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our page, but is a security measure that was put into place by the billion-dollar company.  We had people inundate our profile with “friend requests” over the weekend.  Many of those people sent us suggestions to “Add Friends.”  In the process of adding friends, which we diligently attended to, we encountered the message, “Sorry, you’ve exceeded the limit for adding friends.”  We may or may not be able to send out friend requests in the future.  That is a question we have yet to find a definitive answer to. The ability to add friends is available to any Facebook user, but, as it turns out, the company has placed the security measure in place to keep people from “spamming” and recognizes the amount of requests send in a given period of time.  When you exceed their pre-determined ratio (requests-time), your account is prevented from being able to send friend requests. We appreciate the security measures put into place by Facebook and realize that they were put into effect to protect all of us from unwanted invasions by people with less than good intentioins.  We can still accept friend requests that are sent to us, but can no longer request people to be join our list of friends.  If you’d like to become friends with on our Facebook page.  Send us a request… we’ll gladly accept.  Just head to and add us to your friends list.  By the way… that link with take you straight to our “wall” not our info page. You can interact with us and send us news story ideas and lots of other things on our Facebook page.  We’ll be posting news updates periodically throughout the day and will let you know about cool deals from our sponsors as well.  We’ll be focusing the majority of our news here on our website, but will, in times such as last night, when we had news coming in faster than we can post stories on the site, be using Facebook to disseminate information at a much faster pace during emergency situations. You can get automatic alerts delivered to your inbox by becoming a registered user on our site. Automatic alerts will arrive every time we post a story.  Registered user status also gives you the ability to comment on our stories and articles and will automatically enroll you to receive our Vicksburg Daily Digest newsletter which contains excerpts from the stories we posted during the day. To become a registered user of, CLICK HERE.  You’ll be sent an e-mail with your temporary password within a few minutes and you can start commenting away.  If you want to receive alerts, just check the box that is displayed during the registration process.  Your privacy is as sacred to us as ours is.  Be assured that we will NEVER share your information with anyone… period! Oh, by the way, we thank all of you to help us reach 800 friends on Facebook in 24 hours.  That’s got to be some kind of record for Vicksburg!]]]]> ]]>

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2.0 earthquake recorded in northern Mississippi Wednesday



(Image source: USGS)

Yalobusha County experienced a mild 2.0 earthquake early Thursday morning.

The quake, which was centered near Enid Lake and Water Valley and about 18 miles south of Oxford, was the third one recorded in Mississippi this year. Previous rumblers were recorded near Booneville and Tunica Lake.

It’s unlikely that anyone felt much with this quake as it occurred about 6.5 miles underground, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At 2.0 on the Richter scale, an earthquake can be felt slightly by some people; however, they cause no damage to buildings.

Globally, about a million 2.0 to 2.9 quakes occur every year.

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1,395 new COVID-19 cases in Mississippi Thursday as hospitalizations rise sharply



Mississippi’s seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases continues to climb toward numbers seen in this summer’s surge. Thursday, the Mississippi State Department of Health reported nearly 1,400 new cases. A steep rise in hospitalizations is accompanying the rise in new cases, threatening once again to overwhelm the state’s health care system.

The Magnolia State is certainly not alone in this new surge of cases and hospitalizations, which is being followed by a rise in deaths. The U.S. has officially reached a new and devastating milestone in the history of the pandemic, reporting more than 250,000 deaths since the start of the crisis. The cumulative number of U.S. cases is now well over 11 million, with an average of nearly 163,000 cases added daily. In all instances — cases, hospitalizations and deaths — the U.S. leads the world.

In Warren County, MSDH reported 11 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and no new deaths. The cumulative number of cases in the county to date is 1,681, and the county’s death toll is 56.

Statewide, MSDH reported 1,395 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total cumulative confirmed cases in Mississippi to 138,791. The seven-day average of new cases is 1,161 per day, about 395 cases higher than the seven-day average a month ago, and on par with numbers in late July and early August.

At the beginning of the crises, the age group with the most COVID-19 cases were those over 65. Now, most new cases are seen in younger people who are more likely to survive the virus than those 65 and older. In September, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi were 18 to 24 years old. That has shifted to a slightly older group. In November, the age group reporting the most cases in Mississippi are from 25 to 39 years old followed by those 50 to 64 years old.

MSDH reported Thursday that 19 more Mississippians died of COVID-19 statewide. The cumulative number of deaths in the state is 3,619. The state’s rate of deaths to confirmed cases is about 2.6%. This rate has dropped slightly as the number of cases are going up faster than the number of deaths at this time.

