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Biden wins the presidency

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Joseph R. Biden Jr. has won the presidency a nail biting four days after Tuesday’s general election.

Sen. Kamala Harris becomes the first woman and the first Black woman to be vice president.

The Associated Press was among the first to announce Biden the winner of Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral college votes Saturday, putting him over the 270 threshold needed to win the election. With five more states yet to be declared, Biden is ahead in all but two, North Carolina and Alaska. If Biden wins the other three — Georgia, Arizona and Nevada — he will have won a decisive 322 electoral votes. (Update: Nevada has now been called for Biden, giving him another six EC votes.)

“With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation,’’ Biden said in a brief statement. “It’s time for America to unite. And to heal. We are the United States of America. And there’s nothing we can’t do, if we do it together.”

By the popular vote, Biden is ahead by more than 4 million votes. He becomes the first candidate to unseat an incumbent president in more than 25 years, since Bill Clinton unseated George H.W. Bush in 1992.

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Mississippi football player accused of statutory rape

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La’Monte Kelly (photo courtesy Jefferson County Sheriff's Department)

La’Monte Kelly, 21, a Southwest Mississippi Community College football player, has been arrested after being accused of having sexual relations with an 11-year-old girl.

McComb, Mississippi, law enforcement arrested Kelly Wednesday after the parents of the child made the complaint, charging him with statutory rape. He is being held on a $75,000 bond.

Kelly also has a hold placed on him from Jefferson County where he faces a charge of solicitation of child pornography.

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Columbus woman arrested for possessing meth

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Amanda O'Callaghan (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a Columbus, Mississippi, woman Thursday in connection with an incident from September.

Amanda O’Callaghan, 49, was arrested Dec. 3 and charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine.

On Sept. 4, Vicksburg police officers responded to a call about a suspicious person in the Ameristar Casino parking lot. Officers found what they suspected to be a controlled substance in O’Callaghan’s possession and sent the substance to the Mississippi Crime Lab for testing. The arrest occurred after police received the results and issued a warrant for her arrest.

O’Callaghan appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court before Judge Angela Carpenter Wednesday. Carpenter set her bond at $5,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Episcopal Diocese suspends in-person services

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(photo by Cristie Guevara from Pixabay)

In an open letter to Mississippi’s Episcopal pastors, the bishop of the Episcopal Church in Mississippi informed them that he was suspending in-person services and other activities due to COVID-19.

Bishop Brian R. Seage cited the public health guidance released Wednesday by the Mississippi State Health Department and State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs to “avoid any social gatherings that includes individuals outside of the nuclear family or household.” Dobbs specifically mentioned in-person church services in his guidance.

Seage also noted that he has been following the recent “dramatic and personally alarming” rise in case numbers and hospitalizations in Mississippi. After two days of more than 2,000 cases reported in the state, the seven-day average of new cases rose to 1,665 Thursday, more than double the average just a month ago. Hospitalizations are very nearly at the peak seen in July, and several hospitals have no ICU beds available.

“Based on the statistics and today’s Public Health Guidance, I am formally adopting Dr. Dobbs’ recommendation,” the bishop wrote. “Accordingly, effective immediately all in-person worship in the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is suspended until further notice. All other in-person gatherings in our churches (vestry meetings, Christian Education offerings, and the like) are also suspended.”

Seage went on to urge pastors to use social media and other technology to broadcast worship services to church members and virtual visitors.

“It breaks my heart to make this direction, especially now, during Advent,” the bishop wrote. “This holy season of preparation always brings me hope and joy. I know that even in this uncertain time God will lead us from darkness into light.”

Read the entire letter, below.

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