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Leslie Evalyn Hodge

Leslie Evalyn Hodge, 51, of New Orleans passed away at home on August 16, 2019.  Born in Augusta, Georgia to Jo Dent and Elbert “Cliff” Hodge, Leslie grew up in Oxford, Mississippi.  After moving to Jackson, Mississippi, Leslie graduated from St.



Northside Drive repaving to begin

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Monday, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced that repaving is expected to begin on Northside Drive between State Street and I-55/Frontage Road.  The $2.4 million project has been made possible through the 1% Sales Tax Commission and funding made available to the Mississippi Department of Transportation by the Federal Highway




Traveling man

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Madison county leader and family enjoys exploring europe in addition to snow skiing out west.

From the sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains, Trey Baxter is ensuring his family sees it all.


Dr. Waymond Lee Rone

Waymond Lee Rone died August 19, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. Just two weeks earlier he had been enjoying the salt air and sea breezes in his garden at Perdido Key, Florida. Many called him Dr. Rone, Wayne, and Daddy, but his grandchildren called him Poppy.


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Tags and flags: the good, the bad and the ugly

By ELIZABETH QUINN,

In these divided times we live in, I hope we can agree on a couple of things: fat babies are the cutest babies, videos of people falling or being scared by loved ones on the internet are life-giving, none of us actually know how to navigate the roundabout in Ridgeland, people who unpack all their bags and complete the laundry cycle that ensues



Honor Roll JACKSON PREP

The Jackson Preparatory School fourth term honor roll includes

Sixth Grade

Head of School’s List: Allie Landry, Parker Puckett, Barron Vance;

Faculty List : Bailey Blount, Brantley Denson, Charlie Faulk, Claiborne Perry, Haley Yelverton;



Regions Bank

By ROBERT LEARD,

It may be hard to believe. But it happens. Entirely too much.

In one case, an elderly bank customer receives a call from someone posing as his son-in-law. The caller says he’s in jail and needs help. He tells the elderly man someone will pick him up and take him to a bank so the man can withdraw money to cover bail.



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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.




Growing Pains

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Decade later Germantown Middle School doubles enrollment

When Germantown Middle School opened its doors 10 years ago, there were 470 students enrolled and 40 faculty and staff members.




Lack of action results in loss of 34,000 library books

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Inaction by library officials has resulted in the loss of approximately 34,000 books at the now defunct Charles Tisdale Library. The books were destroyed by black mold.

Meanwhile, any hopes of cleaning the collection were dashed recently, when an insurance claim filed to cover the books’ restoration costs was denied.



Bramlett on role as district attorney

John K. Bramlett Jr. was recently appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant as District Attorney for the 20th Circuit Court District, which includes Madison and Rankin counties. He replaces Michael Guest, who was elected to the U.S. Congress. Bramlett has served as an assistant district attorney in the 20th Circuit Court District since 2015.


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Wireless

Hu Meena, President/CEO of C Spire, was a recent speaker to the Rotary Club of Jackson. Shown are (from left) President Neddie Winters, Meena, and Brooks Buchanan, former club president.


Mississippi blues

John Noblin, race director for the Mississippi Blues Marathon, spoke recently to the Rotary Club of North Jackson about the next running of the marathon, scheduled for January 27. Headed into its 11th year and with a new title sponsor in Continental Tire, the marathon has attracted runners from all 50 states and more than 15 countries.



Dying hospitals

State Auditor Stacey Pickering recently released a report that raised doubts about the survivability of at least a third of Mississippi’s 19 publicly owned rural hospitals, including Greenwood Leflore Hospital.

Tucked away in the next-to-last page of that 54-page report was a major reason these hospitals are in a financial bind.


Caleb Hernandez

Caleb Hernandez, Jackson Academy student, received the Andrew Yoste Defore Scholarship for the 2017/2018 school year, which is awarded to a rising sophomore who demonstrates the desire to unselfishly serve others, maintain high achievement in academics and activities, and is committed to a godly and healthy lifestyle.


Sow Reap Feed

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Traveling through the streets of North Jackson, you’d probably never guess that off Northside Drive a small farm is nestled in among the busy streets and all the hustle and bustle of the city.

Broadmeadow Farm is part of the organization, Sow Reap Feed, whose mission is to bring fresh, healthy produce to the food insecure in Jackson.



Girls A team

Members of the 2019 Jackson Prep Girls A Tennis Team are (from left, back) Lily Flowers, Madeleine Conerly, Mackenzie Nichols, Caroline Whitaker, Kennedy Cleveland, Head Coach Rachel Causey; (front) Anna Gibbs, Olivia Moore, Sarah Herring, Sara Scott Gideon, Madeline Claire Hughes. Not pictured: Emma Dye, Assistant Coach Gill Burke.   


Visit ag museum

First Presbyterian Day School second-graders enjoyed a field trip to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. Shown are (from left) Layne Cannada, Ellie Yerger, Leighton Marion and Avery Warf.

 



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Madison-Ridgeland Academy students who maintained the highest academic average among all sports and activities for the 2018-2019 school year were (from left) Alexandra Cullom, Nicolas Rowan, Bryce