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A new era begins for Warren County



The election results were still being tallied statewide but in Warren County it was all over around midnight other than counting up the final affidavit votes.

Martin Pace will return as Sheriff with a dominating 85 percent of the vote.

Sheriff Martin Pace won with 85 percent of the vote.

Ken Harper was in the lead for county prosecuting attorney from the time the first precinct reported until it became obvious neither current Prosecutor Ricky Johnson or newcomer Steve McMillin would be able to overcome Harper’s lead. In a three-way race, Harper garnered 43 percent, while Johnson and McMillan got 28 and 27 percent, respectively.

Ken Harper was elected the new prosecuting attorney for Warren County. Beside him is his wife, Terri.

Warren County will have a new Board of Supervisors in an unprecedented turnover of four out of the five incumbents.

First-time candidate Stan Collins put forth one of the best efforts in recent memory against the 14-year District 2 Supervisor William Banks. Banks campaigned as energetically as he ever has to fend off the strong challenge by Collins. Banks will be the only incumbent to return to the board.

District 1 sent a mandate for a new supervisor giving challenger Herring 66 percent of the vote. A gracious John Arnold congratulated Ed Herring in a live report from the Vicksburg Daily News.  

District 3 candidate Shawn Jackson won over challenger and second-time candidate, David Sharp.

A tense room in the Courthouse as candidates and their families await election night results.

The Beechwood precinct kept the courthouse audience full waiting to see the outcome of the race between first-time candidate Kelle Barfield and long-time Supervisor Richard George. The last three election cycles have seen George enjoy a split vote between numerous candidates. This time, candidate Carl Campbell did not actively campaign, and a focused effort by Barfield led to a mostly head-to-head race of Barfield against George.

As the anticipation continued to build waiting for results to come into the courthouse, the Vicksburg Daily News was able to capture the moment Barfield gained enough votes to ensure a win. As shown in this live report from the Vicksburg Daily News, Kelle Barfield immediately approached a reticent Richard George and thanked him for a clean race and his many years of service to the people of Warren County.

The end result was 66 percent of the voters in District 5 voted for someone other than the incumbent with Kelle Barfield getting 57 percent of the vote.

South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour checks the tallies on the big board with prosecuting attorney candidate Steve McMillin.

District 4 was ensured a new Supervisor thanks to the win by Marty Crevitt over incumbent John Carlisle in the primary race. Crevitt faced former Engineer Research and Development Center Director Jeff Holland on Tuesday in a tight race that was still too close to call after tallying the voting machine totals. The race came down to the absentee ballots cast in District 4. Of the 103 absentee ballots that were able to be tabulated, 62 were for Holland, enough to ensure any remaining absentee or affidavit ballots could not overcome the gap.

The tale of the tape. Absentee ballots give Jeff Holland the edge he needed to secure the win.

Hollands win was announced in this live video from the Vicksburg Daily News.

In what will go down as a historic night for Warren County, change on a grand scale was mandated by the voters. Clearly it is the beginning of a new era.






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Vicksburg Firefighters quickly extinguish apartment fire



Firefighters at the Shadow Cliff Apartment fire. (Photo by Tommy Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters quickly extinguished a stove top fire at the Shadow Cliff Apartments on Alcorn Drive Monday Night.


At 10:08 p.m. a fire was reported at the apartments that sit between the New Main apartments and Greater Grove Missionary Church. Alcorn Drive was shut down as firefighters worked to supply water to the fire.

The resident, who is visually impaired, smelled smoke and did exactly what firefighters and Chief Danczyk recommend – if you smell smoke call 911.

The resident had left something on the stove and it burned, creating the smoke.

“I always take fire calls seriously. Several years ago I answered a call where there were children still in a house. I had to put them out of a window then follow them out. This one turned out well in that no one was injured. Don’t hesitate if you think you have a fire. Dial 911 and get out!” explained a passionate Eric Paymon, Adam 3 with the Vicksburg Police Department.

Battalion 1, Platform 1, Ladder 3, Rescue, Fire Medics and numerous Vicksburg police officers including Adam 3, responded to the fire.

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China Grove temporarily closed due to an accident



The Kia Forte and utility pole. (photo by Tommy Parker)

At 9:06 p.m. Monday night, a call came into the 911 call center of a single vehicle accident at 2060 China Grove Road. The impact took out power to the area and created a hazardous situation with power lines on the ground.


The area between Gibson Road and Nine Mile Cutoff will be closed while the wreck is cleaned up.

A utility pole was knocked down by the impact of the vehicle that ended up on its roof. Power to the immediate area is out and there are power lines on the ground. About 10 homes are without power according to Entergy.

The Kia Forte with full air bag deployment with electric wires on it. (Photo by Tommy Parker)

The driver of the grey Kia Forte suffered only minor injuries. He was checked out by first responders and released at the scene.

Daniel Thomas is working the accident for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office being assisted by Deputies Cordell Watkins and Thomas McBride . Responding to the accident were Fire Boss Jerry Briggs, Fisher Ferry Chief Mitch Lange along with Tim Wood and Robin Knighton of the Fisher Ferry fire department who worked the accident scene from Engine 303.

First responders and Warren County Fire Boss Jerry Briggs are requesting you avoid the area until the accident scene is deemed safe.


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City says gas smell poses no danger



(Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay)

Numerous Vicksburg residents have reported a strong odor similar to natural gas in the city.

City officials say the smell is apparently due to a release on the harbor, and that it poses no danger.

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