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Domestic Violence awareness event focuses on dealing with stress and depression

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Vicksburg will be holding several events next week to help raise the community’s awareness of the issue.

On Monday, one of the events is focused on dealing with stress and wellness in a holistic sense, and is co-sponsored by Circuit Court Judge Toni Walker Terrett and her sister, attorney Kimberly Walker Naylor.

The featured speaker is Dr. LaFarra Young-Gaylor, who, like Terrett, is an alumna of Touglaloo College in Jackson.

“She’s a pathologist and a health coach,” Terrett said, “but she has written a book called ‘Chews to be Healthy’.” The book, subtitled “The Working Mom’s Interactive Guide for Disease and Weight Control,” focuses on helping women achieve a healthy balance in their lives, and that includes learning how to effectively deal with depression and stress.

The free event, “Minimize Stress, Maximize Time,” is from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 21. The location is the Pemberton Event Center (5 Pemberton Place) in Vickburg behind the Shoney’s restaurant. A light lunch will be provided.

Registration is required due to limited space. Reserve your space by emailing [email protected]. Copies of “Chews to be Healthy” will be available for purchase, and there will be a raffle for door prizes.

Terrett says that when it comes to domestic violence, her observations lead her to believe that depression could be both a result and possibly the impetus that leads someone to making bad relationship decisions.

“Somebody, because they are depressed could be more susceptible to accepting things in a relationship that they normally wouldn’t, and maybe somebody who is dealing with a domestic violence situation … could lead to various types of depression,” she said.

Terrett has a long history of seeing how DV affects people. As a judge with the city, she supervised the domestic violence victim’s program, attended trainings on the subject and applied what she learned in the courtroom.

“It really opened my eyes to what was happening,” she said. Terrett also saw how the justice system could assist the women and men touched by DV. “You just hope that something that was said or done can help both the victims as well as the offenders,” she added.

“I hope that people will come out and really be enlightened and informed about depression and mental health awareness,” Terrett said.

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Reindeer Run 5k brings out crowds on Catfish Row

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(photo by Keith Phillips)

Runners and their supporters braved the cold Saturday morning for the annual Reindeer Run 5k.

The event, which began at 8 a.m., is in support of Paws Rescue, a Vicksburg no-kill animal shelter.

The run began and ended at Catfish Row next to LD’s Kitchen, and was followed by a pet parade.

Organizers helped the run start off smoothly, and they had plenty of assistance from the Vicksburg Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff’s office.

(photo by Keith Phillips)

These competitors are having fun with their masks. (photo by Keith Phillips)

(photo by Keith Phillips)

Some runners came dressed up in the spirit of the season. (photo by Keith Phillips)

Santa and Mrs. Claus confer with the the reindeer. (photo by Keith Phillips)

(photo by Keith Phillips)

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Junior Auxiliary announces ‘Santa Stories’ fundraiser

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(photo courtesy Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary)

When it became clear that COVID-19 would make their fall Pirates and Princesses Tea Party impossible, the Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg came up with a new fundraiser and called on an old friend to help them out—Santa Claus.

The new fundraiser, called “Santa Stories,” allows parents to purchase a special package from the North Pole for their children. The package will feature a bedtime story on video, as well as a personalized, handwritten letter from Santa.

“This has been a tough year for so many of us, but that doesn’t stop the magic of Christmas,” said Candice Reeder, chair of the Santa Stories fundraiser. “We wanted to help spread that, while also raising money for the projects we support.”

There are two packages available for purchase. The first includes one video and one letter, which can be addressed to one or multiple children, for $25, with the option for additional letters at $15 apiece. The second package includes two videos and one letter for $35, with additional letters for $10 apiece.

To purchase a package or learn more, visit www.javicksburg.org/santa_stories.html.

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Annual ERDC Under the Lights community event scheduled

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A lighted boat was part of the Christmas light display at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory during ERDC Under the Lights 2019. This year’s event will be Dec. 17-19 from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. each night, and participants are asked to bring a canned food item or one toy to be donated. (photo courtesy ERDC)

For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center will open its gates to the public for a drive-by holiday light display on its 700-acre installation in Vicksburg Dec. 17, 18 and 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The entrance will be at the main gate located at 3909 Halls Ferry Road.

“This has become a great tradition for people in the Vicksburg area, and we’re excited to keep it going this year,” said Col. Teresa Schlosser, ERDC commander. “And this year, we have the added benefit that it is such a safe, socially distant Christmas activity for families.”

One goal of the event is to assist local families in need. Guests are encouraged to bring one canned good or one toy to be donated to people in need around the Vicksburg area. The ERDC collaborates with local community organizations to distribute the donations. Last year, more than 6,000 pounds of food were collected and donated to the local food pantry, an increase of about 2,000 pounds from the year before.

“Each year, ERDC Under the Lights grows a little more,” Schlosser said. “The more people who come, the more good we can do with food and toy donations.”

Students from the Vicksburg-Warren School District will also help with the event this year, collecting food items and toys at the gate.

 

 

 

 

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