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General Patterson

By JAY WIENER,

The death of an elected official occasions pain:  Flags are lowered, praise is delivered, and reflections occur over a towering figure dying in one’s prime.  Life quickly returns to normal, and one's example is forgotten.


Progress

By ANTHONY WARREN,

City talks achievements, challenges with water billing system

Nearly 92 percent of Jackson’s 52,000 customers are now receiving regular water bills, a sign the city has made significant progress in addressing problems in its water billing department.



New meters prevent residents from turning on water; system controlled by software

By ANTHONY WARREN,

As the city of Jackson ramps up its water collections efforts, turn offs for delinquent customers will be inevitable.

That being said, residents who have had their water cut off for nonpayment shouldn’t reach for their water meter keys to turn the water back on. The keys no longer work.


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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.




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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.






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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Athletes

Kindergartners at First Presbyterian Day School dressed in athletic wear for the letter A. Shown are (from left) Ford Collins, Lily Grace Wilson, Grayton Walsh and Walt Mardis.


Rotary fellow

Jared Pierce, (right) a member of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club, received his Paul Harris Fellowship pin during a recent meeting. The distinction is awarded after a $1,000 level of giving to the Rotary International Foundation is attained. Shown with Pierce  is club President Sharon Moulder.



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.



Books for breakfast

First Presbyterian Day School second-graders and their parents attended Books for Breakfast in the school library to learn about the Accelerated Reader program. Shown are Valarie Mabry (left) and London Mabry.


Charity and the tax code

Since, Jackson’s population has dropped by nearly four percent, in large part because of quality of life issues.

This year, state lawmakers could help stem that flight by giving residents in the capital city a tool that would help them address those issues head on.


Honors day

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2018 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments over the course of the school year. Shown (from left) are David Bramlett and Jake Mitchell, recipient of the precalculus book award.


Spirit day

Senior and Student Body President Luke Agent carried his sister Taylor’s backpack for her as they arrived at Madison Ridgeland Academy on Spirit Day.


Represent seniors

The 2018-2019 Madison Central High School Student Government Association senior officers and representatives are (from left) Hannah Brady, Sarah Elizabeth Johns, Maggie McKinnis (president), Jack Thoms, Westbrooks Ross (treasurer); (front) Caleb Smith (secretary), Robert Lawson, Kathryn Scoggins (vice president), Quniaja Hill and Francie Davis.


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Social

The University of Mississippi recently released the Fall 2018 Dean’s List. Students must earn a semester GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 to be listed on the Dean’s List.