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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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Bramlett on role as district attorney

John K. Bramlett Jr. was recently appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant as District Attorney for the 20th Circuit Court District, which includes Madison and Rankin counties. He replaces Michael Guest, who was elected to the U.S. Congress. Bramlett has served as an assistant district attorney in the 20th Circuit Court District since 2015.







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.



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New at First Pres

New faculty at First Presbyterian Day School include (from left, back) Ceci Rutledge, Abby Heavener, Barbara Porter, Kendal Waters; (front) Tara McDaniel, Sarah Brantley, Katherine Rash, Hilary Vosen, and Jana Heimer.


All-American cheer

Cheer squads from Jackson Academy attended a UCA Masters camp at LSU this summer. Students (from left) Ashley Brown, Kit McCormack, Mary Parker Williams, and Olivia Quin competed for and won All-American.


Fondren Contract Extended

Contractors will have additional time and funds to complete the Fondren streetscape project.

The Jackson City Council recently approved amending its agreement with Hemphill Construction, to allow an additional 65 days and $140,000, to cover cost overruns and unforeseen delays related to the project.


Council seniors

Serving as student body officers on Jackson Academy’s 2018-2019 student council are seniors (from left) Camille Couey, Sara Wilson Fielder, Carneilus Powers, Emory Rhodes, and Kaylan Sanders.


Luck of the Draw

The eighth annual art benefit for the Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi, A Luck of the Draw, will be held January 31, 6 to 9 p.m. at the ag museum. Admission tickets are $50; limited draw tickets, $100 which guarantees a piece of art.


SWIM CHAMPS

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s swim teams recently competed in the State Meet in Tupelo. The girls team brought home the state championship title, and the boys came in second place.


CELEBRATE FOUNDING

Jackson alumnae members of the national Alpha Chi Omega collegiate sorority recently met for a luncheon to celebrate the founding of the fraternity in 1885. Alpha Chi Omega currently has more than 280 alumnae chapters across the United States and is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference.


Gallery Guild forum

The Gallery Guild featured Dr. Asma Naeem, Chief Curator of the Baltimore Museum of Art, as its Fall Forum keynote speaker. The Gallery Guild officers and committee for 2018-2019 shown are (from left): Maria Harbor Hearon, Karen Spencer, Vice President Mary Dunbar, President Martha Ross Thomas, Cynthia Winkelmann, Joanne Cheek, and Jane Jones.


Queen

The 2018-2019 Madison Central High School homecoming queen is Vertreace Sanders. She is shown with Madison Central principal Sean Brewer.



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