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Mark Buys named chairman of Vicksburg’s Economic Development Foundation



Mark Buys and his wife, Judy. (Photo from his Facebook page)

The Economic Development Foundation of Vicksburg announced Thursday, Dec. 26, that it selected Mark Buys, branch president with BancorpSouth Bank, as its chairman of the board.

“It is a great honor to be chosen by your peers to lead the economic development (ED) effort for our community,” Buys said. “It is humbling to serve in this position, and I’m committed to living up to the task that is before me and us.”

The EDF is a non-profit association of local and regional businesses that invest expertise and resources to support the economic development priorities of Vicksburg and Warren County. EDF members work to advance economic and community development policies and increase opportunities and wealth for the area’s residents.

Buys is no stranger to the Vicksburg community. He has served on numerous boards over the years for diverse organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi, Miss Mississippi, the Red Carpet Bowl and NRoute Transportation, among others.

“I’m a firm believer that the [economic development] effort of our community has to be led by the private sector,” Buys said. “We work hand in hand with the governmental arms because it takes us both to accomplish the goals of growing jobs and supporting local business and industry.”

Buys served as EDF chairman in 1994, but he says economic development has changed a lot in 26 years.

“We need more jobs locally that will lead to growing the housing, retail and educational markets,” Buys said. “This leads to an increased tax base that will provide more revenue for our city and county governments. They will then be able to invest more in our quality of life and infrastructure.”

The Economic Development Foundation, the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce and the Warren County Port Commission combined forces in 2017 under the umbrella of the Vicksburg-Warren Partnership. The organizations all share the goal of increasing economic development for Vicksburg and Warren County.

Buys said EDF has not finalized its priorities for 2020, but that this is the job of its January board meeting. Among the items under discussion is converting the Mississippi Hardware Company building into an innovation and tech transfer center (now under construction) and plans to increase housing in Warren County.


Secretary of state warns of misleading business mailer



The Mississippi secretary of state’s office urges the business community, especially LLCs, to be cautious of a misleading mailer sent by a private entity called C.F.S.

In the mailer, the company offers to prepare 2021 annual reports for a $75 fee. The mailer may appear to be official government correspondence, but the fine print makes it clear it is not. All business owners should be aware this correspondence is not authorized by the Mississippi secretary of state’s office.

A sample of the mailer is shown below.

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As a reminder, domestic LLC owners can file annual reports on the secretary of state’s website at no cost. Annual reports are due by April 15 of each year, and our office sends numerous reminders, via electronic mail and traditional mail, reminding Mississippi LLCs of upcoming filing deadlines and responsibilities.

Businesses may report deceptive or misleading solicitations to our office or the Mississippi attorney general’s office. The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Hotline is 1-800-281-4418.

For more information, please contact the secretary of state’s Business Services Division at [email protected] or 601-359-1633.

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KeyWay Coin Laundry adding second location



Photo courtesy of KeyWay Coin Laundry.

Speculation has been running rampant on social media as to what is being built on Iowa Boulevard across from C-Spire.

The Vicksburg Daily News has confirmed that KeyWay Coin Laundry is adding a second Vicksburg location on that site.

KeyWay is owned by Vicksburg native Key Ramsey along with his two sons Chaz and Chandler. They have been in business 12 years since opening their first location in Brookhaven, Mississippi. They now have 20 locations throughout the state from Vicksburg to Meridian and down to the Gulf Coast.

The company purchased the former Wendy’s building at 2500 Clay St. several years ago and recently made some improvements in that location by painting and adding new dryers.

The Clay Street location has been recently updated (photo courtesy of KeyWay Coin Laundry).

Key Ramsey is a 1978 graduate of St. Aloysius and a 1982 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Ramsey said he is hopeful that the Iowa Boulevard location will be open in early spring as construction is expected to take around 120 days. This new location will be similar in design to the company’s Yazoo City location.

For more information on the company visit

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Bar at LD’s Kitchen officially allowed to reopen



As of Friday, Oct. 30, LD’s Kitchen has been allowed to reopen its bar and lounge.

The bar and lounge portion of LD’s Kitchen, located at 1111 Mulberry St., was ordered closed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in October following a late-night shooting Oct. 6 that left three people injured. Wade Carter, 31, subsequently died of his injuries Oct. 9.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. announced he would be asking the board to allow the reopening last week, and made it official at the Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting Monday morning.

“LD’s was allowed to open as of Friday night when Chief Moore walked through the facility and told me that everything was in compliance,” Flaggs said.

South Ward Alderman Alex Monsour voted against the ruling, but North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield and Flaggs both supported it. The ruling stands with a 2-1 vote.

The bar at LD’s is under new management since the shooting, but is still owned by Larry Prentiss. The closing did not affect the restaurant or catering sides of the business.

The terms of the agreement are as follows:

  • That LD’s Kitchen LLC/Larry Prentiss has transferred management of its bar and lounge to another person who will manage the lounge for and on behalf of Larry Prentiss.
  • Hours for the lounge will not begin before 6 p.m. daily.
  • Security will require all patrons entering the said facility to be screened by security guards using hand-held metal detectors.
  • That patrons leaving the facility and returning will again have to be screened by security
  • That all patrons will be required to ingress and egress through the front door of said facility.
  • Security guards will check patrons’ identification before allowing entrance and not allow anyone under the age of 21 into the lounge.
  • That the side door of said facility shall not be used as an entrance.
  • Security guards will monitor parking area that belongs to business.
  • Will maintain cameras inside and outside the facility to record activities on premises and said recordings will be available to the Vicksburg Police Department
  • Upgrade security by hiring security company which has been in business of at least two (2) years with trained guards.
  • Train staff on new safety procedures.
  • Before reopening, all exit doors shall contain push bar emergency exits with sirens on doors.
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