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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]


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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.




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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Student council

Adrienne Stewart, served as co-president of the Education Center School student council. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Stewart. Trevor Clayton, son of Tiffanie Young, served as the senior class representative on the ECS student council for the 2018-2019 school year.


Merit Scholars

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s merit scholars from the Class of 2019 were (from left) Khalil Jackson, William Harkless, Trey Till, Allen Ryu, and Jacob Bryson.


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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.


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.


Zoo blues

Auditors recently wrapped up an investigation of the Jackson Zoo’s finances, and one thing is clear, Beth Poff took one for the team.

Poff is the park’s former executive director. She resigned from the position last year after admitting to misusing $350,000 in state bond funds to cover operations.



Faculty Award

The Faculty Award for service, leadership, and scholarship at Jackson Academy was granted to Middle School students (from back, left) Red Deaton, Olivia Claire Williford, Cole Powers; (front) Kendall Edmonson, Layla Farmer, John Markow, and Davis Meeks in recognition of their concern for the welfare of the students and staff of JA.



Cheerleader signing

St. Joseph Catholic School 2019 graduate Blaise King, signed to serve as a cheerleader this year at the University of West Alabama. At the signing were (from left, back) Dena Kinsey, Racheal Cole; (front) J.W., Blaise and Olivia King.


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District governor visits

District 6820 Governor Mark Fields (right) visited the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club at a recent meeting. He presented an update on regional activities and his goals for the year. Shown with him is Club President Felipe Zuluaga. Fields is a member of the Jackson Downtown Rotary Club.


Entourage

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.


The Great Kapok Tree Reptiles

St. Richard 3rd Grade Students presented a play based on the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry while studying biomes. Students created the set and their costumes for the play based on their research of plants and animals in the Amazon Rainforest. Shown (from left) Susie Steckler, Zuri Hays, John Brody Fournet, and James Harris.


Organ systems

Presenting on the digestive system in Jackson Academy’s fifth-grade science class are (from left) Elizabeth Hosey, Rimes Dehmer and Maya Turner.

 


New friends

Enjoying playing with new friends on the first week of school are Covenant Presbyterian preschoolers (from left) Molly Jones, John Hester, and Bronson Barrier.



Soccer camp

Jackson Academy students (from left) Cole Caraway, Andrew Baquie, Londyn Dorsey, Olivia Salvo, Richard Sumrall, Alex Patterson, and soccer coach Phillip Buffington recently participated in a summer soccer camp led by Buffington.


Cheers

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the football team, spirit squads, and band. Shown are (from left) Marsha, Logan and Brent Wood.



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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.





NewSouth NeuroSpine

By DR. RAHUL VOHRA,

“The DEA is on the phone.” Those are words you really never want to hear. To my relief the call wasn’t about my practice. The next week I found myself meeting with two United States District attorneys as well as DEA agents. I was asked to be an expert in a case against two pain specialists in Alabama.



Renaissance to feature new show fountain, theater and Costco

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The second and third phases of Renaissance are on track to be finished next year, complete with another show fountain and Malco theater.

The city of Ridgeland director of community development Alan Hart said, based on reports from the developer, that phase two of Renaissance should be open by summer or fall of 2019.




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