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Anna E. (Betty) Taylor

Early Friday morning, August 9, 2019, Anna E. (Betty) Taylor of Ridgeland, MS, went to be with her Lord at the age of 97. She was born on September 19, 1921 in Steubenville, OH. She grew up in Indianapolis, IN and while attending high school she met the love of her life, William M. (Bill) Taylor.


Scholarship recipients

At Madison-Ridgeland Academy, graduates (from left) Luke Agent and Katie Morris were recipients of the Thompson Scholarship, which is based on academic ability, a good sense of humor, a sense of purpose, a pleasing demeanor, a gracious spirit, and a high regard for others.



Upswing

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Golf on the N’side growing in popularity among junior players

After plateauing in recent years, junior golf on the Northside again appears to be on the upswing.




5 things you didn’t know about Preston Derivaux

By NIKKI ROWELL,

He is the great, great, great, great grandson of the founder of Vicksburg Newitt Vick. He is a reserve deputy sheriff for Hinds County, where he has won best overall cadet and firearm excellence awards. Once he was struck by lightning, which took his hearing in one ear.  He worked as a deckhand on a tow boat on the Mississippi River. He has


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Sow Reap Feed

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Traveling through the streets of North Jackson, you’d probably never guess that off Northside Drive a small farm is nestled in among the busy streets and all the hustle and bustle of the city.

Broadmeadow Farm is part of the organization, Sow Reap Feed, whose mission is to bring fresh, healthy produce to the food insecure in Jackson.


Poetry Cafe

Fifth-grade students (from left) Julia Thompson, Ebbie Barbour, Katherine Gault, Breck Hines, Yates Elfert, Emily Martin, and Brennon Shorter read poetry aloud at a recent Jackson Academy Middle School poetry cafe event.


Catholic Charities

By KELLI LEO,

The Catholic Charities Born Free/New Beginnings community is one that provides pregnant and parenting women who are chemically dependent a new chance at life. Women come to Born Free from all over the state of Mississippi in order to give birth to chemically free babies, or to reunite with their young children as they engage in treatment.


News Briefs

Boat Ramps Opened

All boat ramps have been reopened in the Pelahatchie Bay area at the Barnett Reservoir, which have been closed since October 2018 due to the presence of the aquatic pest: giant salvinia.


The Price of Advice

By JASON BRANNING,

Jason K. Branning, CFP® is a fee-based investment adviser and financial planner with Asset Dedication, in Ridgeland. He owns Branning Wealth Management LLC and serves as a board trustee to the College Savings Mississippi 529 plans.



What am I forgetting?

By ELIZABETH QUINN,

Schedule pediatrician appointments, make haircut appointments, new shoes all around, soccer sign-ups x2, submit medical forms x3, check cafeteria accounts, schedule tumbling lessons, parent info meeting, register for gymnastics (on real computer, not mobile friendly), meet the teacher, potty-train the three-year-old in a week since I wasn’t pay


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Tiny state agency plans on issuing $895 million bond

By WYATT EMMERICH,

When a Tiny backwater state agency published a public notice in the newspaper that it planned on issuing up to $895 million in state debt, it raised some eyebrows.

The Municipal Gas Authority of Mississippi (MGAM) only has a half-dozen or so employees, but that isn’t stopping the 30-year-old agency from some whopping plans.


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.





Shut-offs

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson officials going after unpaying water customers

The new year will mean new efforts by the city of Jackson to recoup an estimated $20 million in outstanding water revenues.

The city ramped up its water shut-off efforts to recoup funds on about 20,000 delinquent accounts, according to Public Works Director Robert Miller.



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High since seventh

At the Jackson Prep ninth-grade class day, it was announced that students (from left) John Henry Andress, Lauren Noe, Kimberly Blount and Mason Nichols were on the Honor Roll 95 or above since seventh-grade.



Legislative auto drafting

Mississippi legislators don’t personally write most of the legislation to which they put their names.

How could they? With some 3,000 bills introduced each year, that would be an average of about 20 bills per lawmaker. Even those with a law degree would have a hard time drafting that many proposed laws on their own.



100th day

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.

 


Citizenship award

Jackson Academy students (from left, back) Houston Hearn, Anne Barrett Roberson, Daniel Martin, Eliza Perkins, Red Deaton; (front) Gabby Denson, Caroline Flechas, and Ian Hosch received the Citizenship Award in recognition of the respect, responsibility, and compassionate concern for others that they demonstrated throughout the 2017-2018 school


Tour mansion

The Garden Club of Madison recently enjoyed a tour by Becky Herrin of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion. Shown are (from left, back) Sheila Salyer; (middle row) Jamie Peters, Rhonda Roberts, Judy Voelker, Alexis Burkhalter, Nancy Bauman; (front) Emily Dear, Jo Ann Armato, Carol Winniford, Marianne Wilson.


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.


Move to learn

Coach Larry Calhoun recently visited First Presbyterian Day School as part of the Mississippi Department of Education and The Bower Foundation’s Move to Learn Initiative. Shown are (from left) Philip Chiasson, Calhoun, and Russell Gunn.



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Breaking News

A settlement could be on the horizon in the city of Jackson’s $225 million lawsuit against Siemens... READ MORE

Obituaries

William Morris (Bill) Yeager, 90, passed away peacefully at his home on August 13, 2019 in Jackson... READ MORE

Social

First Presbyterian Day School sixth-graders (from left) Causey Jones and Casen Macke were chosen Best Manners by their classmates.