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15th annual Christmas Caroling Contest pulls in a crowd



The Agape Montessori Christian School choir performs. The choir was a finalist in the Division 5 Upper Elementary category.

Area choirs performed to a packed house Saturday night at the final evening of Vicksburg’s 15th Annual Christmas Caroling Contest.

The event was hosted by the Vicksburg Convention Center and sponsored by V105.5 FM radio, who awarded $10,000 to winners, finalists and choir directors.

Choirs performed to a packed house on the final night of competition.

Congratulations to the winners and finalists.

Division One: Upper Teen Soloists

Winner: Gavin Standish

Finalists: Genevieve Moore, Nathan Mosley, Snowden Trio and Radyn Horton

Division 2: Tweens and Young Soloists

Winner: Anna Kate Humphries

Finalists: Ella Claire Gregory, Alissa Bordelon and Audrey Holt

Divison 3: Adult Groups

Winner: Jingle Belles

Finalist: Envy

Division 4: Lower Elementary Choirs

Winner: Redwood Holiday Choir

Finalists: Sherman Avenue first grade, Sherman Avenue second grade, and South Park Elementary first grade

Division 5 Upper Elementary Choirs:

Winner: Redwood Honor Choir

Finalists: South Park Elementary fifth and six grades, Warrenton Elementary, Vicksburg Intermediate Vocalizers and Agape Montessori Christian School

Division 6 Junior High Choirs

Winner: Sumner Hill Junior High Mixed Ensemble

Finalists: AOI Southern Synergy and AOI Innovation Choir


Alcorn State to host 2020 Women in Higher Education-Mississippi Network conference in Vicksburg



From Alcorn State University:

Talented higher education leaders from across the state of Mississippi will convene for an annual conference that focuses on shedding light on the roles and prominence of female educators.

Alcorn is the host institution for the 2020 Women in Higher Education-Mississippi Network annual conference Feb. 20 and 21 at the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss. The conference theme is “Women of Many Hats: Developing the Whole Woman.”

WHEMN’s mission is to identify, develop, advance and support women in higher education throughout the state of Mississippi. The organization’s membership is comprised of women who are employed at one of Mississippi’s two-year and four-year colleges and universities, and graduate students. WHEMN is a part of the American Council on Education–Women’s Network, which is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education.

Dr. LaToya Hart, WHEMN state coordinator and director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at Alcorn, said that the conference would provide tips on how to be more effective professionals.

“This year’s conference will allow women to examine their various roles and how to perform their roles more effectively and efficiently,” Hart said. “The conference will feature speakers and panel discussions on several topics for women and their many professional and personal roles.”

Hart said the conference is perfect for interacting with women that work in similar capacities at other institutions of higher learning in the state.

“This is a statewide conference that will provide opportunities for professional development. It also provides a great opportunity to network with women from other institutions that share similar responsibilities and interests.”

Registration for the WHEMN conference ends Friday, Jan. 31, or when the capacity is reached. Visit to register. For more information about the conference, contact Hart at 601-877-4187 or

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Mayor to host a public meeting Jan. 29



Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. (photo from his Facebook page.)

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs will host a meeting to update the public on advances the city has made recently.

The meeting will be held in the city boardroom at the Robert Walker building, 1415 Walnut St., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.

Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions during this meeting.

Flaggs has held several public meetings in the past on various topics involving the city.

“I will do a one-on-one with anybody and everybody who wants an update on the city or me personally,” Flaggs said, “I just want to let everyone know the direction of the city.”

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Hinds CC Eagles hold football tryout in February



(photo by Tracy Duncan, Hinds CC)

The Hinds Eagles Football team is excited to announce football tryouts on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.

If you are interested in trying out, you must have an up-to-date physical and bring it with you to registration. Also, you must bring athletic attire (shirt, shorts and cleats) to try out in.

Registration will take place on the day of the tryout from noon until 1 p.m. inside of the Mayo Field House located on the Raymond campus.

The tryout will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Gene Murphy Field inside the Joe Renfroe Stadium.

The cost to try out is $20.

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