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Richard Ward Dortch

Richard Ward Dortch, lifelong resident of Jackson, Mississippi, died peacefully on September 18, 2019 following a brief illness. Because of his tall stature and playful nature, younger generations called him “Big Richard,” and even younger ones shortened the nickname to simply “Big.” He was 83.


Mission trip talk

The Rotary Club of Jackson welcomed Glenn Helman and Bill Walker from District 6820 as they discussed the works of Rotary in Mexico. Shown are (from left) District 6820 Governor Mark Fields; Lee Duddleston; Janet Scott, Rotary Club of Jackson president; Helman; and Walker.




Tempest in teapot

Jim Hood’s investigation into Tate Reeves’ alleged arm-twisting to try to get the taxpayers to fund an access road into his gated community might be fodder for some commercials.

As a campaign bombshell, however, in the governor’s race between the two, it largely fizzled.





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Match maker

By SUSAN CHRISTENSEN,

Helping families recover from brain injuries forges deep bond between Northsiders.

Bride or bridegroom’s side?

At the October 26 wedding of Ben Lane and Walton Fenelon, that question may pose a predicament for guests who work at Methodist Rehabilitation Center (MRC).





5 things you didn’t know about Bobby McCain

By NIKKI ROWELL,

While attending school at Belhaven University, McCain also played on the school’s basketball team. He started Buffalo Peak at 28 years old. An avid traveler, he has made 12 trips to Alaska. He grew up on a farm, and his family grew cotton and had dairy cows. His two sons, Travis and Cody, have joined him in working at Buffalo Peak.




Preserving Faulkner

By BILL DABNEY,

Northsider’s gift helps University of Mississippi keep furniture at Rowan Oak.

William Faulkner’s desk, typewriter and resting bed are fixtures in the office of the late Nobel Prize-winning author’s Oxford home. Peering in, it’s easy to imagine the writer, pipe in hand, contemplating his next sentence.


Baby gear essentials and other lies I’ve loved

By ELIZABETH QUINN,

I was working on my last article in The Living Room at Cultivation Food Hall last week and noticed two women visiting over coffee across the room. They were in their late 20s and one had her baby with her. The baby was still in a car seat carrier, probably around six months old. The other woman had a tiny baby bump and a notepad.


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Lack of action results in loss of 34,000 library books

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Inaction by library officials has resulted in the loss of approximately 34,000 books at the now defunct Charles Tisdale Library. The books were destroyed by black mold.

Meanwhile, any hopes of cleaning the collection were dashed recently, when an insurance claim filed to cover the books’ restoration costs was denied.


Growing Pains

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Decade later Germantown Middle School doubles enrollment

When Germantown Middle School opened its doors 10 years ago, there were 470 students enrolled and 40 faculty and staff members.


New mixed-use development planned for Madison featuring businesses and housing

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Work will soon be under way on a new mixed-use development in Madison, which is designed to have the feel of a historic downtown neighborhood.

The Village at Madison will be located off Main Street near the police department and will be home to the newest Half Shell Oyster House location.





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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.





NewSouth NeuroSpine

By DR. RAHUL VOHRA,

“The DEA is on the phone.” Those are words you really never want to hear. To my relief the call wasn’t about my practice. The next week I found myself meeting with two United States District attorneys as well as DEA agents. I was asked to be an expert in a case against two pain specialists in Alabama.



Renaissance to feature new show fountain, theater and Costco

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The second and third phases of Renaissance are on track to be finished next year, complete with another show fountain and Malco theater.

The city of Ridgeland director of community development Alan Hart said, based on reports from the developer, that phase two of Renaissance should be open by summer or fall of 2019.




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