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My thoughts on the parade and the legacy of Dr. King, as it relates to Vicksburg. Samantha and I arrived about 1:30.  As a veteran parade watcher  I know some prime spots to get a good view! As we waited a vendor came by selling cotton candy and we had to try that! I was saddened to see the lack of a crowd. From our vantage point near the library it almost looked like a normal foot traffic day in downtown. Samantha took this opportunity to ask some more questions about Dr. King.  You see, I am told my first grader reads at a third grade level.  Last year she developed an interest in Dr. King during black history month. I have taken the path of teaching my child that there both good and bad people of all races.  God made us all different, he put us here together for a reason.  I told her that when I started school, they had just been integrated.  It took some strong leadership from a lot of good people to keep things from coming apart at the seems.  People like Jim Stirgis, Crawford Mims, Reverends Lassiter and Mayfield, Oren Bailess, and many, many others.  They were the voice of reason and compromise.  They fought tooth and nail to give us better schools, a better community and a better tomorrow. Well tomorrow is here.  Pictured are a few people who have taken up the fight.  We have better schools, a better community and a bright future on the horizon. But there is work yet to be done. Our children now play together, they go to school together, we worship – in many cases – together.  We are doing a better job of taking care of our fellow man, reaching out to a fallen brother or sister.  But we can all do a little more.  What, Vicksburg and Warren County, will our children inherit? Sylvester Walker should be commended for his efforts to organize our city’s remembrance.  Those of all races who chose not to attend should ask themselves, what lessons are we teaching our children?   For not only are we dishonoring Dr. King’s legacy, but that of our own community.]]]]> ]]>

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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 last 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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