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“Smoke detectors save lives” Mike Chaney, who is the Insurance Commissioner for the State of Mississippi and thus the State Fire Marshall as well, says that 25 people have perished in fire related deaths this year alone. “Of all those incidents, only four of the homes had working smoke detectors,” adds Chaney. “I encourage people to install smoke detectors and check them regularly.  The devices are inexpensive and easy to maintain.  All you have to do is press a button and change a battery once in a while.” Chaney attributes several of the deaths to people using improper means to stay warm during inclement weather.  He noted that last Friday’s Panola County fire started due to a kerosene heater placed too close to a bed, which ignited a structure fire which killed four. “A citizen rescued eight others from that fire, which was inside a mobile home,” Chaney said Monday, an 85-year-old New Hebron man was killed when his home caught fire.  A house fire Tuesday morning in Bay Springs resulted in the death of woman in her 30s. Here are a few fire safety tips:

  • Install a smoke alarm on each level of your home.
  • Maintain fresh batteries.
  • A fire plan is a must!! Include at least two escape routes from every room in the home.
  • When planning your escape, designate meeting place that is a safe distance from the house.  A neighbor’s yard is often the best place to go.
  • Conduct a “Home Fire Drill” at least twice per year.
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Kroger to offer rapid COVID-19 antibody tests

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Kroger announced Wednesday that it will soon offer rapid COVID-19 antibody tests for $25 in its pharmacies.

Antibody tests detect whether a person has had COVID-19 in the past. They do not detect active infections. The test will be taken by a small sample of blood from the finger and results will be ready within 15 minutes.

At this time, the tests are offered in California and Michigan, but Kroger expects to have the tests in all of their pharmacies by the end of November.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Kroger Heath has remained committed to helping people live healthier lives by offering in-clinic and at-home COVID-19 testing solutions supported by our multi-disciplinary team of licensed, trained and experienced health care providers,” said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health in a statement. “Making rapid antibody testing available across our family of pharmacies will not only provide an affordable and convenient testing solution for individuals who want to understand if they have previously been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, but also help clinicians understand the long-term impacts of COVID-19 and potential public health strategies for fighting the disease.”

Research is still underway to determine how long antibodies are present following infection and if the presence of antibodies provides protective immunity. Regardless of the testing result, all patients should continue to practice FDA-recommended safety guidelines, including social distancing and wearing masks.

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USACE temporarily closes part of Arkabutla Lake campground

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has temporarily closed part of the South Abutment Campground at Arkabutla Lake due to a power outage.

A total of 57 campsites are affected, and repairs to the electrical system are expected to continue into next week. Current campers may move from their original sites during this time. The impacted sites will remain closed to reservations until repairs are completed.

The remainder of South Abutment Campground is open for reservations, as well as Dub Patton Campground. Campsites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

For more information, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662-562-6261.

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Robber uses a gun to steal bike from 13-year-old

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports the following incidents occurred Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Monday at 5:52 p.m. officers with the Vicksburg Police Department responded to the area of Fairground Street in reference to a strong-arm robbery. The complainant stated that an unknown black male pushed his 13-year-old son off his bike, and when his son tried to retrieve his bike, the unknown male pointed a gun at him.

On Tuesday at 8:11 p.m. officers responded to the 400 block of Cain Ridge Road in reference to shots fired. According to witnesses, subjects in a maroon sedan fired six shots. One 9-mm shell casing was recovered at the scene. An hour later, officers were dispatched to Domino’s Pizza, 725 Highway 61 South, where one of the delivery drivers reported someone had shot at his car while he was stopped at the intersection of Cain Ridge Road and Columbia Avenue. A bullet hole was found in the trunk of the vehicle.

Tuesday at 8:41 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Fort Hill Drive in reference to an auto burglary. The victim stated that an unknown black male entered his 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe and took less than $10 in loose change.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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