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Finish the Pumps mounts grassroots effort to gather comments in support of the Yazoo Pumps

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A Finish the Pumps drop box at Toney's Wines and Spirits (Photo by Thomas Parker)

The Finish the Pumps group has started a grassroots effort to gather as many comments as possible in support of finishing the Yazoo Backwater Pumping Project.

In 2008, opposition groups gathered more than 38,000 comments and signatures, the vast majority of which did not come from the affected areas or even the state.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Yazoo Area Pump Project and is accepting public comments on the proposal through June 15.

Look for drop boxes with this sign on the front. (Photo by Thomas Parker)

This time, Finish the Pumps is countering the opposition with a campaign of its own.

The group has placed drop boxes and pre-addressed cards at 17 locations around the South Delta. The cards only need your name, address and signature. Finish the Pumps will make sure they get to the USACE.

“Our goal is to just reach as many people as possible, make sure they send in their comments, whether it be their email, personal story, letter,” Victoria Darden of Finish The Pumps told WJTV.

The deadline to turn in comments to the USACE is June 15.

Find drop boxes at these locations:

  • In Vicksburg at Abe’s Tire, River Hills Bank-61, Patriot Motorsports, Delta Outfitters, Toney’s Liquor and Grill and the Squealing Pig.
  • In Rolling Fork at Chuck’s, Green Apple, the Farm Bureau office, Deep Delta Drugs, Britton Furniture, Bank of Anguilla, Belmont, South Delta Auto Parts and Service Lumber.
  • In Valley Park at the elevator facility off Highway 61.

Comments can also be submitted directly to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and should include this heading:

To the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District
RE: Notice of Intent published April 16, 2020, 85 FR 21218

If sent by postal mail, send to:

Edward E. Bel, Jr.
Director of Programs

Mississippi Valley Division
US Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District
ATTN: CEMVK-PPMD
4155 East Clay Street
Room 248
Vicksburg, MS 39183

If sent by email, send to: [email protected]

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Vehicle takes out hydrant and utility pole

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Photo by David Day

A single vehicle collision has taken out a fire hydrant and a utility pole on Cherry at Baum.

Photo by David Day

At 10:40 p.m. E-911 Dispatch received a call that a dark blue Kia SUV had impacted a utility pole on Cherry Street near East. The first officer on scene called in that a fire hydrant had also been impacted and that water was gushing into the roadway.

Photo by David Day

Neither the driver or the passenger of the Kia was injured however a man was taken into custody at the scene.

No disruption of utility services in the area was noted and that traffic was flowing smoothly.

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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(photo by David Day)

A high-speed chase Saturday evening that began near the Waffle House in Vicksburg has ended in a crash in Claiborne County and a vehicle in flames.

First reports indicate the incident began around 5:10 p.m. as an argument at the Waffle House at 4100 Pemberton Square Blvd. A man and woman left the scene and stopped at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 61 South where the man pulled the woman, who is pregnant, out of the vehicle by her hair.

The man, Bojara O’Quinn of Claiborne County, then fled, leading Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle on a high-speed chase south on 61 South. The chase exceeded 110 mph at times.

The chase ended just inside the Claiborne County line on Shiloh Road in a crash where the vehicle, reportedly a rental with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quinn is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. The woman involved received very minor injuries and is apparently safe.

Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted in O’Quinn’s capture.

Bojara O’Quinn (photo by David Day)

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Woman in custody for Friday’s shooting over a parking space

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UPDATE: Akeyah Daniels, 26, of Vicksburg, appeared before Judge Penny Lawson on Saturday in Vicksburg Municipal Court. Lawson set her bond at $50,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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The woman is in custody in connection with a shooting that occurred Friday, allegedly over a parking space.

The shooting took place around 3:30 p.m. Friday at an apartment building at 2230 Grove St. in Vicksburg.

Akeyah Daniels, 26, turned herself in to Vicksburg police officers at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28. She was arrested at the police station.

Three men were also briefly detained and released in connection with the shooting, according to the Vicksburg police.

Daniels faces one count of drive-by shooting is being held without bond until her initial appearance, which is taking place Saturday.

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