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Emory Ware

Emory Ware, an 11th-grader at Madison Ridgeland Academy has been selected as Madison County’s 2020 Distinguished Young Woman.


Running club

Jackson Academy fourth grade students who ran 100 miles or more in Running Club this year were (from left, back) Elizabeth Wells, Brianna Wang, Adrianna Wang, Walter Towery, Vaiden Taylor, Sam Smith, Liam Spratlin; (second row) Ellie Seago, Mary Madison New, James Ogden, Mikhaden Peters, Avery Pickering, Meridith Ray, Jack Satcher; (front) Barr


March madness

Celebrating March Madness with a college-themed dress day at Jackson Academy were middle school students (from left) Avery Brooks, Mary Peyton Barnette, Mary Will Sykes, Win Hooker, Emory Young, Will Graven, Tad Carpenter, Winston James Thompson, Gray Glaze, Turner Denton, Mary Hampton Walker, Kendall Edmonson and Virginia Browning.



Friendliest

Jackson Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Voted Friendliest were (from left) Avery Hederman and Johnny Carpenter.



Field outing

The Garden Club of Madison was recently treated to a day at the Dunhopen Farm of Kay Van Skiver in Canton to enjoy her raised flower gardens and vegetables plus donkeys, horses and chickens.



Garrett Johnson

Garrett Johnson, Madison Central student, took home first place ($500) and the Innovation Award ($500) for the Helping Hands plate for amputees at the Southern Entrepreneurship Program’s 12th annual State Business Competition.


Famous Mississippians

Fourth-graders at First Presbyterian Day School participated in their annual Famous Mississippians Parade. Shown are (from left) Aili Leggett, Allie Shay, Sophia French, Mary Hollis Maddux, Leighton Myrick, Aubrey Bailey, Laila LaFontaine and Maggie Rich.


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Renaissance construction

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Construction is on track for the second and third phases of Renaissance, complete with a show fountain and Malco theater.

Phase two of Renaissance is projected to be complete sometime this summer or early fall.

The Costco portion of phase three and four should be complete by next summer.





Ridgewood Road blocked by tree

By ANTHONY WARREN,

All four lanes of Ridgewood Road are blocked, just in time for school to let out.

A tree fell down, blocking all four lanes near Ridgewood Road and Northside Drive, as a result of today’s storms.

Power lines and other utilities were taken out with the fall. Vehicles were being forced to turn around, and all lanes were blocked.



Riverside project stymied by lack of funding and unforeseen issues

Four years after it was approved by Jackson’s one-percent oversight commission, the Riverside Drive Reconstruction Project has yet to get off the drawing board.

Part of the reason is the city is still determining how to pay for it. Part of it is the second phase might require more work than initially expected.


Gluckstadt faces more opposition to becoming state's newest city

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The legal battle over Gluckstadt incorporation wages on, as the city of Canton has filed a cross appeal against the 2018 jurisdictional ruling and the 2019 final decree granting incorporation. 

A local business owner, Ron Hutchinson, also filed an appeal before the 10-day appeals window closed on April 22.


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Helps the House

Havens Smith (right) recently served as a page for the Mississippi House of Representatives. Smith is the daughter of Cassie and Carter Smith and attends Jackson Preparatory School.  She is also the granddaughter of Gwen and T.J. Anderson of Jackson and Dot and Briggs Smith of Batesville.


Senior beauties and beaus

Madison Central High School’s senior beauty and beau winners are (from left, back) Walker Ashworth, Reed Collins, Harrison Scott, Alex Walters, Noah Jolly, Jack Barr, Jacob Saxton, Russell Bishop, Zechariah Davis, Jake Stanard; (front) Cameron Rogillio, Tyler Pitts, Mallory Walker, Victoria Stevens, Vertreace Sanders, Joree Rose, Mallory Dale,


Honored

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s basketball teams recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing seniors on the teams and their families. Shown are (from left) Kelly, Olivia and Shannon Hardwick.


Most artistic

Jackson Prep recently held its Precis Pageant. Students voted Most Artistic were (from left) Eleanor Baker and Jonathan Booker.

 


Wittiest

Jackson Prep recently held its Precis Pageant. Students voted Wittiest Girl and Boy were (from left) Annie Rogers and Will Gage.


KING OF THE COURT

River Hills Tennis Club has two new Kings of the Court , a tie: Patrick Floyd (wearing crown) and Rob Thomas (third from left). Other money winners are (from left) Miles Marcus, Hunter Lee, Rob Thomas, Shane Kellum, Hugh Trussell, King Patrick and Sudha Madakasira.


Spirit night

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Lower School Spirit Night at the Saints’ football game versus Velma Jackson. Shown are (from left) Anna Clay Wadlington, Miley Ray, and Mary Oliver Wadlington.

 


Historical fiction

Jackson Academy students (from left) Annie Craig, Barron Mosal, Sarah Kathryn Williams, and Liam Spratlin recently authored works of historical fiction about President Abraham Lincoln.

 


Baroque ensemble concert continues group’s tradition of outstanding performances

By MAX GARRIOTT,

More Mississippians need to discover one of the state’s “best-kept secrets,” the Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music (MA’AM), which continues to outdo itself in bringing the top world-class performers of medieval, Renaissance, baroque and early classical music to various venues in central Mississippi.


DAR conference

The Mississippi State Society Colonial Dames XVII Century held its 55th annual State Conference recently at the Holiday Inn Trustmark Park.


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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.





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.





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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Breaking News

Mississippi State, Ole Miss top choices for Northside graduates

The numbers are in, and... READ MORE


Obituaries

Betty McCarty Edwards, age 96, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2019 at St. Catherine’s... READ MORE


Social

Jackson Prep Chi Alpha Mu 2019 members include (from left, back) Will Skipper, Sam Stogner, Jackie Chen, Harrison Jones, William Walker, Maddox Noe, Walker Headley, Jeffrey Jordan, George Pittman,