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Fireworks to fill Northside skies at Independence Day celebrations

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The sky will be bright with fireworks as Fourth of July celebrations kick off this weekend.

So, don your red, white and blue and all things star spangled and head out to one of the various Independence Day events across North Jackson and south Madison County.

There is something for everyone to enjoy in true patriotic fashion.




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Animal habitat

First-graders at First Presbyterian Day School created an “animal habitat” display with  creative art and writing projects. Shown are (from left) Tully Hogan, Benny Moss, Davison Tyra, and Erin Fontaine.


Susan Draughn

Susan Draughn has been named Madison Central High School’s Parent of the Year. Draughn serves as the 2018-2109 Madison Central PTO President. She has served in numerous PTO roles in each Madison zone school throughout the years, including PTO President at Rosa Scott School from 2016-2018.


Acolytes

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School lower school students recently served as acolytes during Big Chapel. Shown are (from left) Reed Chudy, Ravi Patel, Ayden Seale, Baani Bedi, Eloise Turnage, Alice McElroy, Reese Hall, and Eli Pace.

 


Eighth-grade basketball

The 2018-2019 Jackson Prep eighth-grade girls basketball team includes members (from left, back) Trevor Robinson, Maggie Stack, Bella Cole, Kennedie Sanders, Hannah Caloss, Bradley Carter; (front) Ryleigh Wells, Grayson Dausman, Truus Alford, Kate Ferguson, Tyler Reeves, Akhila Adari.


Eagle Scout Will Davis

Will Davis (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 replaced the footbridge on the cross country trail at Jackson Prep. He is shown with his parents Lesley and John D. Davis IV.


Senior player

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the boys and girls soccer teams. Shown are (from left) Jim, Tucker and Sandra Shelson.

 



Golf signing

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School senior Price Bryan committed to playing golf at Birmingham-Southern College. Shown are (from left, back) Joe Ray, Chase and Lee Anne Bryan, Walker Barrett, Chad Darby; (front) Price Bryan.

 


Cheerleaders

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Lower School Spirit Night at a Saints’ football game. Shown are (from left) Anna Powell Black, Julia Mitchell, and Harper Black.



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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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Andy Brown (center) was recognized for earning his Eagle Scout rank at Troop 8’s May Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Jackson.