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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.


Medicaid expansion

Richard Roberson minces no words when he hears people argue that there’s no reason to expand Medicaid to the working poor since they can already get free medical care at hospital emergency rooms if they can’t afford to pay for it.


Patriot Pride dance team

The Madison-Ridgeland Academy Patriot Pride dance team attended UDA camp at Mississippi State University. Laura Lee Boyles, Mae Correro, Haleigh Hall, Lauren Head, Leigh Tucker, and Emory Ware were selected as All-American dancers.




Kick off

Jackson Academy student council members (from left) Land Gebhart, Kennedy Nations, Lily Grace Thigpen, and Sydney Guy led Upper School students in an assembly to kick off the new year that was held on their first day of school.


John Irwin Kassel

John Irwin Kassel, 84, of Madison, MS, passed away on August 16, 2019, in Austin TX. John was born in New Orleans, LA to Philip Charles Kassel and Iris Mire Kassel on January 23, 1935.  John attended Tulane University. He married JoAnn Morvant on Nov 3, 1956.



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Solar panels

The Sierra Club’s Louie Miller is praising the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) for extending for three years an additional 2.5 cents “adder” for lower income utility customers who install solar panels.


Cheers

By ANTHONY WARREN,

City considers allowing alcohol sales before noon on Sundays.

Northsiders who go out to eat for Sunday brunch could soon no longer have to leave Jackson to enjoy a mimosa or Bloody Mary with their eggs Benedict.






Excellence

Recognized for scholastic excellence and their significant contributions in a subject area at Jackson Academy were class of 2019 graduates (from back, left) Will Thomas, Preston McWilliams, Burkette Moulder, John Porch, Owen Fracchia, Thomas Iupe, Johnny Carpenter, Jacob Galatas, Charles Williams; (second row) Kelsey Ford, Ashley Manning, Lucy




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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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Infrastructure pipe dreams

One sentence recently from The Associated Press perfectly explains everything that’s wrong with Washington:

“President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders agreed to work together on a $2 trillion infrastructure package — but put off for later the difficult question of how to pay for it.”


Best Manners

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


Camouflage for C

Kindergartners at First Presbyterian Day School dressed in camouflage to conclude their week of learning the letter “C.”  Shown are (from left) Caroline Bryan, Rivers Newman, Reid Hurley, Patrick Tabor, and Antonina Karam.





Coding challenge

First Presbyterian Day School was one of 13 schools invited to participate in CSpire’s C3 Junior Coding Challenge at the Mississippi Children’s Museum. Fourth-grade students participated in several coding competitions through the use of robotics.


Science edibles

First Presbyterian Day School sixth-graders created various cell models for science class, including edible ones. Shown are (from left) Fran Gregory, Emma Reeves, Hartley Craddock, Mamie Barton, and Jake Bailey. 


Junior pages

Robert Cascio (left), Nya J. Thompson (second from left) and Walker Dean (right) recently served as junior pages for the Mississippi State Senate. Pages generally run errands for officials and Senate staff. Cascio is the son of Tammra and Chris Cascio and attends Madison Central High School.



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Breaking News

Northsiders were among the 1,254 SPRING graduates from Hinds Community College.

Obituaries

Waymond Lee Rone died August 19, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. Just two weeks earlier he had been... READ MORE

Social

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Holland Townes (center) during the 2019 Senior Night. He was recognized with the baseball team.