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Three escape from Madison Parish Women’s prison; one still at large

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Sometime between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. Saturday, three women escaped from the LaSalle Southwest Correctional Facility in Madison Parish, La.

Two of the women have been apprehended and are back in custody.

One escapee remains at large. Reiontae Ward, 18, is from New Orleans. She was incarcerated on a charge of possessing stolen property.

She was last seen wearing a green shirt and gray sweat pants.

If you see Ward, call 911 immediately.

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Accident on Culkin Road brings traffic to a stop

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Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace directs traffic to keep things moving. (photo by Thomas Parker)

A two-vehicle accident in the 3000 block of Culkin Road near Camden Drive has brought traffic to a stop Monday afternoon.

Reportedly, people in the vehicles received non-threatening injuries. One person was transported to Merit Health River Region for an injury to their arm.

Please avoid the area to allow first responders to do their jobs. The accident should be completely cleared by about 2:30 p.m.

Ronnie Fuller with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the wreck.

Engine 205, Rescue, and Warren County Sheriff’s units 15, 24 and 42 are on scene.

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Project SEARCH provides internships for students with disabilities in Vicksburg

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The Project SEARCH interns at Merit Health River Region are eager to learn new skills. (photo courtesy MHRR)

A national program designed to help students with disabilities obtain competitive community-based employment has expanded to Vicksburg through a strategic collaboration of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, Merit Health River Region and the Vicksburg Warren School District.

Project SEARCH Merit Health River Region is offering up to 12 students from the Vicksburg Warren School District an eight-month internship position during the 2020-21 school year. This opportunity allows the students to work on employability and functional skills in several areas including team building, technology, communication, job search skills and money management.

“We are proud to partner with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Vicksburg Warren School District to provide skill development opportunities for the Project SEARCH interns,” said Ben Richaud, CEO of Merit Health River Region, in a statement. “The interns have been a great addition to our team, and I’m impressed by their enthusiasm and work ethic.”

“Our District’s vision is to graduate all students college, career and life prepared — and all means all,” said Chad Shealy, superintendent of the Vicksburg Warren School District. “We are excited about this opportunity and appreciate the partnership with Merit Health River Region and Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services. Providing real-life work experiences for our students with disabilities will help build the foundation these kids need to be successful in the workplace. Project SEARCH positively changes the trajectory for these children by giving them a head-start on a meaningful career that they want and deserve.”

“Our mission as a state agency is perfectly matched with that of Project SEARCH,” said Chris Howard, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services. “Our goal is for these interns to gain full-time employment with benefits after they have completed this program. Our partnership with Merit Health River Region and the Vicksburg Warren School District is making this goal possible for these students.”

Project SEARCH first came to Mississippi in 2015 and now includes 11 sites across the state.

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River City Rescue Mission in need of turkeys

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(photo by Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum on Unsplash)

The River City Rescue Mission is in need of turkeys to feed homeless and poor people in Vicksburg this Thanksgiving week.

The mission, located at 3705 Washington St., serves three meals a day to people who otherwise would not get a decent meal at all. At every meal, the mission feeds from 80 to 100 people.

“We can’t do it alone,” said mission Director Ernie Hall. “It’s going to take all of us.”

Coming into the Thanksgiving holiday, the mission also prepares food boxes for families that could not put a turkey on the table without them. For Christmas, they also collect toys for children with a parent who is incarcerated.

For more information, please call River City Rescue Mission at 601-636-6602.

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