson. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and received his Juris Doctorate from the Mississippi College School of Law.







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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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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).



Trying Again

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Michel still wants neighborhood improvement district

District 25 Sen. Walter Michel hopes the fourth time will be the charm when it comes to seeing a “neighborhood improvement district” bill passed.

The Northside senator is planning to introduce a bill creating the NIDs in the 2018 session.


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Two area high schools have started what will be an annual competition to raise money for waterfowl conservation.