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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.




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.


New friends

Enjoying playing with new friends on the first week of school are Covenant Presbyterian preschoolers (from left) Molly Jones, John Hester, and Bronson Barrier.


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,


Class Picnic

The first grade at First Presbyterian Day School enjoyed an end of the 2018-19 schoolyear class picnic. Enjoying it were (from left, back) Mason Galbraith, Harrison Smith,


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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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Miss Fordice and Payne to exchange wedding vows February 23 in Vicksburg service

Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Lloyd Fordice of Vicksburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Emily Louise Fordice, to Thomas Bruce Payne III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bruce Payne Jr. of Madison. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Governor of Mississippi, the Hon. Daniel Kirkwood Fordice Jr.




Getting Closer

By ANTHONY WARREN,

House passes Community Improvement Districts bill

Another hurdle has been cleared in an effort to make community improvement districts (CIDs) a reality.

However, the biggest obstacle – a hostile lieutenant governor’s office – remains.


Cougars in Mississippi?

Northsider Jeff Bonner shared this photo of a Mississippi cougar with us. It came courtesy of his friend, Clarksdale dentist Bill Wilson, who took the photo from the window of his office at 850 North DeSoto in Clarksdale.




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Determination

Shearer overcomes back injury to continue love of dance at Indiana University

What at one point seemed impossible for a young ballerina has now become a reality.

After suffering a back injury, Mary Kate Shearer is attending Indiana University Bloomington and is now part of the ballet program at the Jacobs School of Music.



Tiny state agency plans on issuing $895 million bond

By WYATT EMMERICH,

When a Tiny backwater state agency published a public notice in the newspaper that it planned on issuing up to $895 million in state debt, it raised some eyebrows.

The Municipal Gas Authority of Mississippi (MGAM) only has a half-dozen or so employees, but that isn’t stopping the 30-year-old agency from some whopping plans.






Shut-offs

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Jackson officials going after unpaying water customers

The new year will mean new efforts by the city of Jackson to recoup an estimated $20 million in outstanding water revenues.

The city ramped up its water shut-off efforts to recoup funds on about 20,000 delinquent accounts, according to Public Works Director Robert Miller.




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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.