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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.


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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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Golf signing

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School senior Price Bryan committed to playing golf at Birmingham-Southern College. Shown are (from left, back) Joe Ray, Chase and Lee Anne Bryan, Walker Barrett, Chad Darby; (front) Price Bryan.

 


Chapel to build new worship space

Chapel of the Cross will  break ground for a new worship space April 14.  At 10 a.m. on Palm Sunday the parish will gather to offer prayers, thanksgivings, and music in front the construction site. The site is located behind the current chapel at 674 Mannsdale Rd. A light reception will be offered on site immediately following.


Honor society inductees

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 60 new members this year into the organization. The National Honor Society recognizes and fosters academic achievement, character, service, and leadership in secondary school students across the nation.


Bugs

Covenant Presbyterian preschool two-year-olds are enjoying a unit on bugs. Wearing their bug hats they made are (from left) Sam Seacrest, Will Kalka, and Bronson Barrier.

 


Baroque ensemble concert continues group’s tradition of outstanding performances

By MAX GARRIOTT,

More Mississippians need to discover one of the state’s “best-kept secrets,” the Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music (MA’AM), which continues to outdo itself in bringing the top world-class performers of medieval, Renaissance, baroque and early classical music to various venues in central Mississippi.



Senior player

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the boys and girls soccer teams. Shown are (from left) Jim, Tucker and Sandra Shelson.

 


Most artistic

Jackson Prep recently held its Precis Pageant. Students voted Most Artistic were (from left) Eleanor Baker and Jonathan Booker.

 


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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.