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Ben’s Legacy

Life defined by making others feel good despite battling personal demons

Ben Ingram was a class clown, who would seek out the lonely kid in the school cafeteria or befriend the new student who could barely speak English.

“He could light up any room. He was the friendliest person ever,” Lee, Ben’s twin brother, said.



Groups cite not enough information for One Lake to proceed

Twenty-six environmental groups opposed to the One Lake Project say there’s still not enough information to comment on it, and have asked local leaders to delay the public comment period until all data is released.  



Longtime Ridgeland Alderman Chuck Gautier

The City of Ridgeland sees continuous growth, both commercial and residential. Much of what gets done is spurred along by those who are elected to work for the city.

City Unsure if Construction Will Continue on Major Road Projects


Jackson city officials were unsure last week if work on the North State Street Reconstruction Project would continue, with federal funding for it being temporarily cut off.

Recently, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) suspended funding for all state and federally funded road projects in the capital city.


Miss Dukes and Steinwinder planning August 23 wedding on beach in Costa Rica

Mr. and Mrs. Barry Edward Hardy of Madison announce the engagement of her daughter, Kelly Elizabeth Dukes, to Andrew Jefferson Steinwinder, son of William Patrick Steinwinder and the late Dorothy Jones Steinwinder of Jackson. Miss Dukes is also the daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson Dukes Jr.

Looking Better


City’s outlook for consent decree improves under Lumumba

When Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba took office, the city of Jackson was facing a federal takeover of its sewer system for failing to follow through on consent decree mandates.



City officials support issuing bonds for infrastructure needs

The mayor and Jackson City Council appear to be on the same page when it comes to leveraging one-percent dollars for infrastructure improvements.

Makes comeback

Claire Spencer returns to classroom at Christ Covenant after suffering stroke

Claire Spencer has returned to teaching history at Christ Covenant School (CCS), just a year after she suffered a stroke that almost completely paralyzed her left side.


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


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.

Trying Again


Michel still wants neighborhood improvement district

District 25 Sen. Walter Michel hopes the fourth time will be the charm when it comes to seeing a “neighborhood improvement district” bill passed.

The Northside senator is planning to introduce a bill creating the NIDs in the 2018 session.


Bomgar tackling transparency, the economy and Justice system in 2018

Mississippi House District 58 Rep. Joel Bomgar has a lot in store for the 2018 legislative session.

Child's Prayer

Van Devender family donates for expansion of Batson Children’s Hospital

The simple prayer of a child for the patients of Batson Children’s Hospital brought about a $1.5 million gift from the Van Devender Family Foundation to expand pediatric care at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).


Win for poetry

First Presbyterian Day School first-grader Cecilia Turnage (left) wrote a poem for the Eudora Welty House and Garden Clerihew Contest. She won first place in the holiday season category. Cecilia is shown with her teacher Leigh Humphries.


Jackson Prep Pacers include (from left, back) Emma Sapen, Grace Parker, Avery Andress, Katie Walker, Elly Lamb, Elizabeth Herring, Evie Farrington, Lawson Yelverton; (middle row) Breelyn Davenport, Katelyn Cox, Julia Zouboukos, Mackenzie Nichols, Stewart Shive, Alex Trumpore, AnnAdair Blackledge, Beth Ann Young, Miriam Box, Alexis Simon, Jordan

Need for blood


You may be familiar with Mississippi Blood Services, familiar with the essential services provided, with the professional and precision performance in providing them.  Or you may not be. Let's try to remedy that.

Rotary honor

The Rotary Club of North Jackson recently honored Rotarian Dick Dickerson as Rotarian of the Year, noting his “service above self” and recognizing him as a Paul Harris Fellow for his contributions to the organization. Shown are (from left) Rotary Club of North Jackson President Witt Ruffin and Dickerson.

Alumni awards

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held its annual Alumni Awards Day, recognizing the school’s outstanding alumni. This year’s winners are (from left) Alex Purvis ’94, St. Andrew’s Loyalty Award, and Seleta Reynolds ’94, Distinguished Alumna of the Year. Purvis and his wife, Mary, have two children, both of whom are current St.

River trip

As part of the Ray Edgar Higgins Soar program, fifth-grade students at Jackson Academy have the opportunity to take part in a canoe trip along the Mississippi River. Ready to set out are (from left) James Chapman, vice president and dean of the school Jack Milne, and Henley Nance.

Ribbon cutting

Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new location at 114 Burney Drive off of Flowood Drive in Flowood. Ellis Wright, (left) manager for Wright and Ferguson and funeral director, is shown with John Oates, Flowood Chamber of Commerce diplomat chair.  “My grandfather started Wright and Ferguson in 1923.

Sean Brewer on Madison Central High

Sean Brewer was recently named as the new principal of Madison Central High School. Brewer has more than 23 years in education, 17 of which have been in administration. Most recently, he served for seven years as principal of Rosa Scott School. He is a member of the Mississippi Department of Education’s Commission for School Accreditation.



The Jackson Academy Association (JAA) will host A Blue and White Night at the Country Club of Jackson on Saturday, August 11.