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Elks raise new flag over the Old Highway 80 Bridge

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Old Glory stands guard above the Old Mississippi River Bridge at Vicksburg. Photo by David Day, Vicksburg Daily News.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Vicksburg Lodge #95 presented an American Flag on Oct. 31, 2019, to be flown over the mighty Mississippi River in honor of all veterans.

The tradition of flying a U.S. flag on the old Highway 80 Bridge began in 1994 with Mrs. Blanche Millsaps, a Vicksburg resident, and has been carried forward by the Army-Navy Club of Vicksburg. Every three months, the flag is changed out, with another resident or group donating or funding a new flag for the bridge.

 

Pictured are: Front center, Tom Quimby, Exalted Ruler, Middle row: Bryan Layton, Eddie Monsour, Kay Monsour, Brenda Shiers, Charlene Finn, Gene Abbott, Mike Dorsett, Justin Moudy, Patriot Guard Jeff Crevitt. Back row: Jimbo Shiers, Preston Romero, Anthony L. Pena, Brittani Downey, Loyal Knight Rick Skinner,  Bob Strange, Tal Sheffield and Patriot Guard Marty Crevitt.

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Reeves puts another 13 counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced 13 additional counties that have qualified and met certain requirements to be placed under mask mandates with his “Safe Recovery” executive order that is in effect until Dec. 11.

Those additional counties are: Adams, Amite, Coahoma, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Quitman, Scott, Sunflower and Washington. A total of 54 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under mask mandates.

“I hope that people believe me when I say this is a time when the virus is extremely present,” Reeves said during a news conference streamed live on Facebook. “It is all around us right now, more than almost any time before. Please continue to be careful and safeguard yourself and your loved ones.”

A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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