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Vicksburg Theatre Guild Presents It’s A Wonderful Life You can either sit at home and watch the same old movie on television, or you can go see it live! The Vicksburg Theatre Guild presents a Christmas classic written by Patricia Di Benedetto Snyder, Will Severin and John Vreeke at the Parkside Playhouse. Shows will be on Dec 2-4 and Dec 9-11. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 pm and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 for 55 and older, $7 for students and $5 for younger than 12. Contact the Parkside Playhouse at 601-636-0471 or visit www.vicksburgtheatreguild.com for more information. Westside Theatre Foundation Presents Deathtrap The Westside Theatre Foundation presents Deathtrap at The Strand Theatre (717 Clay Street) at 6:30 pm. “Deathtrap” is a thriller of a play that is sure to puzzle you. there will be a special dinner theatre by The Old Southern Tea Room. Tickets are $12 for the show and $25 for dinner and a show. call Call 601-636-8313 for more information. The Forgotten Carols Come enjoy Michael McLean’s “The Forgotten Carols.”  This soon to be  major motion picture event, combines professional Broadway actors and local choirs on stage. The Forgotten Carols musical with its message of Hope and Redemption is coming to the southeast this 2011 holiday season! We know that it will become a family tradition – reminding all of us of why Christmas is a time to rejoice. It is the perfect alternative to the secular sounds and events of the season that often pervade our lives. It has been embraced by Christians of all faiths. Tickets $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children 12 and under. After you spend your Friday night enjoying some live entertainment, find something else to do. There are plenty of other things going on, don’t let your momentum die down. Breakfast with Santa From 8am – 10am the Vicksburg Convention Center will open its doors for the 10th Annual Breakfast with Santa.  This year’s premier event will surely delight the whole family.  In addition to a McDonald’s breakfast, Santa’s Village will be open with activities including decorating cookies in Mrs. Claus’s kitchen, reindeer games in the reindeer barn, e-mail letters to the North Pole, and much more.  Of course Santa will be there for pictures and to hear special requests, he will also give away lots of door prizes.  The best part of the events is a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster outlets or the Vicksburg Convention Center box office.  For more information contact Sue Bagby at 601-630-2929 or email [email protected] The event is sponsored by McDonald’s, Golding Barge Line, inc., River Region Health System, Terry-Trane Service Agency, B&K Bank, and Trustmark National Bank. 4th Annual Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation presents the 4th Annual Holly Days Arts and Crafts show. The show will be held Saturday, December 3, 2011 in the historic SCH Auditorium. The hours of the show are 9:00am-3:00pm. Admission is $1. Holly Days will feature a wide assortment of thirty quality vendors showcasing their wares plus local talent will entertain the attendees. The live entertainment will include the Vicksburg High School Madrigals, Vicksburg Performing Arts Company, Warren Central High School Madrigals, Vera Ann Fedell and local music students of Susan Gambrell. Goldie’s Express will also be on site to sell delicious barbeque lunches. The Yuletide Souls Fest 2 The Yuletide Souls Fest of Vicksburg, MS will be featured at The Vicksburg Public Library on December 3, 2011 from 9:00 AM – 4:30PM with a special raffle that you must be present to win. At this event one will find a variety of authors and artist, donations will be accepted for the Vicksburg CAP Center for Child Abuse Prevention. Authors featured this year include: Ellen Maze (Christian Horror Author), J. Moffet Walker(Poet), Shane Sullivan and Andy Childress (Graphic Novel Artist/Author), J. L.Mulvihill (Young Adult Author), Alexander S. Brown (Horror Author), Professor Bill Eakin (Fantasy Author), Hericka Raymer (Short Story Author and Editor), Christopher Drown (Fantasy Author), Glenn Stripling (Sci/Fi Mystery Author), Richard Parks (Fantasy Author), David Balock (Fantasy Author), Cynthia Leavelle (Christian Romance Author), William Sanders (Historic) Artists will include: Roman Merry, Anne Brogdon, Norma Allman, Courtney Vice, Karen Sanders, Michele Campbell Children will enjoy story time with Santa. Carol Parks will return with her ability to read auras. Truthseekers will also have a wonderful show for the audience. This is an event that is free to the public 7th Annual V105.5 Christmas Caroling Contest Finals Weather you made it to all three nights of the preliminaries or not, you will not want to miss the finals! Finals are Saturday night at the Vicksburg Convention Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $5 and those under 12 get in free, so don’t miss out on this wonderful Christmas favorite. Downtown Vicksburg Christmas Parade of Lights This year’s theme is “A Disney Christmas” The parade begins at 5p.m. The parade will follow the traditional parade route through the beautiful brick paved Washington Street in Downtown Vicksburg. This, of course, is a free event. Miss Mississippi Trunk Show Ever want a sneak peak at all of the beautiful clothes Miss Mississippi will wear for the Miss America pageant? This is your chance! Miss Mississippi Mary Margaret Roark will showcase her wardrobe at the Vicksburg Convention Center Sunday, December 4th at 2 p.m. In addition to the fashion show, there will be entertainment and light refreshments. This event is free to the public. We hope to see you at these events! There is always something to do in Vicksburg. Get out and have some family fun and support our local community.]]]]> ]]>

