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Billy and Robin Lieberman join forces with the Cooks at Hilltop Cafe



Longtime Vicksburg restaurateurs Robin and Billy Lieberman, founders of Billy’s Restaurant and Billy’s Original Foods, have joined forces with local business family William and Pam Cook at Hilltop Cafe.


The Hilltop Cafe is located at the top of the hill on Thalweg Road, off Highway 61 North. Thalweg is the same road that hosts Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant, Fox’s Pizza and Bop’s Frozen Custard of Vicksburg.

The Hilltop Cafe

The Hilltop Cafe features a lot of the dishes that made the Lieberman’s famous in Vicksburg restaurant lore. Their chicken salad and lasagna are two of the top sellers, along with the meatballs, but it seems everyone has their favorite item in the Italian-themed restaurant.

The lasagna.

The Cooks joined in with Robin and Billy Lieberman in May of this year to open the Hilltop Cafe after the Lieberman’s shut down their food production company, Billy’s Original Foods.

“We love this town and the support Vicksburg has shown us over the years,” said Robin Lieberman.

“This is home and we couldn’t imagine doing business anywhere else” Billy added.

“Robin and Billy are two of the best known restaurant people in the business. They’ve brought back all their favorites for the good people of Vicksburg to enjoy. We are thrilled to be a part of their success, and we are thrilled for Vicksburg” stated a proud William Cook.

Pam Cook told us, “We invite you to come join us for lunch or dinner.”

The Hilltop Cafe is also featuring a bevy of casserole dishes and desserts, ready to heat and eat for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Hilltop Cafe side salad.

William, Pam, Robin and Billy’s Hilltop Cafe is open Monday through Fridays from 11 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. You can call in your order to 601-501-1444. Check out menus and more on their Facebook page.



Reeves puts seven more counties under mask mandates



Gov. Tate Reeves providing a COVID-19 update from home Nov. 12 (image from video screen capture)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday that seven additional counties have qualified to be under more restrictive conditions due to rising COVID-19 cases.

The conditions, listed under his “Safe Recovery” executive order in effect through Dec. 11, include wearing masks in almost all public places.

Counties added to the list Monday are Hinds, Madison, Pontotoc, Tate, Winston, Itawamba and Montgomery. Added to the 15 counties already under more restrictive conditions, Mississippi now has 22 of its 82 counties included in the executive order.

“Let’s keep fighting COVID. Let’s protect ourselves and protect our neighbors,” Reeves said in a statement. “Let’s also keep praying. I believe if we work together, we can make a difference. We can slow the spread and bridge the gap between now and when this vaccine becomes readily available and protect the integrity of our health care system.”

The seven-day average of new cases in Mississippi is currently over 1,000. The state is part of a nationwide surge that is averaging more than 150,000 new cases daily from coast to coast.

Two vaccines have recently shown great promise in early testing. Neither is expected to be available to the general public until the spring of 2021.

The governor and his family are self-isolating after his youngest daughter tested positive for the virus.

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Three Vicksburg police officers test positive for COVID-19



(Image by Felipe Esquivel Reed, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Three officers of the Vicksburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division have tested positive for COVID-19.

Monday, the department announced the results of tests completed earlier in the day.

The officers, who will not be named, will be quarantined for up to 14 days.

The department reminds the public to wear masks when conducting business at the police station.

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VIDEO – Capt. Randy Rippy honored at his retirement from the Vicksburg Fire Department



Left to right: Pat “PatMan” Scallions, Doris Rippy, Capt. Rippy, Brittany Eaves, Cooper Eaves, Daniel Eaves and Colton Eaves (photo by Thomas Parker)

The Vicksburg Fire Department honored retiring Capt. Randy Rippy Monday.

Family and current and former co-workers gathered at Station 3 to honor Rippy, whose retirement becomes official at the end of his shift Tuesday morning.

Rippy has been a member of the department for 29 years. Chief Craig Danczyk spoke about working with Rippy as a young firefighter and how Rippy set the standard for public service with his work ethic.

Although Rippy is retiring from the Vicksburg department, he will continue to work with the fire department at Continental Tire where he has been working part time since March.

He becomes the third Vicksburg firefighter to retire and accept a position with Continental.

Left to right: Chief Craig Danczyk, Captian Rippy, Deputy Chief Trey Martin, Deputy Chief Derrick Stamps and Battalion Chief Carl Carson (photo by Thomas Parker)

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