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Virtual prom happening for local high schools

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Gina Hendrickson

COVID-19 has changed everything, but especially for seniors graduating from high school.

The Vicksburg-Warren School District has organized a virtual graduation, and families are doing what they can to make this unique graduation special for their seniors.

One of the highlights of the year for any senior is prom. Since the pandemic means there is not going to be a prom this year, Gina Hendrickson, a Vicksburg transplant from the Bronx, has organized an online prom for the local high schools.

“I have a soft spot for children. I commend the Vicksburg-Warren School District for what they are doing for the seniors this year. But they don’t get a prom so I thought, hey, what about Zoom?” Hendrickson said. “My husband John and I looked at the cost of doing a Zoom prom and paid it. That way it would not cost any student anything for the virtual prom.

“Then we spoke with some local DJs. The first one we spoke with was DJ Trap, himself a a Warren Central High School grad and he agreed to do the Warren Central prom for two hours. Then he said he would do it at no charge. Every DJ we spoke with after that also agreed to do it at no charge.”

DJ Trap’s real name is Jamal Williams. He, along with local DJ’s Shaggy (Dailon Huskey), Country Que (Jeremy Johnson), KG (Kenny Green), and HD (Henry Diaz Alvarez) will provide the music. Zoom (an online meeting service) will provide the location, and local restaurants and bakeries are providing a limited number of meals and treats for families already struggling with the financial burden of COVID-19.

If your family can provide your own meal for graduates, Hendrickson is asking you let her know so those most in need can receive the treats and meals.

Contact Gina Hendrickson at [email protected] or 914-522-4692 to get a code to log in or for more information.

The prom dates and DJs are as follows:

  • Warren Central on May 7 with DJ Trap. You will have to RSVP by this Thursday, April 30.
  • St. Aloysius along with Jacob’s Ladder is May 8 with DJ Shaggy. RSVP by May 1, this Friday.
  • River City Early College and Homeschool Seniors will be held on May 14 with DJ HD. RSVP by May 7.
  • Porter’s Chapel will be held on May 15 with DJ Country Que, RSVP by May 8.
  • Vicksburg High School on May 16 with DJ KG, RSVP by May 9.

“I just wanted to do something for the kids,” Hendrickson said. “They deserve it.”

 

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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.

Photo by David Day

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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