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FloodFest 2019 showed who we are

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FloodFest 2019 was well organized, well attended and, with any luck, will become an annual event.

 

The dog days of a Mississippi August summer were met head-on by the desire of Mississippians to love their neighbors. Thousands attended the event.

Local radio and news personality Thomas C. Parker used his experience from his many years as Col. Tom Parker, a promoter for Regional Wrestling Events, to organize and bring together this festival.

Redwood School was the backdrop for the food, vendors and musicians that showed up to help make this event successful. Each of them donated a portion of their proceeds to the 2019 United Way of West Central Mississippi Flood Relief fund. The United Way organized a special committee of trusted community leaders to oversee the collection and distribution of funds.

This event would not have been possible without the support of local businesses who funded the music and the admission.

We will have a separate story on the vendors and their participation.

Following is a pictorial of the day’s events:

Victoria Darden has become the face of the #finishthepumps effort. She was on hand to help explain the issue.

The view from the stage as local musicians The McAllister Brothers perform.

A beautiful cowgirl dances to the music at Floodfest 2019 in front of the items donated for the auction.

Radio stars Dailon Huskey, Chris Burks and Col. Tom Parker prep for the next stage.

An extremely gracious William Michael Morgan speaks with a young fan.

As the afternoon crowd started to wane, the evening crowd started to fill up the area.

A young dancer helped to entertain the crowd towards the back of the show.

Mayor George Flaggs, Col. Tom Parker and South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour take the stage as Dailon Huskey and Chris Burks exit the stage prior to the night’s headliner, William Michael Morgan, is about to perform.

Scott Randall Rhodes and the Mississippi River Band.

This group at the front of the stage had a blast while Scott Randall Rhodes and the Mississippi River Band played.

Col. Tom Parker enjoys a brief moment on the stage.

Three of the performers at Floodfest2019. Martin Pace, William Michael Morgan and Scott Randall Rhodes.

 

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Mayor to hold news conference Friday on COVID-19

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Mayor George Flaggs Jr. at a news conference Oct. 8. (photo via video screen grab/Video by Thomas Parker)

 Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will hold a news conference Friday at 2:30 p.m. in the Robert M. Walker Building Board Room regarding COVID-19.

The current proclamation expires Monday, Nov. 2 at 8 a.m.

Look for updated information and plan to watch the news conference live on the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page.

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Man drowns in Biloxi after filming Hurricane Zeta

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An Alabama man drowned Wednesday in Mississippi after attempting to get video on Hurricane Zeta.

Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer confirmed the man’s identity Thursday morning.

Leslie Richardson, 58, of Theodore, Alabama, was filming the effects of Zeta for his sister near the Broadwater Marina in Biloxi Wednesday night, the Sun Herald reports.

After filming, Richardson got into his car and attempted to leave the area.

“The deep water started to come around the vehicle,” Switzer told the paper. “He realized he was in trouble and called 911,” around 7:30 p.m.

By that time, it was too late. Water on U.S. Route 90 was already deeper than the military-style vehicles used by the police, and they could not reach him.

The last contact dispatchers had with Richardson, he said he thought his vehicle would float away. He then left the car in search of higher ground.

Around 9:30 p.m. a guest at a nearby hotel called 911 to report a body in the water. The guest attempted to revive Richardson without any luck. Switzer pronounced him dead at the scene.

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Greenwood mass shooter in custody

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(photo by Bill Oxford on Unsplash)

Police in Greenwood, Mississippi, have a suspect in custody for the Oct. 24 mass shooting that left two dead and eight others wounded.

Although police would not release his name, Deputy Chief Marvin Hammond Sr. of the Greenwood Police Department did say the suspect is a black male about 26 years old.

Hammond indicated that the suspect will be arraigned Friday afternoon in the city’s municipal court. The charges will likely include two counts of murder, eight counts of aggravated assault as well as a firearm possession charge as a felon. Hammond said the suspect is currently on parole; however, he could not immediately provide details on the previous charge. The weapon used was an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

The two people killed are siblings, Jonathan Pitts, 42, and his sister Katrina Pitts, 41, both of Chicago, who were in town for the funeral of their grandmother. The shooting occurred at a gathering after the funeral.

Those who survived the shooting have mostly been treated and released, Hammond said.

Police will release the suspect’s name once he has been formally charged.

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