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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.


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.



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.



Anna Carlisle Nichols

Anna Carlisle Nichols received the 2018-2019 Andrew Yoste Defore Scholarship at Jackson Academy’s Upper School awards day, which is awarded to an outstanding student who demonstrates the desire to unselfishly serve others, is dedicated to high achievement in academics and other activities, and is committed to a Godly and healthy lifestyle.


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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





Oscar Edward Wall, Jr

Ed Wall passed away July 28  in Oxford. After living in Jackson for 47 years, he and his wife, Nell, relocated to Oxford in 2017 to be near family.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held Monday, August 5, at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson.  Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon and the service at 2:00 p.m.


Biggs, Ingram & Solop PLLC

By CHRISTOPHER SOLOP,

Did you ever want to know exactly what public information is available to you and how to get it? The fact is, there is a plethora of information that you can access by making a simple request under the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983, Miss. Code Ann. §§25-65-1, et seq. (“the Act”).




First Tennessee Bank awarded bond bid for Ridgeland City Center

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The city of Ridgeland has received bids for the construction of the new city center, following the selection of a bank for the issuance of nearly $20 million in bonds.

The Ridgeland board of aldermen awarded the bond issue to First Tennessee Bank, as they had the lowest interest rate at 2.689669 percent.


Zoo Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Attendance declining and director predicts budget shortfall

The Jackson Zoo continues to die on the vine, more than a year after managers voted to study relocating it, and eight months after the city entered into talks with a new firm to take over management.


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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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Spotlight

Germantown High School held its annual Night in the Spotlight for the 2018-2019 school year. Beauty and Beau winners for the ninth grade are (from left, back) Cannon Curtis, Carson Yoder, Reid Fisher and Colt Yoder; (front) Kate Guillory, Avery Irby, Maggie Wingfield, Cassidy Watkins and Bella Snoddy.




Rotary speaker

Mike Hurst, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Mississippi, U.S. Department of Justice was  a recent speaker for the Rotary Club of Jackson. Shown are (from left) Rotary President Neddie Winters, Hurst and Ashby Foote of the Jackson City Council.

 


Senior court

Madison Central High School senior homecoming court members are (from left, back) Michael Zhang, Myles Hopson, Haaris Patel, Westbrooks Ross, Neil Storey, Shacobia Luckett; (front) Ally Henson, Bonnie Hill, Sydney Storm, Vertreace Sanders, Qunnie Hill and Hannah Brady.


Night for seniors

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the football team, spirit squads, and band. Shown are (from left) Andrea, Henry and Jay Sanders.


Catholic Charities

By STACY PAJAK,

Life and humanity is a puzzle, a puzzle in which we spend a lifetime finding missing pieces and learning where the pieces fit together in order to make us feel complete. I was missing a glaring piece of my puzzle, the motherhood piece. This is my story of completing the puzzle of motherhood.


Farming

Jackson Academy kindergarten students (from left) Dommy Mink, Ali Clare Simpson, Nylah Longino-Henderson, and Owen Gay learned about planting seeds in science class.

 


Class fun

Madison Ridgeland Academy K4 students (from left) Holt Kowalski and Roman Wilson enjoy learning and coloring in class.


First day

Jackson Academy students (from left) Harper Cooley, Allyssa Lynskey, Mae Walker McLemore, Stone Skipper, Cash Dickson, and MJ Funchess Jr. enjoyed their first day in the first grade.

 


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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