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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


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.




Dr. Waymond Lee Rone

Waymond Lee Rone died August 19, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. Just two weeks earlier he had been enjoying the salt air and sea breezes in his garden at Perdido Key, Florida. Many called him Dr. Rone, Wayne, and Daddy, but his grandchildren called him Poppy.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


Jackson Preparatory School

By RUSS UPTON,

With one of the largest Extended Reality Labs of its kind in any K-12 school in the country, Jackson Prep is preparing students for the technology-filled world they are bound to encounter. In April 2018, the school inaugurated its Extended Reality (XR) Learning Lab in the Jesse L. Howell, Jr. library.






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Big chapel acolytes

St. Andrew’s Episcopal lower school students serve as acolytes during big chapel each week. Some serving during the 2018-2019 year were (from left) Emily Reynolds, Eloise Turnage, Addison Tatum, Alice McElroy, Reed Chudy, Alex Fuentes, Hudson Eubanks and Riley Thurman.




Wittiest

Jackson Prep recently held its Precis Pageant. Students voted Wittiest Girl and Boy were (from left) Annie Rogers and Will Gage.


Flag history

The Annandale Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution met recently at the Country Club of Jackson.  Robin Person with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History presented a program entitled “The History of the American Flag”.  Annandale members Mary Manning and Mary Sue Mosby presented Robin with a subscription to the American Spir


Eagle

John Moak Scarbrough (center) was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank at Troop 8’s February Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson. His Eagle Project recycled newpaper distribution boxes as Little Libraries for Batson Childrens Hospital. joins over 600 Eagle Scouts from Troop 8 since 1921.



Spirited

Jackson Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Voted Most School-Spirited are (from left) Leah Richardson and Preston McWilliams.


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.

 


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.


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March madness

Celebrating March Madness with a college-themed dress day at Jackson Academy were middle school students (from left) Avery Brooks, Mary Peyton Barnette, Mary Will Sykes, Win Hooker, Emory Young, Will Graven, Tad Carpenter, Winston James Thompson, Gray Glaze, Turner Denton, Mary Hampton Walker, Kendall Edmonson and Virginia Browning.


Crowned queen

Anna Kathryn McDaniel, daughter of Keith and Kathryn McDaniel of Madison, was crowned 2018 homecoming queen at Madison Ridgeland Academy. Shown are (from left, back) Alan Hart, McDaniel, Cole Thomas; (front) James Burns and Lila Vandevere.


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.


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.


Medicaid expansion

Richard Roberson minces no words when he hears people argue that there’s no reason to expand Medicaid to the working poor since they can already get free medical care at hospital emergency rooms if they can’t afford to pay for it.


Enter Pre-K3

St. Richard Catholic School began its school year with the annual “Back to School” night where students are able to meet their teacher, get a preview of their classroom, and learn what after school activities will be available in StR’s “CASA” enrichment program.


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.


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.



Superkids

First Presbyterian Day School kindergartners dressed as their favorite Superkids Reading Program characters. Shown are (from left) Parks Thiel, Henry Collins, Charlie Chandler and Lucy Suggs.


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Madison-Ridgeland Academy students who maintained the highest academic average among all sports and activities for the 2018-2019 school year were (from left) Alexandra Cullom, Nicolas Rowan, Bryce