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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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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”.



Desoto key to runoff

The runoff for the Republican nomination governor was already bound to be interesting: Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a leader of the legislative branch, vs. Bill Waller Jr., the former leader of the state’s judicial branch.


Citizenship Award

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School middle school students were recently recognized for their accomplishments at the final assembly of the school year. Recipients of The Citizenship Award are (from left) John William Walker, Andrew Gordon, and Friend Walker.



All Smiles

Students and parents of First Presbyterian Day School were all smiles on the first day of school including (from left) Dasha and Solomia Peipon.




Student council

Adrienne Stewart, served as co-president of the Education Center School student council. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Stewart. Trevor Clayton, son of Tiffanie Young, served as the senior class representative on the ECS student council for the 2018-2019 school year.


Ann Reese McDonnieal

Ann Reese McDonnieal of Jackson passed away on August 29, 2019. Visitation will be held at noon on September 4 with the funeral following at 2:00 p.m. at Northminster Baptist Church. The daughter of Raymond Leslie Reese and Mary Eunice Barton Reese, Ann McDonnieal was born in Ruston, Louisiana in 1927.


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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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Makos High Point winner

Mississippi Makos Swim Club swimmer Jett Ngo (left) scored 32 points in the seventh/eight boys age group as the high point winner at the 2019 Eastern Section of the Southern Zone  Age Group Championships in Georgia. Brian Ware is the coach


Earn Eagle

Brewer Young (center) was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank at the May Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson. His Eagle Project benefitted The Home Place in Madison.  Young is a member of Troop 8 at First Baptist Jackson and is in the 11th grade at Jackson Academy.  He is shown with his parents Jimmy and Susan Young.


Wittest

Jackson Prep recently held its 2017 Précis Pageant. Voted Wittiest are (from left) Marley Parkman and Forrest Smith.


Soccer team

Members of the 2018 Jackson Prep varsity soccer team include (from left, back) Head Coach Jon Marcus Duncan, Anna Grace Morgan, Campbell Perkins, Olivia Sasser, Cassidy ZumMallen, Avery Lee, Dylan Freeman, Madeleine Black, Annie Jicka, Parker Dausman, Dylan Burkhalter, Coach Kaylie Reeves, Coach TJay Busin; (middle row) Ramsay Jeffreys, Sarah C


Sophomore class favorites

Madison Central High School sophomore class favorites are (from left, back) John Henson, Shanay Desai, Walker Ellis, Carl White, David Ramsey, Justice Rose, Creek Robertson, William White; (front) Mary Boyd Palmer, Mary Addison Gregory, Lexie Sanders, Ann Cabot Stockett, Kellen Fairburn, Marley Stover, Katherine Delaney, Anna Kay Bumgarner, Log


Beyond horizons

Madison Central High School senior Nelson Washington represented his class at the Beyond Horizons: A Recognition of Scholarship and Achievement recently. Students were chosen based on academics and plans to major in a STEM discipline in college. Shown are (from left) Tiffiney, Nelson and Curtis Washington.


Equestrian team honors

Members of the Jackson Academy equestrian team recently honored by the Mississippi Hunter Jumper Association for their work during the 2018 show season include (from left, back) Alex Guild, Sophie Rhoden, Ana Kelly Hontzas, Regan Felder, Reese McMichael; (front) Sophie Slade, Alden McNamara, Lily Rhoden, and Addison Armstrong.

 


Opioid crisis

Dr. Kevin Freeman from UMMC, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson during its January 15 meeting. Dr. Freeman informed the club members and guests about the Opioid Crisis and counter-measures that are being developed to combat it. Dr. Freeman is currently a behavioral pharmacologist and assistant professor at UMMC.


Grace Azordegan

Grace Azordegan from St. Andrews High School is a winner of the Rebecca Cravat Chapter of the DAR Good Citizen program, which honors a senior who demonstrates qualities of a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.


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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.”