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Vicksburg has selected a site for the new animal shelter

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Vicksburg has selected this property on Oak Street to house a build a new animal shelter.

The City of Vicksburg has identified a site to build a new animal shelter, and a non-profit is forming to raise funds for the future facility.

“Lots of good things have happened since we talked last,” Marilyn Terry said at a public meeting Thursday evening at the Robert M. Walker Building.

A passionate volunteer, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. appointed Terry to work with City Shelter Supervisor Kacie Lindsey and Community Resource Director Jeff Richardson on shelter plans.

Terry said the quick progress toward a new facility would not be possible without pro bono work from a few local people.

“Wayne Thornton did a cost analysis on the Oak Street property to see if that was feasible, and it was very feasible,” Terry said.

She also recruited attorney Wilson Carroll to assist with organizing a 501(c)(3) nonprofit named The Friends of the City of Vicksburg Animal Shelter.

“It’s a long name, and we did it this way instead of just saying ‘Friends of the Vicksburg Animal Shelter’ because we wanted to make sure it was the city animal shelter,” Terry added.

With the complete name, people will not get this group confused with the Vicksburg-Warren Humane Society.

Carroll has filed the paperwork to ensure the non-profit will be established properly. In the meantime, Terry said folks can still give to the ongoing efforts.

“We have opened an account at Bancorpsouth at the main branch, which is downtown,” she said, “and you can deposit any checks or make donations there, or you can mail them.” To mail a donation, send it to The Friends of the City of Vicksburg Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 820204, Vicksburg, MS 39182.

Until the non-profit status is confirmed, donations are not tax-deductible. The current status is pending.

Danny Wright, the owner of the Oak Street property, is willing to sell the land to The Friends of the City of Vicksburg Animal Shelter for $60,000. The property is the former location of Hampton Air Conditioning. Wright owes money on this property but has only asked for what he owes; he doesn’t want to make a profit from the sale.

If this sale goes through, The Friends of the City of Vicksburg Animal Shelter will then donate the land to the City of Vicksburg to build the shelter. Flaggs and Terry agreed that the non-profit group donating the land to the city will be the best idea.

“They (the City of Vicksburg) have a lot of red tape to go through,” Terry said, “and if we give it as a gift it’d be simpler.”

To speed up the process, the property needs to be leveled, Flaggs said, and he mentioned some names during the meeting that he believes could assist with that.

“Fred Clark, Boo Keyes, Harry Gilliland, Pete Buford, Louis Miller and Dudley Maynord—and tell them I called their name, and whoever gets this here gets the commercial,” Flaggs said, “Free advertising.”

“If we get this property flat, we can expedite our time by two or three months,” he added.

Jeff Richardson and Kacie Lindsey presented a rough sketch of the layout they need for a proper facility. They plan to sit down with an architect and designer to finalize a floor plan for the next meeting update, which is set for April 16.

“I can’t start until I get some property,” Flaggs said. “I got ways to fund it. I think it’ll work.”

At this time, a final cost for this project has not been determined.

Preliminary sketch of the new Vicksburg Animal Shelter.

 

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Deion Sanders coached high school to championship before leaving for JSU

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Jackson State University head coach Deion Sanders coached his final high school football game last night at Trinity Christian High School where they won the Texas Christian Athletic League Championship.

Sanders is the Tiger’s offensive coordinator and his son, Shedeur, is the team’s starting quarterback. They defeated the Heir Eagles Academy 59-28 to finish with a great 8-3 record.

Sanders posted members of his team on Twitter after the big win and showed how proud they are to be the champs.

Sanders also had three Vicksburg natives on the championship team who all contributed to winning the big game. Shardez Taylor, Marvin Martin Jr, and Quentin Pollard all had great performances this season for the Tigers.

Saturday’s game marked Sanders’ final game at Trinity. His focus is now on his new Jackson State football family. He was named head coach for JSU two months ago. He has already begun bringing in major recruits for Jackson State, including Shedeur who will be joining him next year.

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Vehicle takes out hydrant and utility pole

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Photo by David Day

A single vehicle collision has taken out a fire hydrant and a utility pole on Cherry at Baum.

Photo by David Day

At 10:40 p.m. E-911 Dispatch received a call that a dark blue Kia SUV had impacted a utility pole on Cherry Street near East. The first officer on scene called in that a fire hydrant had also been impacted and that water was gushing into the roadway.

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Neither the driver or the passenger of the Kia was injured however a man was taken into custody at the scene.

No disruption of utility services in the area was noted and that traffic was flowing smoothly.

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High speed chase ends in fiery crash

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(photo by David Day)

A high-speed chase Saturday evening that began near the Waffle House in Vicksburg has ended in a crash in Claiborne County and a vehicle in flames.

First reports indicate the incident began around 5:10 p.m. as an argument at the Waffle House at 4100 Pemberton Square Blvd. A man and woman left the scene and stopped at a Shell gas station on U.S. Highway 61 South where the man pulled the woman, who is pregnant, out of the vehicle by her hair.

The man, Bojara O’Quinn of Claiborne County, then fled, leading Vicksburg police officer Michael Battle on a high-speed chase south on 61 South. The chase exceeded 110 mph at times.

The chase ended just inside the Claiborne County line on Shiloh Road in a crash where the vehicle, reportedly a rental with Illinois plates, burst into flames. The crash occurred right at 5:30 p.m.

O’Quinn is in custody and received minor injuries in the crash. The woman involved received very minor injuries and is apparently safe.

Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department, and troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol assisted in O’Quinn’s capture.

Bojara O’Quinn (photo by David Day)

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