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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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Warm welcome

Madison-Ridgeland Academy gears up a for new school year giving a warm welcome to new patrons during an ice cream social that was held in the newly renovated Dining Commons.


5 things you didn’t know about GINA DIAMOND

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Because of her love of cooking, she is a part of two cookbook clubs. She has lived in five states but has lived in Mississippi the longest. Before opening her shop, she served as marketing director for four different organizations. Her Italian heritage shines through when she makes her homemade ravioli, “the real way.” Her biggest hobbies c


Prep Varsity Volleyball

Members of the varsity volleyball for Jackson Prep this year are (from left, back) Coach Caitlyn Arender, Carol Currie, Julia Sumrall, Julia Zouboukos, Harper Johnson, Rebecca Burrow, Lauren Nickles, Head Coach Shelby Grace Mays; (front) Abby Huff, Brinkley Boswell, Meg Branning, Kayleigh Yung, Caroline Huff, Ann Clayton Cain.



Most Friendly

First Presbyterian Day School sixth-graders (from left) Dendy Hogan and Jake Bailey were chosen Most Friendly by their classmates for the 2018-19 school year.


Softball champs

Mississippi Motion ’02 won the 16U Softball National Championship by winning the USSSA National Championship Tournament in Fort Walton Beach. Teams from across the country participated in the tournament. Motion ’02 went 6-1 in bracket play defeating the St. Louis Pirates in a championship game thriller 7-6.



Baseball senior

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School celebrated 2018-19 Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the baseball team including Jake Mitchell (center) who is shown. with his parents (from left) Tyler, Jake, and Lindsay Mitchell.


Softball player

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated  2018-19 Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the softball team. Shown are (from left) Hannah, Hannah Clay and Burney King.


Fund the pumps

Ann Dahl makes an interesting story as a flood-control activist. It’s a role she’s taken on passionately, but quite by accident.

Dahl’s personal timing could not have been worse.


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Miss Fordice and Payne to exchange wedding vows February 23 in Vicksburg service

Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Lloyd Fordice of Vicksburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Louise Fordice, to Thomas Bruce Payne III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bruce Payne Jr. of Madison. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Governor of Mississippi, the Hon. Daniel Kirkwood Fordice Jr.




Getting Closer

By ANTHONY WARREN,

House passes Community Improvement Districts bill

Another hurdle has been cleared in an effort to make community improvement districts (CIDs) a reality.

However, the biggest obstacle – a hostile lieutenant governor’s office – remains.


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.




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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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Breaking News

Hospice Ministries of Central Mississ-ippi celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Obituaries

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

Social

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