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19th Annual Port Gibson Heritage Festival

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The 19th Annual Port Gibson Heritage Festival takes place in historic downtown Port Gibson on Saturday, March 26, 2011.  For the ninth consecutive year, juried artists and craftsmen are invited to participate in the Artists’ Alley section of the festival. Artists’ Alley features booths with original handmade art and craft items and is set up in an area separate from the “resale” vendors. Members of the Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild, the Louisiana Craftsmen’s Guild, or any other recognized professional art or craft promotional organizations qualify for free booth rent, a $100 value. Additionally, a stipend will be paid to all qualified artists to help defray their expenses. We also offer limited assistance to non-affiliated, non-juried artists and craftsmen of note. The 2011 festival holds promise to be one of the largest ever with request for booth spaces coming in from as far away as Florida. Headliner musical entertainment will be on stage all day. Artists’ Alley participants should plan on being set up by 9:00 a.m. and continue to man your booth until 4:30 p.m. Artists will be able to drive to their booth location, unload and then park in a designated lot close by. You won’t have to carry your booth all over creation to set up. For this year’s festival, we have weavers from the Weaver’s Guild of Mississippi, several wood turners from the Craftsmen’s Guild, potters and stained glass artisans from the Guild. Additionally, several visual artists who work in the photo and print media will join us for the day. To secure your spot in Artists’ Alley call or email Ken McLemore at 601-415-7394 or [email protected] We’ll see you there. Let me know your requirements for space and electricity. If you need info on festival demographics and attendance, contact me by phone or mail. Contact: Ken McLemore Phone: 601-415-7394]]]]> ]]>

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Vicksburg named Water Treatment Plant of the Year for second consecutive year

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For the second year in a row, the City of Vicksburg has received the 2020 Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award from the American Water Works Association. The award cites overall water quality, plant improvements, energy efficiency and regulatory conformance as criteria for the selection.

“Having the best water treatment plant in the State of Mississippi for two years in a row is just one more reason why people should move to Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a statement. “Our philosophy is to provide the best quality service at the least cost to the taxpayers. Today, we’re continuing to deliver on that promise.”

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired ESG Operations, Inc. in 2016 to manage and operate the city’s water treatment plant on Haining Road. The plant has received a five-star rating from the State Department of Health for the past four years and has been in 100% compliance with all regulatory agencies.

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Governor announces two MS Board of Ed appointments

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Gov. Tate Reeves announced two Mississippi State Board of Education appointments Tuesday: Angela Bass from Jackson and Glen East from Gulfport. The appointees reflect the Governor’s commitment to continuous improvement in education.

“Mississippi’s children deserve our steadfast commitment to improving education. We must continue to improve outcomes for these students without fear of upsetting the status quo. I am confident that Angela and Glen will serve with honor and represent the interest of parents, teachers and — most importantly — students. Their achievement has to be our top priority,” Reeves said in a statement.

Dr. Angela Bass served as a Teach for America corps member and studied education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, later becoming a teacher in both the Tunica and Desoto County school districts and an administrator at the KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance.

Mr. Glen East serves as the Superintendent of the Gulfport School District. The district represents 10 schools and approximately 5,800 students. It has been designated an Excellence for All School District.

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Alcorn State University, IRS and USDA partner to provide webinar on Economic Impact Payment 

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(Photo courtesy Alcorn State University)

Alcorn State University, the Internal Revenue Service and the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement have partnered to provide a webinar on the upcoming Economic Impact Payment.

During this Zoom meeting, participants will discuss strategies to help eligible Mississippi residents get their Economic Impact Stimulus payments. Individuals who were excluded from automatic delivery of payments must sign up by Oct. 15 to get their stimulus check this year.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST) via Zoom.

Register for the meeting online.
Zoom Webinar ID: 851 3831 6826
Passcode: 185598

Register by phone at 408-638-0968 | Code: 85138316826# or
646-876-9923 | Code: 85138316826#

For more information, contact Jacqueline A. Davis-Slay, deputy director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, United States Department of Agriculture, 202-720-2032

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