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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


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.


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


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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Solar panels

The Sierra Club’s Louie Miller is praising the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) for extending for three years an additional 2.5 cents “adder” for lower income utility customers who install solar panels.


Cheers

By ANTHONY WARREN,

City considers allowing alcohol sales before noon on Sundays.

Northsiders who go out to eat for Sunday brunch could soon no longer have to leave Jackson to enjoy a mimosa or Bloody Mary with their eggs Benedict.




Garden Works

By ALLEN MARTINSON,

Mimi and I have had a very productive year in our yard. We have designed new island beds where lawn used to be. We have added plants in existing beds to add depth and new colors. New tree varieties were added that we just had to squeeze in.







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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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Where the money is

American folklore has it that when a reporter asked 20th century bank robber Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, Sutton replied, “Because that’s where the money is.”

Although Sutton denied coming up with the pithy phrase, its point is well-taken: Put your effort where you are likely to get the biggest result.


Homecoming court

The St. Joseph Catholic School 2018 Homecoming court shown in the St. Joe Rosary Garden include (from left) freshman Alex Lyle; sophomore Cece White; junior Thyme Turner; seniors Celeste Hall, Luckett Nixon, Alaina Liess and Emma Kaye Beebe; junior Layla Lewis; sophomore Clare Cole; and freshman Rosalia Foley.

 



Charter schools

Leland Speed, Jackson businessman, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson recently, informing club members and guests about the charter schools in Jackson. The Rotary Club of North Jackson meets at noon on Tuesdays at the Rickhouse in Jackson. Shown are (from left) Greg Campbell, club vice president, and Speed.


Getting started

First Presbyterian Day School students and teachers returned to school excited to start a new year. Shown are (from left, back) Tori Williams, Mathes Tompkins, Charlie Beard; (front) Victoria Morgan, Leigh Hand, Ables Hurley, Olivia Collins, Frances Hollingsworth, and John Morgan Secrest.




Rewarded

Students at First Presbyterian Day School who met their 200-point accelerated reader goal enjoyed a breakfast in the library. Shown are (from left) Avery Dale, Alice Moore, Porter Wyatt, Bernie Jones, Gray Hawkins, and Catherine Hawkins.


Robotics

Representatives from a wireless network recently spoke to Madison Ridgeland Academy’s middle school Robotics Club. They brought their robot Pepper for the students to enjoy. Shown are (from left) Rocco Universal, Jack Polles, Jackson Toler, Barr Biggs, Wilkes Johnson and Landry Horn.

 


Upper school

Jackson Academy students (from left) Hannah Hardee, Anna Katherine Ray, and Grace Owens entered their sophomore year in the upper school recently.


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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.