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Longest serving NBA commissioner passes away

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David Stern

David Stern, the longest serving NBA commissioner, has passed away at the age of 77. Stern died on New Year’s Day after suffering a brain hemorrhage on Dec. 12.

Stern was named commissioner on Feb. 1, 1984, and has seen the league expand into Canada and add seven new franchises during his tenure.

Stern also helped basketball game become televised in more than 200 countries and territories before he retired in 2014.

Stern died in Manhattan surrounded by his wife, Diane, and other close family members.

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Junior Auxiliary announces ‘Santa Stories’ fundraiser

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(photo courtesy Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary)

When it became clear that COVID-19 would make their fall Pirates and Princesses Tea Party impossible, the Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg came up with a new fundraiser and called on an old friend to help them out—Santa Claus.

The new fundraiser, called “Santa Stories,” allows parents to purchase a special package from the North Pole for their children. The package will feature a bedtime story on video, as well as a personalized, handwritten letter from Santa.

“This has been a tough year for so many of us, but that doesn’t stop the magic of Christmas,” said Candice Reeder, chair of the Santa Stories fundraiser. “We wanted to help spread that, while also raising money for the projects we support.”

There are two packages available for purchase. The first includes one video and one letter, which can be addressed to one or multiple children, for $25, with the option for additional letters at $15 apiece. The second package includes two videos and one letter for $35, with additional letters for $10 apiece.

To purchase a package or learn more, visit www.javicksburg.org/santa_stories.html.

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Annual ERDC Under the Lights community event scheduled

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A lighted boat was part of the Christmas light display at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory during ERDC Under the Lights 2019. This year’s event will be Dec. 17-19 from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. each night, and participants are asked to bring a canned food item or one toy to be donated. (photo courtesy ERDC)

For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center will open its gates to the public for a drive-by holiday light display on its 700-acre installation in Vicksburg Dec. 17, 18 and 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The entrance will be at the main gate located at 3909 Halls Ferry Road.

“This has become a great tradition for people in the Vicksburg area, and we’re excited to keep it going this year,” said Col. Teresa Schlosser, ERDC commander. “And this year, we have the added benefit that it is such a safe, socially distant Christmas activity for families.”

One goal of the event is to assist local families in need. Guests are encouraged to bring one canned good or one toy to be donated to people in need around the Vicksburg area. The ERDC collaborates with local community organizations to distribute the donations. Last year, more than 6,000 pounds of food were collected and donated to the local food pantry, an increase of about 2,000 pounds from the year before.

“Each year, ERDC Under the Lights grows a little more,” Schlosser said. “The more people who come, the more good we can do with food and toy donations.”

Students from the Vicksburg-Warren School District will also help with the event this year, collecting food items and toys at the gate.

 

 

 

 

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First Friday block party canceled

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(Image courtesy City of Vicksburg)

The City of Vicksburg First Friday block party scheduled for tonight has been canceled.

“[We] canceled due to the increase in COVID-19 numbers,” said Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. “The city shouldn’t be involved in increasing the numbers.”

Flaggs also announced that he will be adding a new restriction to those already in place in Vicksburg because of the rising numbers. Friday, the Mississippi State Department of Health announced 46 new COVID-19 cases in Warren County, the third-highest one-day increase since the start of the crises in March.

“Due to one of our largest increases in reported COVID-19 cases, I plan to move forward with an additional restriction in Vicksburg immediately,” Flaggs said in a news release.

“This decision, and every decision, I’ve made since the beginning of this pandemic has been geared toward saving lives and mitigating the spread of this virus,” the mayor added.

Flaggs is holding a live news conference today, Friday, at 4 p.m. in the Robert M. Walker Building Board Room. The event will be streamed live on the Vicksburg Daily News Facebook page.

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