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Supervisors swear in Brantley as first woman county administrator

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Chancery Clerk Donna Farris Hardy swore in Loretta Brantley as Warren County’s first woman administrator on Monday, April 6, as Board President Jeffery Holland looked on. (Photo by David Day)

The Warren County Board of Supervisors removed the “interim” tag and named long-time employee Loretta Brantley as the Warren County administrator on Monday morning.

The board appointed Brantley as interim administrator in January following the retirement of John Smith who had served almost two decades in the position. Smith became ill last fall and had been hospitalized for several weeks before announcing his retirement.

Brantley is the first woman to serve as administrator for Warren County.

“I’m very excited,” she said Monday afternoon. “This is my hometown. I will do my best to serve this county and its citizens. It’s truly a blessing to me.”

District 3 Supervisor Shawn Jackson said Brantley is both more than qualified for the job.

“We are faced with record infrastructure damage due to flooding and unknown negative impacts of epic proportions due to the coronavirus outbreak,” Jackson said. “This is not the time to bring in a person who is new to Warren County governance for such an important role as county administrator, especially when we have a qualified candidate who has been comptroller for many years for the county. Given Mrs. Brantley’s experience and the trying times we are facing as a county, strategically, it made no sense to bring in someone who was new to the role and the county.”

Brantley previously served as county comptroller prior to this appointment.

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Flaggs to hold COVID-19 news conference Wednesday

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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during a live session May 20.

Vicksburg Mayor Georg Flaggs Jr. will hold a COVID-19 news conference Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 2:30 p.m.

The news conference will be held in the Robert M. Walker Building Board Room at 1415 Walnut St.

The Vicksburg Daily News will be on hand to provide live coverage streaming on our Facebook page.

 

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Vicksburg teenager faces multiple charges after Sunday night incident

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Staci Foster (photo courtesy VPD)

A Vicksburg teenager faces multiple charges in connection with an incident that occurred Sunday night.

Police arrested Staci Foster, 18, after the car Foster was driving struck a 21-year-old woman on Grange Hall Road around 11:41 p.m. Sunday. The victim was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment.

Foster was charged with one count of aggravated assault domestic violence, one count of leaving the scene of an accident with injury and one count of reckless driving.

She appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Monday before Judge Angela Carpenter who set her bond at $105,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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MS treasurer announces Black Friday giveaway to encourage saving for college

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Monday, Mississippi Treasurer David McRae announced a $1,000 Black Friday siveaway to encourage Mississippians to begin saving for college.

College Savings Mississippi, a division of the State Treasury, will be giving one lucky family a $1,000 scholarship when they open a Mississippi Affordable College Savings account between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“With Black Friday as the traditional kick-off to holiday shopping, we’re hoping to remind Mississippians that the gift of a college degree is a gift that will keep on giving,” McRae said in a news release. “Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, consider making a contribution to a loved one’s college savings plan this gift-giving season.”

A tax-advantaged MACS account, which can be opened for as little as $25, offers families maximum flexibility. The money contributed to this account can be used for tuition, books, supplies, and certain room and board expenses, as well as elementary and secondary tuition expenses for younger students.

For the Black Friday Giveaway, any family who opens a new MACS account between Nov. 27 (“Black Friday”) and Nov. 30 (“Cyber Monday”) will be entered to win the $1,000 scholarship. The winner will be drawn at random.

To open an account, visit Treasury.MS.gov/CollegeSavings. For complete rules for the giveaway, download this document (PDF).

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