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Christmas events take center stage in Vicksburg this month



It’s December and for Vicksburg, that means a ton of charity, Santa appearances and just plain fun events to celebrate the season. There’s something to do in Vicksburg just about every day in the month of December.

Below is a selection of the events taking place during this holiday season. Click the links to find out more. We know this list isn’t complete, so be sure to let us know if you have an event to add to the list.

Christmas in the Park

When: now through Dec. 21
Monday through Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 1006 Washington St.
Cost: Free
Contact: Downtown Vicksburg Main Street Program at 601-634-4527

3rd Annual Jingle, Mingle and Shop

When: Dec. 3-8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Where: Marcus Venue, 2600 Halls Ferry Rd
Cost: Free
Contact: Lasting Impressions on Facebook

22nd Annual Jamming for the Kids toy drive

When: Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.
Where: 127 Country Club Dr.
Cost: $5 or a new toy
Contact Kemper Ehrhardt at 601-629-2003.

15th Annual V105.5 Christmas Caroling Contest

When: Dec. 5 and 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Dec. 7 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd.
Cost: $5
Contact: Vicksburg Convention Center at 601-630-2929.

2019 Reindeer Run 5K

When: Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Where: 1310 Mulberry St.
Cost: $25 and those interested can register at this link.

Levee Street Marketplace Christmas Open House

When: Dec. 7 from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Where: Levee Street Marketplace, 1001 Levee St.
Cost: Free
Contact: Levee Street Marketplace at 601-638-7191

Downtown Vicksburg Christmas Parade of Lights

When: Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.
Where: Downtown Vicksburg
Cost: Free
Contact: Downtown Vicksburg Main Street Program at 601-634-4527

Vicksburg 2nd Saturday

When: Dec. 14 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: 1001 Washington St.
Cost: Free
Contact: Visit Vicksburg at 800-221-3536

Santa Clause Arrives at Vicksburg Mall

When: Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 15, 21 and 22 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Vicksburg Mall, 3505 Pemberton Sq.
Cost: Free
Contact: Vicksburg Mall at 601-634-0823

18th Annual Breakfast with Santa

When: Dec. 14 at 8 a.m.
Where: Vicksburg Convention Center, 1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd.
Cost: $7 in advance if you use this link to purchase tickets, and $10 at the door.
Contact: Vicksburg Convention Center at 601-630-2929.

Christmas Pop up shop and Toy Drive

When: Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 2000 Drummond St.
Cost: Free
Contact: Tina L. Smith or Ariel N. Wilson on Facebook.

Christmas Eve at Crossway

When: Dec. 24 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Crossway Church, 1825 Hwy 61 S.
Cost: Free
Contact: Crossway Church at 601-636-2596.

Did we miss your event? Send us a message on our Facebook page, and we’ll add it to the list.


Alcorn State to host 2020 Women in Higher Education-Mississippi Network conference in Vicksburg



From Alcorn State University:

Talented higher education leaders from across the state of Mississippi will convene for an annual conference that focuses on shedding light on the roles and prominence of female educators.

Alcorn is the host institution for the 2020 Women in Higher Education-Mississippi Network annual conference Feb. 20 and 21 at the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss. The conference theme is “Women of Many Hats: Developing the Whole Woman.”

WHEMN’s mission is to identify, develop, advance and support women in higher education throughout the state of Mississippi. The organization’s membership is comprised of women who are employed at one of Mississippi’s two-year and four-year colleges and universities, and graduate students. WHEMN is a part of the American Council on Education–Women’s Network, which is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education.

Dr. LaToya Hart, WHEMN state coordinator and director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at Alcorn, said that the conference would provide tips on how to be more effective professionals.

“This year’s conference will allow women to examine their various roles and how to perform their roles more effectively and efficiently,” Hart said. “The conference will feature speakers and panel discussions on several topics for women and their many professional and personal roles.”

Hart said the conference is perfect for interacting with women that work in similar capacities at other institutions of higher learning in the state.

“This is a statewide conference that will provide opportunities for professional development. It also provides a great opportunity to network with women from other institutions that share similar responsibilities and interests.”

Registration for the WHEMN conference ends Friday, Jan. 31, or when the capacity is reached. Visit to register. For more information about the conference, contact Hart at 601-877-4187 or

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Mayor to host a public meeting Jan. 29



Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. (photo from his Facebook page.)

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs will host a meeting to update the public on advances the city has made recently.

The meeting will be held in the city boardroom at the Robert Walker building, 1415 Walnut St., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.

Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions during this meeting.

Flaggs has held several public meetings in the past on various topics involving the city.

“I will do a one-on-one with anybody and everybody who wants an update on the city or me personally,” Flaggs said, “I just want to let everyone know the direction of the city.”

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Hinds CC Eagles hold football tryout in February



(photo by Tracy Duncan, Hinds CC)

The Hinds Eagles Football team is excited to announce football tryouts on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.

If you are interested in trying out, you must have an up-to-date physical and bring it with you to registration. Also, you must bring athletic attire (shirt, shorts and cleats) to try out in.

Registration will take place on the day of the tryout from noon until 1 p.m. inside of the Mayo Field House located on the Raymond campus.

The tryout will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Gene Murphy Field inside the Joe Renfroe Stadium.

The cost to try out is $20.

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