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John’s Grocery business sliding due to Highway 80 closure

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

Randall Mauck and his family have operated John’s Grocery (2033 U.S. Highway 80) since 1971. They purchased the store from the Buck family who first opened Buck’s Store at that location in 1939.

Mauck says the closure of Highway 80 just east of his location due to the road collapsing is hitting his business hard. Much of their business centers around lunch. They specialize in custom burgers, po-boys, sandwiches and lunch meat sales. Mauck says the added time to get to his store is keeping many customers away.

Randall Mauck (photo by Thomas Parker)

“People with only a half-hour lunch break can’t get here and back to work due to the added 10 to 15 minute travel time,” he said, adding, “My afternoon business is still good with people who live out this way.”

John’s Grocery also offers sandwich trays for parties and meetings.

Mauck is concerned the estimated six to eight months repair time could spell the end for his long-time Warren County business.

His isn’t the only small business to suffer a loss of revenue due to the many road closures in the area. As a community, keep those business in mind when making your buying decisions.

Be sure to stop by John’s Grocery for lunch soon, and check them out on Facebook.

 

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COVID-19 shutters recycling and in-house Midd-West Works programs

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Citing concerns over the safety of their clients, Midd-West Works has closed its recycling program along with its adult day care and in-house work programs until theCOVID-19 pandemic subsides.

Midd-West provides work and care for disabled adults in the Vicksburg and Warren County area.

“With these being disabled individuals, many of these people have compromised immune systems and medical conditions, and the risk is too great,” said Director Kearney Waites. “I have to put their health and safety above everything else.”

Estimates are that many as 60 percent of the recycling centers across the United States may have shut down citing concerns over how long the virus can live on various forms of recyclable materials.

“It will probably be as much as 30 days after we are given the all clear before we allow the program to resume,” Waites said.

Other Midd-West programs continue to function normally around the area. Approximately 45 Midd-West clients perform janitorial services for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District and the Engineer Research and Development Center. Others operate the mail rooms in both facilities. Midd-West clients also provide janitorial and stocking services in many stores around the area.

Waites hears frequently how the disabled workers are some of the company’s most valued employees.

“They have a tendency to work harder and value the opportunity to be self-sufficient more than the average worker,” Waites said.

Waites took over what was then called the Sheltered Acres Program in 1980. At the time, they had four clients and $22,000 in the bank. Through the years and with the addition of various programs, the non-profit organization has grown to generate more than 90% of its operating budget. They also receive some funding from the United Way and additional donations from private sources.

For more information on how disabled individuals can join the program, call them at 601-638-2770 and be sure to visit the Midd-West Facebook page.

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Big Fix spay and neuter clinic shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns

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A low-cost spay and neuter program that serves Warren County is temporarily shutting down due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Big Fix Clinic has been making its way to the area about twice a month, but it has made the difficult decision to close for at least two weeks for the safety of clients and staff.

In an email to supporters, Executive Director Sharon Garner of Mississippi Spay and Neuter said they will reopen “as soon as it is safe to do so.”

“I know that being closed will further exacerbate the problem of pet overpopulation in Mississippi, and our staff will be working hard to catch up when we return,” Garner wrote. “Additionally, I know that the families we serve in the near future will be hurting. Due to the closure of our clinic and thrift store, we will also be hurting.

“It is our goal to ensure that no animal is turned away due to their guardian’s ability to pay for spay and neuter because we know it is essential to ending the suffering, homelessness and euthanasia of animals in our community. We want to keep that promise to our clients and to the cats and dogs of Central Mississippi.”

Garner asked that supporters consider donating to “ensure that we can retain our incredibly hardworking staff, reopen promptly and continue to do what we do best—spay and neuter.

For more information visit the Big Fix website.

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Cannon Toyota welcomes ‘Coach’ Davis to its management team

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Samone “Coach” Davis (Photo by Chris Tankesly)

Samone “Coach” Davis has joined Cannon Motors of Mississippi as manager of Cannon Toyota of Vicksburg.

Davis brings 12 years of auto sales experience to the dealership including 10 in senior management positions around the region, most recently with Sango Buick GMC in Winnsboro, La.

“Coach brings a wealth of experience and an infectious attitude to our team. His reputation of customer care and service is what we strive for in the Cannon family of dealerships.” said Vicksburg Operations Director Billy Crozier.

For his part, Davis is happy to be working in the River City.

“Growing up in Madison Parish, I feel like I have returned home,” Davis said.

“Toyota is a premium automotive brand, and we have a huge inventory,” he added. “Through our Cannon family of stores, we have access to an unrivaled selection of pre-owned vehicles. A lot of people are riding this crisis out at home, so, check us out online at www.CannonToyotaVicksburg.com, or call me at 318-341-4452.

“I invite all my friends to contact me soon and come see why, when the smoke clears, nobody beats a Cannon and Coach Davis deal.”

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