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Carl Tart Jr. makes history as first homecoming king at Ole Miss

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Ole Miss Homecoming Queen Ciara Knapp and King Carl Tart Jr. Photo by Thomas Graning, Ole Miss Communications.

Carl Tart Jr. has made history at the University of Mississippi.

Tart, a member of Phi Beta Sigma, was elected Sept. 19 as the first homecoming king at Ole Miss, and presented at the Ole Miss – Vanderbilt homecoming game half time Oct. 5.

It’s an achievement not only for men, but also for African Americans on the campus. In 2000, the school elected its first African American man as student body president, and in 2012 it named its first African American homecoming queen and first African American woman as student body president.

Carl Tart Jr. from his campaign.

Tart’s campaign slogan was “Build a Culture of Love.”

“The win was not just for me, it was for everyone around me — whether black, brown, white, orange,” Tart told the Clarion Ledger after his victory.

Tart is a senior allied health studies student and hails from Yazoo City. He told the paper that he wants to “bridge the gap and bring people together who normally would not even sit in the same room at the same table.

“When I came on this campus and saw the dynamics of student life, I told myself that the university was too divided by race, Greeks and non-Greeks and involved versus non-involved students,” he said.

Tart is entering a fellowship program with the National Association of Student Professional Administrators after he graduates and has plans to pursue a graduate degree in higher education and student affairs.

“This experience has been, honestly, BREATHTAKING,” Tart wrote on his Facebook page Sunday. “Ole Miss, thank you for the opportunity to represent this university on yesterday and for days to come. This is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.

“You allowed me to pour all of the work I’ve done into this very moment. More importantly, you have given hope to so many – you have shown that it is possible. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for making me feel so special at my last homecoming as an undergraduate student. But we all know, ‘One never graduates from Ole Miss.’ I am truly an Ole Miss Rebel, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

 

 

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BREAKING: One person shot in Kings community

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The scene of a shooting in the Kings community. (photo by David Day)

Vicksburg Police and other first responders are on the scene of a shooting where a 19-year old male has been apparently been shot.

A call of shots fired on North Washington Street in the Kings community in Vicksburg came in at about 4:45 p.m. on Friday.

One person, a 19-year-old male, has apparently been shot in the buttocks. The wound is not life-threatening.

Police are searching for the shooter and have the area cordoned off. Please avoid the area if possible.

Vicksburg Daily News is on the scene. Watch our live streaming video on our Facebook page.

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Vicksburg PD brings four individuals to court for initial appearances Friday

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Left to right: William Mayberry, Jacorvin Taylor, Walter Lee Hardy and Joshua Moore. (photos from the Vicksburg PD)

The Vicksburg Police Department brought four individuals into Vicksburg Municipal Court on Friday on charges ranging from possession of controlled substances to the theft of a firearm.

Judge Angela Carpenter presided over the initial court appearances and set bonds in each of the cases.

William Mayberry, 43, of Vicksburg, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 15 at his residence by officers of the Vicksburg Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team. He was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of heroin, and one count of sale of methamphetamine. Carpenter bound Mayberry over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $75,000.00 bond.

Jacorvin Taylor, 29, of Shreveport, La., was arrested for felony shoplifting on Thursday, Jan. 16. His arrest is the result of an investigation into the theft of over $9,000 of merchandise from Dillard’s which occurred on Jan. 15, 2019. Carpenter bound Taylor over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $30,000.00 bond.

Walter Lee Hardy, 19, of Vicksburg, was taken into custody on Thursday, Jan. 16, charged with one count of possession of a stolen firearm. Carpenter bound Hardy over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $2,500 bond.

Joshua Moore, 28, of Vicksburg, turned himself in on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine on Friday, Jan. 17. Carpenter bound Moore over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $5,000 bond.

Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department responded to the following incidents on Thursday, Jan. 16:

Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Churchill Drive at 8:30 p.m. in reference to a residential burglary. The resident stated a white gold seven-cluster ring, an Echo Dot smart speaker and a Michael Kors purse were missing.

At 10:58 p.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of Mundy Street in reference to shots fired. They found no evidence of shots being fired.

If you have an information on any of these incidents, please contact the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

 

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Hinds CC named a top college for online associate degrees

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Hinds Community College has been named among the best online colleges in the nation for associate degrees for 2020.

Seattle-based Intelligent.com, an independent academic research group, gave Hinds the designation Most Online Class Options among a group of 60 regionally accredited institutions that offer associate degrees and have fully online programs available. The comprehensive research guide was based on an initial study of 383 education programs at 149 accredited colleges and universities offering associate degrees, with 60 institutions making the academic research group’s list of finalists.

Programs were rated on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. Hinds rated 30th out of the 60 finalists overall on those factors and was the lone two-year college in Mississippi named a finalist.

Hinds Community College offers nearly 500 online class sections each fall, spring, and summer semester through the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC), a consortium of 15 community colleges in Mississippi offering internet-based courses. Students at its member colleges are offered flexibility in testing and other vital resources.

For spring 2020, Hinds has experienced an increase of 4.5 percent in online students taking both academic and career-tech courses, compared to spring 2019.

Intelligent.com provides comprehensive information on higher education programs as well as financial aid, internships and study strategies, among other resources. Results of the survey may be found at https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-colleges-for-associates-degrees/

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