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Rock for recovery

The Country and Blues Rock for Recovery will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. October 17, at Duling Hall in Fondren. The alcohol-free event will benefit the McCoy House for Sober Living in Jackson. Music will be presented by The Patrick Harkins Band. The event will feature a silent auction and food.





Leadership committee

The Madison County Business League and Foundation recently announced the 2019-20 Youth Leadership Committee. The committee steers the course for the annual program. Members include (from left, back) Pat McNulty, Jan Collins, Don Burnham; (front) Becky Morgan, Mary Sims Johnson, Mary Kate Rankin, and Rochelle Thompson.



Sparks Debate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Questions surround future use of parking lot at Meadowbrook.

The future of two rezoning requests for the Meadowbrook Office Park could come down to what owners want to do with a parking lot located at the northeast corner of the property.


Jay A. Travis III

Jay A. Travis III, admired and respected attorney and gentleman, entered into the heavenly kingdom of saints on October 10, 2019, as a result of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.


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Freshmen maids

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s 2019 Homecoming Maids representing the freshman class are (from left) Maggie Sewell and Celestina Retumban.


New members

The Jackson chapter of P.E.O. welcomes new member Melissa Godbold. Shown are (from left) Godbold, Laurene Eakin, and Laura Lee Mullens. Philanthropic Education Organization provides scholarships to women internationally.


Class officers

Seniors serving as class officers on the Jackson Academy Student Council for 2019-2020 are (from left) Lizzy Childress, P.J. Martin, Logan Hatten, Anna Katherine Ray, Don Waller, and Nelson Thomas. Not pictured: Lily Grace Thigpen and Caroline Hill.


Community helpers

Covenant Presbyterian preschoolers enjoyed studying community helpers the month of September. Dr. Melinda Ray stopped by to visit and teach the kids about the importance of regular doctor visits. Visiting with her are (from left) Aeden Flood, Silas Berlin, Price Nicholas, Dr. Ray, Sunny Davis, Benjamin Norman, and Taylor Young.


Spirit day

First Presbyterian Day School sixth-graders celebrated “Out of this World Spirit Day” during the grade’s football season. Shown are (from left) Anna Davis Vernon, Olivia Mitchell, Annie Metcalf, Morgan Grimes, Purser Kellum, Meg Barbour, and Natalie Roberson.


Sophomore court

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s 2019 Homecoming Maids representing the sophomore class are (from left) Emma Brown, Madelyn Abraham, and Isabella Flores.


Art camp

At Jackson Academy’s summer art camp, (from left) Hadley Stinson, Louisa Clare Thigpen, and Sam Massey enjoyed spending time together and learning to better draw, paint, and explore the world of art.


Enjoy luncheon

Madison-Ridgeland Academy’s Parents and Teachers Association (PAT) enjoyed lunch together at the Annual PATS Luncheon. The mission of PATS  parents, faculty members, and administrative personnel in programs, projects, and activities designed to benefit our students and school.



Special guest

Madison-Ridgeland Academy was honored to have Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, Alderman Tawanna Tatum, and Alderman Pat Peeler as guests at the first elementary chapel of the year. the mayor talked about how God uses each student.


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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.



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.






5 things you didn’t know about Mark & Mary Shapley

By NIKKI ROWELL,

They are going to become grandparents for the first time in February 2020. Their best memories are from family trips with their children. While they cook up tasty meals at the restaurant, their meals at home are usually really simple. Several of the paintings on the restaurant walls were done by Mark. In their off time, they like to binge-w



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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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.





NewSouth NeuroSpine

By DR. RAHUL VOHRA,

“The DEA is on the phone.” Those are words you really never want to hear. To my relief the call wasn’t about my practice. The next week I found myself meeting with two United States District attorneys as well as DEA agents. I was asked to be an expert in a case against two pain specialists in Alabama.


Renaissance to feature new show fountain, theater and Costco

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The second and third phases of Renaissance are on track to be finished next year, complete with another show fountain and Malco theater.

The city of Ridgeland director of community development Alan Hart said, based on reports from the developer, that phase two of Renaissance should be open by summer or fall of 2019.





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The Montessori Academy of Jackson recently celebrated World Peace Day.  Participating were (from left) Lincoln Songcharoen, John Hudson Abel, Jake Aldy, Emmerson Laschanzky, Blue Harper Mitchel, R