Deaths are a lagging indicator. While July saw the highest number of new cases since the crisis began, August saw the highest number of deaths. The highest number of deaths in any one day was 67 reported Aug. 25.

Of the 19 deaths MSDH reported Thursday, 18 occurred between Nov. 13 and Nov. 18 in the following counties:

County Deaths reported Thursday
Attala 1
Covington 1
DeSoto 1
Greene 2
Hancock 1
Hinds 2
Jackson 1
Lafayette 1
Lauderdale 1
Lee 1
Monroe 1
Montgomery 2
Panola 1
Rankin 1
Winston 1

One additional COVID-19 related death occurred Oct. 1 in Tippah County and was identified from a death certificate report.

New cases and deaths were reported to MSDH as of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. MSDH usually reports statistics on the COVID-19 coronavirus each day based on the previous day’s testing and death reports.

The primary metric concerning state health officials are the numbers of people hospitalized, and that number rose steadily with the rise of new cases in July and August. On June 6, the number of Mississippians hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19 was at 358. Hospitalizations tripled by late July.

Hospitalizations then steadily dropped through Oct. 3 when they began rising again along with increased cases. The last week in October, hospitalizations began levelling off; however, since Nov. 4 hospitals have seen a steady rise in COVID-19 patients once again.

The number of Mississippians hospitalized for the virus as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, was 948, nearly 80% of the late July peak of about 1,200. The number includes 821 with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 127 people with suspected but unconfirmed cases. Of those with confirmed infections, 207 were critically ill and in intensive care units and 96 were on ventilators.

Source: MSDH

MSDH has estimated the number of people who can be presumed recovered from COVID-19 in Mississippi. That number is 116,683 through Sunday, Nov. 15. It represents about 84.1% of the cumulative 138,791 cases reported as of Thursday, Nov. 19.

The number of cases in Warren County three weeks ago, Thursday, Oct. 29, was 1,566, therefore the estimated number of people presumed recovered in the county is 1,510, or about 89.8% of the 1,681 cumulative cases reported as of Thursday, Nov. 19. The county has an estimated 115 active cases.

These estimates are based on MSDH’s guidelines for calculating estimated recoveries when hospitalizations are not known, using the number of cases 21 days ago, less known outcomes (deaths).

The total number of Mississippians tested for COVID-19 (PCR and antigen tests identifying current infections) as of Saturday, Nov. 14, is 1,165,593 or about 39.2% of the state’s 2.976 million residents. MSDH reports statewide test results once a week. Without daily updated numbers of tests, it is impossible to accurately calculate Mississippi’s positivity rate (positive results to tests, seven-day average); however, the rate was 19.5% Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The national rate is 10%, and 5% or lower indicates adequate testing.

The total number of outbreaks in long-term care facilities was 169 Thursday, an increase of 26. About 38.4%, or 1,389, of the state’s total deaths were people in long-term care facilities.

A total of 26 deaths in Warren County were residents of LTC facilities.

MSDH is no longer reporting outbreaks in individual long-term care facilities in Mississippi and has replaced it with access to a database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. You can access and search the data by provider here. The latest data available is for the week ending Nov. 1.

For additional information, visit the MSDH website.

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Lucy Derrossette is the newest member of the Vicksburg-Warren County Board of Realtors



(photo courtesy Lucy Derrossette)

Vicksburg resident Lucy Derrossette is the newest member of the Vicksburg-Warren County Board of Realtors.

Derrossette, who has worked for the Vicksburg-Warren School District for the past 30 years as a teacher and at the central office, is ready to start her new side job of helping individuals find a home.

“I am super excited because interest rates are so low that people can get houses for a lot less and loans will be available for them,” Derrossette said.

The Board of Realtors members are all certified and licensed to sell homes. For someone to become a realtor, they must pass a state and national exam.

Derrossette began taking classes in July while the COVID-19 pandemic was interrupting her job at the school district when everyone, including students, was sent home, so she was able to finish three months later. This is her second time to become a realtor; she first started 20 years ago.

Derrossette always had a passion for houses so being a realtor with Keller-Williams is a calling and not just a job.

“I always loved houses and people,” Derrossette said. “I think it is a great investment for anyone, especially teachers because they can get special loans up to $6,000 for teaching in the Vicksburg area for three years without having to pay the money back.”

Derrossette will continue working for the Vicksburg-Warren School District while also working as a realtor. She will be doing two things that she loves: selling houses and helping children.

To contact Derrossette concerning real estate in Vicksburg, call 601-301-0623.

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