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Shape Up Vicksburg Black History Month Walk @ Vicksburg National Military Park Shape Up Vicksburg and The Vicksburg National Military Park are celebrating Black History Month with a walk through the park and the adjacent Beulah Cemetery.  There will be a presentation given at the cemetery.  The distance of the course is about 2 3/4 miles.  The walk starts at 8 a.m. and admission to the park will be free for the walkers who use the Hampton Inn’s parking area. First Annual African-American History Quiz Bowl @ The Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library Auditorium Sponsored by the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library and sanctioned by the Vicksburg-Warren Superintendent of Education, this “Bowl Game” is open to all 9th through 12th graders in Warren County. Teams of 5 players (with 1 alternate) will answer African American History Questions in rounds of 6 questions.  Teams will have one 1 minute to answer each question.  Competition continues until there is an ultimate winner.  The event begins at 10 a.m. and will last until there is a winner (approximately 2 hours).  Admission is FREE! “Art from the Heart” @ The Cricket Box The Cricket Box (3040 Halls Ferry Road, just across from Sonic Drive-in) presents “Art from the Heart,” an open-house event with presentations from some of their artisans, in celebration of National Art Month.  The scheduled presentation by Ms. Katie Emfinger has been postponed due to a death in her family, but many other vendors will be at the store to showcase their art and techniques.  The Girl Scouts will also be at the store today from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and will have a full stock of all your favorite Girl Scout Cookies!  (Save some Thin Mints and Samoas for us!!!)  The Cricket Box is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  Learn more at their brand new website: www.TheCricketBoxVicksburg.com Fish Fry Fundraiser @ LD’s Kitchen at Catfish Row The Debra Franco School of Dance Competition Team is having a fish fry fund raiser today. Dinners are $7.00.  It is from 11 to 2 at LD’s Kitchen at Catfish Row. The food is GREAT!!  They will deliver to any offices that are willing to order.  Just call 601-415-8836.  This is to defray travel costs for the students to get to regional’s in Alabama and Arkansas, and nationals in Florida.  The children will appreciate any support you can give them. VWSD Showcase @ The Vicksburg Mall The Vicksburg Mall will be hosting the VWSD Showcase Saturday, Feb. 26, from 1pm to 4pm. All schools and several additional programs will be set up in the common area of the mall for the event. In the Center Court, there will be artwork, choirs, music, robotics teams and more from the Vicksburg Warren School District. Living History Weekend @ Vicksburg National Military Park Living History encampment and demonstration on Saturday, February 26th and Sunday, February 27th at Stop #2 on the park tour road, adjacent to the Shirley House and the Illinois Monument. Programs and demonstrations be will throughout the day on Saturday, and… 8:00 am until noon on Sunday. Bluff City Shows Hosts Rides and Games @ The Vicksburg Mall The Vicksburg Mall has the miniature version of our “State Fair” this weekend.  Rides, games, food and fun are there for the whole family to enjoy!!! “I Remember Mama” @ The Parkside Playhouse The Vicksburg Theater Guild’s presentation of this wonderful play ends this weekend.  Join the cast and crew for a fun filled evening on Saturday or for the Sunday matinee as Mama, with the help of her husband and uncle, brings up their children in a modest San Francisco home in the early 1900s. She raises her children, educates them, and sees one daughter to become a writer. Mama’s family furnishes rich background while the children keep everyone in pleasant humor. The production will be tonight and tomorrow at the Parkside Playhouse, 101 Iowa Avenue. Friday and Saturday’s shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s show is at 2 p.m. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 senior citizens (55 and older), $7 students (13 and older), $5 children (12 and younger). Call 601-636-0471 or visit www.e-vtg.com for more information. Mardi Gras, Zumba Style @ Riverwalk Casino Celebrate Mardi Gras, Zumba Style from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. in the Riverwalk Casino Multipurpose Room. Tickets are  $15 before the event or $20 at the door. Dress to Zumba!!!  Free Party favors and a chance for door prizes!!! Grits ‘n’ Gravy @ The Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge Hot food, cold drinks and good music to get your rear end shaking on the dance floor.. what more could you ask for?  The band starts at 9:30 p.m. and will play til 2 a.m. There is a $7.00 cover charge per person. Party Planet & Doug Allen @ Ameristar Casino Party Planet plays a great variety of music from across the spectrum.  They’ll be taking the stage in the Bottleneck Blues Bar on the main floor.  Downstairs in the Casino Cabaret, you can hear the hot sounds of Doug Allen.  Admission is free, the gaming is hot and the shows begin at 8 p.m.! The Owen Brothers @ Rainbow Casino’s “61 South” The Owen Brothers, a Vicksburg Favorite, take the stage at 8 p.m. and play until Midnight!]]]]> ]]>

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Vicksburg among MS communities to see boost in wireless connectivity

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Vicksburg is among many communities in Mississippi that will be seeing a big boost in wireless connectivity, AT&T announced Tuesday.

AT&T said in a statement that it has added dozens of new sites already this year to enhance coverage and help give residents and first responders faster, more reliable wireless service. These investments will help customers get the most out of their mobile devices.

