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Medical marijuana ballot initiative signatures submitted

Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted 105,686 certified signatures from registered voters to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, placing medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot. [Steve Wilson]



No Relief

By ANTHONY WARREN,

No raise again for beleaguered Jackson Police Department.

Jackson has lost 86 police officers in the last year. Even so, a pay raise likely won’t be on tap for Jackson’s finest as part of next year’s budget.

The Jackson City Council is expected to vote on the city’s 2020 fiscal year budget today, Thursday, September 12.






Too many students on the wrong side of the digital divide

By CHIP PICKERING,

As students across Mississippi get back to school, it is vitally important our policymakers keep in mind those students and families who continue to struggle, stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide.  As the CEO of INCOMPAS, an association that promotes competition, innovation and economic development in network systems, I am particularly




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Preserving Faulkner

By BILL DABNEY,

Northsider’s gift helps University of Mississippi keep furniture at Rowan Oak.

William Faulkner’s desk, typewriter and resting bed are fixtures in the office of the late Nobel Prize-winning author’s Oxford home. Peering in, it’s easy to imagine the writer, pipe in hand, contemplating his next sentence.


Baby gear essentials and other lies I’ve loved

By ELIZABETH QUINN,

I was working on my last article in The Living Room at Cultivation Food Hall last week and noticed two women visiting over coffee across the room. They were in their late 20s and one had her baby with her. The baby was still in a car seat carrier, probably around six months old. The other woman had a tiny baby bump and a notepad.



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.



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


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 was a reserve deputy sheriff for Hinds County, where he 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 wo




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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.



New mixed-use development planned for Madison featuring businesses and housing

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Work will soon be under way on a new mixed-use development in Madison, which is designed to have the feel of a historic downtown neighborhood.

The Village at Madison will be located off Main Street near the police department and will be home to the newest Half Shell Oyster House location.




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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.”



Confederate heroes

The W. D. Holder Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Jefferson Davis Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans held a joint Confederate Heroes Luncheon recently at a local restaurant.  Guest speaker was the Rev. Glenn Shows, who presented a program on “Battle of Cotton Bales at Red Lick, MS on July 4, 1864”.


School production

Madison Middle School recently presented Mary Poppins, Jr. as their school-wide musical. Sixth-grade choir students sang as the chorus, selected art students assisted with the sets, and former students now in high school served as crew. Shown are (from left) eighth-graders Lilly Ross and Conner Nguyen as Mary Poppins and Bert.



Spirited

Madison Ridgeland Academy K5 students (from left) Eric Lee Patterson, James Henry Gosa, Elliott Herron and Walker Britt enjoy spirit day on Fridays.


Decorate tree

Advisory groups at Jackson Prep helped decorate the senior high counseling office Christmas tree.  Members of Anne Duncan’s advisory group are Gayle Grantham, Cassidy ZumMallen, Anna Regan Mask, Olivia Moore, Elizabeth Downing, Kate Oliver, and Hartley Carroll.


French award

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2018 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments over the course of the school year. Shown are (from left) French teacher Wesley Saylor and Brett Ashy, recipient of the French 1 book award.


New Eagle Scout

Walker Box (center) was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank at Troop 8’s May Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson. For his Eagle project he constructed raised flower beds for the Payton City Farm Learning Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art.  He is shown with his parents Sharon and John David Box.


Prep tennis

Jackson Prep boy’s tennis team recently won the state championship. Members of the Boys A tennis team include (from left, back) John Garraway, Ethan Aldridge, Andrew Sweat, Neil Marchetti, Lampton Moore; (front) Louie Gatlin, Lytle Moore, Ivey Yelverton, David Crews and Russ Upton.

 


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