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Today is the last chance to register to vote for Nov. 5 general elections

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Today is the last day to register if you’re planning to vote in the upcoming Nov. 5 elections.

On the ballot will be candidates for statewide offices including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Numerous regional and local offices are also up for the people’s choice, including county supervisors and law enforcement.

You can register to vote until 5 p.m. at the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s Office located at 1009 Cherry St.in Vicksburg. Mailed in registrations must also be postmarked today.

If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must update your registration.

For more information, visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Y’all Vote website, or call the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 601-636-3961.

Also, see the Warren County sample ballot for Nov. 5.

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Vicksburg PD arrest woman for possession of methamphetamine

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Charlotte Coulter-Hull

Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department arrested a woman on drug charges yesterday.

During a traffic stop near Interstate 20 and Clay Street on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Charlotte Coulter-Hull, 50, of Oak Ridge Road was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.

Hull is scheduled to appear in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Friday, Feb. 28.

Also on Wednesday, officers responded to a shots-fired call in the area of Indiana Avenue and North Frontage Road around 3 p.m. Officers found no evidence of shots fired.

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USACE closed Steele Bayou gates around noon Thursday

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The Steele Bayou Control Structure (photo from USACE)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the gates on the Steele Bayou Control Structure just before noon Thursday.

Drew Smith, chief of the Water Management Section with the Corps, confirmed the information earlier today.

The Mississippi River is projected to crest at 48.1 feet on Sunday, March 1.

On Feb. 26, the Yazoo Backwater was at 95.7 feet, which has 460,000 total acres underwater in Mississippi’s South Delta including 176,000 acres of cropland.

The Backwater is predicted to crest at around 96 feet. At 96 feet, 470,000 total acres will be flooded including 183,000 acres of cropland.

While completing the pumps in the Yazoo Backwater will not completely prevent flooding in the South Delta, it can prevent quite a lot of it. Estimates from the Mississippi Levee Board are that about 154,000 acres could have been saved from floodwaters earlier this month.

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Statutory rape trial of former Warren County pastor begins Monday

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Troy Anthony Piccaluga

The trial of a former pastor of two Warren County churches is set to begin Monday, March 2, in Warren County Circuit Court.

Troy Anthony Piccaluga, 50, is charged with two counts of statutory rape and one count of sexual battery. The two female victims in the case were between the ages of 14 and 16. An initial report filed by one victim’s parents led to the second victim.

Piccaluga was arrested in March 2018, and the alleged incidents took place from January to March of that year. At the time of his arrest, Piccaluga was Pastor of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and Redwood United Methodist Church.

The trial is expected to take several days.

A separate civil action was filled in Warren County Circuit Court in recent days.

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