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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.



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Medical marijuana ballot initiative signatures submitted

Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted 105,686 certified signatures from registered voters to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, placing medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot. [Steve Wilson]


Back at it

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School eighth graders enjoying the first day of school are (from left) Lauryn Chambers, Madison Cox, Casey Young, Micah Davis, Isabel Mitchell, Jennifer Chen, Jessica Livingston, and Hannah Moore.


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Cougars in Mississippi?

Northsider Jeff Bonner shared this photo of a Mississippi cougar with us. It came courtesy of his friend, Clarksdale dentist Bill Wilson, who took the photo from the window of his office at 850 North DeSoto in Clarksdale.




Still a Threat

By ANTHONY WARREN,

N’siders learn no vaccine but good treatments for West Nile.

Brenda and Jim McIntyre are busy Northsiders, and by all accounts healthy for their age. 

The two own their own business, The Complete Flag Source, and work six days a week, often 10 hours or more.


Reservoir officials battling to remove dangerous rebar placed in water

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) officials are at a loss as to how they can prevent reservoir visitors from placing steel reinforcement rods, or rebar, in the water.

The pieces of rebar jutting out of the water are hard to spot, putting Barnett Reservoir users in danger of damaging their watercrafts or getting hurt.


a conversation with Lumumba on People’s Advocacy Institute

Rukia Lumumba is executive director of the People’s Advocacy Institute in downtown Jackson. She is a graduate of Tougaloo College and holds a law degree from Howard University. Lumumba recently spoke to Sun Senior Staff Writer Anthony Warren about the institute and an initiative its working on to address crime in Jackson.



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Soccer camp

Jackson Academy students (from left) Cole Caraway, Andrew Baquie, Londyn Dorsey, Olivia Salvo, Richard Sumrall, Alex Patterson, and soccer coach Phillip Buffington recently participated in a summer soccer camp led by Buffington.


Earning rank

Thomas Wasson (center) was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank at Troop 8’s February Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson. His Eagle Project benefitted the Mississippi Natural Science Museum. Wasson joins more than 600 Eagle Scouts from Troop 8 since 1921. He is shown with his parents Tara and Gene Wasson.


The Great Kapok Tree Reptiles

St. Richard 3rd Grade Students presented a play based on the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry while studying biomes. Students created the set and their costumes for the play based on their research of plants and animals in the Amazon Rainforest. Shown (from left) Susie Steckler, Zuri Hays, John Brody Fournet, and James Harris.


Organ systems

Presenting on the digestive system in Jackson Academy’s fifth-grade science class are (from left) Elizabeth Hosey, Rimes Dehmer and Maya Turner.

 


Entourage

Madison Middle School presented “Aladdin, Jr.”  as their fall schoolwide musical.  Students were chosen by audition for roles as the cast and dancers. Sixth-grade choir students sang as the chorus, while others assisted with sets, and former students served as crew.




5th Grade Duke Talent Search

During the 2018-19 school year then fifth graders at Mannsdale Upper Elementary participated in the Duke Talent Search. They included (from left, back) (Emiliano Valdez, Lucy Jones, Morghan Thompson; (middle row) Sahadev Vadlani, Beau Brogdon, Addisyn Brister; and  (front) Lilly Thomas, Jerry Purnell and Taij Sukhbaatar


Cheers

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the football team, spirit squads, and band. Shown are (from left) Marsha, Logan and Brent Wood.


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Leslie Lampton’s life showed value of free enterprise

By WYATT EMMERICH,

Within the span of a couple of weeks, the Northside lost the patriarch and matriarch of one of our most prominent families, the Lamptons.

Leslie B. Lampton was founder of Ergon, which has 2,600 employees in Mississippi, 29 other states, and several other countries. Dorothy Lee Crum Lampton was his wife for 69 years.


James McGowan retiring

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Former Precinct Four Cmdr. James McGowan is retiring after 27 years with the Jackson Police Department.

McGowan previously headed up the North Jackson precinct before being promoted to district commander under former Police Chief Lee Vance.

On Monday, McGowan announced he was retiring on a social media post.








Watters honored for contributions

Betti Watters was the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter.

This award goes to Mississippi NASW members who have made significant contributions to the field of professional social work throughout their professional careers in Mississippi.


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Breaking News

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

Obituaries

Richard Ward Dortch, lifelong resident of Jackson, Mississippi, died peacefully on September 18,... READ MORE

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