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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.



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.


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.


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.




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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Guest speaker

Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission and co-founder and proprietor of a local restaurant, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club.


Emory Ware

Emory Ware, an 11th-grader at Madison Ridgeland Academy has been selected as Madison County’s 2020 Distinguished Young Woman.


Move to learn

Coach Larry Calhoun recently visited First Presbyterian Day School as part of the Mississippi Department of Education and The Bower Foundation’s Move to Learn Initiative. Shown are (from left) Philip Chiasson, Calhoun, and Russell Gunn.


Colonial Dames

Debbie Cannon,  state president of the Mississippi State Society Colonial Dames 17th Century, recently visited with the Elizabeth Tilley Chapter in Southaven in the home of President Dorothy Heron. Attending were (from left) Cannon, Nita Thompson, Billy Breedlove, Judy Byars, Herron, Diane Coleman-Horne, and Kathy Brewer.



Food network

Dr. Charles H.  Beady, Jr.,  CEO, Mississippi Food Network (MFN) recently spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Dr. Beady thanked the club for their contribution and informed the members and guest about the mission of MFN. Shown are (from left) Beady and Greg Campbell, club vice president.


Back again

Middle school students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School enjoying the first day of the 2018-19 school year are (from left) Mari Finseth and Alyssa Leonards.


Math tournament

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School competed in the annual Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Tournament, hosted by the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (MSMS) education in Columbus. There were 32 schools and 490 students competing from across Mississippi. St. Andrew’s won first place overall for the second year in a row.



Butterfly colors

Preschoolers at Jackson Academy (from left, back) Keegan Black, Addison Gnemi; (front) Dommy Mink, and Griffin McNeil recently attended a reading and discussion of the book ‘Butterfly Colors.’ Also pictured is the book’s author, Michelle Poirier Varner (center).


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Friday is the season opener for the Jackson Academy (JA) Raiders, with the team set to travel to Greenwood to take on perennial powerhouse Pillow Academy.