St. Richard 3rd Grade Students presented a play based on the book The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry while studying biomes. Students created the set and their costumes for the play based on their research of plants and animals in the Amazon Rainforest. Shown (from left) Lily Frances Garner, Loftis Garner, Neel Boteler, and Reed Walker.
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The Gallery Guild’s new officers for the 2019-20 year include (from left) Betty Parry, vice president/president elect; Mary Dunbar, president; Tay Morgan, assistant secretary; Lisa Busby and Jane Jones, historian/publicity co-chairmen.
Mississippi politics may have a sketchy track record about producing good public policy, but at least you can say it always makes for entertaining theater.
The latest act in that long-running saga came last week in the race for governor.
A lawsuit that claims Mississippi is violating the free-speech rights of vegetarian food producers was inevitable.
Civil asset forfeiture allows the government to confiscate property on the grounds that it is connected to a crime — without ever convicting someone of the crime. In court, a lower burden of proof applies in these civil cases than in criminal cases, even when valuable property, such as the vehicle you drive to work, is at stake.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2019 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments. Students honored for high achievements on the National French Exam are (from left) Jory Tanaka, Dami Oluwatade, Rhodes Pharr, Khushi Patel, Anna Buckley, Betsy Burrow, and Jacob McGrath.
Car show to benefit diabetes foundation.
Students at First Presbyterian Day School’s Under the Oaks summer program enjoyed a field trip to the Mississippi Natural Science Museum. Going were (from left) Annabelle Hendrix and Charlotte Morgan.
Voted most talented in dance performance at Madison Central High School are (from left) Billie Joe Lam and Francie Davis.
Jackson Academy recently hosted its annual Features Pageant. Skylar Alexander, (left) daughter of Rhonda and Charles Alexander, was voted Most Beautiful and Max Harmon, (right) son of Lisa and Patrick Harmon was voted Most Handsome.
Influenced by the Garden District in New Orleans, a new residential development will soon be in the works in the city of Madison.
The Madison board of aldermen recently voted to approve the site plan for the residential portion of the Village.
A product of the Mississippi hill-country, standing water was something I saw only in a pond on my parent’s farm or crossing the creek on “the place.” Beyond the occasional thrill of Grenada Lake spillway opening, flooding was a distant story on the Sunday evening news.
After running unopposed, District 25 Sen. Walter Michel now has a Democratic challenger in the 2019 election.
Michel, a Republican, qualified to run for the District 25 seat on March 1, the qualifying deadline.
On March 2, when the secretary of state released its list of qualifying candidates, Michel was unopposed.
I am raising three women. They are girls right now, but they will be women when I’m done with them—I hope. That’s the plan anyway. I’m aiming for three distinct versions of confident, fulfilled, kind, and brave badass women. There are so many things I do not care about regarding my children’s futures.
Mr. and Mrs. James Morris Gathings of Ridgeland announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Lauren Gathings, to Kenneth Austin Winter of Greenville.
The sky will be bright with fireworks as Fourth of July celebrations kick off this weekend.
So, don your red, white and blue and all things star spangled and head out to one of the various Independence Day events across North Jackson and south Madison County.
There is something for everyone to enjoy in true patriotic fashion.
Jackson city councilman Ashby Foote announced the long-closed Meadowbrook bridge in Eastover has been bid out to low-bidder Hemphill Construction. Work starts in August and should be completed in 45 days.
Native Jacksonian Matt Allen is a candidate for Hinds County Circuit Court Judge, Subdistrict 1. This is the seat that has been held by Judge Jeff Weill, who is not seeking reelection to that position.
Many people know Warren Strain as the man who provides information on high profile cases across the state. However, when he isn’t representing the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, he serves his city on the Madison Board of Aldermen.
The Ross Barnett Reservoir could soon be home to a new residential development featuring lakefront lots and others with lake views.
A group called Expedition Point LLC was the successful bidders for a 100-acre property, where they intend to build the residential development.
Construction is on track for the second and third phases of Renaissance, complete with a show fountain and Malco theater.
Phase two of Renaissance is projected to be complete sometime this summer or early fall.
The Costco portion of phase three and four should be complete by next summer.
Helen Summerford is president and race coordinator of MUTS, the Mississippi Ultra and Trail Society. Summerford has a degree in classical studies from Millsaps College and a degree in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).
Inaction by library officials has resulted in the loss of approximately 34,000 books at the now defunct Charles Tisdale Library. The books were destroyed by black mold.
Meanwhile, any hopes of cleaning the collection were dashed recently, when an insurance claim filed to cover the books’ restoration costs was denied.
In his third season at the helm of Jackson Academy, head coach Larry Weems has returned the Raiders to their winning ways.
Last year, Weems posted a 9-3 record and took the Raiders to the second round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) AAAA playoffs.
I am the Meanest Mama in the World. That’s the word around my house, at least. The criteria for earning this title is ever-changing. Some days, the bar is as low as telling my children that they have to bathe. Other times, I have to work harder, like when I impose a consequence: ‘You hit your sister with the iPad, so now it’s mine.’
The Madison Middle School choral department recently attended the Worldstrides Heritage Choral and Instrumental Festival in St. Louis. Eighth-grader JT Evans received a Maestro Award for his solo performance with the Kaleidoscope Show Choir. Shown are (from left) MMS Choral Director Jan Bruening and Evans.
New officers for the Heritage Luncheon Club for 2018-19 are (from left, back) Sarah Boswell, assistant treasurer; Judy Keith, corresponding secretary; Eleana Pope, reporter; Jean Coppenbarger, parliamentarian; Ramona Hill, treasurer; Sheree Dukes, recording secretary, front row: Lynn Macon, president; and Debbie Stamper, vice president .
Jackson Prep recently held its Precis Pageant. Students voted Most Charming were (from left) Gabbi Ferrari and Matt Mills.
Jackson Academy participants (from left) Addison Armstrong, Evans Maxwell, Caroline Crisler and Pariss Smoot recently enjoyed the school’s fall carnival.
Emma Dieckman was voted Funniest at St. Joseph Catholic School.
Author Karen Brown was the guest speaker at recent meeting of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. Her book “Sandpiper” is an autobiography that chronicles Brown’s loss of sight as a woman in her 20s and how she has dealt with the challenges of blindness.
The Catholic Charities Therapeutic Foster Care community consists of foster parents and professional licensed social workers, certified mental health therapists and licensed professional counselors who address the special needs of children experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties who cannot be cared for by their own families.
In the Jackson Academy lower school library students (from left) Charlotte Upchurch, Stella Blair Sims, Eli Elinski, Marcos Ramirez, and Alivia Joiner browsed the annual book sale.
David C. Davis of Madison, associate professor of history at Millsaps College, has been named the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations International Perspectives Faculty Fellow for the 2018-19 academic year. He will teach in the fall of 2018 a seminar at Millsaps focused on local identities in the global village.
Jim Rosenblatt (left) introduced John Dowdy, (center) director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, who was a recent speaker to the Rotary Club of Jackson. Also shown is club president Brooks Buchanan (right).