Thanks and appreciation

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 7, 2009

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Travelers had a team

I want to extend a sincere warm thank you to the individuals who made our first fifth and sixth grade school trip a total success. This positive experience would not have been possible if the Vicksburg Warren School District did not have a superior school board and a strong superintendent trio that is 100 percent committed to every student in the district receiving a quality education. Our district was very fortunate to have had Jerry Boland, Zelmarine Murphy, Tommy Shelton, Jan Daigre and Betty Tolliver as our governing school board for the 2007-2208 school term and Dr. James Price, Dr. John Walls, and Debra Hullum as our administrative staff.

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The transportation department is always ready to go with a smile, and I would like to send a special thanks to the entire department and Fred Barnum for getting us to the airport at 4:50 a.m. and being there to pick us up at 1 a.m. This trip could never have taken place if it were not for all the dedication, planning, and groundwork of Alicia Sharp, VIS’s guidance counselor, or for the help of two chaperones, David Sharp, teacher, and Michael Williams, parent. To the parents of the 11 students who went on the trip, first, thank you for trusting me each week with one of your most blessed gifts, and, second, thank you for being a part of the VIS vision that our students will become productive, successful citizens due to the endless enrichment possibilities they are exposed to during their school years.

This small appreciation would not be complete if I did not include The Vicksburg Post and WJTV for their positive coverage of our story, and Mary Frances Warren for her spur-of-the-moment gratitude token she gave to the students to make the trip even brighter. Lastly, I want to thank the entire faculty and staff at Vicksburg Intermediate for being supportive throughout this process.

Sharon D. Williams

VIS principal


Dinner cash will help

I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of the Knights of Columbus for the catfish dinner fund-raiser that supported the local chapter of the American Red Cross. I would also like to thank Janice Sawyer, emergency services director, our volunteers and our board members who helped with this event.

The American Red Cross depends on volunteers and contributions to be successful in our mission. Thank you again for your support.

Beverly Connelly



Beechwood healthier

Thanks to all the volunteers and organizations that helped make the Beechwood Elementary Health Fair a success. Programs in attendance were VWSD Child Nutrition, Early Education, Autism Awareness and OT/PT. Also, Shape Up Sisters, Juice Plus, Legacy, Lion’s Club, Fitness Works, Warren Yazoo Mental Health, What Up Wit Dat Teen Coalition, Warren County Sheriff’s Department and YMCA. Our thanks also goes to the many parent volunteers who helped make our Read Around the Campfire and chili dinner a great time for all.

Cat Jobe


Celebration had support

I join the AAF Committee in thanking those who made the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade/Obama Inauguration celebration a success.

Sponsors were River Hills Bank, Mutual Credit Union, Trustmark Bank, Britton & Koontz Bank, State Farm Insurance, George Carr, Vicksburg Toyota and Vicksburg Honda. Special thanks to Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Vicksburg Fire Department, Vicksburg Pride Band, Warren Central Big Blue Band and all participants and supporters of the parade.

Sylvester Walker


Funds, supplies and food

The Vicksburg Warren Humane Society thanks all of our wonderful citizens who thought of us throughout the holidays. Many donated funds, office supplies, shelter supplies and food. Our shelter houses well over 100 animals daily and food is always needed and welcomed.

Thanks go to Helen and Billy Safley, Lynard Shield, St. Aloysius High School, Vivian Regan, Frankie Wilkerson, Sue Tolbert, Linda Patterson, Linda Renfroe and other students from Warren Central High School. Thank you for caring about unwanted pets.

Georgia Lynn



Parent appreciates help

My 15-year-old son was involved in a minor traffic accident lin Vicksburg on his way home after taking a make-up test.

We live and work in Port Gibson, so neither his father nor I were close enough to get to him quickly. He was very upset and nervous, called me and asked me what the number was for the Vicksburg Police Department. I was in my car at the time so I told him to call 911 and then call the insurance company.

A few minutes later he called back and a police officer, Dave Barnette, had arrived and told me he would take care of him so I wouldn’t have to drive the 45 miles for such a minor event.  My son’s basketball coach, Mrs. Bradley, stopped and helped him answer questions and several of his friends and classsmates from St. Aloysius stopped to comfort him. The ambulance driver could not get me, but got his father’s permission to refuse medical help. She was so nice and comforting to my son. Officer Barnette called Sunday to follow up and check on my son.

I have always been apprehensive about sending my son to school so far from home, but after the kindness and concern shown by the officials, school personnel and his friends from school and home, I feel perhaps he is not as far from home as I thought.

Jezelle Headley

Port Gibson