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Alcorn shares resources with River City Rescue Mission

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Alcorn State University’s Office of Student Engagement shared its resources with the River City Rescue Mission in Vicksburg to help those in need due to COVID-19.

The office donated nonperishable food items to the mission Friday, April 24. The charity prepares three meals per day, feeding between 60-100 people per meal. The charity also sends 50 packed meals to those in the community who cannot come to the facility.

The items were initially donated to Alcorn’s Brave Market, which was formed by outgoing Miss Alcorn State University Jakhia Gray to help students in need of food or personal items such as toilet paper, paper towels and toothpaste.

After the students were instructed to stay home for the remainder of the semester following spring break, Shirley Tinner, the office’s coordinator of community service presented Student Engagement Director Devina Hogan with the idea of donating the goods to a shelter.

“Our office was already researching ways to get our students more civically engaged when Ms. Tinner found the shelter,” Hogan said in a release. “She called, and they said they’d gladly accept our donations. Being civically involved is not a new concept for us. Almost every staff person belongs to a black Greek-letter organization, so giving and volunteering comes naturally for us.”

With so many people experiencing the effects of the pandemic, Hogan said that helping others is crucial.

“It’s always a good time to give, but even more so now than ever,” she said. “This pandemic has revealed a lot about individuals and the world. I don’t blame coronavirus for causing anything, but it did reveal that people are in need, and they’re hurting. So, for those reasons, we needed to move in the manner that we did through giving.”

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Couple wanted for kidnapping in Copiah County

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Donald Free and Monica Barnett (photos courtesy CCSO)

Donald James Free, 25, and Monica Denise Barnett, 30, are wanted for the commission of a kidnapping in Copiah County in connection with an incident that occurred Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Authorities believe they are traveling in a white 2001 Nissan Altima 4-door sedan with Mississippi license plate JCA2783.

Free and Barnett are considered armed and dangerous.

If you come in contact or know the whereabouts of Free or Barnett, please contact the Copiah County Sheriff’s Office Investigations unit at 601-892-2023.

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Warren County had a 71% turnout on election day – election results

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With all the votes now counted in Warren County, the results are quite different from those on Election Day.

When 4,689 absentee and affidavit ballots were added to the preliminary machine totals available on the evening of Nov. 3, the county switched from a Republican victory to a Democratic one.

The results also show record-breaking numbers. Of the 29,782 registered voters in Warren County, 21,170 cast ballots in the election for a whopping 71% turnout.

“It’s amazingly good,” said Sara Dionne, chair of the county’s election commission, of the turnout. In comparison, 63% of voters turned out in 2016 and 57% in 2012.

The numbers of absentee ballots set another record, more than doubling the number cast in 2016. Of 4,133 absentee ballots received in the county, 4,106 were accepted. In 2016, absentee ballots totaled 1,792.

This year, in every national race, Democrats won in Warren County.

In the race for U.S. House in District 2, incumbent Bennie Thompson, the Democratic incumbent, beat Republican challenger Brian Flowers 10,396 to 10,280. He remains the lone Democrat in Mississippi’s congressional delegation.

For the U.S. Senate seat, Democratic challenger Mike Espy won over Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith 10,853 to 9,912.

In the presidential race, the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won over the incumbent GOP slate of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence 10,442 to 10,365.

Among the seven other challengers for the office of the presidency, no one garnered even 100 votes. The closest candidate was Libertarian Jo Jorgensen, who eked out 93 votes. Rapper Kanye West got 46. A total of 246 votes were cast for the seven third-party candidates.

The county tally has been sent to the secretary of state’s office for final certification.

See the final vote tally for Warren County (PDF).

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Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce graduates first Entrepreneur Bootcamp class

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Participants in the first class of the Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp graduated from the program the night of Nov. 10 at the Hinds Community College Campus.

For six weeks, 12 participants who are working to start or grow their small businesses learned about entrepreneurship as well as topics such as legal, finance, accounting, marketing and other essential components associated with starting and running a successful business.

The program included speakers from different industries that support small businesses as well as the presence of a business coach from Hinds Community College. Participants used the support system and resources afforded by the bootcamp to develop a business plan, which they can submit to compete for a seed grant of $1,000 to help them with the cost of opening or improving their recently opened small business. Participants competing for the seed grant will submit their plans on or before Dec. 8. They will also present the plan in front of a committee for review and ranking. The entrepreneur who develops the best and most feasible business plan will receive the $1,000 seed grant.

The Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp seed grant is sponsored by the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Vicksburg, Hinds Community College, BancorpSouth, Mutual Credit Union, Home Bank, River Hills Bank, Regions, Guaranty Bank and Trustmark.

By proclamation of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, Nov. 16 through 22 is Mississippi’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. See the proclamation below.

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