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No Relief

By ANTHONY WARREN,

No raise again for beleaguered Jackson Police Department.

Jackson has lost 86 police officers in the last year. Even so, a pay raise likely won’t be on tap for Jackson’s finest as part of next year’s budget.

The Jackson City Council is expected to vote on the city’s 2020 fiscal year budget today, Thursday, September 12.





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Desoto key to runoff

The runoff for the Republican nomination governor was already bound to be interesting: Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a leader of the legislative branch, vs. Bill Waller Jr., the former leader of the state’s judicial branch.



Confederate heroes

The W. D. Holder Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Jefferson Davis Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans held a joint Confederate Heroes Luncheon recently at a local restaurant.  Guest speaker was the Rev. Glenn Shows, who presented a program on “Battle of Cotton Bales at Red Lick, MS on July 4, 1864”.






Ann Reese McDonnieal

Ann Reese McDonnieal of Jackson passed away on August 29, 2019. Visitation will be held at noon on September 4 with the funeral following at 2:00 p.m. at Northminster Baptist Church. The daughter of Raymond Leslie Reese and Mary Eunice Barton Reese, Ann McDonnieal was born in Ruston, Louisiana in 1927.


Citizenship Award

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School middle school students were recently recognized for their accomplishments at the final assembly of the school year. Recipients of The Citizenship Award are (from left) John William Walker, Andrew Gordon, and Friend Walker.


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silver steppers

Jackson Academy’s Silver Steppers for the 2019-2020 season are (from left, back) Vivien Stevens, Blair Wilson, Enisha Shelton, Mya Coins, Eliza Perkins, Caroline Bennett, Sophie Rhoden, Hayes Tharp, Elizabeth Copeland, Anna Lauren Parker, Avery Brooks; (middle row) Molly Baldwin, Kate Frost, Olivia Smith, Landry Lester, Mae Mathison, Anna Marga


Grace Lynnley Miller

Grace Lynnley Miller, a recent homeschool graduate, was awarded a President’s Gold Scholarship from Baylor University in Waco. She will be enrolled at Baylor in their Honors College majoring in classical studies. She also received one of the two  Christian Home Educators Connection (CHEC) Matthew 5:16 Scholarships awarded yearly.


Safety patrol

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School lower school students enjoyed serving as the carpool safety patrol on the first day of school. They included (from left) Gigi Adams, Ella Johnson, and Bess Borne.


Rotary speaker

The Rotary Club of North Jackson recently heard a talk on Lake Okhissa Project of the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance in Franklin County from member and architect Jack Allin (right) and businessman Wade Creekmore (center).


Opioid epidemic program

John A. Meynardie, (right) assistant U.S. attorney, criminal division, Southern District of Mississippi, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson. The program was on the opioid epidemic in Mississippi. Shown are (from left) Daren LaMarca, Mike Dawkins, and Meynardie.


Shares story

The Rotary Club of Jackson welcomed Hezekiah Watkins with the Freedom Riders to a recent meeting. He has written about the experience in his book. However, he shared part of his story with club members. In 1961, the Freedom Riders came to Jackson.  Watkins was a 13-year-old boy at Rowan Junior High and was told to avoid the situtation.


James P. “Jim” Spell

James P. “Jim” Spell, MD, the son of Jay P. Spell and Corinne Kervin Spell, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at his home in Oxford. He was 89 years of age. The cause of death was complications of Parkinson’s Disease and cancer. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 11:00 A.M.



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Glenn Cain scholars

Jackson Academy students (from left) Isabelle Lee, Avery Hederman, and Anna Roberson received the Glenn Cain scholarship, which was established in honor of the third headmaster of JA, Glenn Cain. The scholarship is based on academic performance, school citizenship and service to the institution.


Eye care

Dr. Michael Phillips spoke recently to the Metro Jackson Lions Club. Phillips, a member of the club and an opthamologist in Ridgeland, provides glasses and eye exams at cost to individuals referred to him by the club. Shown are (from left) Lions Harold Mayer and Phillips. 



run for the Brain

Planning is underway for the third annual Brawn and Bubbles Run for the Brain Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Participants may join The MIND Center and the Reservoir Fire Department of Rankin County for this sunset run along the shoreline of the Ross Barnett Reservoir.


Tailgating

Fifth-graders at First Presbyterian Day School enjoyed a tailgate party with food and fun. The students have been studying football statistics as part of their math curriculum.


Ask in gear

Amanda Fontaine presented the program “Get Your ‘ASK’ In Gear” to the Rotary Club of Jackson by presenting facts regarding the history of Rotary’s membership.



English award

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2018 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments over the course of the school year.



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Breaking News

A popular Northside park could soon be named after a late Jackson Academy student.

Obituaries

Lane Spell Rosson, 74, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at home in Ridgeland... READ MORE

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