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5 things you didn’t know about Preston Derivaux

By NIKKI ROWELL,

He is the great, great, great, great grandson of the founder of Vicksburg Newitt Vick. He was a reserve deputy sheriff for Hinds County, where he won best overall cadet and firearm excellence awards. Once he was struck by lightning, which took his hearing in one ear.  He worked as a deckhand on a tow boat on the Mississippi River. He has wo


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.


Bluntson Award

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School celebrated the Fourth Grade Crossing Service. At the closing lower school service of the 2018-19 school year, rising fifth graders received their certificates signifying successful completion of the fourth grade, and special recognition was given to those students who received awards for individual accomplishment.


Scholarship recipients

At Madison-Ridgeland Academy, graduates (from left) Luke Agent and Katie Morris were recipients of the Thompson Scholarship, which is based on academic ability, a good sense of humor, a sense of purpose, a pleasing demeanor, a gracious spirit, and a high regard for others.





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Catholic Charities

By KELLI LEO,

The Catholic Charities Born Free/New Beginnings community is one that provides pregnant and parenting women who are chemically dependent a new chance at life. Women come to Born Free from all over the state of Mississippi in order to give birth to chemically free babies, or to reunite with their young children as they engage in treatment.


News Briefs

Boat Ramps Opened

All boat ramps have been reopened in the Pelahatchie Bay area at the Barnett Reservoir, which have been closed since October 2018 due to the presence of the aquatic pest: giant salvinia.




Intellects

Madison Central High School most intellectual for the 2018-19 school year were  (from left) Michael Zhang and Amy Pang.


Mr. and Miss JA

Jackson Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Students (from left) Camille Couey and Webb Strickland were voted Mr. and Miss Jackson Academy.




Cheer at USM

St. Joseph Catholic School senior Luckett Nixon signed to serve as a cheerleader next fall at the University of Southern Mississippi. Participating in the signing are (from left, back) Anderson Nixon; Racheal Cole; the St. Joe cheer coach; Xavier Howard; Dena Kinsey, St. Joe principal; (front) Dr. Fidel Sendra, Nixon, and Lacy Sendra.


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second chance

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Recently released female prisoners find help in adjusting through crossroads ministry

Within three years of release from prison, nearly 70 percent of released prisoners were re-arrested. A Madison County program is aiming to cut back on recidivism and help those who are recently released turn their lives around.


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.






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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King of the court

Doug Morgan was the big winner of the August River Hills King of the Court session, getting a $180 paycheck for his tennis doubles prowess. Other winners sharing the $1,000 total purse are (from left) Jack McCants, Nick Morgan, Miles Marcus, Doug Morgan, Bob Crumpton, Stephen Stacks.


Night for seniors

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the football team, spirit squads, and band. Shown are (from left) Andrea, Henry and Jay Sanders.


Obituaries: Fact versus Fun

By DARRA WOOLMAN,

I believe obituaries should be both factual and funny. Have you ever had to write an obituary or contemplated writing your own? Historically, obituaries have only stated facts. For example Jane graduated high school from ____, college from _____, member of ____, survived by _______ and services will be held at _____.




GOLF WINNERS

Team Reunion is the recent winner of the 2019 Gulf States PGA Caribbean Beach Pro-Am. Team members Assistant Golf Professional Blake Hatfield, Doug Garner, Justin Blackwell, and Jared Kobs won the three-day tournament by one shot. The event was held at the Casa de Campo Resort in the Dominican Republic.


Indian heritage

Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee (left) signed the National American Indian Heritage Month Proclamation for the month of November for Magnolia State Chapter, NSDAR to recognize how the nation has been influenced by American Indians and indigenous peoples; and  how their contributions have enhanced the freedom and prosperity of America today.


100 years old

Kindergarteners (from left, back) Levi Bates, Ethan Tate, Trinity Braboy, Laney Hildoer, Trip Rollins; (second row) Kilby Purcell, Caroline Reeves, Jack White, Joseph Banks; (front) Stefan Gojkovic, Simmons Davis, Arlesia Ray, Emma Gonzalez and Mac Rogers recently dressed as one hundred year old people to celebrate the 100th day of school at Ja



High since seventh

At the Jackson Prep ninth-grade class day, it was announced that students (from left) John Henry Andress, Lauren Noe, Kimberly Blount and Mason Nichols were on the Honor Roll 95 or above since seventh-grade.


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Obituaries

Waymond Lee Rone died August 19, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. Just two weeks earlier he had been... READ MORE

Social

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