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The Great Kapok Tree Monkeys

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.


Gallery Guild

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.



Beyond meat

A lawsuit that claims Mississippi is violating the free-speech rights of vegetarian food producers was inevitable.



French exam honors

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.



Field trip

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.



Features pageant

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.


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Fireworks to fill Northside skies at Independence Day celebrations

By NIKKI ROWELL,

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.




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Renaissance construction

By NIKKI ROWELL,

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.



Lack of action results in loss of 34,000 library books

By ANTHONY WARREN,

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.



Jackson Academy RAIDERS

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.



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Maestro award

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.


Heritage officers

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 .



Fall carnival

Jackson Academy participants (from left) Addison Armstrong, Evans Maxwell, Caroline Crisler and Pariss Smoot recently enjoyed the school’s fall carnival.  



Sandpiper

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.


Catholic Charities

By JILL BROWN,

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.


Books for sale

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

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.


Narcotics

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).


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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held the 2019 Honors Day Assembly, recognizing students’ accomplishments.