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State budget cuts hit Vicksburg Drivers License branch – Video

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Last year the state of Mississippi Legislature made the decision to cut funding for state drivers license offices all over the state. Now that several of them are actually closed, many affected people are traveling to Vicksburg for their services. The result is extremely long lines and a very angry electorate.

The budget cuts were due to revenue shortfalls after the state cut $150 million a year in revenue from the budget and gave that money to corporations in the form of corporate tax breaks. That money has yet to come back to state revenue coffers as jobs or increased tax revenue. As a result, the state has cut services in everything from child protective services to cutting grass on the highways and now the state drivers license branches.

People are livid. Said one at 1:30 in the afternoon, “I’ve been here since 9 a.m. and was the next in line before they went to lunch. Now I have to wait again.”

The crowd was understanding and cordial to Rhonda Hall Howard as she returned from her lunch break. They understood she was doing all she can. “Our Vicksburg people can’t even get in most days,” Howard said.

Here is a video of the scene and a conversation with one of the people who had been waiting:

The budget cuts were very popular with corporations and were overseen by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker of the Mississippi House Phillip Gunn, both Republicans.

Vicksburg Daily News staff has seen numerous complaints from all over the state in recent weeks on social media.

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves at the Champion Hill dedication July 2.

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Vicksburg police make a drug bust after brief pursuit

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James Morris (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a man Tuesday on drug charges after a brief pursuit.

James Morris, 30, of Vicksburg was arrested shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, on U.S. Highway 80 just outside the city limits. The officers found that Morris was in possession of crack cocaine.

Charged with one count of possession of cocaine, Morris appeared Tuesday before Judge Angela Carpenter in the Vicksburg Municipal Court for his arraignment. Carpenter bound him over to the Warren County grand jury on a $30,000 bond.

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Williams arrested for two separate burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall

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Felix Williams (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police arrested Felix Williams, 30, of Vicksburg, for two separate burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall.

For a break-in Sunday, Oct. 11, into the mall and Jordan’s, Williams was charged with two counts of business burglary. Williams was also charged with two counts of business burglary and one count of grand larceny for the Oct. 2 burglary at the Sports Addition.

Monday, Oct. 12, Judge Angela Carpenter in the Vicksburg Municipal Court set Williams bond at $400,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Warren County – Vicksburg Library offering computer use by appointment

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The Warren County – Vicksburg Library at 700 Veto St. has updated its services.

While still limited due to COVID-19 precautions, patrons can now access the following services:

Computer Use

by appointment, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  1. Call 601-636-6411for an appointment
  2. General browsing or computer use time slots are 30 minutes each
  3. Researching local history or genealogy time slots are one hour each
  4. Patrons 2-years-old and up must wear masks covering the mouth and nose
  5. Parents may bring one child, or one baby (carried or in a stroller) and one child
  6. Children 12-years-old and up may book separate appointment with a parent
  7. Patrons will be screened before entering the library

Curbside Service

Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

  1. Call 601-636-6411 or email [email protected]
  2. Provide your name, library card number, cellphone number and up to five items to check out
  3. Library staff will assign a pickup time; please allow at least two hours
  4. Arrive at the appointed time; call the library at 601-636-6411 to announce your arrival
  5. Staff will bring the items to your car; if you’re returning items, hand them to the staff
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