Ray Albert Thompson, age 88, died on August 16th at his home in Ridgeland, MS. Ray was the husband of Vivian S. Thompson. They had been married for 35 years.
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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.
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.
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.
Madison County School District is working to accommodate growth with lasting additions including a new facility to house sixth-graders in the Germantown zone.
Ann Smith Elementary and Mannsdale Upper Elementary will also soon get additional space.
Clifford Macgowan III was born on June 22, 1949, in Jackson, Mississippi, the elder son of Thelma Thompson Macgowan (T) and Clifford Macgowan, Jr., (Kip). On August 16, 2019, he met his Maker following an 18-month battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
A settlement could be on the horizon in the city of Jackson’s $225 million lawsuit against Siemens Industry.
In a letter dated August 14, attorneys for the city of Jackson and Siemens Industry Inc. notified the courts that the parties had “decided to try to reach a resolution through mediation.”
Freeland Harris Magruder, Jr. 89, passed away peacefully at Hospice Ministries on July 10, 2019, sixteen days shy of his 90th birthday. He was born on July 26, 1929 in Memphis, TN, the son of Freeland Harris Magruder, Sr., and Adele Critz Magruder.
Gubernatorial runoffs are a rare occurrence in Mississippi’s history. In fact, the most recent was nearly three decades ago. Like so many of you, I have struggled to reach a decision on the right plan of action in this runoff election.
The Reverend Eddie Spencer, author, and former inmate recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Jackson. He shared his journey from prison to redemption. Shown are (from left), Janet Scott, club president; Spencer, and Jim Rosenblatt.
This tuesday Mississippians will enjoy the wonderful privilege of being able to vote in free and open elections. What a blessing!
According to the website Freedom House, only 45 percent of the world population can vote in free elections. Thirty percent are partly free. Twenty-five percent are not free.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Vincent Pratt announce the marriage of their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Pratt, to Trenton James Wallis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tobian Kyle Wallis.
The coming weeks promise to be busy for leaders with two Northside community groups, who are pushing forward with plans to implement “community improvement districts” (CIDs).
Contractors managing the Savanna Street Wastewater Treatment Plant discharged some four billion gallons of untreated wastewater into the Pearl River between December and May.
However, Public Works Director Robert Miller said the firm likely didn’t have a choice.
Jackson will have to transfer $200,000 to the Jackson Zoological Park immediately, or the park will be forced to close.
The city council has set July 30 for a special meeting to vote on making the immediate allocation for the “purpose of operating and maintaining the Jackson Zoo” or face closure by August 16.
Rebel Drive has a new stream and waterfall, but that's not a good thing. A water pipe apparently collapsed under the street and the water is gushing out and buckling and cracking the road in multiple places. Residents called the Jackson water department Monday but no action had been taken.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Vincente Patti announce the engagement of their daughter, Sydney-Kirk Patti, to Austin Davis Vaughn. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Kimberly Davis Clark.
Miss Patti is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Jack Parks and Dixie Patti and the late Vito Daniel Patti.
The Ridgeland Police Department’s new fitness facility is expected to be complete next month.
Jackson’s Civil Service Commission could look into why six Jackson police officers aren’t being allowed to return to active duty, months after they were involved in police-related shootings and months after they were cleared of any wrongdoing.
Dr. and Mrs. Walton Lynn Stringer announce the engagement of their daughter, Sydney Lea Stringer, to Kyle Alexander Zebley, of Pittsburgh. Miss Stringer is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Stringer and the late Dr. and Mrs. Robert Sydney Snyder, all of Jackson.
Billions of dollars in local and state bonds are being issued without competitive bidding. Many of the leading state experts in Mississippi bidding laws are wondering why. It used to not be this way.
There’s no telling how much taxpayer money is being left on the table. It’s probably in the millions of dollars.
Parham Bridges Park promises to be a busy place in the coming weeks, with nearly $400,000 in improvements and additions planned for the popular Northside facility.
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.
John K. Bramlett Jr. was recently appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant as District Attorney for the 20th Circuit Court District, which includes Madison and Rankin counties. He replaces Michael Guest, who was elected to the U.S. Congress. Bramlett has served as an assistant district attorney in the 20th Circuit Court District since 2015.
Two members of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, Sara White and Jay Cooke, were recently awarded Paul Harris Fellows. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
Phoebe Guinn, Jackson Academy student, received the Teen Trendsetters Excellence in Leadership and Service Award, sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Teen Trendsetters program.
Edward Coco (left) and Rose Hathorn (right) represented First Presbyterian Day School at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Chess Tournament for the Lower Elementary Division.
Madison Central High School December students of the month are (from left, back) Conner McMillin, Neil Storey, Javon Thomas, Michael Fuqua, Walker Palmerton; (middle row) Carter Hales, Daniel O’Dell, Kieron Cox, Olivia Essary, Taylor Walls; (front) Junnah Mondejar, Sirethia White and Kelly Salvador.
Thomas Dent, director of Faith-Based Volunteer Services for the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson recently. Dent discussed the role and activities of DCPS including his and his family’s history of fostering children and of adopting their first foster child.
The Official Mississippi Women’s Club recently celebrated its 80th anniversary with a recognition ceremony at the state Capitol. The club was founded in 1938 by Mrs. Hugh White, then first lady of the state of Mississippi. The first formal reception for members and their husbands was hosted by Gov. and Mrs.
Madison - Reunion Golf and Country Club Executive Chef Billy Kistler and his culinary team offered junior members a crash course in the art of making the perfect pizza. Little chefs learned to roll their own dough and top their creations with unusual and traditional toppings, from pepperoni to pineapple.
Jackson Academy’s sixth grade celebrated Christmas around the world by dressing in clothes inspired by different cultures. For the event, Micah Wallace (left) dressed in traditional Kenyan attire and Kendell Davis (right) wore an iconic Jamaican outfit.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the baseball team. Shown are (from left) Brett and Nathan Barham.
Preschoolers at First Presbyterian Day School dressed up for Rodeo Day. Shown are (from left) Logan Torres, Annabelle Mayer, and Millie Tompkins.