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Mountain of Faith Ministries to host 7th Annual Women Empowering Communities Luncheon



Judge Toni Walker Terrett and Mountain of Faith Executive Director Betty James at a previous Women's Empowering Communities Luncheon

Mountain of Faith Ministries is hosting its 7th annual Women Empowering Communities Luncheon Nov. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Vicksburg City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St.

The ministry will honor outstanding women in the Vicksburg community for their efforts to make the city a better place.

“We are honoring 10 women from the community this year,” said Betty James, executive director. “They will be recognized for their hard work in the community in memory of the late Ms. Tina Hayward, our founder.”

Mountain of Faith Ministries is an organization that provides struggling women a fresh start after being homeless through its Women’s Restoration Shelter.

“We would like people to take away from this event the hard work that we do for women and children as far as housing, food and finding them jobs,” James said. “We want people to recognize that we help these individuals to get back on their feet and move out to get themselves a place of their own one day.”

The idea for this luncheon stemmed from Hayward seeing a need to uplift women in the city.

“We started this event several years ago when our founder, Tina Hayward, was alive,” she said. “We were trying to think of a fundraiser that we could do that would benefit the shelter since we are a non-profit organization. We came up with this luncheon and we’ve been doing it six years prior and this is our seventh year.”

Tickets to the luncheon are $25 and can be purchased by visiting the event Facebook page.

For more information or to help sponsor the luncheon contact Mountain of Faith Ministries at 601-501-4508 or visit the office at 1529 Walnut St.

“We think people should come out and support this event because you never know if something could happen to us or some of our family members,” James said. “This is to help support these ladies and their children and make a difference in their lives.”

Here is the list of this year’s honorees:

  • Kelle Barfield — Businesswoman
  • Deatra Robinson Cables – Educator
  • Cherrie Cassandra Collins — Travel Consultant
  • Lucy Derossette — Educator/ Community Leader
  • Dr. Kimberly Fisher — Pastor/Motivator
  • Dr. Toni Lowe Fisher — STEM Advocate
  • Lynn Foley — Sales Executive/ Community Leader
  • Dr. Kenya Gaskin — Chiropractor/ Community Leader
  • Harriet Mastin — Mental Health Advocate
  • Dr. Elmira Ratliff— Educator/Dean


Mississippi Boy Choir’s annual Christmas Concert will be online Friday



(photo from MBC Facebook page)

The Mississippi Boy Choir will present its annual Christmas Concert virtually this year, meaning everyone can enjoy the choir for free.

The concert is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on the choir’s website from the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson, Mississippi.

2020 marks the 26th season for the choir, which stems from a 1,500-year-old tradition of boys singing in the great cathedrals of Western Europe. The organization has two choirs: a training choir that consists of young boys in second grade up whose voices have not changed, and a concert choir with both changed and unchanged voices. The concert choir generally consists of boys from the fifth through the 12th grade.

The Vicksburg branch of the Mississippi Boy Choir meets on Mondays at the Church of the Holy Trinity on South Street.

Friday’s performance is funded by the Mississippi Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Annual Christmas Parade of Lights canceled



Vicksburg Christmas Parade 2019

Vicksburg Main Street has announced that the annual Christmas Parade of Lights scheduled for Dec. 5 has been canceled.

Applications to participate in the parade, themed “Frozen in Time,” were due today.

Instead of the parade, Vicksburg Main Street is “reimagining” the event, substituting several smaller events to celebrate Christmas in Vicksburg.

  1. “This is an unusual year and we certainly want everyone to have a safe holiday,” said Board President Christi Kilroy. ” These well-thought-out changes were made to protect the people who visit downtown. The board and staff have done everything they can to keep the downtown
    experience festive and fun for the holidays.”

Vicksburg Christmas events include:

  • Friday, Nov. 27, live music at 5:30 p.m. and City of Vicksburg Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. – Santa will be present
  • Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Dec. 27 – Christmas in the Park- Make plans to see all the Christmas lights and decorations at Washington Street Park
  • Saturday, Nov. 28, All Day – Small Business Saturday
  • Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 to 5 p.m.- Old Fashion Holiday Open House. Shoppers who spend $25 or more will receive a poinsettia from the Vicksburg Main Street Program. Santa will be strolling Washington Street and available for pictures – bring your camera!
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 a.m. Reindeer Run at Catfish Row
  • Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Levee Street Marketplace Christmas Open House
  • Sunday, Dec. 6, 3 to 8 p.m., Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Kids in the Kitchen Christmas
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Vicksburg Convention Center’s Breakfast with Santa
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bella la Vita Photography Toys for Tots Toy Drive
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 2 to 6 p.m., Second Saturday
  • Sunday, Dec. 13-12:30 p.m. Vicksburg Convention Center’s Holiday Jazz Brunch “Miracle on Swing Street”

Vicksburg’s Main Street organization appreciates the public’s support in the redesign of this year’s celebration and hopes that each and every citizen will visit the festive downtown area this holiday season to support our merchants, restaurants and businesses. The board and staff of Vicksburg Main Street remains committed to growing the economic vitality of our downtown and community.

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Vicksburg father and daughter finish St. Jude marathon together



(photo courtesy of Philip Doiron)

Vicksburg natives Anna Kate Doiron and her father, Phillip Doiron, finished the virtual St. Jude race together Saturday, Nov. 14, making them two of the first participants of the first virtual marathon hosted by the Memphis children’s hospital.

Both Anna Kate and Phillip began training in June during the height of the pandemic. They met on some weekends in places like Lake Bruin, Louisiana, to train in preparation for what would be Anna Kate’s first marathon.

They traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, last weekend where they had plenty of supporters cheering them on.  Anna Kate and Phillip ran distance of 26 miles in 4 hours and 58 minutes.

During the race, Anna Kate and Phillip made it to Taylor, Mississippi, where some of Anna Kate’s closest friends held signs and cheered them on. Phillips’s wife, Kara, was waiting at the finish line to congratulate her daughter and husband.

Anna Kate posted her excitement on her Instagram page where she shared a photo with her father after completing the marathon.

Phillip, Executive Director and CEO of the Vicksburg YMCA, was thrilled to be able to share his love of fitness with his daughter.

“What started out as a fitness goal turned into some of the best memories that I have had in a long time with her,” Phillip said.

Anna Kate, who was the 2017 valedictorian of St. Aloysius High School, is now a senior at Ole Miss majoring in integrated marketing communications. After the race, the Doiron family stayed in Oxford and continued celebrating as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated South Carolina 59-42.

The race, an annual fundraising event, began in 1977 as the Memphis Express Marathon, and became St. Jude Memphis Marathon in 2002. Since then, it has raised more than $60 million to support the hospital and allow countless children to receive free health care.

St. Jude marathon organizers knew they could not cancel the hospital’s largest fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they reinvented the way racing is done. The 19th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend transitioned to an interactive virtual experience taking place over four-months, beginning in August and culminating with a virtual race day Saturday, Dec. 5.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.


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