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No Relief

By ANTHONY WARREN,

No raise again for beleaguered Jackson Police Department.

Jackson has lost 86 police officers in the last year. Even so, a pay raise likely won’t be on tap for Jackson’s finest as part of next year’s budget.

The Jackson City Council is expected to vote on the city’s 2020 fiscal year budget today, Thursday, September 12.





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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.


Can a lobbyist tell the truth?

By WILLIAM JEANS,

Forgive me if I do not run into my front yard shouting hosannas to Jackson’s mayor for his courageous stand against carbon. If you saw Ms. Dominika Parry’s column in the Northside Sun’s July 25th edition, you know that she considers Mayor Chockwe Antar Lumumba to be Rushmore-worthy because he supports H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation Act.


Rev. Dr. Ruth Wallace Black

Dr Ruth Wallace Black, 79, died Friday August, 23, 2019 at Hospice Ministries. A third generation Jacksonian, Dr. Black earned her baccalaureate degree at Belhaven University and language certificates at both the British Institute in London and the Alliance Française in Paris.



Prison disaster

Of all the major issues being discussed in this year’s statewide campaigns, one that is largely being neglected is Mississippi’s prison system.

It is a disaster.


Patriot Pride dance team

The Madison-Ridgeland Academy Patriot Pride dance team attended UDA camp at Mississippi State University. Laura Lee Boyles, Mae Correro, Haleigh Hall, Lauren Head, Leigh Tucker, and Emory Ware were selected as All-American dancers.


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




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Time for school

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School sixth graders enjoying the first day of school are (from left) Isabelle Zevallos, Chloe Marion, Alleah Paulding, Addie LaRose, Emily Alexander, and Ashley Bryan.


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.

 



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.


Salute to education

Recognized at Jackson Prep’s 2018-19 “Salute To Education” banquet were (from left) teacher Laura Hepner, who was named Teacher of the Year, and Caroline Sisk, who was named Administrator of the Year.


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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Soccer signing

Madison Central High School senior Connor Henderson has signed to play soccer in the fall at Millsaps College. Shown are (standing) Madison Central Head Soccer Coach Cecil Hinds; (from left, sitting) Terri, Connor and Wes Henderson.


Advisory board

Madison County Business League and Foundation  2018-19 Advisory Board includes members (from left, standing) James McCullough, Pam Confer, Joseph Moss; (seated) Ray Balentine, and Nicky Cobb. Not pictured: Sam Kelly, G. Todd Burwell, John Geary, Mike Crandall,  Ed Boyington and Paul Musick.


may day fun

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s May Day will be celebrated May 3, at 6 p.m. on the south campus in Jackson. The theme is “A Few of My Favorite Things,” specifically, the students’ favorite things about the St. Andrew’s community.


Club speaker

The Rotary Club of Jackson recently welcomed David Nolen as guest speaker. Nolen is an associate professor, associate editor and reference librarian with the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library Congressional and Political Research Center. Shown are (from left) Rotary President Neddie Winter, Nolen, and Julian Watson.

 


Recieves scholarship

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2018 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments over the course of the school year. Shown (from left) are Web Watkins, Jason Watkins, Douglas Watkins and Saffron Quinn, recipient of the Whitney Watkins Memorial Scholarship.


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.



Executive officers

The 2018-2019 Madison Central High School Student Government Association Executive Officers are (from left) Haaris Patel (vice-president), Bonnie Hill and Sydney Storm (co-presidents), Claire Iupe (secretary) and Michael Zhang (treasurer).


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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Breaking News

A popular Northside park could soon be named after a late Jackson Academy student.

Obituaries

Lane Spell Rosson, 74, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at home in Ridgeland... READ MORE

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Jackson Academy’s Summer Care students celebrated the Fourth of July with a dress-up day and parade.