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Ready to perform at Jackson Academy’s middle school Western-themed pep rally are (from back, left) Lilly Gebhart, Mary Elizabeth Seward, Gracie Drew Pratt, Mary Manning Farese, Kendall Ross, Farrah Wilson, Abby Fielder, Amelia Dare Bowman, Isabella Conn, Vivian Baker; (front) Mary Elise Lowe, Emma Duncan Hogue, Reese McMichael, Abbi Mims, Grayc
The unprecedented success of the United States, sustained for more than 243 years, certainly has many causes. For one, a people who believe in freedom, equality and following the law is crucial. Without a populace who respects those ideals, any rules the government makes to try to promote them aren’t going to work in the long run.
Excitement grows as these two cheerleaders, (from left) Anne Wylie and Caroline Moore, continue to celebrate Madison Ridgeland Academy’s 2019 football season.
The Stennis Press Institute last week featured the Republican and Democratic candidates for the central district Public Service Commissioner.
Brent Bailey is the Republican candidate. From Carthage originally, Bailey and his wife Rhonda live in Madison County. He received an engineering degree from Mississippi State.
Work on the Ridgeland Costco finally appears to be moving forward, thanks to several weeks of dry weather.
“They’ve been going full-tilt boogie to get the gas station opened by January and the store opened by March 1,” said Ward One Alderman Ken Heard. “They’ve been going strong since it got dried out.”
As of September 30, the Charles Tisdale Library will be no more.
The Jackson-Hinds Library System board of trustees recently voted to abandon its interests in the library facility located on East Northside Drive.
He is an attorney and practiced for 16 years before he went back to work at Prep. His brother, Lea Coco, is an actor. Coaching his sons in sporting events is one of his favorite things to do. An avid reader, he reads books in all genres. In his spare time, he enjoys a trip to the movie theater. Often on his own.
Hospice Ministries of Central Mississ-ippi celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Suzannah Britt, the group’s executive director, has worked in various roles with the nonprofit, and recently reflected on the group in an interview with the Sun. Britt is a graduate of Co-Lin Community College and the University of Southern Mississi-ppi.
Genesis Powell and Jesse Olson Coppenbarger announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.
Miss Powell is the daughter of Captain Angel Diaz of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Olson Coppenbarger of Jackson.
Cheering on the Jackson Academy Raiders with the 2019-2020 varsity cheer team are (from back, left) Alice Williams, Isabelle Eiland, Meredith Fielder, Ellis Tharp, Parker Bracken, Mollie Ann Robertson, Elise Robinson, Ally Sessums; (second row) Evie Hudgins, Mary Grace Downs, Emmy Brown, Sara Evelyn McClintock, Reeves Stratton, Kennedy McKee, H
The Jackson Convention Center’s 2017 annual report was just released, months behind schedule, and no one seems to be concerned.
The center typically releases an annual report each year, to give commissioners and taxpayers a snapshot of how the center is doing.
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.
Efforts to transform Belhaven Park from a simple green space into a major gathering place in the community are about to come full-circle, with a capital campaign expected to get under way in January to fund the final round of improvements.
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.
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.
Work has begun to repair a major sinkhole at the intersection of Ridgewood Road and Lelia Drive. Crews descended on the site today and had begun digging up a portion of Ridgewood that collapsed last year as a result of a broken storm drain. The road south of the work site had been closed to through-traffic.
Ruth Fredericks, Millsaps College class of 1980, attributes one Millsaps professor in particular for setting her on the path to a career in medicine. That professor is Dr. James McKeown, who taught biology at Millsaps for 48 years from August 1962 to May 2011.
There is music - wonderful, beautiful music - coming to us from Covenant Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Recently, the men's choir visited us at the Bond Home for a fantastic concert. Nowhere have I ever heard more beautiful singing.
Influenced by the Garden District in New Orleans, a new residential development will soon be in the works in the city of Madison.
The Madison board of aldermen recently voted to approve the site plan for the residential portion of the Village.
Ross Weems is president of the Phoenix Club of Jackson. Weems, who has been an active member of the board since 2015, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mississippi State University and currently is first vice president with BankPlus’ Private Client Group in Jackson.
Van Devender family donates for expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital
The simple prayer of a child for the patients of Batson Children’s Hospital brought about a $1.5 million gift from the Van Devender Family Foundation to expand pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).
This summer, Jackson resident Erin Smith will move to Los Angeles, not to try to make it on the big screen, but to train under world-renowned plastic surgeons as a part of her fellowship.
She will be trained by Dr. Paul Nassif, who stars on the television show “Botched” and Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.
The Ridgeland Costco could be welcoming customers next spring.
Meanwhile, residents opposed to the store are still fighting the matter in court.
Developers have applied for and received a permit to clear the Costco site, which is located on the east side of Highland Colony Parkway south of the Old Agency Road roundabout.
A lot of Mississippians are happy with our existing state of affairs. Indeed, we are the most religious and generous state in the nation. We have great hunting and fishing, little pollution, great weather and plenty of room.
Michel still wants neighborhood improvement district
District 25 Sen. Walter Michel hopes the fourth time will be the charm when it comes to seeing a “neighborhood improvement district” bill passed.
The Northside senator is planning to introduce a bill creating the NIDs in the 2018 session.
Bomgar tackling transparency, the economy and Justice system in 2018
Mississippi House District 58 Rep. Joel Bomgar has a lot in store for the 2018 legislative session.
Consider the following scenario.
An outside entity approaches Mississippi and says that it wants to invest a billion dollars a year in the state indefinitely and create thousands of new jobs. The only catch is that the state has to put up $100 million a year, too.
Earlier this year, the state Legislature passed legislation that will require, beginning in January 2018, most governmental agencies to utilize reverse auctions when purchasing goods and services. The legislation was hailed as a means to set more responsible purchasing practices by governmental agencies and to save taxpayer money.
So I’m kind of a frugal guy. My wife says cheap, but that’s just semantics. I like cars that get good gas mileage.
I also don’t like air pollution, since my job often has me reading about how particulates from car exhaust and other sources cause childhood asthma, premature deaths and things like that.
Beemon Drugs Owner Lester Hailey has announced that the iconic North Jackson drug store will be closing on June 25.
A notice was posted at the Maywood Mart institution today.
The store, which has been a staple on the Northside for years, is known for providing home delivery of medications to customers.