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Construction ‘full-tilt boogie’ on Costco project alderman says

Work on the Ridgeland Costco finally appears to be moving forward, thanks to several weeks of dry weather.

“They’ve been going full-tilt boogie to get the gas station opened by January and the store opened by March 1,” said Ward One Alderman Ken Heard. “They’ve been going strong since it got dried out.”






Judge, sheriff issue statement in Madison County consent decree

By NIKKI ROWELL,

On October 9, Judge Carlton Reeves entered an Order approving the Consent Decree in Brown v. Madison County, a lawsuit brought by the law firm Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Mississippi and the ACLU, which alleged racially motivated policing by the Madison County Sheriff’s Department.






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Tempest in teapot

Jim Hood’s investigation into Tate Reeves’ alleged arm-twisting to try to get the taxpayers to fund an access road into his gated community might be fodder for some commercials.

As a campaign bombshell, however, in the governor’s race between the two, it largely fizzled.


Junior officers

Juniors serving as class officers on the Jackson Academy Student Council for 2019-2020 are (from left) Alice Williams, Priya Ray, Thomas Arnold, and Ava Couey. Not pictured: Lila Robertson.



Pistol-packing Mama

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Marion Farrar’s life has included serving as PTA president to sheriff in the past 100 years.

Since her birth in 1919, Marion Farrar has had a lot of titles including mom, wife, friend, grandmother and, for a time, Sheriff.






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Special guest

Madison-Ridgeland Academy was honored to have Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, Alderman Tawanna Tatum, and Alderman Pat Peeler as guests at the first elementary chapel of the year. the mayor talked about how God uses each student.


Enjoy luncheon

Madison-Ridgeland Academy’s Parents and Teachers Association (PAT) enjoyed lunch together at the Annual PATS Luncheon. The mission of PATS  parents, faculty members, and administrative personnel in programs, projects, and activities designed to benefit our students and school.


Opioid epidemic program

John A. Meynardie, (right) assistant U.S. attorney, criminal division, Southern District of Mississippi, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson. The program was on the opioid epidemic in Mississippi. Shown are (from left) Daren LaMarca, Mike Dawkins, and Meynardie.


Diabetes walk

The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi will host its annual Mississippi’s Walk for Diabetes on Sunday, October 6 at Southern Farm Bureau Life, 1-220, Watkins Drive exit. Registration starts at 1 p.m. with the walk ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Participants can choose to walk or run the one-mile family fun route or 3.1/5K route.


Rotary speaker

The Rotary Club of North Jackson recently heard a talk on Lake Okhissa Project of the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance in Franklin County from member and architect Jack Allin (right) and businessman Wade Creekmore (center).




Grace Lynnley Miller

Grace Lynnley Miller, a recent homeschool graduate, was awarded a President’s Gold Scholarship from Baylor University in Waco. She will be enrolled at Baylor in their Honors College majoring in classical studies. She also received one of the two  Christian Home Educators Connection (CHEC) Matthew 5:16 Scholarships awarded yearly.


Shares story

The Rotary Club of Jackson welcomed Hezekiah Watkins with the Freedom Riders to a recent meeting. He has written about the experience in his book. However, he shared part of his story with club members. In 1961, the Freedom Riders came to Jackson.  Watkins was a 13-year-old boy at Rowan Junior High and was told to avoid the situtation.


Discusses travels

Madison-Ridgeland Rotarian Nelson Atehortua discussed his recent travels to Europe and South America with fellow club members during a club luncheon. Shown are (from left) Johnny Black, Jara Miller, Atehortua, Fran Flood, and Felipe Zuluaga.


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Sports talk

Rick Cleveland, sports columnist with Mississippi Today spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at a recent meeting.


Create boxes

For Valentine’s Day at Jackson Academy students (from left, back) Aiden Kennedy, Pruet James, Phoebe Graham, Susannah Keyne Harmon, Chelby Toplin, Jayne Riley Edwards, Rett Robinson; (front) Avery Pickering, Ellie Seago, Hayden Benton, Ella Hildoer, Nicholas Jones, and Leighton Sijansky created boxes to collect their notes and treats in. 


Promotions

Trustmark announces that Ben Aldridge (left) has been named market president for Hinds County and Bernard Bridges (right) has been named market president for Jackson.


Theater honored

New Stage Theatre was honored recently by the Mississippi Senate with presentation of Senate Concurrent Resolution 559 for being named the 2019 Governor’s Arts Awards recipient for Excellence in Theatre. New Stage Theatre is the only professional theater in Jackson with more than 50 years in operation.



Field Day

First Presbyterian Day School students enjoyed a celebration of the 2017-2018 at their annual Field Day. Shown are (from left, front) Kade Buchanan, Thomas Hewitt Oswalt, Grayson Vance and (back) Bennett Ezell.


Honors day

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 David Bramlett and Jake Mitchell, recipient of the precalculus book award.


Basketball champions

Jackson Academy’s 2019 MAIS AAAA Division I state champion Lady Raiders include (from left, back) Coach Ronnie Rogers, Emory Laseter, Yazzy Chambers, Anna Claire Seago, Sydney Morris, Demi Williamson, Emily Thompson, Avery Hederman, Gabrielle Morris, Lailaa Bashir, Coach Jan Sojourner.; (second row) Sara Wilson Fielder, Azaria McDowell, Reeves


First place freestyle

Mississippi Makos Swim Club swimmer Michael Robinson (right) received the following medals at the 2019 Eastern Section of the Southern Zone  Age Group Championships in Georgia:  first in  50-yard freestyle,100-yard freestyle; second 1000-yard freestyle; third in 500 and 200 yard freestyle. Brian Ware is coach.


All classes excellence

Jackson Prep freshmen earning the Honor Roll - 95 or Above in All Classes include (from left, back) Owen Abney, Jeffrey Jordan, Wayne Hsieh, Bennett Carter; (middle row) Thomas Wasson, Mary Robinson Coco, Caroline Yelverton, Annie Jicka; (front) Maggie Boswell, Emma Rose, Rose Hsieh, Julia Stradinger.


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The Montessori Academy of Jackson recently celebrated World Peace Day.  Participating were (from left) Lincoln Songcharoen, John Hudson Abel, Jake Aldy, Emmerson Laschanzky, Blue Harper Mitchel, R