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Anne Yerger Hooker

Anne Yerger Hooker, passed away on St. Patrick’s day, Sunday, March 17. She was 72 years old and is survived by her husband, best friend, and devoted and tireless caregiver, Charles H. Hooker Jr.; by her oldest son Charles H.


Stan Buckley on But God Ministries

Stan Buckley is founder and director of But God Ministries in Ridgeland. The Madison resident started the group in 2011, around the time he stepped down as pastor of First Baptist Church of Jackson. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi and received his Juris Doctorate from the Mississippi College School of Law.


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


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).

Renaissance to feature new show fountain, theater and Costco


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.


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.

Back again

Middle school students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School enjoying the first day of the 2018-19 school year are (from left) Mari Finseth and Alyssa Leonards.

First day

Jackson Academy students (from left) Harper Cooley, Allyssa Lynskey, Mae Walker McLemore, Stone Skipper, Cash Dickson, and MJ Funchess Jr. enjoyed their first day in the first grade.


World changers

Seniors from Jackson Academy (from left) Logan Thomas, Brandon Miller, Avery Hederman, and Webb Strickland were recently listed among “25 Students Who Will Change the World” in Portico magazine.


Amy Elizabeth Cockroft from Broadmoor Baptist Church spoke recently about contentment at Madison Ridgeland Academy’s Elementary Chapel.

Award in math

At the recent Jackson Prep 10th and 11th-grade class day, students (from left) Miriam Cochrane, Alex Gibbs and Leigh Hardin won the Subject Area Award in Math. Not pictured: Elizabeth Speed.


St. Andrew’s Episcopal School members of the 2018-19 middle school dance team are (from left, back) Katie Peterson, Enyla Blackmon, Gigi Fraser, Mari Finseth, Lauren McKay; (middle row) Hannah Moore, Anna Everly, Jessica Livingston, Sophie Lewis, Kara Pickett; (front) Tia Harris, Caroline Champagne, Anne Avery Boling, and Carol Rappai.

Coding challenge

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School students recently won second place in CSpire’s C3 statewide coding challenge. Each team member received a $1,500 college scholarship. Shown are (from left) CSpire Systems Integration Manager and team adviser Rabun Jones, Allen Ryu, Will Buffington, Jack Ditto, Joe Han and school sponsor David Bramlett.

David Moulder

Jackson Academy senior, was recognized as a semifinalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. He is the son of Dr. Rebekah Moulder and David Moulder of Jackson. Moulder will continue in competition to be a finalist for Merit Scholarship awards that will be offered next spring.

DAR speaker

Mary Lohrenz (left) of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History recently presented a program on Mississippi Homespun: Nineteenth Century Textiles and the Women Who Made Them to the Magnolia State Chapter, NSDAR.  Shown with Lohrenz is Martha Denny, regent of Magnolia State Chapter, NSDAR.




Two area high schools have started what will be an annual competition to raise money for waterfowl conservation.