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City to introduce more activities for Vicksburg’s youth

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Young people in Vicksburg are often challenged with finding something productive to do when they’re not in school. They often end up aimlessly roaming the city mall, marching through the military park or cruising the streets.

Recently the City of Vicksburg recognized this as a plea for help and is working on implementing new youth programs to accompany the current programs and offer more activities to the city’s young people.

The city is in the process of publishing a calendar of events catered to youth for the upcoming year.

“We’ve been having planning meetings, and we’ve come up with quite a few activities that will be kicking off the first of the year,” said Vickie Bailey, director of youth development for Vicksburg. “The best part is that most of the events are free.”

The city funds several parks and a splash pad for children to enjoy, but in the upcoming year, city employees will be expanding those activities hoping to attract more youth to their events.

“We have basketball leagues that will be kicking off, baseball leagues, a little football and kickball kicking off,” Bailey said. “We also have a few activities starting up such as after-school programs during school breaks, a few mini camps, and we’re merging with the Alcorn State Extension Services as well as Mississippi State’s Extension Services, as well, to do things other than recreational sports that the kids are normally interested in.”

The city’s goal in organizing more events for young people is simple.

“We want to give them something constructive to do,” she said. 

For more information on youth programs in Vicksburg, call Vickie Bailey at 601-801-3843.

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

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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 http://whemn.org/ to register. For more information about the conference, contact Hart at 601-877-4187 or lhart@alcorn.edu.

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Mayor to host a public meeting Jan. 29

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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

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(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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