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Leaders reach out to Americans to stop hoarding groceries

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Leaders from mayors to governors to the president of the United States are asking shoppers to stop panic buying due to the COVID-19 virus.

Hoarding of food and other necessities—including toilet paper—has left many shoppers facing bare shelves in grocery stores.

“We’re trying to get people to actually buy less if that’s possible,” President Donald Trump said in a press conference Tuesday. “Don’t take everything. Just buy what you need for a while.”

During a live Facebook event this afternoon, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves reiterated the president’s message when a caller said they were having trouble getting food because people were clearing shelves and stockpiling supplies.

Reeves first assured the caller that grocery stores would not be closing, and then he asked Mississippians not to hoard food.

“Buy for a week, and everything will be OK,” he said.

“My plea with all of you is continue your shopping on a regular basis,” Reeves added.

The governor later warned price gougers that they would be prosecuted.

Reeves also encouraged listeners to continue to eat restaurant food when they could. Some dine-in establishments are experiencing big drops in the numbers of customers, and even fast-food restaurants are closing dining rooms and only serving customers through drive-thru windows.

McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A and Starbucks are just a few of the national chains that are limiting food service to drive-throughs.

Some restaurants are finding a happy medium, saying they will provide curbside delivery for takeout orders.

“Don’t be afraid to order takeout food from your favorite restaurant from time to time,” Reeves said.

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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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