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Backwater flood victim Victoria Darden is back in at MWF event

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Victoria Darden in one of her fields in 2016, left. The same field in 2019 during the Backwater Flood.

Andy Gipson is the Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Mississippi. His department is supporting the Mississippi Ag booth at the Mississippi Wildlife Federation’s Extravaganza this upcoming weekend.

Andy Gipson, Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of Mississippi

He read about the plight of the Backwater Flood Victims and especially farmer and flood victim Victoria Darden. Saturday, after the Vicksburg Daily News broke the story of Darden being denied a booth (and voice) by Lindsey Lemmons with MWF, he invited Darden to be a part of the Mississippi Ag booth at the Extravaganza. According to Darden, Gipson “called and told me he was upset to hear we were denied and wanted to do something to make sure we had a chance to share our story.”

Victoria Darden at a media day event on July 27 in Valley Park.

Governor Phil Bryant also weighed in on the issue, citing the story from Vicksburg Daily News. The Governor said via his Twitter account: “I don’t understand why MWF won’t allow for this individual to educate others on the backwater flooding issues and the pumps that could have saved a large portion of Mississippi’s acreage and wildlife from devastating flooding. Very disturbing.”

“Now it is back to plan A,” she said. “Resume printing of everything and so forth. Make sure my shift schedule is in place as well.”

Gipson, a Republican, is up for election this year and is facing a challenge from Democrat Rickey Cole. Cole is well known in agriculture circles as a lifelong farmer, having taken over the family business from his father. Cole also spent many years as chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party.

Rickey Cole at an event in Warren County, June 2019.

Calls to Lindsey Lemmons with the MWF have not been returned or picked up after an initial call where she claimed bad reception.

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A happier ending

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You may recall the incident we reported on September 26 where a younger lady drove her car into the back of a house on Chambers Street.

 

It was one of the more bizarre stories we’ve covered. To hit that porch the car had to travel down a dead end street, turn into a private drive and swerve around a parked car to hit that porch. The homeowner, Taylor Ransone summed it up when he said “she appeared to be confused.” The vehicle left the scene and was not found.

A bewildered Taylor Ransone surveys the damage from the car that struck the back porch of his house.

On Friday Mr. Ransone made contact with the Vicksburg Daily News to give us an update on the story. He announced “Sgt. Bobby Jones with the Vicksburg Police Department told him the driver of the vehicle had contacted the police to confess to the accident.” She had a “medical event and had no memory of crashing into the back of his house” reported Ransone. But after being released from the hospital last week she started to piece it together and called Sgt. Jones.

The car came down the side street, where people are standing, swerved left, missed the grey car parked behind the home and impacted the back porch with enough force to dislodge the pillar.

The lady has insurance and is recovering from her medical event.

Homeowner Taylor Ransone was pleased to say “You never know what people are going through. I am glad she got help and, of course, that she wasn’t seriously injured.”

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Announcing – Q&A with the Mayor

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Ask the Mayor anything.

 

Mayor George Flaggs has agreed to allow the Vicksburg Daily News to host a Question and Answer session – live and online – with you to answer all your questions.

 

The recent meeting with the Police Department has enraged a lot of locals and they are crying for transparency. Mayor Flaggs contacted the Vicksburg Daily News to create and host this event. We decided to waste no time and get it done tomorrow, Tuesday the 15th, at 3:30 p.m.

 

Just post your question here in the comments, message them to the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page or post them during the live stream tomorrow. The Mayor will not have any of the questions ahead of time and has promised to do his best to answer any and everything.

 

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Police still searching for 3-year-old missing since Oct. 12

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Kamille Cupcake McKinney

The Birmingham Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency asks for your assistance in locating Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, who is believed to be in extreme danger.

She is a black female, 3 years old, 3 feet tall, weighing 60 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Kamille was last seen wearing a pink T-shirt with Minnie Mouse leopard print design, leopard print shorts, and yellow, white, and blue hair bows at a birthday party at the Tom Brown Village housing community around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2019.

Kamille may have been abducted by a man and woman traveling in a dark-colored black or blue SUV, possibly an older model Toyota 4 Runner with rims and a tan protruding bumper.

Reportedly, the vehicle has been found, and WAPT has reported that one person of interest is in custody, but police are still searching for Kamille.

If you have any information regarding this missing child, please contact the Birmingham Police Department at 205-254-0841  or call 911.

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