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Appeals Process Easier

­Appealing overly high water bills and potential water shut-offs will soon be easier, thanks to a recent vote by the Jackson City Council.

The council approved an ordinance to streamline its water bill appeals process.



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Medical marijuana ballot initiative signatures submitted

Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted 105,686 certified signatures from registered voters to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, placing medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot. [Steve Wilson]


Back at it

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School eighth graders enjoying the first day of school are (from left) Lauryn Chambers, Madison Cox, Casey Young, Micah Davis, Isabel Mitchell, Jennifer Chen, Jessica Livingston, and Hannah Moore.


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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.





Safety patrol

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School lower school students enjoyed serving as the carpool safety patrol on the first day of school. They included (from left) Gigi Adams, Ella Johnson, and Bess Borne.


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.


Grace Lynnley Miller

Grace Lynnley Miller, a recent homeschool graduate, was awarded a President’s Gold Scholarship from Baylor University in Waco. She will be enrolled at Baylor in their Honors College majoring in classical studies. She also received one of the two  Christian Home Educators Connection (CHEC) Matthew 5:16 Scholarships awarded yearly.


Rotary speaker

The Rotary Club of North Jackson recently heard a talk on Lake Okhissa Project of the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance in Franklin County from member and architect Jack Allin (right) and businessman Wade Creekmore (center).


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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.




Beemon Drugs closing

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. 






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Aladdin

Madison Middle School presented “Aladdin, Jr.”  as their fall schoolwide musical.  Students were chosen by audition for roles as the cast and dancers.  Sixth-grade choir students sang as the chorus, while others assisted with sets, and former students served as crew.  Members of the cast included (from left) Nataleigh Nix and Omari Daniels port



Fat Tuesday

St. Richard Catholic School kindergarten students along with the PreK-3 and PreK-4 classes threw beads to the other St. Richard students, teachers and parents at their Mardi Gras Parade. Shown are (from left) Cate Weisenberger, Charlie Garner, Emily Foster, Ella Wynter.


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.


Above and beyond

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School middle school recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and support of their classmates above and beyond the call of duty as Builders of Peer Support.


Players

Madison Middle School presented “Aladdin, Jr.”  as its fall schoolwide musical.  Students were chosen by audition for roles as the cast and dancers. Sixth-grade choir students sang as the chorus, while others assisted with sets, and former students served as crew.


Homecoming carpool

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Homecoming 2018. The day’s festivities began as football players, cheerleaders and dancers greeted Early Childhood Center and Lower School students at carpool and visiting classrooms.


Play time

First Presbyterian Day School preschoolers have enjoyed sunny days on the playground. Shown are (from left) August Harrington, Caroline Thomas, and Anna Hathorn.


Junior officers

Juniors serving as class officers on the Jackson Academy Student Council for 2019-2020 are (from left) Alice Williams, Priya Ray, Thomas Arnold, and Ava Couey. Not pictured: Lila Robertson.


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Hospice Ministries of Central Mississ-ippi celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

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Jackson Academy’s Summer Care students celebrated the Fourth of July with a dress-up day and parade.