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Leslie Evalyn Hodge

Leslie Evalyn Hodge, 51, of New Orleans passed away at home on August 16, 2019.  Born in Augusta, Georgia to Jo Dent and Elbert “Cliff” Hodge, Leslie grew up in Oxford, Mississippi.  After moving to Jackson, Mississippi, Leslie graduated from St.



Northside Drive repaving to begin

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Monday, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced that repaving is expected to begin on Northside Drive between State Street and I-55/Frontage Road.  The $2.4 million project has been made possible through the 1% Sales Tax Commission and funding made available to the Mississippi Department of Transportation by the Federal Highway



Traveling man

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Madison county leader and family enjoys exploring europe in addition to snow skiing out west.

From the sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains, Trey Baxter is ensuring his family sees it all.


John Irwin Kassel

John Irwin Kassel, 84, of Madison, MS, passed away on August 16, 2019, in Austin TX. John was born in New Orleans, LA to Philip Charles Kassel and Iris Mire Kassel on January 23, 1935.  John attended Tulane University. He married JoAnn Morvant on Nov 3, 1956.


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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.


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




Art for All

Tom Harman, (center) executive director of Art for All Mississippi, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson recently.


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Dorlisa Hutton on SR1 and purpose

Dorlisa Hutton, a Jackson native, serves as the chief operations officer for SR1. Hutton earned her undergraduate degree in healthcare administration at Jackson State University. She earned her master’s degree in public health from Jackson State and a master’s in biomedical science from the University of Mississippi.



Reservoir officials declare state of emergency to help stop spread of Salvinia

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) board has issued a state of emergency due to the presence of the invasive aquatic plant giant Salvinia, which is spreading in Pelahatchie Bay. This is the second time the plant has been found in the Ross Barnett Reservoir.






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Geography bee winner

Andrew Smith, (left) an eighth-grader at St. Joseph Catholic School, recently won the 2019 St. Joe Middle School National Geographic GeoBee. Smith now takes a written test to qualify for the state competition. Smith is shown with the St. Joe GeoBee moderator Brenda Cofer (right), who teaches seventh-grade social studies.


Honors day

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2018 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments over the course of the school year. Shown (from left) are David Bramlett and Jake Mitchell, recipient of the precalculus book award.


Janice “Jan” Kay Warner Ross

Janice “Jan” Kay Warner Ross, 75, died Friday, June 14, 2019, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Waller Funeral Home with Minister Les Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery.


Strive

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s 12th-grade economics class attended the Southern Entrepreneurship Program’s STRIVE! symposium at the Jackson State University e-Center.


Higher education

Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. was a recent speaker at the Rotary Club of Jackson. Dr. Rankins was appointed to serve as Commissioner of Higher Education by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.


Musical

Madison Middle School presented Mary Poppins, Jr. as their school-wide musical. Performing as the Banks family were (from left) Chandler See as Michael, Mary Taylor Spell as Winifred Banks, James Covington as George Banks, and Miller Johnson as Jane.


Subject awards

Subject Area Awards went to Jackson Prep seventh-graders (from left, back) Wilson Cotton, William Walker, Tyler Reeves, Tyler Collins; (middle row) Elizabeth Kellum, Anna Kate Bertolet, Madison Lee, Chase Thompson; (front) Will Upton, Rachel Watts.



Beyond meat

A lawsuit that claims Mississippi is violating the free-speech rights of vegetarian food producers was inevitable.


Senior break

Jackson Academy students (from left) Will Spence, Carneilus Powers, Ashton Berry, Cole Robinson, Peyton DePriest, and Elliott Butler recently celebrated the start of the class of 2019’s senior year with refreshments during a break in the school day.


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Friday is the season opener for the Jackson Academy (JA) Raiders, with the team set to travel to Greenwood to take on perennial powerhouse Pillow Academy.