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Social disaster

The era of Facebook profiting madly off the trashiest, most libelous gossip it can show to its users could be coming to an end thanks to a government — not ours here in America — finally showing some backbone against the tech giants rapidly destroying our culture.


Prep Marching Band

Marching Band for Jackson Prep this year are (from left, back) Wesley McCulley, Anu Thind, Tyler Collins, DJ Johnson, Andrew Banks, Spencer Williams, Hayden Mathis; (middle row) Teddie Carroll, Jay Fountain, Wright Thompson, Noah Mallard, Austin Terry, Brittany Jiang; (front) Ben Tiller, Joshua McDonald, Mary Robinson Coco, Anna Kate Bertolet,



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.



Back at it

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School eighth graders enjoying the first day of school are (from left) Lauryn Chambers, Madison Cox, Casey Young, Micah Davis, Isabel Mitchell, Jennifer Chen, Jessica Livingston, and Hannah Moore.


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.



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Freeland Harris Magruder

Freeland Harris Magruder, Jr. 89, passed away peacefully at Hospice Ministries on July 10, 2019, sixteen days shy of his 90th birthday. He was born on July 26, 1929 in Memphis, TN, the son of Freeland Harris Magruder, Sr., and Adele Critz Magruder.


John Irwin Kassel

John Irwin Kassel, 84, of Madison, MS, passed away on August 16, 2019, in Austin TX. John was born in New Orleans, LA to Philip Charles Kassel and Iris Mire Kassel on January 23, 1935.  John attended Tulane University. He married JoAnn Morvant on Nov 3, 1956.


News Briefs

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.



Highest averages

Madison-Ridgeland Academy students who maintained the highest academic average among all sports and activities for the 2018-2019 school year were (from left) Alexandra Cullom, Nicolas Rowan, Bryce Ishee, Brewer Hughes, Wilson Benton, Ridge Futral.


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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]


Saints baseball

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Holland Townes (center) during the 2019 Senior Night. He was recognized with the baseball team. He is shown with his parents Andrew, Holland and Jan Townes.




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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.



5th Grade Duke Talent Search

During the 2018-19 school year then fifth graders at Mannsdale Upper Elementary participated in the Duke Talent Search. They included (from left, back) (Emiliano Valdez, Lucy Jones, Morghan Thompson; (middle row) Sahadev Vadlani, Beau Brogdon, Addisyn Brister; and  (front) Lilly Thomas, Jerry Purnell and Taij Sukhbaatar



Character

At Jackson Academy’s 2018-19 Upper School awards day (from left, back) Remy Hogue, Banks McNair, Nic Brown, Logan Thomas, Thomas Arnold, Gabrielle Morris; (front) Pier Thompson, Skylar Alexander, Remy Jones, Isabelle Eiland, and Kennedy Nations were given the school’s character and service award in recognition of their service to the school.


Top in class

Ridge Futral (right) was Madison-Ridgeland Academy’s Valedictorian and Nicolas Rowan was Salutatorian of the 2019 graduating class.


Charles Devin Hewitt “Hobbie”

Charles Devin Hewitt, “Hobbie”, a resident of Jackson, MS passed away at Baptist Medical Center on Friday September 6, 2019 at the age of 60.  A Memorial service was held at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon at 10am on Thursday, September 12, 2019.  Visitation was at 9am until service time.


Jean Seymour Yarbrough

Jean Seymour Yarbrough was born June 12, 1945, in Jackson, Mississippi, and died on September 9, 2019, in Ridgeland, Mississippi.   She was a daughter of the late William Reid and Jeannette Simmons Gainey. 


Bella Palomo

Bella Palomo received the Jackson Aca-demy’s 2018-2019 Mary Sprayberry Middle School Art Award in recognition of her loyalty to JA, Christian spirit of encouragement and kindness, and creative, artistic talent.


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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

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

Social

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