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‘Tiny Dancer’ connects Elton John to Vicksburg

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Last weekend during the Academy Awards, Jeff Burnett asked in a Facebook group if there was any truth to the rumor that Elton John spent time in Vicksburg years ago. While John may never have visited the area, he does have a connection.

Bernie Taupin, John’s long-time writing partner, shared the Best Original Song Oscar win last weekend. Taupin’s former wife is Maxine Feibelman Taupin, and Maxine had several family members who lived in Vicksburg.

Maxine’s father, Max Feibelman, left Vicksburg after graduation for the Air Force Academy. Following a distinguished military career, he entered the private sector and traveled the globe as an inventor and government consultant. Among his many influential friends and contemporaries is astronaut John Glenn. Max and his wife Harriet settled in the Los Angeles area and had two daughters, Maxine and Leslie.

Bernie Taupin and Elton John in 1971.

Maxine and Taupin met in California in 1970 and married in England in 1971. Elton John was Taupin’s best man at the wedding. The couple divorced in 1976.

Maxine’s grandmother and two aunts lived at 815 Grove St., and for years, operated Adele’s House of Fashion on Washington Street. Her uncle, Cedric Feibelman, was a well-known local attorney whose true passion was hunting and fishing.

Cedric’s best friend was attorney Bill Ramsey who had a house at Eagle Lake. On numerous occasions during their years together, Bernie Taupin and Maxine would come to visit and stay at Ramsey’s lake house so Taupin could write.

It is known that “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” was just one of the songs written on these trips. Taupin wrote at least six songs dedicated to Maxine during the course of their relationship, the most famous of which is “Tiny Dancer.”

Maxine Taupin (painting by Keith McDowell, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49928167)

Last year, after the success of John’s autobiography “Me,” and the movie “Rocketman,” Maxine revealed she had numerous hand-written song lyrics that she had kept following the divorce. She sold them at auction in December garnering over $1 million. The most famous of these was “Candle in the Wind,” an ode to Marilyn Monroe that John and Taupin famously altered as a tribute to Princess Diana following her death.

Maxine, now 68, is a film producer and entrepreneur. She lives in California and travels the world.

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Santa confirms that Christmas is not canceled

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With such an unprecedented year — we’ve been quarantined, adults working from home (or worse, losing jobs), students learning at home, restaurants and many other businesses shutting down, and families unable to visit each other — many children have been worried and wondering if Christmas is going to be canceled, too.

Well, thanks to Facebook and some familiar elves, parents have been able to reassure children that Christmas is indeed coming.

Santa reassured children that Christmas isn’t canceled.

The post, directly from Santa himself, is easing the minds of children everywhere. The elves captioned the photo “Important notice!” and it is going viral.

In the lengthy post, Santa confirms that he will be getting out on Dec. 24, and he, too, has been taking precautions against the pandemic.

Santa wrote: “It has come to my attention that children around the world are being told by their older siblings, parents, others adults, and even friends, that Christmas is not coming this year due to the COVID pandemic.

“This is simply not true. I have been practicing social distancing just as you have.”

Santa went on to say that no one at the North Pole has been infected and safety measures are being taken before his annual deliveries.

“All the toys and other presents will be totally disinfected before and after they are wrapped and put into my sleigh for delivery to your home, or to wherever you will be this year,” he wrote. “Do not worry my friends, I will not be spreading the virus nor will I be getting sick from anyone that has it. Christmas is not canceled.”

The post has racked up hundreds of likes and comments including many from parents praising Santa for his hard work.

Micki May is one of those grateful grandparents.

“My grandson was so worried and kept asking me if Santa Claus could get the ‘rona,” she said. “He was quite relieved when I read him Santa’s Facebook post.”

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Carson arrested on felony warrants

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Officer Matt Barnes, Horatio Carson, Officer Joseph Stubbs, and Inv. Donnie Heggins (photo by David Day)

Horatio Carson, 34, of 272 Cedars School Circle, was arrested Thursday on a felony warrant for probation violation.

Heggins, Barnes, Carson, Stubbs, Grady (photo by David Day)

Vicksburg police Investigator Donnie Heggins and Lt. Jeff Merritt, and Mario Grady, investigator for the Mississippi attorney general’s office, executed the warrant after Carson was spotted at the carwash on Grange Hall Road.

Stubbs, Carson, Barnes, Grady (photo by David Day)

Carson was indicted in the October session of the grand jury as a habitual offender on charges of possession of a controlled substance and fleeing or evading a police officer.

Horatio Carson and Joseph Stubbs (photo by David Day)

Carson was transported to jail by Officer Joseph Stubbs to await trial.

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