“As we all continue to recognize the growing importance of connectivity in our daily lives, these type investments help us stay connected to the world around us, and they also help us remain competitive and make us more attractive to outside investment and job creation,” said Gov. Tate Reeves in the statement. “While we all recognize that there is more work to be done to connect Mississippians, we applaud AT&T for doing that work.”

Without question, it is essential that our customers stay connected in today’s environment, the company said. That’s why we’re boosting network reliability and capacity as we expand our network. This helps residents in communities across Mississippi to get the best possible experience over the AT&T network wherever they live, work and play, including the following areas:

  • Ashland
  • Braxton
  • Canton
  • Carthage
  • Coila
  • Collinsville
  • DeKalb
  • Ethel
  • Gloster
  • Grace
  • Grenada
  • Hazlehurst
  • Iuka
  • Leakesville
  • Magee
  • Morton
  • Mount Olive
  • New Albany
  • Ovett
  • Parchman
  • Perkinston
  • Pontotoc
  • Poplarville
  • Port Gibson
  • Sandy Hook
  • Shaw
  • Silver Creek
  • St. Louis
  • State Line
  • Starkville
  • Swiftown
  • Union
  • Utica
  • Vicksburg

“We are committed to enhancing connectivity for businesses, residents and first responders in communities across Mississippi, and these network expansions are good examples of the work we’re accomplishing as a result of the hundreds of millions of dollars we’ve invested in Mississippi,” said Mayo Flynt, president, AT&T Mississippi.

The upgrades will also benefit public safety and first responders on FirstNet – public safety’s dedicated communications platform — and giving Mississippi’s first responders access to the nation’s fastest overall network experience. FirstNet is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to help those users stay safe and save lives.

At many of these new locations, our enhancements also bring Band 14 spectrum to the areas. Band 14 is nationwide, high-quality spectrum set aside by the government specifically for FirstNet. We look at Band 14 as public safety’s VIP lane. In an emergency, this band – or lane – can be cleared and locked just for FirstNet subscribers. When not in use by FirstNet subscribers, AT&T customers can enjoy Band 14’s added coverage and capacity.

From 2017 to 2019, AT&T invested nearly $750 million in wireless and wired networks in Mississippi. These investments boost reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and their businesses, the company said.

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Chris Wells to serve as permanent director of MDEQ

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Chris Wells (photo courtesy MS Governor's office)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced that Chris Wells will serve as the permanent executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Wells served as the chief of staff at MDEQ for six years, and the senior attorney for the department before that. He has served as interim executive director since the governor’s inauguration in January. Wells is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the Mississippi College School of Law.

“Chris is a dedicated public servant who has spent the bulk of his career working for the people of Mississippi,” Reeves said. “He knows what it means to put their priorities first, and he has been a steady hand in this vital role since I took office. I have the utmost confidence in him, and I know that he will continue to serve the people well.”

“I look forward to continuing our efforts to protect Mississippi’s air, land and water,” Wells said. “Our mission is to look out for the people of this state and ensure that we can always be proud of our incredible God-given resources. I’m grateful for the governor’s trust in me as we serve this state as a team.”

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Wicker, Hyde-Smith encourage students to apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

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Mississippi’s U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are encouraging Mississippi high school juniors and seniors involved in student leadership to apply for the 2021 U.S. Senate Youth Program, an educational program that will provide $10,000 college scholarships to two delegates from the Magnolia State.

A Dec. 1, 2020, application deadline has been set for the program’s 59th annual Washington Week, March 14-18, 2021. Because of COVID-19 concerns, the USSYP 2021 Washington Week ONLINE will be virtual.

“The 2021 U.S. Senate Youth Program is adapting to our current environment and going virtual. This year’s program will provide a unique opportunity for our state’s young leaders to engage with our nation’s highest levels of government,” said Sen. Wicker, who serves on the USSYP Senate Advisory Committee. “I encourage every eligible student to apply for this special opportunity.”

“Even as a virtual experience, the Senate Youth Program offers student leaders a chance to get firsthand exposure to our nation’s leaders and the workings of the government. I encourage Mississippi’s talented students to look at this valuable program and apply for the 2021 Washington Week,” said Sen. Hyde-Smith.

Applicants must be juniors or seniors and elected or appointed student officers for the 2019-2020 or the 2020-2021 academic year. Because of COVID-19, students unable to serve in qualifying leadership positions for the 2020-2021 academic year may use positions held in the previous year.

The selected Mississippi delegates will be among 104 student delegates overall. The Hearst Foundation fully funds this program, which provides a $10,000 college scholarship to each delegate.

The 2021 Washington Week ONLINE, like previous in person programs, will connect USSYP delegates with the highest-level officials from each branch of government, including their senators, the president, cabinet secretaries, a justice of the Supreme Court, senior members of the national media and other key policymakers.

Interested students can visit https://www.ussenateyouth.org/ for more information. The USSYP 2021 Washington Week ONLINE brochure is available here. To apply, students should also contact their high school principal or Mississippi’s state selection administrator:

Mrs. Sandra Hilliard
Education Specialist, Sr.
Mississippi Department of Education
[email protected] –601-359-2213

For more information on the program, visit https://mdek12.org/OTL/OTC/USSYP.

Mississippi’s 2020 USSYP delegates were Bobby Current of Olive Branch and Alex Stradinger of Ridgeland.

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