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So, what is ‘Project Octopus’?

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During Monday morning’s Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting, the board went into executive session with Vicksburg Warren Economic Development Partnership CEO Pablo Diaz and several others to discuss “Project Octopus.”

When the media was allowed back in the board room, the board informed them that an official announcement on what the project entails is still six to eight weeks away; however, Diaz said it would bring as many as 60 new jobs to the area and a capital investment of around $40 million.

Supervisors voted to give the project a five-to-10-year property tax exemption and said they would consider free port warehouse tax exemptions — to not taxing stored goods waiting for shipment — in the years that they were submitted.

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The Klondyke has new owners

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Woody and Holly Ramo, the new owners of the Historic Klondyke Trading Post, (ohoto by David Day)

Woody and Holly Ramo have purchased the Klondyke, 100 N. Washington St., from Rhonda Day.

“We’re going to update the place a bit and bring  back breakfast, dinner and Karaoke,” Woody Ramo said. “I’m so excited,” Holly Ramos added.

The Ramos are best known for operating The Games Bar and Restaurant in Delta, Louisiana, a business they purchased in 2016.

“I am so happy for Holly and Woody,” Day said. “They are the perfect couple to operate the Klondyke and carry on the hundred-year tradition of serving the Vicksburg community.”

The Historic Klondyke Trading Post has been in continuous operation for more than 60 years serving food, and a business called the Klondyke has been in that location since the 1930s. A restaurant, saloon or bar has been in the location since the 1890s when the SilverMoon Cafe sat there.

The location’s long and varied history can be traced back to indigenous Americans trading in the bayou and the hillside that leads up to the old downtown area of Vicksburg. A band of pirates called the Kangaroos controlled the area in the 1830s until the “vicious gamblers” were run out of town. The Vicksburg Militia, under the guidance of Dr. Hugh Bodley, attacked the Kangaroos’ stronghold on July 5, 1835, and Dr. Bodley was killed in the attack. A monument to his efforts is located up the hill from the Klondyke at Farmer and First East streets. During the Civil War, the area was heavily used and included Union barracks.

Rhonda and David Day purchased the Klondyke from Janelle and Eddie Cook in November of 2005. Rhonda Day became the sole owner in 2018.

Asked what she was going to do with her time now that it had been sold, Day’s response was simple.

“I’m going to play with my grandbabies and enjoy that front porch at Eagle Lake,” she said.

Rhonda Day after her last full day operating the Klondyke Trading Post. (photo by David Day)

Day made the decision during the height of the COVID-19 crisis to operate the restaurant only during lunch hours. The Ramos plan to reopen all of it in the coming months.

“We will get our liquor license and open the karaoke bar soon, but for now we are going to focus on getting breakfast up and running. Maybe as soon as next week,” Holly Ramo said.

“One of the best things for me is the size of that cooler,” said an excited Woody Ramo. “I can put all kinds of crawfish in there to cook up for folks.”


Rhonda Day’s husband, David Day, is the publisher of the Vicksburg Daily News.

 

 

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Vicksburg native Jaron Smith launched Run Your Gun Tactical to train firearm users

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Vicksburg native Jaron Smith has launched Run Your Gun Tactical, a firearm training and manufacturing company based in Brandon, Mississippi.

Smith is a 2010 graduate of Vicksburg High School where he was known for his intelligence and being a great student.

He started his company in early August, and it has taken off in a good direction with Smith teaching multiple classes on firearm safety.

The company began after an incident at a local church where windows were broken out. The incident prompted the pastor to investigate firearm protection, and Smith stepped in to help by getting certified as a firearms instructor. Run Your Gun Tactical now deals with church security where Smith trains someone in the church to be prepared for incidents such as an active shooter situation.

“I want to build confidence in people while they are handling a firearm,” Smith said. “Safety cannot and will not be compromised.”

Smith and Run Your Gun Tactical are trained to handle any type of firearm but only offers training in handguns and AR-15-style rifles at this time. One of the purposes for the company is getting individuals prepared for concealed carry permits, which are popular in Mississippi. He gives firearm training to individuals 13 years old and up, and training with Run Your Gun Tactical begins with a classroom session before hands-on training.

The company is growing more each week and Smith has major goals for his business. In just a short amount of time, he has held firearm training classes in Tupelo and Greenwood, Mississippi.

By the beginning of next year or sooner, Run Your Gun Tactical will be able to manufacture and sell firearms made by Smith.

“Success can be yours,” Smith said. “Do not be afraid to succeed, and there will be many obstacles you will have to face.”

For more information, visit the Run Your Gun Tactical website or Facebook page.

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Farmer Jim’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze open through Oct. 31

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A variety of gourds and pumpkins are available at Farmer Jim"s (photo courtesy Farmer Jim"s)

Farmer Jim’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze co-owner Lynn Newman says they are thrilled to be open again this year as the Delta Backwater Flood of 2019 prevented them from planting last year.

The business is open to the public from now until Oct. 31 on Fridays from noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Farmer Jim Newman (photo courtesy Farmer Jim’s)

They are open Tuesday through Thursday by appointment only to groups of 15 or more. Please call 662-907-3359 to schedule an appointment for a group.

Admission is $7 per person for ages 1 year and up and includes access to the corn maze.

Free admission per person with the purchase of a pumpkin valued at $5 or higher.

Best value is the $10 ticket per person for all activities and includes a traditional $5 orange pumpkin.

Night rates for a scheduled group of 15 or more is $10 each. Ask about set up rate for a bonfire.

Check the Facebook page for nighttime activities including the Haunted Maze Oct. 24.

Social distancing is required. If you cannot social distance, they ask that you wear a mask.

Farmer Jim’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is located on state Highway 16 west of Rolling Fork, Mississippi. For directions, call or visit the farm’s website.

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