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Intellects

Madison Central High School most intellectual for the 2018-19 school year were  (from left) Michael Zhang and Amy Pang.


5 things you didn’t know about Preston Derivaux

By NIKKI ROWELL,

He is the great, great, great, great grandson of the founder of Vicksburg Newitt Vick. He was a reserve deputy sheriff for Hinds County, where he won best overall cadet and firearm excellence awards. Once he was struck by lightning, which took his hearing in one ear.  He worked as a deckhand on a tow boat on the Mississippi River. He has wo


Bluntson Award

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School celebrated the Fourth Grade Crossing Service. At the closing lower school service of the 2018-19 school year, rising fifth graders received their certificates signifying successful completion of the fourth grade, and special recognition was given to those students who received awards for individual accomplishment.



Scholarship recipients

At Madison-Ridgeland Academy, graduates (from left) Luke Agent and Katie Morris were recipients of the Thompson Scholarship, which is based on academic ability, a good sense of humor, a sense of purpose, a pleasing demeanor, a gracious spirit, and a high regard for others.



Leslie Evalyn Hodge

Leslie Evalyn Hodge, 51, of New Orleans passed away at home on August 16, 2019.  Born in Augusta, Georgia to Jo Dent and Elbert “Cliff” Hodge, Leslie grew up in Oxford, Mississippi.  After moving to Jackson, Mississippi, Leslie graduated from St.



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Upswing

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Golf on the N’side growing in popularity among junior players

After plateauing in recent years, junior golf on the Northside again appears to be on the upswing.


The Price of Advice

By JASON BRANNING,

Jason K. Branning, CFP® is a fee-based investment adviser and financial planner with Asset Dedication, in Ridgeland. He owns Branning Wealth Management LLC and serves as a board trustee to the College Savings Mississippi 529 plans.


What am I forgetting?

By ELIZABETH QUINN,

Schedule pediatrician appointments, make haircut appointments, new shoes all around, soccer sign-ups x2, submit medical forms x3, check cafeteria accounts, schedule tumbling lessons, parent info meeting, register for gymnastics (on real computer, not mobile friendly), meet the teacher, potty-train the three-year-old in a week since I wasn’t pay




New Hinds County DA

Hinds County will be getting a new District Attorney just as it faces a murder rate not seen since the crack years of the early 1990s. Ironically, the new DA, Jody Owens, led the Southern Poverty Law Center’s lawsuit against Mississippi for prison reform. That’s not exaclty a lock-’em-up resume.



Sow Reap Feed

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Traveling through the streets of North Jackson, you’d probably never guess that off Northside Drive a small farm is nestled in among the busy streets and all the hustle and bustle of the city.

Broadmeadow Farm is part of the organization, Sow Reap Feed, whose mission is to bring fresh, healthy produce to the food insecure in Jackson.


News Briefs

Boat Ramps Opened

All boat ramps have been reopened in the Pelahatchie Bay area at the Barnett Reservoir, which have been closed since October 2018 due to the presence of the aquatic pest: giant salvinia.


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silver steppers

Jackson Academy’s Silver Steppers for the 2019-2020 season are (from left, back) Vivien Stevens, Blair Wilson, Enisha Shelton, Mya Coins, Eliza Perkins, Caroline Bennett, Sophie Rhoden, Hayes Tharp, Elizabeth Copeland, Anna Lauren Parker, Avery Brooks; (middle row) Molly Baldwin, Kate Frost, Olivia Smith, Landry Lester, Mae Mathison, Anna Marga


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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Let’s play

First Presbyterian Day School kindergartners (from left) Luke Hurt and Wade Covington were ready to play on the first day of school.


Kind words

Jackson Academy’s fifth grade students designed posters for a campaign encouraging their peers to use kind words, especially on social media. Hanging posters throughout campus with help from ninth-grader Fran Wilkirson are (from left) Brennon Shorter, Jake Pratt, Shelby Grant and Miller Whittington.

 


Musical ensemble

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.


First day

Middle school students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School enjoying the first day of the 2018-19 school year are (from left) Anna Everly, Olivia Sheppard, and Lily Hillhouse.


Athletes

Voted Most Athletic at St. Joseph Catholic School was (from left) Kiland Harrison and Luckett Nixon.


Baroque ensemble concert continues group’s tradition of outstanding performances

By MAX GARRIOTT,

More Mississippians need to discover one of the state’s “best-kept secrets,” the Mississippi Academy of Ancient Music (MA’AM), which continues to outdo itself in bringing the top world-class performers of medieval, Renaissance, baroque and early classical music to various venues in central Mississippi.


Class favorites

Senior class favorites are (from left, back) Harrison Scott, Haaris Patel, Westbrooks Ross, Myles Hopson, Jack Thoms, Neil Storey, Xeric Watson; (front) Cara Dale Palmer, Maggie McKinnis, Sarah Elizabeth Johns, Sydney Storm, Bonnie Hill, Amber McAlpin, Hannah Brady, Vertreace Sanders, Quniaja Hill, Elle Muirhead and Kaitlyn Sills.


Honor code chapel

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School fourth-graders serve as acolytes in the school’s chapel service each Friday. At a recent service, upper school students serving on the honor council spoke with lower school students about the school’s honor code.


Study B

First Presbyterian Day School kindergartners all dressed with colors and items starting with the letter B. Shown are (from left) Henry Moore, Kate Houston and Lily Grace Wilson.

 


Samuel Morgan

Samuel Morgan, son of Jessica Morgan and student at Magnolia Home School Co-op, recently served as a page for the Mississippi Senate. Pages generally run errands for officials and Senate staff.


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Breaking News

Tim Bryan has taken over for Dan Gaillet as engineer for Madison County.

Obituaries

Leslie Evalyn Hodge, 51, of New Orleans passed away at home on August 16, 2019.  Born in Augusta,... READ MORE

Social

First Presbyterian Day School sixth-graders (from left) Causey Jones and Casen Macke were chosen Best Manners by their classmates.