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Dr. Waymond Lee Rone

Waymond Lee Rone died August 19, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi. Just two weeks earlier he had been enjoying the salt air and sea breezes in his garden at Perdido Key, Florida. Many called him Dr. Rone, Wayne, and Daddy, but his grandchildren called him Poppy.


Medicaid expansion

Richard Roberson minces no words when he hears people argue that there’s no reason to expand Medicaid to the working poor since they can already get free medical care at hospital emergency rooms if they can’t afford to pay for it.


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.




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.


Kick off

Jackson Academy student council members (from left) Land Gebhart, Kennedy Nations, Lily Grace Thigpen, and Sydney Guy led Upper School students in an assembly to kick off the new year that was held on their first day of school.



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.



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Excellence

Recognized for scholastic excellence and their significant contributions in a subject area at Jackson Academy were class of 2019 graduates (from back, left) Will Thomas, Preston McWilliams, Burkette Moulder, John Porch, Owen Fracchia, Thomas Iupe, Johnny Carpenter, Jacob Galatas, Charles Williams; (second row) Kelsey Ford, Ashley Manning, Lucy





Oscar Edward Wall, Jr

Ed Wall passed away July 28  in Oxford. After living in Jackson for 47 years, he and his wife, Nell, relocated to Oxford in 2017 to be near family.

A celebration of Ed’s life will be held Monday, August 5, at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson.  Visitation will begin at 12:00 noon and the service at 2:00 p.m.


Biggs, Ingram & Solop PLLC

By CHRISTOPHER SOLOP,

Did you ever want to know exactly what public information is available to you and how to get it? The fact is, there is a plethora of information that you can access by making a simple request under the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983, Miss. Code Ann. §§25-65-1, et seq. (“the Act”).




First Tennessee Bank awarded bond bid for Ridgeland City Center

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The city of Ridgeland has received bids for the construction of the new city center, following the selection of a bank for the issuance of nearly $20 million in bonds.

The Ridgeland board of aldermen awarded the bond issue to First Tennessee Bank, as they had the lowest interest rate at 2.689669 percent.


Zoo Blues

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Attendance declining and director predicts budget shortfall

The Jackson Zoo continues to die on the vine, more than a year after managers voted to study relocating it, and eight months after the city entered into talks with a new firm to take over management.


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James P. “Jim” Spell

James P. “Jim” Spell, MD, the son of Jay P. Spell and Corinne Kervin Spell, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at his home in Oxford. He was 89 years of age. The cause of death was complications of Parkinson’s Disease and cancer. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 11:00 A.M.



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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

Northsiders were among the 1,254 SPRING graduates from Hinds Community College.

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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Holland Townes (center) during the 2019 Senior Night. He was recognized with the baseball team.