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Mock trial

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s 2018-19 Mock Trial team competed in the Jackson Regional Mock Trial Competition. The team won both rounds of the tournament in which they competed at the Mississippi College School of Law. In addition to the team success, there were several team members who won individual awards for their performances.


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.



silver steppers

Jackson Academy’s Silver Steppers for the 2019-2020 season are (from left, back) Vivien Stevens, Blair Wilson, Enisha Shelton, Mya Coins, Eliza Perkins, Caroline Bennett, Sophie Rhoden, Hayes Tharp, Elizabeth Copeland, Anna Lauren Parker, Avery Brooks; (middle row) Molly Baldwin, Kate Frost, Olivia Smith, Landry Lester, Mae Mathison, Anna Marga


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Award recipients

At Jackson Academy (from left) Elizabeth Copeland and Adams Kennedy were recipients of the Dan Morse Award, which recognizes a boy and a girl in the rising ninth grade class who embody the school’s mission to pursue lives of purpose and significance, and inspire others to do the same.


Rotary newest member

Gary Moulder (center) was recently in-ducted as the newest member of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. Moulder joins his wife, Sharon, (right) who has been a club member since 2009 and recently completed a term as club president. Shown with them is charter member Ann Barnes (left).


The Great Kapok Tree Sloths

St. Richard 3rd grade students presented a play based on the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry while studying biomes. Students created the set and their costumes for the play based on their research of plants and animals in the Amazon Rainforest. Shown (from left) Susie Steckler, Zuri Hays, John Brody Fournet, and James Harris.


Rotary Speaker

The Rotary Club of Jackson welcomed Dick Hall, Commissioner of Transportation for the Central District, as a guest speaker recently.  Shown are (from left) Rotary President Neddie Winters, Hall, and Julian Watson.


The Great Kapok Tree Reptiles

St. Richard 3rd Grade Students presented a play based on the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry while studying biomes. Students created the set and their costumes for the play based on their research of plants and animals in the Amazon Rainforest. Shown (from left) Susie Steckler, Zuri Hays, John Brody Fournet, and James Harris.


A better Supreme Court reform

With a conservative majority now in place on the U.S. Supreme Court, there is a movement — its size probably pretty small — to try to add some seats in hopes that a future Democratic president could tilt the court’s leanings back in the other direction.



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Relief for Bozeman

Some relief is coming for Bozeman Road, as the Madison County board of supervisors approved $150,000 to be put toward paving the road.


There’s no point in fearing death

By LINDA BERRY,

Like many millennials, and before them, post WW II "baby boomers", I am confronting in my 70's a life passage, which is by no means unique, but otherwise:  we humans may be composed of microbial stardust, but - like stars, which have an aeons-extended life - we are mortal.  Observing the recent  televised celebrations of man's first venture to


Top in class

Ridge Futral (right) was Madison-Ridgeland Academy’s Valedictorian and Nicolas Rowan was Salutatorian of the 2019 graduating class.


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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.





New mixed-use development planned for Madison featuring businesses and housing

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Work will soon be under way on a new mixed-use development in Madison, which is designed to have the feel of a historic downtown neighborhood.

The Village at Madison will be located off Main Street near the police department and will be home to the newest Half Shell Oyster House location.






Renaissance construction

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Construction is on track for the second and third phases of Renaissance, complete with a show fountain and Malco theater.

Phase two of Renaissance is projected to be complete sometime this summer or early fall.

The Costco portion of phase three and four should be complete by next summer.


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Biographies

Fourth-graders at First Presbyterian Day School presented character book reports on the biography of their choice. Shown are (from left) Emily Head, Luke Essary, Catherine Hawkins, Andrew Oswalt, and Will Newman.

 


First day

Middle school students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School enjoying the first day of the 2018-19 school year are (from left) Anna Everly, Olivia Sheppard, and Lily Hillhouse.


Let’s play

First Presbyterian Day School kindergartners (from left) Luke Hurt and Wade Covington were ready to play on the first day of school.


Kind words

Jackson Academy’s fifth grade students designed posters for a campaign encouraging their peers to use kind words, especially on social media. Hanging posters throughout campus with help from ninth-grader Fran Wilkirson are (from left) Brennon Shorter, Jake Pratt, Shelby Grant and Miller Whittington.

 


Study B

First Presbyterian Day School kindergartners all dressed with colors and items starting with the letter B. Shown are (from left) Henry Moore, Kate Houston and Lily Grace Wilson.

 


Athletes

Voted Most Athletic at St. Joseph Catholic School was (from left) Kiland Harrison and Luckett Nixon.


Musical ensemble

Madison Middle School presented “Aladdin, Jr.”  as their fall schoolwide musical.  Students were chosen by audition for roles as the cast and dancers. Sixth-grade choir students sang as the chorus, while others assisted with sets, and former students served as crew.


Baroque ensemble concert continues group’s tradition of outstanding performances

By MAX GARRIOTT,

More Mississippians need to discover one of the state’s “best-kept secrets,” the Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music (MA’AM), which continues to outdo itself in bringing the top world-class performers of medieval, Renaissance, baroque and early classical music to various venues in central Mississippi.


Class favorites

Senior class favorites are (from left, back) Harrison Scott, Haaris Patel, Westbrooks Ross, Myles Hopson, Jack Thoms, Neil Storey, Xeric Watson; (front) Cara Dale Palmer, Maggie McKinnis, Sarah Elizabeth Johns, Sydney Storm, Bonnie Hill, Amber McAlpin, Hannah Brady, Vertreace Sanders, Quniaja Hill, Elle Muirhead and Kaitlyn Sills.


Honor code chapel

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School fourth-graders serve as acolytes in the school’s chapel service each Friday. At a recent service, upper school students serving on the honor council spoke with lower school students about the school’s honor code.


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Breaking News

Tim Bryan has taken over for Dan Gaillet as engineer for Madison County.

Obituaries

Clifford Macgowan III was born on June 22, 1949, in Jackson, Mississippi, the elder son of Thelma... READ MORE

Social

First Presbyterian Day School sixth-graders (from left) Causey Jones and Casen Macke were chosen Best Manners by their classmates.