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UPDATE: Horses back at the barn this morning

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The horses are all back at the barn as of about 3:30 a.m. Friday. We hope to have more on their return later today.

From Kacie Lindsey via Facebook: “Horses are SAFE & HOME!!! Not what we wanted to do from 1:30-3:30 this morning but we got them that’s what matters. Nobody was hurt & neither are the horses. Team effort with 2 humane society employees, 2 WCSO, & 3 VPD.”

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After a day of reverting to their wild natures, four horses that escaped from the Vicksburg Warren Humane Society Wednesday are still eluding capture and avoiding a return to lives of domesticity.

The horses graze in a field behind Denby Road on Wednesday night.

The Humane Society, located on U.S. Highway 61South, rescued three of the horses, all mares, on Jan. 9, 2019, a year ago today, from an abusive situation. Since then, lots of loving care and groceries have nursed them back to health.

One, Green Halter, about 5 years old, gave birth to Tobias, a colt, 10 months ago.

Mare and foal broke out of their pen yesterday taking their little equine herd with them on their bid for freedom. Along for the run is Pink, who is 3 or 4, and Luna, who is a year and a half.

The horses went running towards Demby Drive, and the fear is that they will end up on a road endangering themselves and any drivers that may encounter them. Hitting a horse at highway speeds is no joke, as they can weigh upwards of 1,000 pounds.

Today, a six-woman mounted posse made several valiant attempts to round up the horses and get them back to safety. Georgia Lynn, Kacie Tingle Lindsey, Helen Vinzant, Bridget Cortezie, Gina Matthews and Faydra Bailey have been scouring the fields and woods to find them. They’ve spotted the horses twice, but so far, despite offerings of sweet treats, the horses haven’t let anyone near them.

The assembled posse discusses their strategy to capture the evasive equines.

The little herd is about three miles from the shelter and in the woods, making them especially difficult to round up.

Joining the mounted women in the hunt today is Don McAuley on his four-wheeler and Chief Deputy Billie Jo Heggins of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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Reeves puts seven more counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves providing a COVID-19 update from home Nov. 12 (image from video screen capture)

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday that seven additional counties have qualified to be under more restrictive conditions due to rising COVID-19 cases.

The conditions, listed under his “Safe Recovery” executive order in effect through Dec. 11, include wearing masks in almost all public places.

Counties added to the list Monday are Hinds, Madison, Pontotoc, Tate, Winston, Itawamba and Montgomery. Added to the 15 counties already under more restrictive conditions, Mississippi now has 22 of its 82 counties included in the executive order.

“Let’s keep fighting COVID. Let’s protect ourselves and protect our neighbors,” Reeves said in a statement. “Let’s also keep praying. I believe if we work together, we can make a difference. We can slow the spread and bridge the gap between now and when this vaccine becomes readily available and protect the integrity of our health care system.”

The seven-day average of new cases in Mississippi is currently over 1,000. The state is part of a nationwide surge that is averaging more than 150,000 new cases daily from coast to coast.

Two vaccines have recently shown great promise in early testing. Neither is expected to be available to the general public until the spring of 2021.

The governor and his family are self-isolating after his youngest daughter tested positive for the virus.

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Three Vicksburg police officers test positive for COVID-19

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(Image by Felipe Esquivel Reed, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87846813)

Three officers of the Vicksburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division have tested positive for COVID-19.

Monday, the department announced the results of tests completed earlier in the day.

The officers, who will not be named, will be quarantined for up to 14 days.

The department reminds the public to wear masks when conducting business at the police station.

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VIDEO – Capt. Randy Rippy honored at his retirement from the Vicksburg Fire Department

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Left to right: Pat “PatMan” Scallions, Doris Rippy, Capt. Rippy, Brittany Eaves, Cooper Eaves, Daniel Eaves and Colton Eaves (photo by Thomas Parker)

The Vicksburg Fire Department honored retiring Capt. Randy Rippy Monday.

Family and current and former co-workers gathered at Station 3 to honor Rippy, whose retirement becomes official at the end of his shift Tuesday morning.

Rippy has been a member of the department for 29 years. Chief Craig Danczyk spoke about working with Rippy as a young firefighter and how Rippy set the standard for public service with his work ethic.

Although Rippy is retiring from the Vicksburg department, he will continue to work with the fire department at Continental Tire where he has been working part time since March.

He becomes the third Vicksburg firefighter to retire and accept a position with Continental.

Left to right: Chief Craig Danczyk, Captian Rippy, Deputy Chief Trey Martin, Deputy Chief Derrick Stamps and Battalion Chief Carl Carson (photo by Thomas Parker)

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