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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.



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


Traveling man

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Madison county leader and family enjoys exploring europe in addition to snow skiing out west.

From the sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains, Trey Baxter is ensuring his family sees it all.




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.


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5 things you didn’t know about Mark & Mary Shapley

By NIKKI ROWELL,

They are going to become grandparents for the first time in February 2020. Their best memories are from family trips with their children. While they cook up tasty meals at the restaurant, their meals at home are usually really simple. Several of the paintings on the restaurant walls were done by Mark. In their off time, they like to binge-w





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second chance

By NIKKI ROWELL,

Recently released female prisoners find help in adjusting through crossroads ministry

Within three years of release from prison, nearly 70 percent of released prisoners were re-arrested. A Madison County program is aiming to cut back on recidivism and help those who are recently released turn their lives around.


Gerard Gibert on Mississippi Lottery

Gerard Gibert, a resident of Ridgeland, was recently named to the Mississippi lottery board of directors. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in economics from the University of Mississippi. He is the CEO of Venture Technology. Gibert recently spoke with Sun reporter Nikki Rowell about the Mississippi lottery.


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Play chess

Edward Coco (left) and Rose Hathorn (right) represented First Presbyterian Day School at the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Chess Tournament for the Lower Elementary Division.


Paul Harris Fellows

Two members of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, Sara White and Jay Cooke, were recently awarded Paul Harris Fellows. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.


Phoebe Guinn

Phoebe Guinn, Jackson Academy student, received the Teen Trendsetters Excellence in Leadership and Service Award, sponsored by the Barbara Bush Foundation’s Teen Trendsetters program.


December honorees

Madison Central High School December students of the month are (from left, back) Conner McMillin, Neil Storey, Javon Thomas, Michael Fuqua, Walker Palmerton; (middle row) Carter Hales, Daniel O’Dell, Kieron Cox, Olivia Essary, Taylor Walls; (front) Junnah Mondejar, Sirethia White and Kelly Salvador.


Volunteer service

Thomas Dent, director of Faith-Based Volunteer Services for the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson recently. Dent discussed the role and activities of DCPS including his and his family’s history of fostering children and of adopting their first foster child.


Women’s club

The Official Mississippi Women’s Club recently celebrated its 80th anniversary with a recognition ceremony at the state Capitol. The club was founded in 1938 by Mrs. Hugh White, then first lady of the state of Mississippi.  The first formal reception for members and their husbands was hosted by Gov. and Mrs.


Pizza perfection

Madison - Reunion Golf and Country Club Executive Chef Billy Kistler and his culinary team offered junior members a crash course in the art of making the perfect pizza.  Little chefs learned to roll their own dough and top their creations with unusual and traditional toppings, from pepperoni to pineapple.


Around the world

Jackson Academy’s sixth grade celebrated Christmas around the world by dressing in clothes inspired by different cultures. For the event, Micah Wallace (left) dressed in traditional Kenyan attire and Kendell Davis (right) wore an iconic Jamaican outfit.

 


Baseball player

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated Senior Night, recognizing senior members of the baseball team. Shown are (from left) Brett and Nathan Barham.


Rodeo

Preschoolers at First Presbyterian Day School dressed up for Rodeo Day. Shown are (from left) Logan Torres, Annabelle Mayer, and Millie Tompkins.


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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