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Friendliest

Jackson Prep recently held its Precis Pageant. Students voted Friendliest Girl and Boy were (from left) Maggie Waller and Will Jones.

 


Fun times

Covenant Presbyterian preschoolers enjoying play together are (from left) Susannah Jones, Sophia Morris, Millie Ruth Tisdale, Lynlee Newman, and Stella McArthur.

 


Jewelry makers

First Presbyterian Day School kindergartners made necklaces out of items they had counted and sorted on the 100th day of school. Shown are (from left) Mary Douglas Druey, Ford Collins, and Conley Mae Benson. 

 


Elvira visits

K4 students at First Presbyterian Day School had a special visit from “Elvira Tootlebug” on their 100th day of school. Shown are (from left, back) Waverly Strange, Lofton Meeks, Lewis Grubbs, Hutson Hontzas, “Tootlebug”, William McNeer, Allegra Browne, Isabella Bean; (front) Beau Wright, Oliver Davis, and Cali Young.

 

 


Senior night

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the football team, spirit squads, and band. Shown are (from left) Stephanie, Jake and Ken Bryson. 

 


Gray team

Jackson Prep’s seventh-grade boys basketball gray team members include (from left, back) Austin Craft, Cooper Walters, Hayden Frazure, Micah Stallworth, Gage Liston; (front) Barton Lampton, Henry Dawkins, Cooper McCearley, Will Gideon.

 


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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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Civilian service

Families First for Mississippi’s Co-Director Dr. Nancy New was recently presented the Mississippi Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the second highest award granted by Gov. Phil Bryant and Adjutant General Janson Boyles to civilian personnel.



Volleyball at Southern

Madison Central High School senior Hallie Phelan has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of Southern Mississippi. Shown are (from left, standing) Madison Central Head Volleyball Coach Valerie Thames, Assistant Volleyball Coach Brian Hazelwood; (seated) Jim, Hallie, Natalie and Stephanie Phelan.

 



Ten years of service

Annandale Chapter Regent Debbie Cannon (right) presented Lois Cooker (left) with a “Years of Service” Certificate.  She has been an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for 10 years.

 


Mission project

Students at First Presbyterian Day School raised almost $16,000 for Mission First, the school’s adopted mission project for the 2017-2018 school year.



Teacher pay raises

A Mississippi House committee this week passed a bill that would raise teacher pay by $500 for each of the next two school years.

If the proposal becomes law, the starting pay for a teacher with a bachelor’s degree would increase by $1,000, to $35,390 in 2020.


Back in school

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently began the 2018-19 school year. Middle school students enjoying the first day are (from left) Lauren Balfour, Saanvy Patel, and Jasper Jones.



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Social

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