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Construction ‘full-tilt boogie’ on Costco project alderman says

Work on the Ridgeland Costco finally appears to be moving forward, thanks to several weeks of dry weather.

“They’ve been going full-tilt boogie to get the gas station opened by January and the store opened by March 1,” said Ward One Alderman Ken Heard. “They’ve been going strong since it got dried out.”






Judge, sheriff issue statement in Madison County consent decree

By NIKKI ROWELL,

On October 9, Judge Carlton Reeves entered an Order approving the Consent Decree in Brown v. Madison County, a lawsuit brought by the law firm Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi and the ACLU, which alleged racially motivated policing by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.






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Excell

Madison-Ridgeland Academy’s students find themselves nearly half-way through the semester and excelling in more ways than one. Friendships, studies, and extracurricular activities are just a few areas where these girls find themselves thriving.





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.



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Broadway camp

Students  who participated in New Stage’s Broadway Junior Camp for ages 11-18 included (from left, back) Darby Frost, Brian Stallings, Lauren Hite, and Timothy Magee; (fourth row) Avery Stallings, Anabel Morgan, Lucas Morrisey, Meagan Fuller; (third row) Theo Cooper, Georgia Conrad, Nicholas Sivak, Hart Jefferson, Mattie Ellis, Jeffrey Corneliu


Vaping crisis speaker

The Rotary Club of Jackson was recently presented a program by Sandra Shelson, executive director, Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi. Shelson has been a member of the Rotary Club of Jackson since 2013. She talked about the latest crisis in the health of our children “vaping”, specifically e-cigarettes.


News Briefs

Belhaven CID

Belhaven is getting ever closer to establishing the city of Jackson’s first community improvement district, or CID.

The Greater Belhaven Foundation (GBF) recently submitted its draft petition for review by the city clerk and city legal department.


Carnival plans

The Jackson Academy Carnival will take place on Tuesday, October 22 from 5-8 p.m. at the school’s main campus. The carnival is one of the primary fund-raisers for the Jackson Academy Association and is one of the oldest and largest fall festivals in the metro area.



Gallery Guild lecture

Current officers and past presidents of Gallery Guild met to plan this fall’s lecture featuring Maureen Footer, renowned design historian and author of “Dior and His Decorators.”  The lecture is set for October 8. at the Mississippi Museum of Art.


Read 50 books

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School students are challenged every year to read 50 books the summer before starting 1st grade. These books can be read independently, with someone, or can be read to the student. The goal of this challenge is to keep kids reading over the summer and to instill a love of literacy and an interest in reading.


JA pep rally

Ready to perform at Jackson Academy’s middle school Western-themed pep rally are (from back, left) Lilly Gebhart, Mary Elizabeth Seward, Gracie Drew Pratt, Mary Manning Farese, Kendall Ross, Farrah Wilson, Abby Fielder, Amelia Dare Bowman, Isabella Conn, Vivian Baker; (front) Mary Elise Lowe, Emma Duncan Hogue, Reese McMichael, Abbi Mims, Grayc


King of the Court

River Hills Tennis Club crowned a new king, Cory Vincent, who received a large undisclosed sum for his conquest. King of the Court money winners this season are (from left) Ike Aultman, Chuck Goldberg, Lawrence Deas, Ken Causey, Cory Vincent (King of the Court), David Marchetti, Paul Moore.



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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.


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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The Montessori Academy of Jackson recently celebrated World Peace Day.  Participating were (from left) Lincoln Songcharoen, John Hudson Abel, Jake Aldy, Emmerson Laschanzky, Blue Harper Mitchel, R