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Chill in the Hills 10k and 5k raising awareness of mental health

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Mental-health awareness is growing in Mississippi as organizations such as the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Mississippi Psychological Association and the state Department of Mental Health assist and educate people about the importance of mental health and remove the stigma of mental illnesses.

Here in Vicksburg, the Christian Counseling Center does more than offer counseling. It also helps to increase mental health awareness by hosting events to involve and inform the public. One of those events is the annual Chill in the Hills 10k and 5k run and walk happening this year on Saturday, Jan. 11.

“This is our twelfth annual Chill in the Hills 10k,” said Business Manager Anna Sanders. “It’s also an annual fundraiser and all proceeds go to the Grace Christian Counseling Center mental health services.”

Sanders added that the event is the organization’s No. 1 fundraising event of the year.

The fee to run or walk is $40. Register online in advance (the site also has course maps) or on site the day of the event from 7 to 8 a.m. The 10k starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5k at 8:35 a.m. Visit the event Facebook page for updates.

Anyone interested in sponsoring, donating a door prize or volunteering for the event should call the Grace Christian Counseling Center at 601-636-5703, or come by their office at 1414 Cherry St.

“Last year it was raining and cold, and the year before it was 26 degrees,” Sanders said. “This year we’re looking forward to great weather and a huge turnout.”

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Annual Christmas Parade of Lights canceled

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Vicksburg Christmas Parade 2019

Vicksburg Main Street has announced that the annual Christmas Parade of Lights scheduled for Dec. 5 has been canceled.

Applications to participate in the parade, themed “Frozen in Time,” were due today.

Instead of the parade, Vicksburg Main Street is “reimagining” the event, substituting several smaller events to celebrate Christmas in Vicksburg.

  1. “This is an unusual year and we certainly want everyone to have a safe holiday,” said Board President Christi Kilroy. ” These well-thought-out changes were made to protect the people who visit downtown. The board and staff have done everything they can to keep the downtown
    experience festive and fun for the holidays.”

Vicksburg Christmas events include:

  • Friday, Nov. 27, live music at 5:30 p.m. and City of Vicksburg Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. – Santa will be present
  • Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 27 – Christmas in the Park- Make plans to see all the Christmas lights and decorations at Washington Street Park
  • Saturday, Nov. 28, All Day – Small Business Saturday
  • Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 to 5 p.m.- Old Fashion Holiday Open House. Shoppers who spend $25 or more will receive a poinsettia from the Vicksburg Main Street Program. Santa will be strolling Washington Street and available for pictures – bring your camera!
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 a.m. Reindeer Run at Catfish Row
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Levee Street Marketplace Christmas Open House
  • Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 to 8 p.m., Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Kids in the Kitchen Christmas
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Vicksburg Convention Center’s Breakfast with Santa
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bella la Vita Photography Toys for Tots Toy Drive
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 to 6 p.m., Second Saturday
  • Sunday, Dec. 13-12:30 p.m. Vicksburg Convention Center’s Holiday Jazz Brunch “Miracle on Swing Street”

Vicksburg’s Main Street organization appreciates the public’s support in the redesign of this year’s celebration and hopes that each and every citizen will visit the festive downtown area this holiday season to support our merchants, restaurants and businesses. The board and staff of Vicksburg Main Street remains committed to growing the economic vitality of our downtown and community.

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Vicksburg father and daughter finish St. Jude marathon together

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(photo courtesy of Philip Doiron)

Vicksburg natives Anna Kate Doiron and her father, Phillip Doiron, finished the virtual St. Jude race together Saturday, Nov. 14, making them two of the first participants of the first virtual marathon hosted by the Memphis children’s hospital.

Both Anna Kate and Phillip began training in June during the height of the pandemic. They met on some weekends in places like Lake Bruin, Louisiana, to train in preparation for what would be Anna Kate’s first marathon.

They traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, last weekend where they had plenty of supporters cheering them on.  Anna Kate and Phillip ran distance of 26 miles in 4 hours and 58 minutes.

During the race, Anna Kate and Phillip made it to Taylor, Mississippi, where some of Anna Kate’s closest friends held signs and cheered them on. Phillips’s wife, Kara, was waiting at the finish line to congratulate her daughter and husband.

Anna Kate posted her excitement on her Instagram page where she shared a photo with her father after completing the marathon.

Phillip, Executive Director and CEO of the Vicksburg YMCA, was thrilled to be able to share his love of fitness with his daughter.

“What started out as a fitness goal turned into some of the best memories that I have had in a long time with her,” Phillip said.

Anna Kate, who was the 2017 valedictorian of St. Aloysius High School, is now a senior at Ole Miss majoring in integrated marketing communications. After the race, the Doiron family stayed in Oxford and continued celebrating as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated South Carolina 59-42.

The race, an annual fundraising event, began in 1977 as the Memphis Express Marathon, and became St. Jude Memphis Marathon in 2002. Since then, it has raised more than $60 million to support the hospital and allow countless children to receive free health care.

St. Jude marathon organizers knew they could not cancel the hospital’s largest fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they reinvented the way racing is done. The 19th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend transitioned to an interactive virtual experience taking place over four-months, beginning in August and culminating with a virtual race day Saturday, Dec. 5.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.

 

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VIDEO – Stormy Daniels investigates the paranormal in Vicksburg

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David Childers and Stormy Daniels (photo by Thomas Parker)

Stormy Daniels is at the McNutt House in Vicksburg this weekend.

She is in town to do a paranormal investigation at the house with local ghost hunter David Childers, Ashley Storm and others. The event, which takes place Saturday evening, is a memorial fundraiser for Childers’ brother, Bradley Sandford, who died in September at the age of 36.

Tickets are sold out for the event.

Daniels, a former adult film star, rose to national attention because of her accusations that President Donald Trump paid her $130,000 to keep their 2006 affair quiet a month before the 2016 election. Although Trump’s then attorney Michael Cohen initially denied the payment, he eventually admitted that he had paid Daniels. Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges in relation to the case. For that accusation and others, Cohen was convicted and sentenced to federal prison. Trump has denied that he instructed Cohen to pay Daniels.

 

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