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Celebrate school

First Presbyterian Day School kindergartners received stuffed animal lions to celebrate the first two weeks of school. Shown are Pierson Vance (left) and Coy Crawford.



Summer reading

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School students are challenged every year to read 50 books the summer before starting 1st grade. These books can be read independently, with someone, or can be read to the student. The goal of this challenge is to keep kids reading over the summer and to instill a love of literacy and an interest in reading.


Opioid talks

Ann Kemp, MD, professor of family medicine and chair of University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Opioid Task Force, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Dr. Kemp informed club members and guests about the opioid guidelines and regulations in prescribing a balanced and responsible care plan.


Prep Junior Varsity Girls Soccer

Junior varsity girls soccer for Jackson Prep this year are (from left, back) Miller Jordan, Ryleigh Wells, Emily Van Uden, Candace Holman, Claire Crosby, Piper McGraw, Grace Atkinson, Katie Poole, Head coach Jon Marcus Duncan; (front) Bella Sushenia, Margaret Dye, Lilah Lane, Abby Duncan, Kate Ferguson, Taylor Caton, Caroline Smith, Jordan Edua



Broadway camp

Students  who participated in New Stage’s Broadway Junior Camp for ages 11-18 included (from left, back) Darby Frost, Brian Stallings, Lauren Hite, and Timothy Magee; (fourth row) Avery Stallings, Anabel Morgan, Lucas Morrisey, Meagan Fuller; (third row) Theo Cooper, Georgia Conrad, Nicholas Sivak, Hart Jefferson, Mattie Ellis, Jeffrey Corneliu


Carnival plans

The Jackson Academy Carnival will take place on Tuesday, October 22 from 5-8 p.m. at the school’s main campus. The carnival is one of the primary fund-raisers for the Jackson Academy Association and is one of the oldest and largest fall festivals in the metro area.




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Construction ‘full-tilt boogie’ on Costco project alderman says

Work on the Ridgeland Costco finally appears to be moving forward, thanks to several weeks of dry weather.

“They’ve been going full-tilt boogie to get the gas station opened by January and the store opened by March 1,” said Ward One Alderman Ken Heard. “They’ve been going strong since it got dried out.”


De’Keither, Bailey vie for Mississippi’s PSC central seat

By WYATT EMMERICH,

The Stennis Press Institute last week featured the Republican and Democratic candidates for the central district Public Service Commissioner.

Brent Bailey is the Republican candidate. From Carthage originally, Bailey and his wife Rhonda live in Madison County. He received an engineering degree from Mississippi State.







A conversation with Suzannah Britt on Hospice Ministries

Hospice Ministries of Central Mississ-ippi celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Suzannah Britt, the group’s executive director, has worked in various roles with the nonprofit, and recently reflected on the group in an interview with the Sun. Britt is a graduate of Co-Lin Community College and the University of Southern Mississi-ppi.




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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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Changes

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson proposing doing away with minority firm quotas

An ordinance that establishes quotas for hiring minority firms in the city of Jackson could soon be on its way out.

Jackson officials are hoping to replace the city’s Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) ordinance with a new “small and disadvantaged business” program.


Leslie Lampton’s life showed value of free enterprise

By WYATT EMMERICH,

Within the span of a couple of weeks, the Northside lost the patriarch and matriarch of one of our most prominent families, the Lamptons.

Leslie B. Lampton was founder of Ergon, which has 2,600 employees in Mississippi, 29 other states, and several other countries. Dorothy Lee Crum Lampton was his wife for 69 years.



James McGowan retiring

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Former Precinct Four Cmdr. James McGowan is retiring after 27 years with the Jackson Police Department.

McGowan previously headed up the North Jackson precinct before being promoted to district commander under former Police Chief Lee Vance.

On Monday, McGowan announced he was retiring on a social media post.







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Breaking News

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Obituaries

Mrs. Mary Margaret Bond Perry, 87 of Farmerville, LA, passed away on October 10, 2019.  She was... READ MORE

Social

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