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Scholarship recipients

At Madison-Ridgeland Academy, graduates (from left) Luke Agent and Katie Morris were recipients of the Thompson Scholarship, which is based on academic ability, a good sense of humor, a sense of purpose, a pleasing demeanor, a gracious spirit, and a high regard for others.


Upswing

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Golf on the N’side growing in popularity among junior players

After plateauing in recent years, junior golf on the Northside again appears to be on the upswing.





Anna E. (Betty) Taylor

Early Friday morning, August 9, 2019, Anna E. (Betty) Taylor of Ridgeland, MS, went to be with her Lord at the age of 97. She was born on September 19, 1921 in Steubenville, OH. She grew up in Indianapolis, IN and while attending high school she met the love of her life, William M. (Bill) Taylor.


Bluntson Award

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School celebrated the Fourth Grade Crossing Service. At the closing lower school service of the 2018-19 school year, rising fifth graders received their certificates signifying successful completion of the fourth grade, and special recognition was given to those students who received awards for individual accomplishment.


5 things you didn’t know about Preston Derivaux

By NIKKI ROWELL,

He is the great, great, great, great grandson of the founder of Vicksburg Newitt Vick. He is a reserve deputy sheriff for Hinds County, where he has won best overall cadet and firearm excellence awards. Once he was struck by lightning, which took his hearing in one ear.  He worked as a deckhand on a tow boat on the Mississippi River. He has



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Recognized

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School middle school students were recently recognized for their accomplishments at the final assembly of the school year. Shown are (from left) recipients of The Head of School Award Lydia Foster, Adrienne Tanaka, Gabriella Zevallos, and Head of School Tom Sheppard.


French exam honors

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2019 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments. Students honored for high achievements on the National French Exam are (from left) Jory Tanaka, Dami Oluwatade, Rhodes Pharr, Khushi Patel, Anna Buckley, Betsy Burrow, and Jacob McGrath.


Corporate subsidy bidding wars

Although the bidding wars for the Amazon headquarters attracted great attention due to its sheer size, hundreds of smaller, secret subsidy auctions take place throughout the country every year. Incentives for such deals are embedded in the tax code in every state.


Max Harmon

Max Harmon, a Jackson Academy graduate, will play football at the University of West Alabama, a member of the Gulf South Conference in NCAA Division II, located in Livingston, Ala.




Pizza makers

First grade students at First Presbyterian Day School held their annual pizza making party during the 2018-19 year. Participating were  (from left) Jack Gray, Caroline Lowry, Cohen Taylor, Jane Marie Johnston, Cameron Queen, and Katie Adeline Suggs.


Refill Jackson

The Rotary Club of Jackson was presented a program by Jordan Butler, Emily Stansfield and Jeff Good. Butler is the project manager of the Refill Jackson Café initiative. Refill Jackson Initiative empowers young adults, ages 18 to 24 to be better equipped, and motivated to enter into, navigate, and stay in the workforce.



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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.


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PTO BOARD

The Madison Central High School 2018-2019 PTO Board includes members (from left, back) Bonney Henderson, Holly Dean, Dara Bariola, Liz Howell Pritchard, Beth Embry; (sixth row) Tammy Barham, Jessica Lewis, Erin Barbour, DeAnne Walburg , Karen Falgout, Bridget Chisolm, Julia Bruce, Mandy Walters; (fifth row) Amy Watson, Karen Evans, Mac Brown, H


STAR students

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School has four STAR Students in the Class of 2019. Sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. Swayze Foundation, the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program was established in an effort to encourage scholastic achievement among the state’s high school students. St.


High since seventh

At the Jackson Prep ninth-grade class day, it was announced that students (from left) John Henry Andress, Lauren Noe, Kimberly Blount and Mason Nichols were on the Honor Roll 95 or above since seventh-grade.




Legislative auto drafting

Mississippi legislators don’t personally write most of the legislation to which they put their names.

How could they? With some 3,000 bills introduced each year, that would be an average of about 20 bills per lawmaker. Even those with a law degree would have a hard time drafting that many proposed laws on their own.



Tour mansion

The Garden Club of Madison recently enjoyed a tour by Becky Herrin of the Mississippi Governor’s Mansion. Shown are (from left, back) Sheila Salyer; (middle row) Jamie Peters, Rhonda Roberts, Judy Voelker, Alexis Burkhalter, Nancy Bauman; (front) Emily Dear, Jo Ann Armato, Carol Winniford, Marianne Wilson.


A family affair

By RICK CLEVELAND - MISSISSIPPI TODAY,

SEC Coach of the Year runs in Davis family

Kermit Davis Jr. has earned Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year honors in his first season at Ole Miss. That’s a big deal – a really big deal – but SEC Coach of the Year in your first year on the job is not unprecedented.


Civilian service

Families First for Mississippi’s Co-Director Dr. Nancy New was recently presented the Mississippi Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the second highest award granted by Gov. Phil Bryant and Adjutant General Janson Boyles to civilian personnel.


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Breaking News

A settlement could be on the horizon in the city of Jackson’s $225 million lawsuit against Siemens... READ MORE

Obituaries

William Morris (Bill) Yeager, 90, passed away peacefully at his home on August 13, 2019 in Jackson... READ MORE

Social

First Presbyterian Day School sixth-graders (from left) Causey Jones and Casen Macke were chosen Best Manners by their classmates.