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Intellects

Madison Central High School most intellectual for the 2018-19 school year were  (from left) Michael Zhang and Amy Pang.


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



Bluntson Award

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School celebrated the Fourth Grade Crossing Service. At the closing lower school service of the 2018-19 school year, rising fifth graders received their certificates signifying successful completion of the fourth grade, and special recognition was given to those students who received awards for individual accomplishment.


Scholarship recipients

At Madison-Ridgeland Academy, graduates (from left) Luke Agent and Katie Morris were recipients of the Thompson Scholarship, which is based on academic ability, a good sense of humor, a sense of purpose, a pleasing demeanor, a gracious spirit, and a high regard for others.



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.



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Catholic Charities

By KELLI LEO,

The Catholic Charities Born Free/New Beginnings community is one that provides pregnant and parenting women who are chemically dependent a new chance at life. Women come to Born Free from all over the state of Mississippi in order to give birth to chemically free babies, or to reunite with their young children as they engage in treatment.



Mr. and Miss JA

Jackson Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Students (from left) Camille Couey and Webb Strickland were voted Mr. and Miss Jackson Academy.



Donna Bruce

Donna Bruce was recently elected chairman of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) during the group’s annual business meeting. MSCPA is the largest professional organization serving Mississippi Certified Public Accountants.


Cheer at USM

St. Joseph Catholic School senior Luckett Nixon signed to serve as a cheerleader next fall at the University of Southern Mississippi. Participating in the signing are (from left, back) Anderson Nixon; Racheal Cole; the St. Joe cheer coach; Xavier Howard; Dena Kinsey, St. Joe principal; (front) Dr. Fidel Sendra, Nixon, and Lacy Sendra.




Intellects

Madison Central High School most intellectual for the 2018-19 school year were  (from left) Michael Zhang and Amy Pang.


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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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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Class favorites

Germantown High School favorites in the 11th-grade are (from left, back) Tyler Hughes, Dylan Brooks, Justas Bowers; (front) Baylee Williams, Ava Aslam, Iris Ball and Mamie Ainsworth. Not pictured: Matthew Bryson.

 


Equestrian team honors

Members of the Jackson Academy equestrian team recently honored by the Mississippi Hunter Jumper Association for their work during the 2018 show season include (from left, back) Alex Guild, Sophie Rhoden, Ana Kelly Hontzas, Regan Felder, Reese McMichael; (front) Sophie Slade, Alden McNamara, Lily Rhoden, and Addison Armstrong.

 


Area achievement

Jackson Academy seventh-grade students (from left) Dev Sharma, Lucy Elfert, Bailey Berry, Josh Watson, and Sydney Grace Hewitt received subject area achievement awards for scholastic excellence and significant contribution in a subject area.


Represent seniors

The 2018-2019 Madison Central High School Student Government Association senior officers and representatives are (from left) Hannah Brady, Sarah Elizabeth Johns, Maggie McKinnis (president), Jack Thoms, Westbrooks Ross (treasurer); (front) Caleb Smith (secretary), Robert Lawson, Kathryn Scoggins (vice president), Quniaja Hill and Francie Davis.


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.


Janice “Jan” Kay Warner Ross

Janice “Jan” Kay Warner Ross, 75, died Friday, June 14, 2019, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Waller Funeral Home with Minister Les Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery.


Oz week

Jackson Academy sophomores (from left) Lily Rhoden, Julianna Copeland, Zoe Ladner and Anne York dressed in bright orange to celebrate the school’s spirit week leading up to a Wizard of Oz-themed homecoming weekend.


Celebrate 100

Ivol McAdams, who celebrated her 100th birthday this past October, visited First Presbyterian Day School students during the week of their 100th day of school. Shown are (from left, front) Allen Arterberry, Virginia Mehrle, McAdams, Cedar Browne, Emory Calvert, and (back) Gaynell McAdams Ainsworth.

 


LOHO Annual Meeting Jan. 10

LOHO residents will have a chance to sound off on the neighborhood association’s new bylaws and budget at a meeting this week.

LOHO’s first official “neighborhood-wide annual meeting” is slated for Thursday, January 10, at the River Hills Club. The meeting will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., according to a release.


Grace Azordegan

Grace Azordegan from St. Andrews High School is a winner of the Rebecca Cravat Chapter of the DAR Good Citizen program, which honors a senior who demonstrates qualities of a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.


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Breaking News

Tim Bryan has taken over for Dan Gaillet as engineer for Madison County.

Obituaries

Leslie Evalyn Hodge, 51, of New Orleans passed away at home on August 16, 2019.  Born in Augusta,... READ MORE

Social

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