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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.



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.





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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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




A Blue and White Night

The Jackson Academy Association (JAA) will host A Blue and White Night at the Country Club of Jackson on Saturday, August 10. The annual fundraising event brings Jackson Academy (JA) families, alumni, faculty, staff, and administration together for an evening of fellowship.



Above and beyond

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School middle school recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and support of their classmates above and beyond the call of duty as Builders of Peer Support.


Obituaries: Fact versus Fun

By DARRA WOOLMAN,

I believe obituaries should be both factual and funny. Have you ever had to write an obituary or contemplated writing your own? Historically, obituaries have only stated facts. For example Jane graduated high school from ____, college from _____, member of ____, survived by _______ and services will be held at _____.


Back to School

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Northside students preparing to return to the classrooms.

August is here, and that can only mean one thing – the first day of school for students on the Northside is right around the corner.

Thousands of students, teachers, administrators and parents are preparing for the 2019-20 academic year.


JA scholastic excellence

At Jackson Academy’s Middle School Awards Day, rising ninth graders (From left back) Cruise Nance, Thomas Antici, Bailey Berry, Jeffery Gao; (From left front) Will Graven, Bennett Weir, Sarah Clay, and Anna Lauren Parker were recognized for scholastic excellence in their work and for making significant contributions to the study of a specific s



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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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Indian heritage

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee (left) signed the National American Indian Heritage Month Proclamation for the month of November for Magnolia State Chapter, NSDAR to recognize how the nation has been influenced by American Indians and indigenous peoples; and  how their contributions have enhanced the freedom and prosperity of America today.


Ovation award

The Madison Middle School choral department recently attended the Worldstrides Heritage Choral and Instrumental Festival in St. Louis.  Eighth-grader James Covington (right) was selected by festival organizers to receive the St.


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.


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

Northsiders could no longer have to drive to Vicksburg to qualify for the TSA precheck service.

Obituaries

John Irwin Kassel, 84, of Madison, MS, passed away on August 16, 2019, in Austin TX.

Social

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