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Excellence

Recognized for scholastic excellence and their significant contributions in a subject area at Jackson Academy were class of 2019 graduates (from back, left) Will Thomas, Preston McWilliams, Burkette Moulder, John Porch, Owen Fracchia, Thomas Iupe, Johnny Carpenter, Jacob Galatas, Charles Williams; (second row) Kelsey Ford, Ashley Manning, Lucy


What am I forgetting?

By ELIZABETH QUINN,

Schedule pediatrician appointments, make haircut appointments, new shoes all around, soccer sign-ups x2, submit medical forms x3, check cafeteria accounts, schedule tumbling lessons, parent info meeting, register for gymnastics (on real computer, not mobile friendly), meet the teacher, potty-train the three-year-old in a week since I wasn’t pay


The Price of Advice

By JASON BRANNING,

Jason K. Branning, CFP® is a fee-based investment adviser and financial planner with Asset Dedication, in Ridgeland. He owns Branning Wealth Management LLC and serves as a board trustee to the College Savings Mississippi 529 plans.


Upswing

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Golf on the N’side growing in popularity among junior players

After plateauing in recent years, junior golf on the Northside again appears to be on the upswing.


New Hinds County DA

Hinds County will be getting a new District Attorney just as it faces a murder rate not seen since the crack years of the early 1990s. Ironically, the new DA, Jody Owens, led the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit against Mississippi for prison reform. That’s not exaclty a lock-’em-up resume.


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5 things you didn’t know about Mark & Mary Shapley

By NIKKI ROWELL,

They are going to become grandparents for the first time in February 2020. Their best memories are from family trips with their children. While they cook up tasty meals at the restaurant, their meals at home are usually really simple. Several of the paintings on the restaurant walls were done by Mark. In their off time, they like to binge-w







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Stan Buckley on But God Ministries

Stan Buckley is founder and director of But God Ministries in Ridgeland. The Madison resident started the group in 2011, around the time he stepped down as pastor of First Baptist Church of Jackson. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and received his Juris Doctorate from the Mississippi College School of Law.


Tiny state agency plans on issuing $895 million bond

By WYATT EMMERICH,

When a Tiny backwater state agency published a public notice in the newspaper that it planned on issuing up to $895 million in state debt, it raised some eyebrows.

The Municipal Gas Authority of Mississippi (MGAM) only has a half-dozen or so employees, but that isn’t stopping the 30-year-old agency from some whopping plans.





Shut-offs

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson officials going after unpaying water customers

The new year will mean new efforts by the city of Jackson to recoup an estimated $20 million in outstanding water revenues.

The city ramped up its water shut-off efforts to recoup funds on about 20,000 delinquent accounts, according to Public Works Director Robert Miller.



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City meet

The River Hills parent relay team (from left) Ben Kerr, Will McCraney, Tal Hendrix, and Parker Ellison swam to a first place finish during this year’s event at the Jackson Swim Association’s City Meet.



Dealership requests to be left out of Gluckstadt and Canton annexation issue

By MEGAN PHILLIPS,

The Gluckstadt incorporation is making slow and steady progress, but there is one commercial entity that wants to stay out of the issue.

The Mak Haik car dealership, located north of Glucksadt Road and west of I-55, does not want to be part of the incorporation. The car dealer does not want to be part of Canton’s annexation either.



Court denies R’land request

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Opponents of the Ridgeland Costco Wholesale scored a minor victory recently in their efforts to keep the wholesaler from locating on Highland Colony Parkway.

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied the city of Ridgeland’s request to expedite the appeal of the city’s 2015 vote to amend the zoning ordinance.



Josie Bidwell on lifestyle medicine

Josie Bidwell is associate professor of nursing and lifestyle medicine clinician for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). She holds a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in nursing from UMMC. Bidwell spoke to Sun Staff Writer Anthony Warren about her position and about the school’s lifestyle medicine clinic.

 


Changes

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson proposing doing away with minority firm quotas

An ordinance that establishes quotas for hiring minority firms in the city of Jackson could soon be on its way out.

Jackson officials are hoping to replace the city’s Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) ordinance with a new “small and disadvantaged business” program.


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Breaking News

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

Obituaries

Leslie Evalyn Hodge, 51, of New Orleans passed away at home on August 16, 2019.  Born in Augusta,... READ MORE

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