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Excellence

Recognized for scholastic excellence and their significant contributions in a subject area at Jackson Academy were class of 2019 graduates (from back, left) Will Thomas, Preston McWilliams, Burkette Moulder, John Porch, Owen Fracchia, Thomas Iupe, Johnny Carpenter, Jacob Galatas, Charles Williams; (second row) Kelsey Ford, Ashley Manning, Lucy


What am I forgetting?

By ELIZABETH QUINN,

Schedule pediatrician appointments, make haircut appointments, new shoes all around, soccer sign-ups x2, submit medical forms x3, check cafeteria accounts, schedule tumbling lessons, parent info meeting, register for gymnastics (on real computer, not mobile friendly), meet the teacher, potty-train the three-year-old in a week since I wasn’t pay


The Price of Advice

By JASON BRANNING,

Jason K. Branning, CFP® is a fee-based investment adviser and financial planner with Asset Dedication, in Ridgeland. He owns Branning Wealth Management LLC and serves as a board trustee to the College Savings Mississippi 529 plans.


Upswing

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Golf on the N’side growing in popularity among junior players

After plateauing in recent years, junior golf on the Northside again appears to be on the upswing.


New Hinds County DA

Hinds County will be getting a new District Attorney just as it faces a murder rate not seen since the crack years of the early 1990s. Ironically, the new DA, Jody Owens, led the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit against Mississippi for prison reform. That’s not exaclty a lock-’em-up resume.


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Tags and flags: the good, the bad and the ugly

By ELIZABETH QUINN,

In these divided times we live in, I hope we can agree on a couple of things: fat babies are the cutest babies, videos of people falling or being scared by loved ones on the internet are life-giving, none of us actually know how to navigate the roundabout in Ridgeland, people who unpack all their bags and complete the laundry cycle that ensues



Honor Roll JACKSON PREP

The Jackson Preparatory School fourth term honor roll includes

Sixth Grade

Head of School’s List: Allie Landry, Parker Puckett, Barron Vance;

Faculty List : Bailey Blount, Brantley Denson, Charlie Faulk, Claiborne Perry, Haley Yelverton;


Regions Bank

By ROBERT LEARD,

It may be hard to believe. But it happens. Entirely too much.

In one case, an elderly bank customer receives a call from someone posing as his son-in-law. The caller says he’s in jail and needs help. He tells the elderly man someone will pick him up and take him to a bank so the man can withdraw money to cover bail.




Families First

By JENNY COX,

The red brake lights of vehicles brightly illuminated the road ahead. One after one the vehicles stopped on a normally, well-traveled interstate. The steady flowing pace of traffic abruptly came to a standstill that gradually spanned across miles.



Capital Ortho

By MOLLY STALEY,

Knee pain is a daily reality that has millions of Americans standing on the sidelines of their own life. While there are many conservative treatment options that should be explored first, knee replacement procedures are very successful in improving quality of life for individuals who suffer from chronic knee pain.


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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.

 







John Irwin Kassel

John Irwin Kassel, 84, of Madison, MS, passed away on August 16, 2019, in Austin TX. John was born in New Orleans, LA to Philip Charles Kassel and Iris Mire Kassel on January 23, 1935.  John attended Tulane University. He married JoAnn Morvant on Nov 3, 1956.



Voting system vulnerabilities

While Mississippi continues to largely ignore the warning that its dependence on paperless voting machines is asking for trouble, here comes word of another vulnerability that these older computerized voting systems probably have.

They use an operating system that will soon be outdated and more prone to hacking.


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All together

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Early Childhood Center students enjoyed the first day of school and meeting Head of School Tom Sheppard. Shown are (from left) Sheppard, Zuri Abston, Cenae Rogers, and Carrington King.



NUTCRACKER

First Presbyterian Day School students who were in Ballet Mississippi’s production of the “Nutcracker” include (from left, back) Carolyn George, Helen Fulcher, Fran Gregory, Ellen Morgan, McClain Morgan, Elizabeth Sweat, Anne Melton Hewitt, Raney Hogan; (second row) Emma Shay, Olivia Mitchell, Deviney Claire McElven, Caroline Conner, Isabella B


Staying grounded

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.  Shown are Princess Jasmine’s attendants trying to keep her grounded as she str


Good to be here

Middle school students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School enjoying the first day of the 2018-19 school year are (from left) Ivy Alley and Caitlin Penton.


Eagle Scout brothers

William McHenry (second from left) and Harry McHenry (third from left) were recognized for earning the Eagle Scout rank at Troop 8’s Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson. For their Eagle Projects, William made improvements at  Greenwood Cemetary and Harry built picnic tables for the  Methodist Children’s Home.


Champions

First Presbyterian Day School’s sixth-grade football team recently completed their season with a championship win.


Cum Laude induction

Jackson Prep held the Cum Laude Induction 2019 recently for students (from left, back) Jay Waits, Andrew Wasson, Will Jones, Genevieve Hurst, Catherine Watson, Kennedy Marble, Hannah Arnold, Barron Liston, Eliza Burnham, Anna Katherine Cooper; (middle row) Robert Griffis, Anna Stack, Parkman Speights, Elizabeth Speed, Emma Sapen, Abigail Pittma


Faux finishing

Guest speaker for a recent luncheon meeting of the Welcome Neighbor Club was Virginia Weathersby, who presented a program on faux finishing. Shown are (from left) Darlene Roberts, program chairman for Welcome Neighbor, Weathersby and her mother Lavonne Burney.

 


State in good shape on measles

There is a tendency, when talking about Mississippi, to focus heavily on the areas where the state doesn’t do well.

Given its low ranking in desirable categories, such as income and education, and its high ranking in undesirable ones, such as incarceration and obesity, there’s a lot to talk about when discussing our state’s failings.


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Breaking News

Tim Bryan has taken over for Dan Gaillet as engineer for Madison County.

Obituaries

Leslie Evalyn Hodge, 51, of New Orleans passed away at home on August 16, 2019.  Born in Augusta,... READ MORE

Social

First Presbyterian Day School sixth-graders (from left) Causey Jones and Casen Macke were chosen Best Manners by their classmates.