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Old Depot Museum wins award for Best Museum in Vicksburg

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Old Depot Museum Curator Dave Benway shows off the model he built of the USS Mississippi, launched in 1917. (Photo by David Day)

Dave Benway, curator of the Old Depot Museum, has announced the Vicksburg Award Program has chosen the Old Depot Museum as the Best Museum in Vicksburg.

“Each year, the Vicksburg Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category,” the Vicksburg Awards Program said in a release. “These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Vicksburg area a great place to live, work and play.”

The company added that it uses “various sources of information that are gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category.”

“All the museums in Vicksburg represent something different, that’s the unique part,” Benway said. “We’ve got a melting pot of museums.”

The Old Depot Museum started out as a transportation museum, he explained, then expanded when the battlefield diorama was added to memorialize the Vicksburg National Military Park. “While the park has been closed, people have been coming here to see what it looks like,” he said.

The Civil War diorama at the Old Depot Museum (Photo by David Day)

The museum is housed in the old train depot for the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad built in the early 1900s. It underwent a $2.4 million renovation in 2010 and 2011, but the reopening was delayed by the Great Mississippi River Flood of 2011. The museum reopened almost a full year later on Memorial Day 2012.

Since then, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History recognized the museum “for maintaining the history of Vicksburg,” Benway said.

It has recently reopened after being shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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Nick Saban (photo courtesy UA Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession

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Joshua Lisk (photo courtesy VPD)

A knife-wielding South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday in Vicksburg.

Police officers responded to a report of a man waving a large knife in the 3300 block of Clay Street. They found that Joshua Lisk, of Westminster, South Carolina, was in possession of methamphetamine.

Lisk appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of meth possession. Judge Penny Lawson set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues

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Ole Miss Rebels (photo courtesy Old Miss)

Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.

 

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