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River City Rescue Mission provides annual Thanksgiving meal to express gratitude



River City Rescue Mission staff and volunteers.

Each year at Thanksgiving, families and friends come together to celebrate each other and be grateful, sharing food, music and fun. For some, though, the holiday isn’t easy to celebrate. Many have no family, friends or funds to participate in the festivities.

For 12 years, the River City Rescue Mission and Thrift Store has worked hard to ensure that everyone feels included through its Thanksgiving outreach.

Starting around noon on Nov. 28, the mission at 3705 Washington St. hosts its annual Thanksgiving lunch. On the menu are all the traditional favorites including turkey, ham, dressing and rolls. Everyone is invited to partake.

To help with preparation, the mission is accepting contributions and volunteers.

“If you’re going to the store to buy something for your dinner, maybe pick up an extra one to bring in here, because it’s going to take a lot,” said Earnie Hall, director of the River City Rescue Mission.

“We are taking volunteers, and right now I have an abundance of them, but I’ll never turn anyone away.”

Volunteers will prepare and serve the meal in the spirit of giving. 

“We hope to give thanks and give back to the community,” Hall said. “We also hope to show people that we should be grateful, because God has blessed us so that we can do this. In doing this we just try to remember those who are without their loved ones and a meal that day.”

For more information, call the River City Rescue Mission and Thrift Store at 601-636-6602.


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 last Saturday, November 14, 2020, 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 up over some weekends in places such as Lake Bruin, Louisiana to train in order to prepare for what would be Anna Kate’s first marathon.

The two traveled to Oxford, Mississippi  last weekend where they had plenty of supporters cheering them on.  Anna Kate and Phillip ran for 4 hours and 58 minutes with a total distance of 26 miles.

During the race, Anna Kate and Phillip made it to Taylor, Mississippi where some of Anna Kate’s closest friends had signs and were cheering 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. Aloysious, is now a senior Integrated Marketing Communications major at Ole Miss. After the successful race, the Doiron family was able to stay in Oxford and continue celebrating as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated South Carolina 59-42.

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

With the introduction of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, St. Jude marathon organizers knew they could not cancel the hospital’s largest fundraiser. Instead, they reinvented the way racing is done. The 19th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon® Weekend has transitioned to an interactive virtual experience taking place over a four-month period, beginning in August, and culminating with a virtual race day on Saturday, December 5.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.


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VIDEO – Stormy Daniels investigates the paranormal in Vicksburg



David Childers and Stormy Daniels (photo by Thomas Parker)

Stormy Daniels is at the McNutt House in Vicksburg this weekend.

She is in town to do a paranormal investigation at the house with local ghost hunter David Childers, Ashley Storm and others. The event, which takes place Saturday evening, is a memorial fundraiser for Childers’ brother, Bradley Sandford, who died in September at the age of 36.

Tickets are sold out for the event.

Daniels, a former adult film star, rose to national attention because of her accusations that President Donald Trump paid her $130,000 to keep their 2006 affair quiet a month before the 2016 election. Although Trump’s then attorney Michael Cohen initially denied the payment, he eventually admitted that he had paid Daniels. Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges in relation to the case. For that accusation and others, Cohen was convicted and sentenced to federal prison. Trump has denied that he instructed Cohen to pay Daniels.


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‘Miracle on Swing Street’ comes to Vicksburg



Fabulous Equinox Orchestra (photo source

The Vicksburg Convention Center (VCC) and VenuWorks of Vicksburg are excited to announce a holiday jazz brunch event in partnership with Beyond Walls Ministry and River City Rescue Mission.

The Fabulous Equinox All-Stars is bringing “Miracle on Swing Street, A Holiday Soiree,” their holiday tour, to the VCC Sunday, Dec. 13, at 12:30 p.m. The event includes a classic brunch and jazz orchestra performing some swinging holiday tunes. Due to social distancing protocol, space is limited.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. Tickets for the brunch are $150 for a table of 6 or $30 a person. Each brunch ticket holder is asked to donate an unwrapped toy or gift (age range from infant to 18 years of age) or make a special monetary donation to Beyond Walls Ministry or the River City Rescue Mission. The donations will be dispersed to children of incarcerated parents and needy children in Vicksburg and Warren County. Tickets can be purchased at the VCC box office, or call 601-630-2929 for more info.

To donate to this important cause before the event, the VCC will be collecting new unwrapped toys and gifts and checks for Beyond Walls Ministry and/or the River City Rescue Mission during normal business hours (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VCC has updated and enhanced many of its cleaning and safety protocols to help ensure the safety and security of everyone who walks through the doors. They have configured seating to allow for social distancing and will be conducting temperature checks at entry points. Masks will be required for all attendees and staff.

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