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Gunn and Hosemann announce appointees to flag commission

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Lt. Gov. Hosemann’s flag commission appointees, left to right: Reuben Anderson, J. Mack Varner and Sherri Carr Bevis (Photos courtesy Hosemann)

Under the law removing and replacing the old Mississippi state flag with its Confederate “stars and bars” imagery, a nine member commission is to review and decide on one new prospective state flag design.

Gov. Tate Reeves, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn are each to appoint three members to the commission.

Gunn announced the following appointees Wednesday:

Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill: “Robyn’s background as a businessperson in the marketing industry, and as a community leader in north Mississippi makes her a perfect member of the commission. She is known for her passion for Mississippi and for having a forward-thinking vision for her community and our state. I’m confident that she will be a vocal and active member of the commission.”

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College President Dr. Mary Graham: “Dr. Graham has proven herself to be a visionary leader for the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast region. Her dedication to preparing our students for jobs in the 21st century through focusing on and growing workforce development initiatives is exemplary. Everyone admires the work of Dr. Graham and she will be a great voice for Mississippians on the commission.”

TJ Taylor – Speaker Gunn’s Policy Director: “TJ Taylor has been a member of my staff for five legislative sessions. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi College Law School. He has served as policy advisor, general counsel and currently serves as policy director for my office. He has been a key figure in the success of the effort to build support and ultimately pass legislation to change the state flag and ultimately form this commission. His passion for this issue and his calm demeanor will add much to the commission’s process while representing the voice of a younger generation of Mississippians.”

Hosemann announced his appointees on Facebook Wednesday in the following post:

“Reuben Anderson, first African American Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court; J. Mack Varner, a longtime Vicksburg attorney; and Sherri Carr Bevis, community liaison for Singing River Hospital/former public school teacher will serve as our appointees to the Commission charged with recommending a new “In God We Trust” State flag to voters.

“These three individuals have a heavy responsibility to bear in the coming weeks. Because of their character, and the diversity of their backgrounds and perspectives, I have confidence they will come to a conclusion which will be respectful of our past and reflect a bright future.

The commission has until Sept. 15 to present a design to the state Legislature. The commission’s design will be put to a straight up or down vote on the Nov. 3 general election ballot. If Mississippians reject the design, the commission will go back to the drawing board to come up with another design to be voted on in 2021.

If you have a flag design you would like to have the commission consider, read this story for information on how to submit your design.

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The Klondyke has new owners

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Woody and Holly Ramo, the new owners of the Historic Klondyke Trading Post, (ohoto by David Day)

Woody and Holly Ramo have purchased the Klondyke, 100 N. Washington St., from Rhonda Day.

“We’re going to update the place a bit and bring  back breakfast, dinner and Karaoke,” Woody Ramo said. “I’m so excited,” Holly Ramos added.

The Ramos are best known for operating The Games Bar and Restaurant in Delta, Louisiana, a business they purchased in 2016.

“I am so happy for Holly and Woody,” Day said. “They are the perfect couple to operate the Klondyke and carry on the hundred-year tradition of serving the Vicksburg community.”

The Historic Klondyke Trading Post has been in continuous operation for more than 60 years serving food, and a business called the Klondyke has been in that location since the 1930s. A restaurant, saloon or bar has been in the location since the 1890s when the SilverMoon Cafe sat there.

The location’s long and varied history can be traced back to indigenous Americans trading in the bayou and the hillside that leads up to the old downtown area of Vicksburg. A band of pirates called the Kangaroos controlled the area in the 1830s until the “vicious gamblers” were run out of town. The Vicksburg Militia, under the guidance of Dr. Hugh Bodley, attacked the Kangaroos’ stronghold on July 5, 1835, and Dr. Bodley was killed in the attack. A monument to his efforts is located up the hill from the Klondyke at Farmer and First East streets. During the Civil War, the area was heavily used and included Union barracks.

Rhonda and David Day purchased the Klondyke from Janelle and Eddie Cook in November of 2005. Rhonda Day became the sole owner in 2018.

Asked what she was going to do with her time now that it had been sold, Day’s response was simple.

“I’m going to play with my grandbabies and enjoy that front porch at Eagle Lake,” she said.

Rhonda Day after her last full day operating the Klondyke Trading Post. (photo by David Day)

Day made the decision during the height of the COVID-19 crisis to operate the restaurant only during lunch hours. The Ramos plan to reopen all of it in the coming months.

“We will get our liquor license and open the karaoke bar soon, but for now we are going to focus on getting breakfast up and running. Maybe as soon as next week,” Holly Ramo said.

“One of the best things for me is the size of that cooler,” said an excited Woody Ramo. “I can put all kinds of crawfish in there to cook up for folks.”


Rhonda Day’s husband, David Day, is the publisher of the Vicksburg Daily News.

 

 

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Vicksburg luncheon and roundtable focused on domestic violence

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Gina Hendrickson and Emmarie Flaggs hosted a luncheon and roundtable discussion on domestic violence. (photo by Keith Phillips)

Vicksburg community activists Gina Hendrickson and Emmarie Flaggs hosted a domestic violence awareness luncheon and roundtable Tuesday at the Biscuit Company.

Hendrickson and Flaggs were joined by judges, police officers, pastors other influential people in the community who deal with domestic violence on a daily basis.

Flaggs expressed the importance of knowing about domestic violence, and emphasized that everyone can find support locally in Vicksburg.

“If you are still here, you have a purpose,” Flaggs said, addressing those who have been victimized by domestic violence.

The roundtable covered topics related to the issue, including the mental, emotional and physical stress that domestic violence causes in a household.

Hendrickson shared her personal history of domestic violence and urged people in violent relationships to reach out to friends for support. Restraining orders do not always work against abusers, she said.

The luncheon also featured people who help domestic violence victims including representatives from Haven House and Positive Pathways.

Domestic violence crosses all socio-economic boundaries, and affects people from all walks of life. Vicksburg has seen its share of residents killed as a result of domestic violence Warren County Judge Marcie Southerland pointed out.

It also affects children, not only taking a toll on them now, but affecting how they respond in the future. Domestic violence tends to be cyclical in families when children grow up thinking that it’s normal.

“Always think about the children because childhood issues turn into adulthood issues,” Flaggs said.

To view the full round table discussion, visit Emmarie Flaggs Facebook page.

If you are a victim of domestic violence in Vicksburg, call 911 if you need immediate assistance.

If you need shelter and other types of assistance, call Mountain of Faith at 601-501-4508 or Haven House at 601-638-0555.

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Teenager missing near Big Black River found

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Sterling Powell (photo courtesy HCSO)

UPDATE: Sterling Powell has been found. He has some minor injuries that are being treated, WAPT reports.

Assisting the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office in the search were Clinton firefighters and agents with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Original story:

Authorities are searching for a Hinds County teenager near Edwards, Mississippi.

Sterling Powell, 17, was last seen Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. near the 6300 Blk. of Anderson Road in Edwards near the Big Black River.

He was wearing black pants, a white shirt, a black jacket and a blue cap.

A search and rescue team is combing the woods for Powell in Edwards near where he was last seen, WLBT reports.

If you have any information on Powell’s whereabouts, call the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office 601-352-1521

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