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Football offense

Jackson Prep’s 2018 Offensive Football Awards were won by (from left) Tripp Cory, Most Valuable Lineman; Jerrion Ealy, Most Valuable Back; Charlie Ott, Most Valuable Lineman; Peyton Greenwood, Most Valuable Receiver.

 


Fab friends

The First Presbyterian Day School Fabulous Friends (down syndrome class) raised more than $1,100 for the Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society by participating with students in Rock Your Socks on World Down Syndrome Day. Pictured are (from left) Leighton Myrick, Ava Hutton Gregory, Amelia White, Charlotte Luzardo, and Taylor Edmonson.


Junior winners

Madison Ridgeland Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Students selected as 11th-grade beauty and beau winners are (from left) Nathan Tullos, Nasson Rodriguez, Christopher Snopek, Campbell Owens, Nikki Tullos and Emma Wilson.

 


Chorus members

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.


Susan Draughn

Susan Draughn has been named Madison Central High School’s Parent of the Year. Draughn serves as the 2018-2109 Madison Central PTO President. She has served in numerous PTO roles in each Madison zone school throughout the years, including PTO President at Rosa Scott School from 2016-2018.



Honor Roll mississippi college

Northsiders were recently named to Mississippi College’s Dean’s and President’s Lists.

On the Dean’s List are Joseph Abbott Jr., Atul Aggarwal, Andrew Ahlrich, Lydia Aluko, Peyton Barnett, Courtney Brooks, Patrick Bufkin, Gabrielle Buteau, Charlene Claudio, Mason Crowe, Mackenzie Danaher, Katherine Fritts;


Book tour

Author and illustrator Greg Pizzoli recently read his newly published work, “The Book Hog,” aloud to Jackson Academy lower school students. Shown are (from left) Kate Holsenbeck, Cash Woodall, Chase Ory, Pizzoli, Elizabeth Peters, Reece Burgess and Allyssa Lynskey.

 


Got an “A”

Sen. Walter Michel (left) recently visited with former Madison County Schools Superintendent Kimber L. Halliburton, one of 18 school leaders who visited the Capitol to be honored with a presentation of Senate Concurrent Resolution 540 saluting them for achieving an “A” accreditation rating for the 2017-18 school year.


Entourage

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.


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Curtis Flowers case

Those who have some experience in reading the mood of the U.S. Supreme Court came away from the recent hearing on the Curtis Flowers case certain that it’s going to be a slam-dunk reversal of his latest capital murder conviction.




Coming Soon

By ANTHONY WARREN,

More than $26 million earmarked to rehab North State Street

For the thousands of motorists who drive North State Street each day, the commute could soon be a lot smoother, with $26.3 million in projects ongoing or planned for the roadway.




Attendance, revenues continue to decline for Jackson zoo; director hopes program helps

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Things are going from bad to worse for the Jackson Zoological Park, which continues to hemorrhage visitors and revenues in the wake of the city’s plans to bring on new management.

Through the end of March, the zoo has attracted just 18,736 visitors, down 30 percent for the same time in 2018.




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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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At Last

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Mayor secures financing for major North State project

Two years and numerous discussions later, the city of Jackson is finally moving forward on the North State Street and West County Line Road reconstruction projects.

And the projects will be moving forward more than a year ahead of schedule.


Lean Forecast

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Collection shortfalls challenge city officials with budget issues

Jackson could have a draft budget next week, but even before that plan is released, city officials expect 2018 to be a lean year.




Traffic changes

The county is looking to change their policy for homeowner associations that want to make positive traffic changes to their subdivisions, such as reducing speeding, adding speed bumps, or other deterrents of reckless driving.


Coming Soon

By ANTHONY WARREN,

New Costco construction scheduled to start in spring

Construction on the Ridgeland Costco could get under way in the spring, according to Ridgeland city officials.

“The developer plans to begin construction … in March and expects that Costco will be open before Christmas,” said Mayor Gene McGee.





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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.