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Flaggs reaches out to President Trump in support of churches



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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. reached out to President Donald Trump today in a letter.

“I believe that most of the needs of the poor in society are met by faith-based communities and churches. These communities and churches might not be officially organized as non-profit corporations, but they certainly provide the same or more necessary services to citizens in our communities,” Flaggs wrote.

The mayor then described how the COVID-19 crisis has affected these entities.

“Faith-based communities and churches rely on the financial giving of their congregation who are no longer present and many of whom are no longer employed,” Flaggs wrote. “These faith-based communities and churches are typically the ones who fill in the social services gaps such as food pantries, medical clinics for the poor, utility payments for those in need, shelters for the homeless and other social services.

Flaggs then requested that churches be included in the $2.2 trillion relief package the president signed on March 27.

“It is my hope that these faith-based communities and churches can also be eligible for funding under the CARES Act just as non-profit corporations and other charities are eligible.”

Read the whole letter below.


Single vehicle crash sends local man to hospital



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



(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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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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