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Richard Ward Dortch

Richard Ward Dortch, lifelong resident of Jackson, Mississippi, died peacefully on September 18, 2019 following a brief illness. Because of his tall stature and playful nature, younger generations called him “Big Richard,” and even younger ones shortened the nickname to simply “Big.” He was 83.


Mission trip talk

The Rotary Club of Jackson welcomed Glenn Helman and Bill Walker from District 6820 as they discussed the works of Rotary in Mexico. Shown are (from left) District 6820 Governor Mark Fields; Lee Duddleston; Janet Scott, Rotary Club of Jackson president; Helman; and Walker.






Tempest in teapot

Jim Hood’s investigation into Tate Reeves’ alleged arm-twisting to try to get the taxpayers to fund an access road into his gated community might be fodder for some commercials.

As a campaign bombshell, however, in the governor’s race between the two, it largely fizzled.



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Clifford Macgowan III

Clifford Macgowan III was born on June 22, 1949, in Jackson, Mississippi, the elder son of Thelma Thompson Macgowan (T) and Clifford Macgowan, Jr., (Kip).  On August 16, 2019, he met his Maker following an 18-month battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.


Can a lobbyist tell the truth?

By WILLIAM JEANS,

Forgive me if I do not run into my front yard shouting hosannas to Jackson’s mayor for his courageous stand against carbon. If you saw Ms. Dominika Parry’s column in the Northside Sun’s July 25th edition, you know that she considers Mayor Chockwe Antar Lumumba to be Rushmore-worthy because he supports H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation Act.


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Appeals Process Easier

­Appealing overly high water bills and potential water shut-offs will soon be easier, thanks to a recent vote by the Jackson City Council.

The council approved an ordinance to streamline its water bill appeals process.


Rev. Dr. Ruth Wallace Black

Dr Ruth Wallace Black, 79, died Friday August, 23, 2019 at Hospice Ministries. A third generation Jacksonian, Dr. Black earned her baccalaureate degree at Belhaven University and language certificates at both the British Institute in London and the Alliance Française in Paris.


Prison disaster

Of all the major issues being discussed in this year’s statewide campaigns, one that is largely being neglected is Mississippi’s prison system.

It is a disaster.



Patriot Pride dance team

The Madison-Ridgeland Academy Patriot Pride dance team attended UDA camp at Mississippi State University. Laura Lee Boyles, Mae Correro, Haleigh Hall, Lauren Head, Leigh Tucker, and Emory Ware were selected as All-American dancers.



Northside Drive repaving to begin

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Monday, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced that repaving is expected to begin on Northside Drive between State Street and I-55/Frontage Road.  The $2.4 million project has been made possible through the 1% Sales Tax Commission and funding made available to the Mississippi Department of Transportation by the Federal Highway



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NewSouth NeuroSpine

By DR. RAHUL VOHRA,

“The DEA is on the phone.” Those are words you really never want to hear. To my relief the call wasn’t about my practice. The next week I found myself meeting with two United States District attorneys as well as DEA agents. I was asked to be an expert in a case against two pain specialists in Alabama.


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.




Beemon Drugs closing

Beemon Drugs Owner Lester Hailey has announced that the iconic North Jackson drug store will be closing on June 25. 

A notice was posted at the Maywood Mart institution today. 

The store, which has been a staple on the Northside for years, is known for providing home delivery of medications to customers. 






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State development

Brian Pugh, deputy executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) spoke recently to the Metro Jackson Lions Club. Pugh spoke about the organization and its efforts to bring new development and businesses to the state. Shown are (from left) Lion Harold Neal and Pugh.


Guillot fellows

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently announced 15 students as the 2018-19 Guillot Global Fellows. Established in 2010 by Creath Louis Guillot ’75, the Guillot endowment provides grants to upper school students for service-oriented international travel.



Deja vu

There was no way that Donald Trump’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would live up to the U.S. president’s hype.


Opioids

Phyllis Polk Johnson MSN, RN, FNP-BC, a member of the Governor’s Opioid Task Force was a recent speaker for the Rotary Club of Jackson. Johnson discussed the rise in the abuse of heroin because of the availability of the drug, the inexpensive cost and the similar affects to prescription narcotics.


Win award

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the lower school’s closing chapel, during which rising fifth-graders received certificates signifying successful completion of the fourth grade.



Birthday reading

First Presbyterian Day School preschool students enjoy welcoming their parents to read on their birthdays. Shown are (from left)John Eric, Deedee, and Jane Hester.


Senior homecoming

Germantown High School homecoming court 2018 includes senior maids (from left) Anjelica Channa, Emme Walker, Maggie Robinson, Grayson Amis, Hailey Soper, Madison Smith, Lauren James and Haley Grace Allen.


Sing anything

Music —listening to it and making it—has the ability to unlock human potential, even when normal forms of communication have been altered. This is particularly true and well-documented in those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.


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Friend’s move inspires Abby McCaughan award-winning choreography.

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Jackson Academy’s Summer Care students celebrated the Fourth of July with a dress-up day and parade.