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Renewal House is COVID-free but still feeling effects of the pandemic



Ryan and Mike working in the detail shop (photo by Thomas Parker).

Renewal House is much more than a detail shop, it is a ministry that is changing and restoring lives.

Dr. Daniel Edney and a group of church members and friends formed R12 Recovery Ministries on August 1 ,2015. The non-profit is focused on helping men overcome their addictions through a spiritual walk with Jesus Christ and the support of a 12-step recovery program.

Renewal House has grown over the course of five years to include the Renewal Detail Shop located at the corner of Clay and First North, along with a home for the men at 1222 Jackson Street. Two additional facilities on Openwood Street house the recovery center program and ¾-way transition programs.

Local organizations, such as the Vicksburg Cruisers, support the program through events like their annual car show. 

In this month’s newsletter, Edney related how the on-going pandemic has impacted the program.

When this shelter-in-place and mask-wearing began back in March, I imagined that the pandemic could linger on, and most certainly see hot spots emerge and go away. We experienced this right here in Mississippi. We are far from the end of this crisis, but we must stick together and help one another. Change can be tough, but for the most part, we all learn to adjust.

I have been working diligently as a physician dealing with this pandemic, helping many who have been infected. I am grateful for the support our teams of medical professionals, and first responders have pulled together to try to keep COVID under control. And let’s not forget all of those essential workers in other fields unrelated to healthcare. 

The financial impact for Renewal House has been the loss of revenue from detail shop being closed 6 weeks-but it is fully operational now. Financial support has been lower than usual as with many charities, and expenses for services and essentials that keep our men safe have been higher. Our needs include prayer support, donations of food and clothing for our guys, supporting the detail shop, and of course financial contributions.

I reach out to you today and let you know that Renewal House continues to help our residents deal with addiction. I am happy to say that we do not have any cases of COVID-19. We are taking precautions just like other businesses, and organizations, and have faith that in the near future we will be able to operate as we had. 

R12 Recovery Ministries is a nonprofit organization in Vicksburg, MS that focuses on helping men battle their addictions through Jesus Christ, our savior, and a 12-step recovery program.


Two killed and multiple injured in Friday’s six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20



On Friday, Oct. 16, at around 8:40 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 eastbound west of the village of Delta.

This crash claimed the lives of two men and involved four commercial motor vehicles (18-wheelers) and two passenger vehicles.

Troopers have been working since yesterday evening to identify victims and determine the events of the crash with many factors remaining under investigation at this time.

Although the exact sequence of events in the crash remains under investigation, the preliminary findings revealed a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer were struck by at least one of the 18-wheelers involved.

The driver of the Silverado, identified as 36-year-old Jose Luis Venegas-Nuno of Dallas, TX, and the driver of the Trailblazer, whose name is being withheld pending notification, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Four additional vehicle occupants from both the passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers were taken to local hospitals with moderate/severe injuries.

Interstate 20 eastbound was closed for approximately eight hours as investigators and vehicle recovery crews worked to clear the roadway. The crash investigation remains active and ongoing.

In 2020, Troop F has investigated 39 fatal crashes resulting in 42 deaths.

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Mangham police officer in critical condition; suspect in custody



Officer Marshall Waters (courtesy of Mangham Police Department)

Mangham Police Officer Marshall Waters is in critical yet stable condition after being shot during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 1 p.m., Waters executed a traffic stop heading southbound on LA 425 near the Franklin / Richland parish line. Officer Waters was shot by a subject who fled the scene of the stop southbound on US 425 into Franklin Parish.

Waters was transported to Franklin Medical Center for treatment and later transported to Rapides Hospital via helicopter.

At approximately 2:30 pm, the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a crashed vehicle on LA Highway 562 near Fort Necessity that matched the description of the subject’s vehicle.

The suspect, Hermandus Dashanski Semien, of Ville Platte, LA, was apprehended placed into custody by the Franklin Parish Sheriffs Office.

Hermandus Dashanski Semien (courtesy of Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office).

Mangham Police Chief Perry Fleming expressed his gratitude on Facebook to all who have called, texted and prayed for Officer Marshall Waters and to the many responding officers who assisted.

Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb also took to social media to thank the many law enforcement agencies responded and assisted in the ultimate apprehension of Semien and extended his thoughts and prayers to the Officer Waters, Chief Perry Fleming, Sheriff Gary Gilley and the law enforcement community of Richland Parish.

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Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Warren County



A pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Warren County.

The collision occurred just before 7 p.m. Saturday on Highway 80 near Business Park Drive.

The victim was transported to Merit Health River Region with serious injuries.

Multiple State Troopers along with several Warren County Deputies responded to the crash, along with Vicksburg and Warren County Fire Fighters.

The Vicksburg Daily News will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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