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Hosemann asks churches and residents to show gratitude for health-care workers

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(Image via Hosemann email)

Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann is advocating for churches to ring their bells nightly at 6 p.m. to show gratitude for Mississippians risking their lives in the effort to care for COVID-19 patients.

Monday, Hosemann sent the following email to supporters:

On Friday, we sent a letter to church leaders throughout Mississippi asking them to ring their church bells every day at 6 p.m. for one minute beginning on Monday, April 6, and ending on April 20, the day the current shelter-in-place order ends. We asked them to do this in gratitude for our healthcare workers on the front lines and in prayer for those who are sick. We also asked citizens to join in by ringing their bells, honking their horns, or otherwise making a joyful noise in their front yards.

The response has been nothing short of amazing, with our post on Facebook shared almost 9,000 times, reaching more than 378,000 Mississippians.

If you are able, please join us in sound and spirit at 6 p.m. tonight, Monday, April 6, by ringing your bell. We can get through this together, even if it requires us to be apart for now.

Let’s stay healthy. Let’s stay home. And let’s look forward to an even brighter future in Mississippi.

In his email, Hosemann also premiered a new website for COVID-19 information. The site provides dozens of links to information about the virus and to useful resources.

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Reeves puts another 13 counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced 13 additional counties that have qualified and met certain requirements to be placed under mask mandates with his “Safe Recovery” executive order that is in effect until Dec. 11.

Those additional counties are: Adams, Amite, Coahoma, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Quitman, Scott, Sunflower and Washington. A total of 54 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under mask mandates.

“I hope that people believe me when I say this is a time when the virus is extremely present,” Reeves said during a news conference streamed live on Facebook. “It is all around us right now, more than almost any time before. Please continue to be careful and safeguard yourself and your loved ones.”

A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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