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Retired Maj. Brady Tonth Jr. honored with historical marker



Retired Maj. Brady Tonth, second from left, stands with the historical marker dedicated to him. Standing with him are Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr., far left, and aldermen Alex Monsour and Michael Mayfield on the right. (photo by David Day)

Numerous local dignitaries were on hand Wednesday morning at the Vicksburg Municipal Airport to unveil a new historical marker honoring retired Maj. Brady Tonth Jr.

Kerry Taylor, Robert Creer, Brady Tonth, and Mrs. Tonth (photo by David Day)

Brady Tonth Jr. (Photo by David Day)

Tonth, a longtime Vicksburg resident, is credited for breaking several barriers for African Americans. He was the first ROTC pilot commissioned from Mississippi Valley State University in 1973, the first Black trainee from Mississippi to complete the Air Force Pilot Training School, and the first Black pilot to fly for the Mississippi Air National Guard. He was also the first Black pilot to transport survival goods to a major war during Desert Storm.

Tonth retired as a captain from American Airlines in 2003 and is certified to fly 28 different aircrafts. He was an engineer on the first all African American flight crew in the company’s history. He is considered to be a Mississippi living legend.

Alex Monsour, George Flaggs, Kerry Taylor, Brady Tonth, Mrs. Tonth, Oscar Denton, Robert Creer (photo by David Day)

On hand to honor Tonth at Wednesday morning’s celebration were Mississippi Reps. Oscar Denton and Stephan Foster; Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr.; Aldermen Michael Mayfield Sr. and Alex Monsour Jr.; Warren County Supervisor Shawn Jackson, retired generals Robert Crear, Donna Williams and Dr Hilliard Lackley; and a crowd of family and other well wishers.


City says gas smell poses no danger



(Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay)

Numerous Vicksburg residents have reported a strong odor similar to natural gas in the city.

City officials say the smell is apparently due to a release on the harbor, and that it poses no danger.

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Update on the woman connected to high speed chase and crash



The end of the chase. (Photo by David Day)

The high speed chase and crash that began at the Waffle House on Pemberton Square Boulevard in Vicksburg Saturday night originated with a domestic dispute.

The driver of the rented Nissan Rogue that eventually crashed and burned, Bonjara O’Quin, and his unnamed passenger were arguing for some time on Saturday.

One Vicksburg Daily News reader said they noticed them on the Natchez Trace earlier in the day. O’Quin was walking down the road and the female was driving slowly next to him trying to convince him to get back in the SUV. His distinctive pink shoes are what made our reader link the couple to this story.

Later in the day, the couple’s disagreement escalated, and a caller to 911 described a “rolling disturbance” in a blue SUV with Illinois plates near the Waffle House on Pemberton. Officer Michael Battle went to that scene but didn’t see the suspect vehicle. Shortly thereafter another call came into the 911 call center that the vehicle fitting that description was involved in a physical altercation at the Shell located at 4747 U.S. Highway 61 South. The man in the SUV was pulling a pregnant female from the vehicle by her hair.

The Shell Food Mart, 4747 U.S. 61 South. (photo by David Day)

Officer Battle drove to the scene with his lights and siren on, and O’Quin fled south on U.S 61. Battle immediately reported the blue SUV was not responding to his blue lights and siren and was accelerating away from the marked unit. Battle radioed the chase in and the channel was cleared of other traffic so Battle could report at will. The Mississippi Highway Patrol was notified and several units responded. As the chase continued south with speeds in excess of 100 mph, the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the call.

O’Quin lost control of the vehicle as he attempted to turn west onto Shiloh Road just inside Claiborne County resulting in a fiery wreck. He received minor injuries and was treated and released to police custody.

U.S. Highway 61 South where it meets Shiloh Road in Claiborne County.

The unidentified female was treated by a Vicksburg Fire/Medic unit and refused further medical care or transportation to Merit Health River Region.

Bonjara O’Quin and an unidentified law enforcement officer. (Photo by David Day)

O’Quin has been charged with domestic violence and felony elude.

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



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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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