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William Morris Yeager

William Morris (Bill) Yeager, 90, passed away peacefully at his home on August 13, 2019 in Jackson, MS. He was born on February 8, 1929 in Paris, TN, the son of James Paul Yeager and Thelma Woody Yeager.  Bill grew up in Corinth, Mississippi and never imagined all the accomplishments he would achieve during his life.


Best Manners

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


All American cheerleaders

Madison-Ridgeland Academy’s varsity cheer squad recently competed at a UCA Cheer Camp at Mississippi State University. Seniors who were selected as All Americans were (from left) Caroline Venable, Campbell Owens, Emma Wilson, Mollie Potter and Cali Chance.


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Catholic Charities

By KELLI LEO,

The Catholic Charities Born Free/New Beginnings community is one that provides pregnant and parenting women who are chemically dependent a new chance at life. Women come to Born Free from all over the state of Mississippi in order to give birth to chemically free babies, or to reunite with their young children as they engage in treatment.



Mr. and Miss JA

Jackson Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Students (from left) Camille Couey and Webb Strickland were voted Mr. and Miss Jackson Academy.



Donna Bruce

Donna Bruce was recently elected chairman of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) during the group’s annual business meeting. MSCPA is the largest professional organization serving Mississippi Certified Public Accountants.


Cheer at USM

St. Joseph Catholic School senior Luckett Nixon signed to serve as a cheerleader next fall at the University of Southern Mississippi. Participating in the signing are (from left, back) Anderson Nixon; Racheal Cole; the St. Joe cheer coach; Xavier Howard; Dena Kinsey, St. Joe principal; (front) Dr. Fidel Sendra, Nixon, and Lacy Sendra.




Intellects

Madison Central High School most intellectual for the 2018-19 school year were  (from left) Michael Zhang and Amy Pang.


5 things you didn’t know about Preston Derivaux

By NIKKI ROWELL,

He is the great, great, great, great grandson of the founder of Vicksburg Newitt Vick. He was a reserve deputy sheriff for Hinds County, where he won best overall cadet and firearm excellence awards. Once he was struck by lightning, which took his hearing in one ear.  He worked as a deckhand on a tow boat on the Mississippi River. He has wo


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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.


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.

 


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.


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.


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.


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


Class favorites

Jackson Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Seniors (from left) Noah Berry, Kate McDowell, Will Mann, Anne Marie Lundy, Sam Walenta, Leah Richardson, Tanner Robertson, and Charlotte Palmer 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.

 


Hall of Fame

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



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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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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

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