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Hinds CC issues guidelines for students and employees

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From Hinds Community College:

Effective March 23, all courses will be shifted to an online learning environment for an indefinite time period. Students should begin working on their assignments in Canvas. Additional accommodations will be coordinated for those classes requiring laboratory, hands-on, clinical hours or national testing. Hot spots are being established and will be functional on every campus for those students who may not have a reliable internet source.

Employees:

Effective Monday, March 23, college employees will return to work in some capacity. What this means is that each vice president will identify personnel, both professional and support staff in their areas, who will return to campus to perform routine operations such as bill payment, accounting, mail and other time-sensitive duties. Vice presidents will also make specific assignments to employees who may work remotely. Some individuals may follow a blended model. Staggered work schedules and responsibilities may be implemented to reduce the number of people on campus at a given time.

Residence Halls:

We are also notifying residential students not to return to campus until further notice. Students will be allowed to return to campus at designated times between March 21 and March 24 to claim any essential items they may need (books, computers, etc.) for the foreseeable future. If you have any questions about housing, please call 601.857.3222 or email [email protected].

Meals:

As a service, grab and go meals pick will be available for students who have purchased a meal plan at both the Raymond and Utica campuses. Pick-up times are as follows:

· Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
· Monday – Thursday 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

On Fridays of each week, students may receive one box of essentials for weekend meals. A current Hinds ID is required for those picking up meals. Meals are also available to Hinds faculty and staff.

College Facilities:

  • All Hinds Child Care locations will return to regular operation on March 23. Children will be screened on a daily basis for illnesses and the center directors will resume the right to limit entrance.
  • The golf course will open with restrictions on March 23. For more information, please contact 601.857.5993.
  • All wellness complex locations remain closed.
  • Meat Merchandising will remain closed.
  • Bookstores will be open on a limited basis and hours will be posted at a later time.
  • Use of college facilities remains restricted for external groups for an indefinite time period.
  • The assessment center and proctoring centers remain closed. Alternative options are being evaluated and additional information will be forthcoming. Please contact the appropriate center with any questions.

College Activities:

All extracurricular and college hosted events have been suspended for the foreseeable future, and athletic activities are suspended for the remainder of the semester.

We are also evaluating an alternative method for graduation ceremonies scheduled for the spring. A decision regarding graduation will be determined by April 3.

Please know that we are making every effort to communicate updates with everyone simultaneously. This has proven to be difficult at times because of the rapid rate at which decisions are being made and information is changing. Due to the unpredictable nature of this situation, it is of the utmost importance that we maintain adaptability and anticipate that conditions surrounding this pandemic will continue to evolve at this rapid pace. We will be closely following the guidance provided by national, state and local authorities. As we make additional decisions and/or adapt operations, we will post updates. Please continue to monitor the college website, social media sites and your Hinds email for the most up-to-date information.

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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.

Original story:

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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