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Frances Koury passes away at 94

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Frances Khoury, left, with Kim Hopkins, director of the Vicksburg Main Street Program. (photo courtesy Khoury family)

Frances Koury passed away this week at the age of 94.

She was a grand lady. Some of my favorite childhood memories were our visit to Koury’s Children’s Store that she operated with her husband Ellis on Washington Street. Mr. Koury was considered the unofficial Mayor of Washington Street. Only in adulthood did I figure out that Ms. Frances really ran the show.

Frances Koury spearheaded the effort for Vicksburg to have a 4th of July celebration downtown. She coordinated Vicksburg’s 175 Birthday Celebration. She helped bring the Memorial Day Celebration to the Vicksburg National Military Park. Her love for music and the arts brought countless concerts and events to our area.

All who had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Frances will miss her, and Vicksburg will definitely miss her leadership.

Rest in peace.


Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at First Baptist Church of Vicksburg with the Reverend Dr. Matt Buckles, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Ave., and Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Memorials may be made to one of the following: the Chamber of Commerce Community Fund with a notation to Four Seasons of the Arts, 2020 Mission 66, Vicksburg, MS 39180; Friends of the Vicksburg National Military Park, P.O. Box 821286, Vicksburg, MS 39182; or First Baptist Church of Vicksburg, 1607 Cherry St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.

See Ms. Khoury’s obituary.

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Deion Sanders coached high school to championship before leaving for JSU

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Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders coached his final high school football game last night at Trinity Christian High School where they won the Texas Christian Athletic League Championship.

Sanders is the Tiger’s offensive coordinator and his son, Shedeur, is the team’s starting quarterback. They defeated the Heir Eagles Academy 59-28 to finish with a great 8-3 record.

Sanders posted members of his team on Twitter after the big win and showed how proud they are to be the champs.

Sanders also had three Vicksburg natives on the championship team who all contributed to winning the big game. Shardez Taylor, Marvin Martin Jr, and Quentin Pollard all had great performances this season for the Tigers.

Saturday’s game marked Sanders’ final game at Trinity. His focus is now on his new Jackson State football family. He was named head coach for JSU two months ago. He has already begun bringing in major recruits for Jackson State, including Shedeur who will be joining him next year.

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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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