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Miss Leola Harris died Wednesday morning

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A younger Leoloa Harris (photos courtesy the family)

The beloved Miss Leola Harris died at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday after suffering a heart attack Oct. 9. She would have been 58 next Monday.

Family members confirmed Harris’s death, and Jefferson Funeral Home will be handling her funeral arrangements.

Born in Vicksburg Oct. 26, 1962, Harris grew up in Vicksburg and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She still managed to do great in school and was a proud 1981 Vicksburg High School graduate.

Leola Harris. (photo by Larry Walker)

Harris also attended Hinds Community College where she earned a welding certificate in 1982 just a year after graduating from VHS.

Leola Harris as a child (photo courtesy the family)

Most individuals who saw Miss Harris hanging around downtown Vicksburg assumed she was homeless, but she actually had an apartment in the city that she loved.

Harris was close to her family and cared deeply for her nieces and nephews.

“She played a big role in helping raise her nieces and nephews and she always kept a smile on her face,” said Kizzy Butler, one of Harris’ nieces. “She loved her parents and family,” Butler added.

Harris was youngest girl of 11 children. Her father, Leo Harris, passed away in 1998, but her mother, Gladys Butler, is still alive.

Downtown Vicksburg will forever remember Miss Leola who always seemed to brighten the day for everyone she met.

A date has not been set for Harris’ funeral, yet, but the Vicksburg Daily News will provide additional information as we receive it.

 

 

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Vicksburg Firefighters quickly extinguish apartment fire

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Firefighters at the Shadow Cliff Apartment fire. (Photo by Tommy Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters quickly extinguished a stove top fire at the Shadow Cliff Apartments on Alcorn Drive Monday Night.

 

At 10:08 p.m. a fire was reported at the apartments that sit between the New Main apartments and Greater Grove Missionary Church. Alcorn Drive was shut down as firefighters worked to supply water to the fire.

The resident, who is visually impaired, smelled smoke and did exactly what firefighters and Chief Danczyk recommend – if you smell smoke call 911.

The resident had left something on the stove and it burned, creating the smoke.

“I always take fire calls seriously. Several years ago I answered a call where there were children still in a house. I had to put them out of a window then follow them out. This one turned out well in that no one was injured. Don’t hesitate if you think you have a fire. Dial 911 and get out!” explained a passionate Eric Paymon, Adam 3 with the Vicksburg Police Department.

Battalion 1, Platform 1, Ladder 3, Rescue, Fire Medics and numerous Vicksburg police officers including Adam 3, responded to the fire.

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China Grove temporarily closed due to an accident

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The Kia Forte and utility pole. (photo by Tommy Parker)

At 9:06 p.m. Monday night, a call came into the 911 call center of a single vehicle accident at 2060 China Grove Road. The impact took out power to the area and created a hazardous situation with power lines on the ground.

 

The area between Gibson Road and Nine Mile Cutoff will be closed while the wreck is cleaned up.

A utility pole was knocked down by the impact of the vehicle that ended up on its roof. Power to the immediate area is out and there are power lines on the ground. About 10 homes are without power according to Entergy.

The Kia Forte with full air bag deployment with electric wires on it. (Photo by Tommy Parker)

The driver of the grey Kia Forte suffered only minor injuries. He was checked out by first responders and released at the scene.

Daniel Thomas is working the accident for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office being assisted by Deputies Cordell Watkins and Thomas McBride . Responding to the accident were Fire Boss Jerry Briggs, Fisher Ferry Chief Mitch Lange along with Tim Wood and Robin Knighton of the Fisher Ferry fire department who worked the accident scene from Engine 303.

First responders and Warren County Fire Boss Jerry Briggs are requesting you avoid the area until the accident scene is deemed safe.

 

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City says gas smell poses no danger

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Numerous Vicksburg residents have reported a strong odor similar to natural gas in the city.

City officials say the smell is apparently due to a release on the harbor, and that it poses no danger.

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