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Special Olympics torch passes through Vicksburg

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The Special Olympics torch made its way through Vicksburg Wednesday morning with assistance from Sandy Hearn, Rick Daughtry and the Sheriff’s Department, including Sheriff Martin Pace.

“The torch goes from North Mississippi all the way to the coast. Communities all throughout the state are allowed to participate with the amazing athletes. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years. It allows the athletes to actually run with their partners in law enforcement. Law enforcement has been the Special Olympics partner for many, many years,” said Sheriff Pace to the Vicksburg Daily News in a live report filed this morning.

A group of Special Olympians, supporters and law enforcement officials gathered on the steps of the Warren County Courthouse for a brief interview with the Vicksburg Daily News. Among the assembled group was Investigator Tracy Owen from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. Following the interview, the group proceeded south on Cherry Street while carrying the torch. The purpose of this procession was to raise awareness for the upcoming State Summer Games of the Special Olympics, which are set to take place in Biloxi this weekend.

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The assembled group of Special Olympians and supporters. Photo by David Day

On Friday morning, local Olympians will depart from Vicksburg and travel to Biloxi to participate in the annual games. For over two decades, Vicksburg and Warren County have been home to champion athletes who have competed in these games.

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