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By ANTHONY WARREN,

Revamped Precinct Four beats result in crime downswing.

A plan implemented seven years ago to reduce crime on the Northside has apparently paid off.


Alice G. Staples

Alice G. Staples, born in Memphis, TN, died peacefully at her home in Ridgeland, surrounded by family around 5:00 PM Monday, July 15, 2019.  She was preceded  in death by her husband Tony.







New Eagle

Andy Brown (center) was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank at Troop 8’s May Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson. His Eagle Project built benches for batting cages at North Jackson Youth Baseball. He is shown with his parents Jay and Mary Tison Brown.


Poetry Cafe

Fifth-grade students (from left) Julia Thompson, Ebbie Barbour, Katherine Gault, Breck Hines, Yates Elfert, Emily Martin, and Brennon Shorter read poetry aloud at a recent Jackson Academy Middle School poetry cafe event.


The Great Kapok Tree Monkeys

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) Lily Frances Garner, Loftis Garner, Neel Boteler, and Reed Walker.


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Fireworks to fill Northside skies at Independence Day celebrations

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The sky will be bright with fireworks as Fourth of July celebrations kick off this weekend.

So, don your red, white and blue and all things star spangled and head out to one of the various Independence Day events across North Jackson and south Madison County.

There is something for everyone to enjoy in true patriotic fashion.




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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.


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.


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All together

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Early Childhood Center students enjoyed the first day of school and meeting Head of School Tom Sheppard. Shown are (from left) Sheppard, Zuri Abston, Cenae Rogers, and Carrington King.


Quizbowl team

Jackson Academy students (from left) Ty Usey, Miles Johnson, Courtney Francois, David Moulder III, Lily Grace Thigpen, Lucy Clement and Anna Katherine Ray represented the school at a Quizbowl competition hosted by Mississippi College.

 


Faux finishing

Guest speaker for a recent luncheon meeting of the Welcome Neighbor Club was Virginia Weathersby, who presented a program on faux finishing. Shown are (from left) Darlene Roberts, program chairman for Welcome Neighbor, Weathersby and her mother Lavonne Burney.

 



Dr. Jim Moore

BCBA-D, director of Autism Solutions for Canopy Children’s Solutions, has been elected to serve as a member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) board of directors. Each member of the 11-person board is elected to serve three years and includes leading experts in behavior analysis from across the globe.


Upper school

Jackson Academy students (from left) Hannah Hardee, Anna Katherine Ray, and Grace Owens entered their sophomore year in the upper school recently.


NUTCRACKER

First Presbyterian Day School students who were in Ballet Mississippi’s production of the “Nutcracker” include (from left, back) Carolyn George, Helen Fulcher, Fran Gregory, Ellen Morgan, McClain Morgan, Elizabeth Sweat, Anne Melton Hewitt, Raney Hogan; (second row) Emma Shay, Olivia Mitchell, Deviney Claire McElven, Caroline Conner, Isabella B


Robotics

Representatives from a wireless network recently spoke to Madison Ridgeland Academy’s middle school Robotics Club. They brought their robot Pepper for the students to enjoy. Shown are (from left) Rocco Universal, Jack Polles, Jackson Toler, Barr Biggs, Wilkes Johnson and Landry Horn.

 


Rotary speaker

The Rotary Club of Jackson welcomed Royal Walker Jr., executive director at United Healthcare Community Health Plans of Mississippi and Louisiana as a recent speaker. The focus of Walker’s presentation was about Medicare part C and the Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans.



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