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Principal deals with both sides of distance learning

Teri Reed sits at her desk in Jefferson County Traditional Middle School, March 12, 2019. She opened her school’s computer lab for her students during the teacher sick-outs that took place that year.

Phoebe Monsour, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

Schools all over the country, including Teri Reed’s, have moved to digital teaching methods due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jefferson County Public Schools started distance learning on April 7, and students and teachers have had to adapt to the situation.

After a high-scoring lacrosse season, Hailey Rhatigan is excited for the next three years

Hailey Rhatigan is a freshman on the Women's Lacrosse Team. She is a Midfeilder with a game high total of 14 shots on goal and 7 goals.

Sarah Dockery, Contributing Writer

April 10, 2019

For freshman Mercer lacrosse player Hailey Rhatigan, lacrosse has long been a family sport. Now that she’s a thousand miles away from home, finding a sense of a second family on the women’s lacrosse team has been integral to the success of her first season. Rhatigan is currently the highest scorer on ...

Kirby Southard is the anchor of Mercer’s offense

Photo courtesy of Kirby Southard.

Hayes Rule, Social Media Editor

October 15, 2016

  Kirby Southard didn’t know the quarterback he was facing in ninth grade would eventually be one of his closest teammates in college. A freshman at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Southard squared off against future Mercer quarterback John Russ, a freshman at Middle Creek High S...

Running toward her future

Jenna Gipperich, a senior, runs track for Mercer University.

Sophie Peel, Staff Writer

March 30, 2016

This past Christmas, Jenna Gipperich’s boyfriend of five years bent down on one knee atop a Hawaiian mountain and asked her to marry him. It was only fitting that Gipperich — a cross country and track runner  — hauled herself, sweaty and tired, to the top of a mountain to get engaged. ...

Capricorn office space restoration at crossroads

Bryan Nichols stands inside the Capricorn office space at 535 DT Walton Sr Way. Nichols purchased the property and looking to rebuild it into office space or lofts.

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

December 3, 2015

Among the vanities housed at Bryan Nichols’ storage building sits stacks of someone else’s treasure. There are ticket stubs from every Allman Brothers Band concert in 1974-1975, photographs of artist Andy Warhol and newspapers that chronicle the rise of the presidential peanut farmer Jimmy Carter. ...

Mercer women’s basketball team filled with new faces

Mercer women’s basketball team filled with new faces

Sophie Peel, Staff Writer

October 29, 2015

Ciarra Edwards (Junior Transfer): Ciarra Edwards transferred from Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to play for head coach Susan Gardner. Though she bonded with her teammates almost instantly, Edwards said it was hard at first because she felt like a freshman all over a...

Walking by faith, not by sight

Disabilities won’t stop the aspiring musician from pursuing his dream of one day hosting his own concert and sharing his testimony at the end of it.

Marin Guta, Digital Editor

October 28, 2015

At 8 a.m. each Wednesday—a time when most students have pressed their snooze alarms at least a dozen times—freshman Timothy Jones is in McCorkle Music Hall perfecting his rendition of Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.” For four hours, Jones’ hands glide over the piano keys in a practice room until h...

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