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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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Sow Reap Feed

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Traveling through the streets of North Jackson, you’d probably never guess that off Northside Drive a small farm is nestled in among the busy streets and all the hustle and bustle of the city.

Broadmeadow Farm is part of the organization, Sow Reap Feed, whose mission is to bring fresh, healthy produce to the food insecure in Jackson.


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


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.


News Briefs

Boat Ramps Opened

All boat ramps have been reopened in the Pelahatchie Bay area at the Barnett Reservoir, which have been closed since October 2018 due to the presence of the aquatic pest: giant salvinia.






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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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A family affair

By RICK CLEVELAND - MISSISSIPPI TODAY,

SEC Coach of the Year runs in Davis family

Kermit Davis Jr. has earned Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year honors in his first season at Ole Miss. That’s a big deal – a really big deal – but SEC Coach of the Year in your first year on the job is not unprecedented.


Souper volunteers

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School seventh-grade National Junior Honor Society candidates volunteered at the Salvation Army Souper Bowl. They greeted guests and bussed tables at the annual event where local restaurants provide soups and desserts, which, along with a silent auction, supports the charitable mission of the Salvation Army.


Above and beyond

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School middle school recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and support of their classmates above and beyond the call of duty as Builders of Peer Support.


Ovation award

The Madison Middle School choral department recently attended the Worldstrides Heritage Choral and Instrumental Festival in St. Louis.  Eighth-grader James Covington (right) was selected by festival organizers to receive the St.


win state

Sandra McLaurin’s 55 and over combo team recently won the State Combo Doubles Championship. in Vicksburg. Team members are (from left, back) Marilyn Eade,

Rhonda Shannon, Lisa Peacock, Carol Mims, Trish Windham, Patsy Benson, Faye Santangelo; (front) Sophie Randolph, Lisa Peacock, Celia Manley, Sandra McLaurin,


Spirit parade

Jackson Academy eighth grade students (from left) Sophie Rhoden, Caroline Bennett, Molly Baldwin, Mary Elise Lowe, Lilly Gebhart, and Emily Buchanan recently attended a spirit parade in honor of the school’s varsity football.


Theater honored

New Stage Theatre was honored recently by the Mississippi Senate with presentation of Senate Concurrent Resolution 559 for being named the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards recipient for Excellence in Theatre. New Stage Theatre is the only professional theater in Jackson with more than 50 years in operation.


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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