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Vicksburg to close all day cares, nail salons and barber/beauty shops effective Monday at noon – full report



At today’s press conference with Mayor George Flaggs Jr., county supervisors and Warren County Emergency Management Director John Elfer, new rules were introduced to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Vicksburg and Warren County.

The new information is:

– This is an amendment to phase 1 and phase 2 of the city’s declaration of a civil emergency originally declared March 18. The declaration allows the city to act more freely as it relates to spending money, law enforcement and other emergency actions.

– All day cares to close.

– All barber and beauty shops, nail and tanning salons and spas to close.

– No more than 10 people to congregate anywhere including retail, gas stations and stores.

– Tuesday, March 31, a testing site will be in the Pemberton Square Mall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– This phase of the civil emergency plan will go into effect at noon on Monday, March 30. The plan in full detail will be available at the top of the page on The Vicksburg Daily News and on the Mayor’s Facebook page.

– Supervisor Jeff Holland spoke to highlight the county efforts. He highlighted that no more than 10 people should be gathered together in one place for any purpose. This includes convenience stores.

– John Elfer spoke about providing services to the community during these unprecedented times. Call 601-636-1544

Here is the Declaration from the Mayor (click to make larger):

A full report on the press conference and new rules will be forthcoming.



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Single vehicle crash sends local man to hospital



Photo by Thomas Parker

A local man was injured after crashing into a pole Sunday morning.

Vicksburg EMS/Fire and Police were dispatched to a single vehicle crash on Mission 66 near its intersection with Military Avenue at around 7:30 Sunday morning.

The vehicle left the roadway striking a utility pole.

The driver was transported by Vicksburg Fire Medic 40 to UMMC for treatment.  His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The investigation into this accident is ongoing.

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Fire at Cato Fashions Saturday evening



(photo by Thomas Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters were called to a fire at Cato Fashions, 2184 Iowa Blvd., Saturday around 6:30 p.m. near the Walmart Supercenter.

Firefighter checks the HVAC vents. (photo by Thomas Parker)

First reports say smoke could be seen coming from the vents, and firefighters are checking the HVAC system for problems. The situation seems well under control.

The store has been evacuated as are staff and customers in nearby stores. There are no reports of injuries.

Numerous Vicksburg fire and police units have responded including Engines 7 and 8, Ladder 15, Rescue, Fire Medic 80 and Battalion 1 (Tim Love).

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide updates as we receive them.

See our live, on-the-scene report on our Facebook page.


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Mississippi native elected as Harvard student body president



(photo courtesy Noah Harris)

A Mississippi high school graduate has been elected as Harvard University’s student body president.

Noah Harris, a 2018 graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the first African American to serve in the role at prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts.

“I’m really grateful that the student body is entrusting me with such a historic and unprecedented moment,” Harris told WDAM. “To make the right moves and to really bring their voices to the forefront. I just never expected that I would be in a position to run for this.”

Harris is a junior and a political science major at Harvard. He served as treasurer on the finance committee in his first two years. His vice president and running mate is neuroscience major Jenny Gan. Both plan on making a difference at the university.

Harris and Gan will be sworn in Dec. 6.

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