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Dr. Waymond Lee Rone

Waymond Lee Rone died August 19, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. Just two weeks earlier he had been enjoying the salt air and sea breezes in his garden at Perdido Key, Florida. Many called him Dr. Rone, Wayne, and Daddy, but his grandchildren called him Poppy.


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.




Kick off

Jackson Academy student council members (from left) Land Gebhart, Kennedy Nations, Lily Grace Thigpen, and Sydney Guy led Upper School students in an assembly to kick off the new year that was held on their first day of school.


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.



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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.


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.


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.




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.





Max Harmon

Max Harmon, a Jackson Academy graduate, will play football at the University of West Alabama, a member of the Gulf South Conference in NCAA Division II, located in Livingston, Ala.


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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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Spirit of Finale

Jackson Academy granted sixth-grade students (from left) Liles Williams and Tack Mahaffey the Spirit of Finale award for their positive participation in Finale Show Choir, loyalty to the group, and encouragement to others.


Senior break

Jackson Academy students (from left) Will Spence, Carneilus Powers, Ashton Berry, Cole Robinson, Peyton DePriest, and Elliott Butler recently celebrated the start of the class of 2019’s senior year with refreshments during a break in the school day.


Musical

Madison Middle School presented Mary Poppins, Jr. as their school-wide musical. Performing as the Banks family were (from left) Chandler See as Michael, Mary Taylor Spell as Winifred Banks, James Covington as George Banks, and Miller Johnson as Jane.


Subject awards

Subject Area Awards went to Jackson Prep seventh-graders (from left, back) Wilson Cotton, William Walker, Tyler Reeves, Tyler Collins; (middle row) Elizabeth Kellum, Anna Kate Bertolet, Madison Lee, Chase Thompson; (front) Will Upton, Rachel Watts.


Beyond meat

A lawsuit that claims Mississippi is violating the free-speech rights of vegetarian food producers was inevitable.


UDC workshop

The United Daughters of the Confederacy is a tax-exempt, non-profit Heritage Organization whose objectives are historical, benevolent, educational, memorial and patriotic.  The organization honors and upholds the United States of America and respects its flag.


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.


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.


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.

 


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Breaking News

Northsiders were among the 1,254 SPRING graduates from Hinds Community College.

Obituaries

Waymond Lee Rone died August 19, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. Just two weeks earlier he had been... READ MORE

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Holland Townes (center) during the 2019 Senior Night. He was recognized with the baseball team.