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Clifford Macgowan III

Clifford Macgowan III was born on June 22, 1949, in Jackson, Mississippi, the elder son of Thelma Thompson Macgowan (T) and Clifford Macgowan, Jr., (Kip).  On August 16, 2019, he met his Maker following an 18-month battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.



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Meadowbrook Redesign

Engineers are expected to begin working next month on a project that could completely redesign Meadowbrook Road in Fondren.


Freeland Harris Magruder

Freeland Harris Magruder, Jr. 89, passed away peacefully at Hospice Ministries on July 10, 2019, sixteen days shy of his 90th birthday. He was born on July 26, 1929 in Memphis, TN, the son of Freeland Harris Magruder, Sr., and Adele Critz Magruder.


Shares journey

The Reverend Eddie Spencer, author, and former inmate recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Jackson. He shared his journey from prison to redemption. Shown are (from left), Janet Scott, club president; Spencer, and Jim Rosenblatt.


Anna Carlisle Nichols

Anna Carlisle Nichols received the 2018-2019 Andrew Yoste Defore Scholarship at Jackson Academy’s Upper School awards day, which is awarded to an outstanding student who demonstrates the desire to unselfishly serve others, is dedicated to high achievement in academics and other activities, and is committed to a Godly and healthy lifestyle.


Extra Help

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Established overlay districts proving successful for Jackson.

Eastover residents continue to enjoy their large yards and dense tree canopies almost eight years after an overlay district was expanded in the area to protect them.


Desoto key to runoff

The runoff for the Republican nomination governor was already bound to be interesting: Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a leader of the legislative branch, vs. Bill Waller Jr., the former leader of the state’s judicial branch.


Highest averages

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 Ishee, Brewer Hughes, Wilson Benton, Ridge Futral.


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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.



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.


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.


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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One sitting

First Presbyterian Day School presented engraved Bibles to students who recited the Children’s Catechism in one sitting. Shown are (from left, back) Harrison Thomas, Anthon Land, Sam Henson, Jack Graves, Jacob Suggs; (front) Mary Harr Payne, Hannah Day, Campbell Hardy, Katie and Lucy Suggs.


Hall of Fame

Webb Strickland, Preston McWilliams, Burkette Moulder, Carneilus Powers; (front) Erin Hederman, Avery Hederman, Columbia Holeman, Camille Couey, and Reese Overstreet


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.

 



Historical fiction

Jackson Academy students (from left) Annie Craig, Barron Mosal, Sarah Kathryn Williams, and Liam Spratlin recently authored works of historical fiction about President Abraham Lincoln.

 


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.


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.

 


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.


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


Wittiest

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


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Running club

Jackson Academy fourth grade students who ran 100 miles or more in Running Club this year were (from left, back) Elizabeth Wells, Brianna Wang, Adrianna Wang, Walter Towery, Vaiden Taylor, Sam Smith, Liam Spratlin; (second row) Ellie Seago, Mary Madison New, James Ogden, Mikhaden Peters, Avery Pickering, Meridith Ray, Jack Satcher; (front) Barr



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.




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.


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.


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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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.