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Location, money woes result in shuttering gardens on Saturday

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Nearly 20 years ago, a group of Northsiders worked tirelessly to improve a once popular Jackson landmark.

Now, their efforts are fading with Mynelle Gardens falling victim to location and city financial woes.

The gardens are now closed on Saturdays. The Jackson City Council recently voted to close the gardens on Saturdays.



Solar power is here

The recent announcement of a 652-acre, 100-megawatt solar farm six miles east of Greenwood is good news in many ways. The facility, which can provide enough power for 20,000 homes, will create 350 jobs during construction.





project kindness

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Northsiders form group to recognize random acts of kindness; bracelet awarded

Discouraged by negativity that she encounters online via social media, a Madison resident began working with some friends on a project to inspire kindness and positive action.



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Phoenix Club board

The Phoenix Club of Jackson is a group of young professional men who support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi through fundraising events and campaigns. Its members are business, social and philanthropic leaders who strive to help their community’s youth.




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.







Smith combines love of fitness with community service

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Local governmenT officials aim to be advocates for their communities.

D.I. Smith, who serves on the board of aldermen in Ridgeland, not only aims to serve his community in this capacity, but he also calls himself a fitness advocate.

Smith encourages a healthy lifestyle and also is a big supporter of the local trail system.


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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.








Child's Prayer

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).


SESSION OUTLOOK

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.



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Impact America

Mark Fields introduced Stephen Black of Impact America at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Jackson. His organization encourages the mindset that college students and graduates are duty bound to participate in the greater good and encourages students to participate in the evolution of communities.


PROGRESS SIGNS

Signs touting the progress of one-percent projects are not being paid for with one-percent dollars, according to Jackson city officials.

Recently, small white signs have been put up that read “Your 1% at work: Thank you for your continued support.”


King of the Court

River Hills Men’s Tennis Association crowned a new king last week and handed Russell Morrison a big check for beating out 59 other men in the weekly tennis doubles competition. Ten other players also received checks. King of the Court is played every Monday night at River Hills.


Precis pageant

Jackson Prep recently held its 2017 Précis Pageant. Voted among the beauties and beaux are (from left) Jordyn Jefcoat and Duncan Jones.


Gardening Glimpses

By MRS. HERMAN MCKENZIE,

This, the last of the columns about our delightful and somewhat unexpected attendance at the 2018 American Daffodil Society Convention, after I’d missed Sacramento last year and figured it would be the rare one I’d get to go to, fills two days, but it could have been more.


Elizabeth Sweat

Elizabeth Sweat, First Presbyterian Day  School fourth-grader, received a trophy for her participation in the strings program and the annual  spring concert. She is a violinist.



Lincoln-Douglas debater

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School rising senior Ishan Bhatt won the 2018 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament, naming him the top high school Lincoln-Douglas debater in the United States.


Camp scholarships

The Eddie Hodges Scholarship Foundation Trust, a part of the Community Foundation for Mississippi, presented $15,000 to the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra for student scholarships to the Premier Orchestral Institute.  The POI will be held in June and is a summer camp for student musicians.  Scholarships have been awarded yearly since 1959 to st


Troop Eight Eagle

Walker Headley (center) was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank at the February Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson. His Eagle Project benefitted Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.  Headley is a member of Troop 8 at First Baptist Jackson and an eighth-grader at Jackson Prep.


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Social

Robert H. Watson will receive Mississippi College’s Award of Excellence at the university’s 2018 homecoming.

Activities include an October 26 awards banquet at Anderson Hall.