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Medical marijuana ballot initiative signatures submitted

Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted 105,686 certified signatures from registered voters to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, placing medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot. [Steve Wilson]


No Relief

By ANTHONY WARREN,

No raise again for beleaguered Jackson Police Department.

Jackson has lost 86 police officers in the last year. Even so, a pay raise likely won’t be on tap for Jackson’s finest as part of next year’s budget.

The Jackson City Council is expected to vote on the city’s 2020 fiscal year budget today, Thursday, September 12.






Too many students on the wrong side of the digital divide

By CHIP PICKERING,

As students across Mississippi get back to school, it is vitally important our policymakers keep in mind those students and families who continue to struggle, stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide.  As the CEO of INCOMPAS, an association that promotes competition, innovation and economic development in network systems, I am particularly



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Appeals Process Easier

­Appealing overly high water bills and potential water shut-offs will soon be easier, thanks to a recent vote by the Jackson City Council.

The council approved an ordinance to streamline its water bill appeals process.


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Academics rewarded

At Jackson Academy’s Middle School’s 2018-19 Awards Day, rising eighth graders (from left) Anna Margaret Hooker, Gautam Ray, Alex Guild, Sydney Thaxton, and Titus Taylor were recognized for scholastic excellence in their work and for making significant contributions to the study of a specific subject area.


Middle school award

At Jackson Academy’s Middle School awards day, rising sixth graders (from left) Breck Hines, Blake Bartlam, Katherine Gault, Crystal Gao, and Libby Woosley were recognized for scholastic achievement and contribution in a subject area.




Social disaster

The era of Facebook profiting madly off the trashiest, most libelous gossip it can show to its users could be coming to an end thanks to a government — not ours here in America — finally showing some backbone against the tech giants rapidly destroying our culture.


First day

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School eighth graders enjoying the first day of school are (from left) Charlie Whittington, Kameron Howard, Coach JeMario Rugley, Samuel Knight, Will Hooks, John Dodd, Larrson Calhoun, Carter Thompson, Anand Patel, and Jalen McMillan.


Grace Lynnley Miller

Grace Lynnley Miller, a recent homeschool graduate, was awarded a President’s Gold Scholarship from Baylor University in Waco. She will be enrolled at Baylor in their Honors College majoring in classical studies. She also received one of the two  Christian Home Educators Connection (CHEC) Matthew 5:16 Scholarships awarded yearly.



Creatures of habit

By LOTTIE BOGGAN,

“Our hope for years to come.” 

A tail thump wakes me, a wet nose brushes my cheek. Somewhere along the way I might have thought I’d go gentle into that good night, but I’ve had some four-legged friends who think otherwise.



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Gerard Gibert on Mississippi Lottery

Gerard Gibert, a resident of Ridgeland, was recently named to the Mississippi lottery board of directors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in economics from the University of Mississippi. He is the CEO of Venture Technology. Gibert recently spoke with Sun reporter Nikki Rowell about the Mississippi lottery.









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Living statues

The park statues who come to life in Madison Middle School’s production of Mary Poppins, Jr. were (from left, back) Kate Kiser, Rachel Pierce, Addison Reeves, and (front) Nataleigh Nix, Mackenzie Bayham, Teeda Phann and Sanaa Green.



High in all

Jackson Prep sophomores who made 95 or above average in all classes are (from left, back) Turner Isonhood, Jon-Sanders Watson; (middle row) Anna Grace Morgan, Olivia Clapp, Allie Wise, Cassidy Zummallen, Holmes Maley; (front) Russ Upton, Leigh Hardin, Ainsley O’Quinn, Neha Adari, Abigail Metcalf.


Confederate heroes

The W. D. Holder Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Jefferson Davis Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans held a joint Confederate Heroes Luncheon recently at a local restaurant.  Guest speaker was the Rev. Glenn Shows, who presented a program on “Battle of Cotton Bales at Red Lick, MS on July 4, 1864”.


Spirited

Madison Ridgeland Academy K5 students (from left) Eric Lee Patterson, James Henry Gosa, Elliott Herron and Walker Britt enjoy spirit day on Fridays.



Boys red team

The 2018-2019 Jackson Prep eighth-grade boys basketball red team includes members (from left, back) Rives Reynolds, Owen Ishee, Will Skipper, Maddox Noe, Charles Phillips; (front) Paxton Thompson, Will Upton, Ford McDaniel, Trey Welch and Harrison Jones.

 



Cross country

The 2018 Jackson Prep Girls Cross Country Awards went to (from left) Eliza Burnham, Impact Award; Elizabeth Speed, Patriot Award; Julia Stradinger, Most Valuable Player; Andrea McCaa, Most Improved.


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Bragging rights for another year are on the line tomorrow night, as St. Joseph Catholic School takes on St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, in a storied matchup formerly dubbed “The Holy War.”