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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.


Lake Caroline

South Madison county subdivision continues to grow and attract homeowners

Thirty years after the dam on Lake Caroline got under way, the Madison County neighborhood is still growing and still going strong.



When Priscilla O’Donnell and Karen Kogon met, they were at Providence Hill Farm, riding their horses, a pastime they both love.

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.


City meet

The River Hills parent relay team (from left) Ben Kerr, Will McCraney, Tal Hendrix, and Parker Ellison swam to a first place finish during this year’s event at the Jackson Swim Association’s City Meet.

Court denies R’land request


Opponents of the Ridgeland Costco Wholesale scored a minor victory recently in their efforts to keep the wholesaler from locating on Highland Colony Parkway.

Last week, the Mississippi Supreme Court denied the city of Ridgeland’s request to expedite the appeal of the city’s 2015 vote to amend the zoning ordinance.

Watters honored for contributions

Betti Watters was the recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter.

This award goes to Mississippi NASW members who have made significant contributions to the field of professional social work throughout their professional careers in Mississippi.



Jackson proposing doing away with minority firm quotas

An ordinance that establishes quotas for hiring minority firms in the city of Jackson could soon be on its way out.

Jackson officials are hoping to replace the city’s Equal Business Opportunity (EBO) ordinance with a new “small and disadvantaged business” program.

Dealership requests to be left out of Gluckstadt and Canton annexation issue


The Gluckstadt incorporation is making slow and steady progress, but there is one commercial entity that wants to stay out of the issue.

The Mak Haik car dealership, located north of Glucksadt Road and west of I-55, does not want to be part of the incorporation. The car dealer does not want to be part of Canton’s annexation either.


Raider walk

Jackson Academy's Athletic Booster Club hosted a parade that students (from left, back) Daulton Lynskey, Tanner Ueltschey, Camden Alman, Haley Barbour, Triston Donovan, Knox Seward, Colton Ogden; (front) Pettey Sandifer, Betsy Beard, Neely Catherine Usry, Hayden Warren, Jordyn Funchess, and Gabriella Lomax participated in to cheer for the Raide


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

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.

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.

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.

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.