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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]


No Relief

By ANTHONY WARREN,

No raise again for beleaguered Jackson Police Department.

Jackson has lost 86 police officers in the last year. Even so, a pay raise likely won’t be on tap for Jackson’s finest as part of next year’s budget.

The Jackson City Council is expected to vote on the city’s 2020 fiscal year budget today, Thursday, September 12.






Too many students on the wrong side of the digital divide

By CHIP PICKERING,

As students across Mississippi get back to school, it is vitally important our policymakers keep in mind those students and families who continue to struggle, stuck on the wrong side of the digital divide.  As the CEO of INCOMPAS, an association that promotes competition, innovation and economic development in network systems, I am particularly



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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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Cougars in Mississippi?

Northsider Jeff Bonner shared this photo of a Mississippi cougar with us. It came courtesy of his friend, Clarksdale dentist Bill Wilson, who took the photo from the window of his office at 850 North DeSoto in Clarksdale.




Still a Threat

By ANTHONY WARREN,

N’siders learn no vaccine but good treatments for West Nile.

Brenda and Jim McIntyre are busy Northsiders, and by all accounts healthy for their age. 

The two own their own business, The Complete Flag Source, and work six days a week, often 10 hours or more.



Reservoir officials battling to remove dangerous rebar placed in water

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) officials are at a loss as to how they can prevent reservoir visitors from placing steel reinforcement rods, or rebar, in the water.

The pieces of rebar jutting out of the water are hard to spot, putting Barnett Reservoir users in danger of damaging their watercrafts or getting hurt.


a conversation with Lumumba on People’s Advocacy Institute

Rukia Lumumba is executive director of the People’s Advocacy Institute in downtown Jackson. She is a graduate of Tougaloo College and holds a law degree from Howard University. Lumumba recently spoke to Sun Senior Staff Writer Anthony Warren about the institute and an initiative its working on to address crime in Jackson.


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Book drive

Student volunteers (from left) Lucy Clement, Clayton Mahaffey, Sandon Guild, Webb Strickland, and Gibson Cheney collected books donations for Teen Trendsetters and Big House Books at morning carpool during Jackson Academy’s 60th Anniversary book drive.

 


Earns Eagle Scout honors

Charlie Barbour (center) was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank at Troop 8’s Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson. His Eagle Project built tables for North Jackson Youth Baseball and Softball. He is shown with his parents Laura and Charles Barbour.


Seniors honored

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s basketball teams recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing seniors on the teams and their families. Shown are (from left) Bryan, Olivia and Connie Lantrip.

 


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.

 


Creatures of habit

By LOTTIE BOGGAN,

“Our hope for years to come.” 

A tail thump wakes me, a wet nose brushes my cheek. Somewhere along the way I might have thought I’d go gentle into that good night, but I’ve had some four-legged friends who think otherwise.


Seniors honored

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s basketball teams recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing seniors on the teams and their families. Shown are (from left) Bryan, Olivia and Connie Lantrip.

 



Junior favorites

At Jackson Academy’s annual Features Pageant juniors (from left) Zipporah Hawkins, Nelson Thomas, Sydney Guy, Bryan Jameson, Azaria McDowell, and Robert Culpepper were voted class favorites.


Varsity soccer

The 2018-19 Jackson Prep boys varsity soccer team includes members (from left, back) Head Coach Jon Marcus Duncan, John-Mark Rose, Campbell Mccearley, JC Polk, Michael Malouf, Walker Headley, Stewart McCullough, Will Waits, Cam Carroll, Brice Hall, Mason Morgan, Assistant Coach TJ Busin; (middle row) Dax Murphy, Walker Jay Patterson, Christian


Honored

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s basketball teams recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing seniors on the teams and their families. Shown are (from left) Kelly, Olivia and Shannon Hardwick.


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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.




2017 Debutantes

PRESENTATION BALL SCHEDULED NOVEMBER 24

This 84Th year’s formal presentation of debutantes as planned by the executive board of the Debutante Club of Mississippi, Inc. will take place Friday, November 24 in the ballroom of the Country Club of Jackson.





Determination

Shearer overcomes back injury to continue love of dance at Indiana University

What at one point seemed impossible for a young ballerina has now become a reality.

After suffering a back injury, Mary Kate Shearer is attending Indiana University Bloomington and is now part of the ballet program at the Jacobs School of Music.


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Bragging rights for another year are on the line tomorrow night, as St. Joseph Catholic School takes on St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, in a storied matchup formerly dubbed “The Holy War.”