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Appeals Process Easier

­Appealing overly high water bills and potential water shut-offs will soon be easier, thanks to a recent vote by the Jackson City Council.

The council approved an ordinance to streamline its water bill appeals process.



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Medical marijuana ballot initiative signatures submitted

Mississippians for Compassionate Care submitted 105,686 certified signatures from registered voters to the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, placing medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot. [Steve Wilson]


Back at it

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School eighth graders enjoying the first day of school are (from left) Lauryn Chambers, Madison Cox, Casey Young, Micah Davis, Isabel Mitchell, Jennifer Chen, Jessica Livingston, and Hannah Moore.


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Richard Ward Dortch

Richard Ward Dortch, lifelong resident of Jackson, Mississippi, died peacefully on September 18, 2019 following a brief illness. Because of his tall stature and playful nature, younger generations called him “Big Richard,” and even younger ones shortened the nickname to simply “Big.” He was 83.




Safety patrol

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School lower school students enjoyed serving as the carpool safety patrol on the first day of school. They included (from left) Gigi Adams, Ella Johnson, and Bess Borne.



Grace Lynnley Miller

Grace Lynnley Miller, a recent homeschool graduate, was awarded a President’s Gold Scholarship from Baylor University in Waco. She will be enrolled at Baylor in their Honors College majoring in classical studies. She also received one of the two  Christian Home Educators Connection (CHEC) Matthew 5:16 Scholarships awarded yearly.


Mission trip talk

The Rotary Club of Jackson welcomed Glenn Helman and Bill Walker from District 6820 as they discussed the works of Rotary in Mexico. Shown are (from left) District 6820 Governor Mark Fields; Lee Duddleston; Janet Scott, Rotary Club of Jackson president; Helman; and Walker.


Rotary speaker

The Rotary Club of North Jackson recently heard a talk on Lake Okhissa Project of the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance in Franklin County from member and architect Jack Allin (right) and businessman Wade Creekmore (center).


Tempest in teapot

Jim Hood’s investigation into Tate Reeves’ alleged arm-twisting to try to get the taxpayers to fund an access road into his gated community might be fodder for some commercials.

As a campaign bombshell, however, in the governor’s race between the two, it largely fizzled.


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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.



perfect match

In rare occurrence wife was able to give husband her kidney for fourth transplant

When looking for a spouse, many search for their perfect match.

Madison residents Chuck and Jennifer Dew found that and more in each other over the years since they met as teenagers.


Reservoir officials declare state of emergency to help stop spread of Salvinia

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District (PRVWSD) board has issued a state of emergency due to the presence of the invasive aquatic plant giant Salvinia, which is spreading in Pelahatchie Bay. This is the second time the plant has been found in the Ross Barnett Reservoir.








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JA student killed in car crash, one day before she was to graduate

By ANTHONY WARREN,

A vigil will be held tonight for the Jackson Academy (JA) student killed in a car crash today.

Frances Anne Fortner was driving along Ridgewood Road around 1:30 p.m., when she hit a manhole cover and her car flipped, according to Precinct Four Cmdr. Keith Freeman.

The vigil will be at 7 p.m., on the school's campus.





NewSouth NeuroSpine

By DR. RAHUL VOHRA,

“The DEA is on the phone.” Those are words you really never want to hear. To my relief the call wasn’t about my practice. The next week I found myself meeting with two United States District attorneys as well as DEA agents. I was asked to be an expert in a case against two pain specialists in Alabama.



Renaissance to feature new show fountain, theater and Costco

By NIKKI ROWELL,

The second and third phases of Renaissance are on track to be finished next year, complete with another show fountain and Malco theater.

The city of Ridgeland director of community development Alan Hart said, based on reports from the developer, that phase two of Renaissance should be open by summer or fall of 2019.




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Breaking News

Hospice Ministries of Central Mississ-ippi celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Obituaries

Richard Ward Dortch, lifelong resident of Jackson, Mississippi, died peacefully on September 18,... READ MORE

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Jackson Academy’s Summer Care students celebrated the Fourth of July with a dress-up day and parade.