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Renowned historian David L. Miller at the Vicksburg National Military Park



Donald L. Miller, author and historian. Courtesy Simon and Schuster.

“Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign that Broke the Confederacy”  by Donald L. Miller tells the story of General Ulysses S. Grant’s year-long campaign in Mississippi, a key to the Union victory in the Civil War.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. the Vicksburg National Military Park, 3201 Clay St., will host Miller as he gives a presentation followed by a book signing.

“His presentation will be a little bit about his book, but he’ll also be speaking about his research he’s done on General Grant and his campaign for Vicksburg,” said Scott Babinowich, chief of interpretation at the park. “This should be a fun event since it’s not every day you get to connect with a very prominent historical author that’s been doing current research on the campaign for Vicksburg.

“So, hopefully, this allows us to connect more people to the history, but also really hit on the fact that we are still learning about this campaign over 150 years later.”

Miller’s book on the fight for Vicksburg is not his first. A renowned historian and author, he has written numerous books on as subjects as diverse as cities, such as Manhattan and Chicago, the history of coal mining and World War II. He has also served as a consultant and writer of historical documentaries and, reportedly, is working on a project with HBO. Among his published works are “The Story of World War II,” “Masters of the Air” and “City of the Century.” 

“I hope people get a chance to connect meaningfully to their local history and their story,” Babinowich said. “The best way to do that is to talk to someone that’s been doing active research on it but is also able to engage on a more literary perspective.”

The event, held in the auditorium of the park’s visitor center, is free with admission and is open to history buffs of all ages. For more information, call the Vicksburg National Military Park at 601-636-0583.


Alcorn State to host 2020 Women in Higher Education-Mississippi Network conference in Vicksburg



From Alcorn State University:

Talented higher education leaders from across the state of Mississippi will convene for an annual conference that focuses on shedding light on the roles and prominence of female educators.

Alcorn is the host institution for the 2020 Women in Higher Education-Mississippi Network annual conference Feb. 20 and 21 at the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Miss. The conference theme is “Women of Many Hats: Developing the Whole Woman.”

WHEMN’s mission is to identify, develop, advance and support women in higher education throughout the state of Mississippi. The organization’s membership is comprised of women who are employed at one of Mississippi’s two-year and four-year colleges and universities, and graduate students. WHEMN is a part of the American Council on Education–Women’s Network, which is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education.

Dr. LaToya Hart, WHEMN state coordinator and director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at Alcorn, said that the conference would provide tips on how to be more effective professionals.

“This year’s conference will allow women to examine their various roles and how to perform their roles more effectively and efficiently,” Hart said. “The conference will feature speakers and panel discussions on several topics for women and their many professional and personal roles.”

Hart said the conference is perfect for interacting with women that work in similar capacities at other institutions of higher learning in the state.

“This is a statewide conference that will provide opportunities for professional development. It also provides a great opportunity to network with women from other institutions that share similar responsibilities and interests.”

Registration for the WHEMN conference ends Friday, Jan. 31, or when the capacity is reached. Visit to register. For more information about the conference, contact Hart at 601-877-4187 or

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Mayor to host a public meeting Jan. 29



Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. (photo from his Facebook page.)

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs will host a meeting to update the public on advances the city has made recently.

The meeting will be held in the city boardroom at the Robert Walker building, 1415 Walnut St., on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.

Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions during this meeting.

Flaggs has held several public meetings in the past on various topics involving the city.

“I will do a one-on-one with anybody and everybody who wants an update on the city or me personally,” Flaggs said, “I just want to let everyone know the direction of the city.”

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Hinds CC Eagles hold football tryout in February



(photo by Tracy Duncan, Hinds CC)

The Hinds Eagles Football team is excited to announce football tryouts on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.

If you are interested in trying out, you must have an up-to-date physical and bring it with you to registration. Also, you must bring athletic attire (shirt, shorts and cleats) to try out in.

Registration will take place on the day of the tryout from noon until 1 p.m. inside of the Mayo Field House located on the Raymond campus.

The tryout will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Gene Murphy Field inside the Joe Renfroe Stadium.

The cost to try out is $20.

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