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Jackson Street Center to be renamed to honor Gertrude Young

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Photo courtesy of the City of Vicksburg

Gertrude Anderson Young has spent her life serving others in many capacities. From a career as a registered nurse to her rise in politics, and then into the private sector as a real estate broker, Vicksburg’s Housing Director and as an evangelist, Young has touched countless lives.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Jackson Street Community Center, which Young often referred to as “her baby,” will be renamed in her honor to become the Gertrude A. Young Jackson Street Community Center. The ceremony is slated to begin at 10 a.m.

Young led the charge to build the center, which was completed in 2002. The center replaced the Jackson Street YMCA which had crumbled years earlier at the same location.

Her career in the political arena saw her occupy positions as both a city and a county election commissioner before ascending to the role of North Ward Alderwoman, which she held from 1993 until 2005. Gertrude Young has been a fierce community advocate for voters’ rights, leading many to register and exercise their rights to vote. Young still is considered a powerful voice in Democratic political circles.

Young recently retired as the City of Vicksburg’s housing director. In this role, she was responsible for the city acquiring millions in grant dollars that helped repair hundreds of homes.

Although she has retired, she will undoubtedly remain active in the community, especially in her church, Mt. Carmel M.B. Church, where she serves as associate pastor.

On behalf of your friends at Vicksburg Daily News, Mrs. Gertrude A. Young, we congratulate you on this well deserved honor and thank you for a lifetime of service to our community.

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USACE temporarily closes part of Arkabutla Lake campground

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(Photo by Thomas R Machnitzki - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12730385)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has temporarily closed part of the South Abutment Campground at Arkabutla Lake due to a power outage.

A total of 57 campsites are affected, and repairs to the electrical system are expected to continue into next week. Current campers may move from their original sites during this time. The impacted sites will remain closed to reservations until repairs are completed.

The remainder of South Abutment Campground is open for reservations, as well as Dub Patton Campground. Campsites can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.

For more information, contact the Arkabutla Lake Field Office at 662-562-6261.

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Robber uses a gun to steal bike from 13-year-old

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports the following incidents occurred Monday, Oct. 26, and Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Monday at 5:52 p.m. officers with the Vicksburg Police Department responded to the area of Fairground Street in reference to a strong-arm robbery. The complainant stated that an unknown black male pushed his 13-year-old son off his bike, and when his son tried to retrieve his bike, the unknown male pointed a gun at him.

On Tuesday at 8:11 p.m. officers responded to the 400 block of Cain Ridge Road in reference to shots fired. According to witnesses, subjects in a maroon sedan fired six shots. One 9-mm shell casing was recovered at the scene. An hour later, officers were dispatched to Domino’s Pizza, 725 Highway 61 South, where one of the delivery drivers reported someone had shot at his car while he was stopped at the intersection of Cain Ridge Road and Columbia Avenue. A bullet hole was found in the trunk of the vehicle.

Tuesday at 8:41 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 700 block of Fort Hill Drive in reference to an auto burglary. The victim stated that an unknown black male entered his 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe and took less than $10 in loose change.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Women leaders invited to Empower Hour on Thursday

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Justice Court Judge Gay Polk-Payton

Women leaders in Vicksburg and Warren County are invited to Empower Hour at noon Thursday at the Warren County Courthouse on the Jackson Street side.

The event is sponsored by Circuit Court Judge Toni Walker Terrett of Mississippi’s Ninth Judicial District, and features Justice Court Judge Gay Polk-Payton from Forrest County as well as trailblazers Gertrude Young and Patricia “Petesy” Peterson Smith.

Seating will be limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and be sure to wear your mask.

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