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Southwest returning to Jackson airport in 2021

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Southwest Airlines will be returning to the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport after more than six years.

The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority announced Thursday that Southwest intends to restore its legendary service to Jackson in 2021. The airline previously served JAN from 1997 until 2014.

Southwest Airlines is the largest domestic carrier with an impressive international route network as well.

“It’s great news for our city and great news for travelers throughout the region who have been missing access to Southwest’s accessible flights and low fares,” said Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba in a statement. “I want to applaud the JMAA Board of Commissioners and CEO for their hard work and vision. JAN has become a strong regional competitor and Southwest’s return is the most recent evidence of their efforts.”

“The JMAA is thrilled to welcome back Southwest Airlines,” said JMAA Board Chairman Robert E. Martin, “and I feel sure that the citizens of Jackson and central Mississippi will find this news very exciting. As U.S. travel recovers in 2021, we look forward to hosting more and more passengers at JAN.”

More details regarding startup dates, fares and routes will be released as they become available.

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Vicksburg among MS communities to see boost in wireless connectivity

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Vicksburg is among many communities in Mississippi that will be seeing a big boost in wireless connectivity, AT&T announced Tuesday.

AT&T said in a statement that it has added dozens of new sites already this year to enhance coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. These investments will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.

“As we all continue to recognize the growing importance of connectivity in our daily lives, these type investments help us stay connected to the world around us, and they also help us remain competitive and make us more attractive to outside investment and job creation,” said Gov. Tate Reeves in the statement. “While we all recognize that there is more work to be done to connect Mississippians, we applaud AT&T for doing that work.”

Without question, it is essential that our customers stay connected in today’s environment, the company said. That’s why we’re boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps residents in communities across Mississippi to get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play, including the following areas:

  • Ashland
  • Braxton
  • Canton
  • Carthage
  • Coila
  • Collinsville
  • DeKalb
  • Ethel
  • Gloster
  • Grace
  • Grenada
  • Hazlehurst
  • Iuka
  • Leakesville
  • Magee
  • Morton
  • Mount Olive
  • New Albany
  • Ovett
  • Parchman
  • Perkinston
  • Pontotoc
  • Poplarville
  • Port Gibson
  • Sandy Hook
  • Shaw
  • Silver Creek
  • St. Louis
  • State Line
  • Starkville
  • Swiftown
  • Union
  • Utica
  • Vicksburg

“We are committed to enhancing connectivity for businesses, residents and first responders in communities across Mississippi, and these network expansions are good examples of the work we’re accomplishing as a result of the hundreds of millions of dollars we’ve invested in Mississippi,” said Mayo Flynt, president, AT&T Mississippi.

The upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform — and giving Mississippi’s first responders access to the nation’s fastest overall network experience. FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives.

At many of these new locations, our enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the areas. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. We look at Band 14 as public safety’s VIP lane. In an emergency, this band – or lane – can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.

From 2017 to 2019, AT&T invested nearly $750 million in wireless and wired networks in Mississippi. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses, the company said.

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Chris Wells to serve as permanent director of MDEQ

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Chris Wells MDEQ director
Chris Wells (photo courtesy MS Governor's office)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced that Chris Wells will serve as the permanent executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Wells served as the chief of staff at MDEQ for six years, and the senior attorney for the department before that. He has served as interim executive director since the governor’s inauguration in January. Wells is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the Mississippi College School of Law.

“Chris is a dedicated public servant who has spent the bulk of his career working for the people of Mississippi,” Reeves said. “He knows what it means to put their priorities first, and he has been a steady hand in this vital role since I took office. I have the utmost confidence in him, and I know that he will continue to serve the people well.”

“I look forward to continuing our efforts to protect Mississippi’s air, land and water,” Wells said. “Our mission is to look out for the people of this state and ensure that we can always be proud of our incredible God-given resources. I’m grateful for the governor’s trust in me as we serve this state as a team.”

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