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Hubbard Foundation schedules yard sale to fund scholarships

Each year four seniors in the Vicksburg Warren County School District receive scholarships from the David L. Hubbard Foundation.

Hubbard served in the U.S. Army for 25 years and to honor her father’s memory, four years ago Shonna Hubbard-Morton established a foundation that awarded scholarships to a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps student from both Warren Central High School and Vicksburg High School.

This year will mark the fifth year the foundation has awarded the scholarships, and in an effort to help raise money to fund those scholarships, a yard sale will be held Friday and Saturday at 1824 Mac Arthur Drive.

The yard sale will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon.

Morton said the first year the scholarships were offered she knew she was doing the right thing.

In the process of reading essays submitted by the applicants, Morton said one student’s essay really stood out.

“I read over his application and when I got to the end, the student had written, ‘I will be honored to receive the David L. Hubbard scholarship. He was the first man that taught me how to salute,’” Morton said. “Tears were coming down my eyes.”

Although Hubbard died in 2007, the student applying for the scholarship had met Morton’s father.

Morton said her mother had been the student’s babysitter when he was a child and during that time, the student had met her father.

She said the foundation that honors her father was formed so students involved in the JROTC programs could further their education.

Morton’s father had joined the military at 18 and did not have the opportunity to go to college.

“He went into the military straight out of high school,” she said.

Many of the items available during the yard sale will be coming from the home of Dr. Wanda Newell.

Newell, who has been a supporter of the foundation, is moving from Vicksburg and is donating everything in her house to the yard sale.

“For her to give me everything in her house to sell,” Morton said. “There are just no words.”

In addition to Newell’s generosity through the years, Morton said, the city of Vicksburg and Leo Turnipseed have strongly supported the foundation.

Contributions to the yard sale are still being accepted and volunteers are needed to help.

Items in the yard sale will include indoor and outdoor furniture, lamps and artwork from Newell’s home, as well as other donations.

For more information, call 601-301-0513 or visit the David L. Hubbard Facebook page.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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