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Some Vicksburg gyms close temporarily, others stay open

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(Photo courtesy Vicksburg YMCA)

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, some gyms and workout facilities in Vicksburg have decided to close their doors to members.

Wyatt’s Gym on Manor Drive has closed its doors until further notice, which may come as a shock to some as it is known as the gym that never closes. Wyatt’s is a 24-hour, 7-days a week gym that has been open even through major holidays.

Planet Fitness on Indiana Avenue has also closed down because of the spread of the virus. Planet Fitness is the newest gym to open in Vicksburg toward the end of 2019.

Elite Performance on Mission 66 remains open, and Anytime Fitness in Pemberton Plaza has announced they will remain open until Mississippi forces them to close.

Fitness Works on North Frontage Road will remain open for now.

“We decided to remain open because we have members who are rehabilitation stage from injuries so we did not want to shut them out,” said Kim Pace, Fitness Works owner and a trainer at the facility. Pace has tightened rules for the gym. Everyone must sanitize before entering and machines must be wiped down after use.

The Vicksburg YMCA still has its doors open for members, as they are going through an expansion. The YMCA suspended child care this week and will inform everyone when it will be offered again.

Plans change and new guidelines are being issued constantly. The Vicksburg Daily News will attempt to keep our readers updated on closures.

 

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Fire at Cato Fashions Saturday evening

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

Vicksburg firefighters were called to a fire at Cato Fashions, 2184 Iowa Blvd., Saturday around 6:30 p.m. near the Walmart Supercenter.

Firefighter checks the HVAC vents. (photo by Thomas Parker)

First reports say smoke could be seen coming from the vents, and firefighters are checking the HVAC system for problems. The situation seems well under control.

The store has been evacuated as are staff and customers in nearby stores. There are no reports of injuries.

Numerous Vicksburg fire and police units have responded including Engines 7 and 8, Ladder 15, Rescue, Fire Medic 80 and Battalion 1 (Tim Love).

The Vicksburg Daily News will provide updates as we receive them.

See our live, on-the-scene report on our Facebook page.

 

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Mississippi native elected as Harvard student body president

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(photo courtesy Noah Harris)

A Mississippi high school graduate has been elected as Harvard University’s student body president.

Noah Harris, a 2018 graduate of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the first African American to serve in the role at prestigious Harvard University in Massachusetts.

“I’m really grateful that the student body is entrusting me with such a historic and unprecedented moment,” Harris told WDAM. “To make the right moves and to really bring their voices to the forefront. I just never expected that I would be in a position to run for this.”

Harris is a junior and a political science major at Harvard. He served as treasurer on the finance committee in his first two years. His vice president and running mate is neuroscience major Jenny Gan. Both plan on making a difference at the university.

Harris and Gan will be sworn in Dec. 6.

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Happening now: Fundraising benefit for Keeley Ramshur

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Visitors look over auction items at the benefit. (photo by David Day)

A benefit for Keeley Ramshur is in full swing at the Elks Lodge Saturday.

Ramshur, daughter of Toni Buell Ramshur and Joey Ramshur, was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer and is undergoing treatment at St. Jude. All proceeds will go toward her medical care.

Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The benefit features live music, pulled pork lunch plates for $10 served until 1 p.m., silent and live auctions and more. You can also enter a raffle for a custom 10/22 Ruger Carbine.

The Elks Lodge is located at 1366 U.S. Highway 61 South.

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