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LOCAL LEADERSHIP

By NIKKI ROWELL,

R’land alderman heads to water for escape

A crisp morning, open water, a scenic route, a new adventure. These are a few of Ridgeland Ward 4 Alderman Brian Ramsey’s favorite things.

Ramsey, who often has quite a hectic schedule, takes to the water when he is in need of an escape.





Support School

Northside family’s love of university manifests in commitment to forward together campaign

Avery and Neil Forbes of Madison attended colleges other than the University of Mississippi, but the couple caught Rebel fever nonetheless.




Summer Visitors

By ANTHONY WARREN,

Eastover lakes attract alligators annually, pose no threat

Everyone’s trying to get into Eastover, even the alligators.

Each summer, a handful of the reptiles make their way into the exclusive neighborhood and take up roost at the twin lakes.


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LOCAL LEADERSHIP

By NIKKI ROWELL,

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.


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.


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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.







Trying Again

By ANTHONY WARREN,

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.


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).


SESSION OUTLOOK

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.



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Club speaker

Commissioner Pelicia Hall, Department of Corrections was a recent speaker for the Rotary Club of Jackson. Shown are (from left) President Brooks Buchanan, Rotary president; Hall; and Dean Jim Rosenblatt. The club meets Mondays at noon Sparkman Auditorium, 1150 Lakeland Dr.


Public service

Southern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton recently addressed members of the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Shown are (from left) Rotarian Matt Monsour, Britton, and Rotary Vice President Anna Powers.


Best eyes

Madison Central High School students awarded best eyes are (from left) Brooks Parker and Bonnie Hill.

WellsFest beneficiary

The Southeast Tourism Society has named WellsFest as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for September 2018.  Now in its 35th year, WellsFest is a family friendly outdoor musical festival. This year’s WellsFest will be held Saturday, September 29, at Jamie Fowler Boyll Park at 1398 Lakeland Dr.


Meet the folks

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s varsity boys basketball team recently held their Senior Night, recognizing the seniors on the team and their parents. Shown are (from left) Greg, Hughes and Donna Boling.


Got spirit

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently held Lower School Spirit Night during a home football game against Raleigh. Shown are (from left) May Taylor, Miley Ray, and Mary Mac Penton.


Next level

Madison Ridgeland Academy senior Lilli Denson (left) will play soccer at Belhaven University and senior Aubree Dillon (right) will play soccer at Southeastern Louisiana University.


Cecil W. Harper

Cecil W. Harper was elected as vice chairman of the board for the 2017-18 term of the Madison County Business League and Foundation Board. He replaces Donna Sims who relocated to Starkville. Cecil and his wife, Karen, live in Madison. He serves on numerous civic and religious boards.




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Social

St. Andrew’s Episcopal School recently celebrated College Day, during which seniors announced their college decisions by wearing various college t-shirts.