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Annual Reindeer Run scheduled for Dec. 5

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Vicksburg’s second annual Reindeer Run is once again raising money for Paws Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in the city.

The Reindeer Run 5K run or walk takes place in historic downtown Vicksburg Dec. 5, starting at 8 a.m.

Virginia Campbell and a couple of fur babies enjoyed the day at the first Reindeer run in 2019 with event mascots. (photo courtesy Debbie Haworth)

But even those not running will have a good time attending. The event includes reindeer games and face painting for the kids, a Christmas Pet parade for the fur babies, bloody maries and beer for the adults, plus delicious food from LD’s Kitchen for everyone and a DJ playing your favorite tunes.

Each runner and walker will receive a long sleeve technical T-shirt and swag bag.

To register online, click here. The registration fee is $30 until Dec. 1, and $35 after that.

Runner’s packet pickup is at LD’s Kitchen Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5 from 7:15 a.m. until 7:45 a.m.

If you’re interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please email Cynthia Freeny at [email protected]

Reindeer Run 2020 Sponsors:

Gold
LD’s Kitchen
601 Sports
City of Vicksburg

Silver
Ameristar
ASC

Bronze
Trustmark National Bank
Flower Center
Curb Appeals
Levee Street Marketplace
Vicksburg Main Street
Woodland Animal Clinic
Southern Beverage
Mutual Credit Union

Friends of Paws
Wayne Pratt – Edward Jones
Hennessy, Thames and Leavitt
Magnolia Jewelers
Super Jr
Fit Chef
61 North Mini Storage
61 North Super Lube
61 North Storage #2
Robyn Lea State Farm
Koestler Pallet Sales
Vicksburg Amateaur Radio Club
Bo Eaton
Helping Hands Pharmacy
Danna and Jaa Allen
Paul Ingram

Support
River Hills Bank
Cannon Motors

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COVID claims Jamming for the Kids Concert but the needs will be met

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2020 would be the 23rd year for the Jamming for the Kids concert. Unfortunately, organizers feel that the risk is too great to hold the event this year.

“I can’t in good conscience go forward with the event, so many of our regular attendees are in the age group that puts them most at risk,” event organizer Kemper Ehrhardt said on Friday. “We had the largest event in our history last year and planned on moving from the Country Club to Levee Street Warehouse because we had outgrown that venue.”

But Ehrhardt went on to say the need in our community still exists and many longtime supporters have already committed to supporting the cause. The event was created to bring Christmas to children whose parents are incarcerated as well as those in the custody of Children’s Protective Services.

Ernie Hall, who serves as director of River City Rescue Mission, has also been chaplain at the Warren County Jail for the past 17 years. Hall says that there are also children that his group services throughout the year that “fall through the cracks” of other agencies and programs. Hall and his agency act as stewards of the money collected.

Most years, around 350 children from infants to age 18 benefit from the program. The coronavirus pandemic that has impacted so many families this years means that needs could even greater this holiday season.

Sheriff Martin Pace and his team of elves go shopping for many of the children and deliver the presents. Hall sees that the remaining children receive age appropriate gifts. Ehrhardt said that arrangements are being made to have drop off locations for those who wish to donate new unwrapped toys.

If you would like to contribute financially you can do so by visiting RiverCityRescueMission.org or you can drop off your toys or donations at the River City Rescue Mission at 3705 Washington St.

For more information contact Ernie at (601) 636-6602.

Also, please remember that River City Rescue Mission needs the community’s support for both feeding the less fortunate during both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Donations of turkeys and fixings for both meals and food boxes would be greatly appreciated.

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Happening now: Fundraising benefit for Keeley Ramshur

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Visitors look over auction items at the benefit. (photo by David Day)

A benefit for Keeley Ramshur is in full swing at the Elks Lodge Saturday.

Ramshur, daughter of Toni Buell Ramshur and Joey Ramshur, was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer and is undergoing treatment at St. Jude. All proceeds will go toward her medical care.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The benefit features live music, pulled pork lunch plates for $10 served until 1 p.m., silent and live auctions and more. You can also enter a raffle for a custom 10/22 Ruger Carbine.

The Elks Lodge is located at 1366 U.S. Highway 61 South.

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Dedication for Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument signage Saturday

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The Lynyrd Skynyrd monument. (photo courtesy LSM)

The chartered plane transporting the iconic country rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed 43 years ago in rural Mississippi after running out of fuel on its way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Six of the 26 people aboard the plane died including lead vocalist and founding member Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist and vocalist Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines (Steve’s older sister), assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray.

For years, Frynds of Lynyrd Skynyrd have worked to erect a monument near the crash site and ensure fans can find it. Last year, a beautiful monument was unveiled at Mississippi Highway 568 and Easley Road in Pike County telling the story of the band and the crash. This year, the Frynds are celebrating Mississippi’s erecting signage on Interstate 55 south of Magnolia and near the monument itself so that fans can easily find the monument.

With new signage, fans will easily find the Lynyrd Skynyrd monument. (photo courtesy LSM)

A dedication of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument tourism signs is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. at the monument on Highway 568 and Easley Road. Organizers expect several state dignitaries to speak at the event and will offer refreshments.

The road to getting the monument and signage completed hasn’t been easy. From fundraising to navigating the rules governing monuments and signs, the Frynds had to jump through numerous hoops to accomplish their goal.

Things began looking up when rescuer Dwain Easley and his family donated the land for the monument. With private land and no local or state regulations to deal with, the project was back on the fast track. The group also partnered with the Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center Foundation to provide credibility and leadership to accelerate the cause.

Dave Pace, Kevin Laird and the Brookhaven Monument crew broke records, broke company rules, and called in every favor available to have the 14-foot wide by 8-foot tall monument placed by Oct. 20, 2019.

The Mississippi Legislature stepped up this year to have the Department of Transportation erect tourism signs on Interstate 55 at Exit 8 and on Highway 568 at Easley Road to direct visitors to the Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument.

In the year after dedicating the monument, guests have come from 39 states, five Canadian provinces and 18 countries. The Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument has become one of the area’s largest tourist attractions.

For more information, visit the Lynyrd Skynyrd Monument Facebook page and website or send a text message to 601-249-7033.

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