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Flaggs advocates for more regular use of NRoute Trolley

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NRoute Trolley in the garage, where it spends a lot of time. (photo by Kami May)

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. wants to see the NRoute Trolley in regular use and is willing to use city funds to help.

In Monday’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, the mayor said the trolley would be free if it was up to him or at least offered at a lower price so that residents and tourists can readily make use of it.

“It hurts me more than any of you to see that billboard, that trolley, stay parked,” Flaggs said. “I have offered to subsidize the cost so that more people can utilize the trolley.”

The Mayor’s office has no authority over the use of the trolley, he said, but he has met with NRoute Executive Director Evelyn Bumpers and with NRoute Transit Commission President Don Brown and Commissioner Mark Buys about the use of the trolley in Vicksburg. and he will continue to meet with them to come to an agreement that works.

“I don’t see anything wrong with utilizing the trolley for weddings,” Flaggs said, “I don’t see anything wrong with utilizing the trolley for tours, but I do believe a minimum of four hours a day at $100 an hour is excessive. It’s more than I would pay.”

He offered a suggestion of lowering the minimum to three hours at $50 an hour.

“The driver can’t be making more than minimum wage,” Flaggs said. “The gas can’t cost that much; gas is at its lowest.”

“I’m told it’s a legal matter, but laws are not forever,” he added. “It seems if you ask me to help you, I should be able to get help from the Department of Transportation, statewide or federal.”

The nearly 6-year-old NRoute trolley needs to be in use as much as possible because “it looks good,” Flaggs said. “It rides good. It needs to be moving.”

NRoute bus transportation began in 2006 and is operated by a five-member board. The trolley was a $193,000 investment, 80% of which was paid with federal grants.

“It would show a lot of our city if on weekends it was used for a class reunion or a wedding party, or just a group of people that get together to see the city,” the mayor said.

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Single vehicle crash sends local man to hospital

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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

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(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

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(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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