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Traveling man

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Madison county leader and family enjoys exploring europe in addition to snow skiing out west.

From the sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains, Trey Baxter is ensuring his family sees it all.



Leslie Evalyn Hodge

Leslie Evalyn Hodge, 51, of New Orleans passed away at home on August 16, 2019.  Born in Augusta, Georgia to Jo Dent and Elbert “Cliff” Hodge, Leslie grew up in Oxford, Mississippi.  After moving to Jackson, Mississippi, Leslie graduated from St.






Northside Drive repaving to begin

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Monday, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba announced that repaving is expected to begin on Northside Drive between State Street and I-55/Frontage Road.  The $2.4 million project has been made possible through the 1% Sales Tax Commission and funding made available to the Mississippi Department of Transportation by the Federal Highway


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Oscar Edward Wall, Jr

Ed Wall passed away July 28  in Oxford. After living in Jackson for 47 years, he and his wife, Nell, relocated to Oxford in 2017 to be near family.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held Monday, August 5, at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson.  Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon and the service at 2:00 p.m.




First Tennessee Bank awarded bond bid for Ridgeland City Center

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The city of Ridgeland has received bids for the construction of the new city center, following the selection of a bank for the issuance of nearly $20 million in bonds.

The Ridgeland board of aldermen awarded the bond issue to First Tennessee Bank, as they had the lowest interest rate at 2.689669 percent.


Zoo Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Attendance declining and director predicts budget shortfall

The Jackson Zoo continues to die on the vine, more than a year after managers voted to study relocating it, and eight months after the city entered into talks with a new firm to take over management.



JA Highest academic achievement

Fifth and sixth graders at Jackson Academy (from left, back) Parker Halford, Nicholas Katsaboulas, Crystal Gao, Caroline Flechas, Brooke Emerson Ogden; (from left, front) Sanders Reeves, Elizabeth Woosley, Natalie Shephardson, and Molly Marie Moody earned the honor of highest academic achievement during the 2018-2019 academic year.


Earlene Milner Lefoldt

Earlene Milner Lefoldt passed away on July 31, 2019 at St. Catherine's Village surrounded by her loving family. Visitation will be Monday, August 5, 2019 from 10 - 11 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church with the Mass of Christian Burial beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Lakewood Cemetery.


John D. Damon

John D. Damon, Ph.D., Canopy Children’s Solutions’ chief executive officer, is one of 21 senior health care leaders who were chosen to join the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship’s fifth class and the program’s network of health care entrepreneurs and innovators from across the United States.


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Biomedical research

Madison Central High School biomedical research students listened to a discussion lead by guest speaker Mark Chmielewski on patient data security. Attending the discussion were (from left) Perriann Smith, Erica Chmielewski, Daniel Joshua, Chmielewski, Leija Ray, Loveleen Kaur, with biomedical research instructor Dr. Betsy Sullivan.

 


Little Dribblers

Jackson Academy second-graders (from left, back) Josh Hubbard, Lillian Griner, Joseph New, Perry James, Gabriella Lomax, Carson Lester, Knox Seward, Ella Kate Sijansky, Kate Vollor, Austin McNeil; (third row) Jordyn Funchess, Daulton Lynskey, Ella Williams, Colton Ogden, Brennan Davis, Haley Barbour, Pettey Sandifer, Clay Chustz, Sarah Logan, H


Animal habitat

First-graders at First Presbyterian Day School created an “animal habitat” display with  creative art and writing projects. Shown are (from left) Tully Hogan, Benny Moss, Davison Tyra, and Erin Fontaine.



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.

 


Rotary newest member

Gary Moulder (center) was recently in-ducted as the newest member of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. Moulder joins his wife, Sharon, (right) who has been a club member since 2009 and recently completed a term as club president. Shown with them is charter member Ann Barnes (left).



White team

Jackson Prep’s seventh-grade boys basketball white team includes members (from left, back) Andy Brown, Parker Puckett, Thomas Gough, Charlie Faulk; (front) Brantley Denson, Jack Dryden, Beckham Powers, Allen Rebich. Not pictured: Christopher McHenry.

 


Tea party

Prekindergarten students (from left, back) Mai Terry, Millie McGee, Stanley Copeland, Sanders Harwell; (front) and Adelyn Price shared tea in the library during Jackson Academy’s annual K4 and K5 Beatrix Potter tea parties.


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Parent of the Year

A community volunteer and advocate for education, Kenya Key Rachal has been named Ridgeland High Parent of the Year. Rachal believes that parental involvement is a key to school success. She has been a member of the PTO Board since 2016 and a  volunteer assisting at numerous school events and chairing events.


Plan for college

Madison Ridgeland Academy recently had five alumni who attend the University of Mississippi and all are members of the Sally McDonald Honors College back on campus to speak to 11th-graders about college planning. Shown are (from left) Lennis Barlow, Cooper Ruwe, Mary Reid Dixon, Kayla Lovitt and Clay Chance.




Yankee Doodle Fun

Rising K4 and K5 students at First Presbyterian Day School’s Under the Oaks summer program had a fun-filled Fourth of July week, including making Yankee Doodle hats.


Braves speaker

Chris Harris, director of communications, media, and broadcasting for the Mississippi Braves, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson.  Harris informed club members and guest about the AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team. Shown are (from left) Tim Mueller, Harris, Anna Powers, and Lori Greer.


Celebrate 70

The Jackson chapter of PEO recently celebrated the chapter’s 70th anniversary. PEO is an international organization that provides scholarships for women. Shown are (from left) Jill Everett, corresponding secretary; Tricia Redditt, recording secretary; Laura Lee Mullens, president; Diana Walkinshaw, vice president; Gaye Townsend, treasurer.



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Breaking News

Northsiders were among the 1,254 SPRING graduates from Hinds Community College.

Obituaries

Waymond Lee Rone died August 19, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. Just two weeks earlier he had been... READ MORE

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Holland Townes (center) during the 2019 Senior Night. He was recognized with the baseball team.