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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.


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.



Clifford Macgowan III

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.



Freeland Harris Magruder

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.



Shares journey

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.


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Mississippi elections next week

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.








River on Rebel

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.




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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.



Bramlett on role as district attorney

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.


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Paul Harris Fellows

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

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.


Play chess

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.


December honorees

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.


Volunteer service

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.


Women’s club

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.


Pizza perfection

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.


Around the world

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.

 


Baseball player

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the baseball team. Shown are (from left) Brett and Nathan Barham.


Rodeo

Preschoolers at First Presbyterian Day School dressed up for Rodeo Day. Shown are (from left) Logan Torres, Annabelle Mayer, and Millie Tompkins.


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Obituaries

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Madison-Ridgeland Academy students who maintained the highest academic average among all sports and activities for the 2018-2019 school year were (from left) Alexandra Cullom, Nicolas Rowan, Bryce