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Celebrity Birthdays

1635 – Princess Elizabeth of England (d. 1650) 1655 – Charles Cornwallis, 3rd Baron Cornwallis, First Lord of the British Admiralty (d. 1698) 1665 – George FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Northumberland, British general (d. 1716) 1763 – John Molson, English-born Canadian brewer (d. 1836) 1856 – (Thomas) Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, Nobel laureate, and 34th Governor of New Jersey (d. 1924) 1879 – Billy Mitchell, American military aviation pioneer (d. 1936) 1887 – Charles Dingle, American Actor (d. 1956) (The Little Foxes, Call Me Madam) 1895 – Auguste & Louis Lumiere, twin brothers who opened 1st commercial cinema 1902 – Mortimer J Adler, Philosopher/Author (d. 2001) (Encyclopedia Brittanica) 1903 – Earl “Fatha” Hines, American Jazz pianist (d. 1983) (Deep Forest) 1905 – Cliff Arquette, American actor (d. 1974) (Charlie Weaver) 1908 – Lew Ayres, American actor (d. 1996) (All Quiet on the Western Front, Dr Kildare) 1910 – Billy Williams, American singer (d. 1972) (Your Show of Shows) 1913 – Lou Jacobi, Canadian actor (d. 2009) (Dean Martin Show, Melba) 1915 – Roebuck “Pops” Staples, American musician (The Staple Singers) (d. 2000) 1922 – Stan Lee, American comic book writer (Spiderman, Incredible Hulk) 1932 – Dorsey Burnette, American singer (d. 1979) 1932 – Nichelle Nichols, American actress and singer (Uhura-Star Trek) 1938 – Charles Neville US rock vocalist/saxophonist (Neville Brothers) 1946 – Edgar Winter, American guitarist (Frankenstein) 1946 – Mike Beebe, American politician and 45th Governor of Arkansas 1950 – Alex Chilton, American musician (The Box Tops, Big Star) (d. 2010) 1950 – Hugh McDonald, American bassist (Bon Jovi) 1953 – Richard Clayderman pianist (Amour, Romantic America) 1954 – Denzel Washington, American actor 1954 – “Leaping” Lanny Poffo (aka The Professor), American professional wrestler (Brother of Randy Savage) 1958 – Twila Paris, American gospel singer 1958 – Joe Diffie, American country singer/guitarist (Third Rock from the Sun) 1960 – Terri Garber, American actress (Leslie Carrington-Dynasty) 1972 – Adam Vinatieri, NFL Kicker (New England Patriots) 1973 – Seth Meyers, American actor (Saturday Night Live- Weekend Update Anchor) 1978 – John Legend (John Rodger Stephens), American R & B musician (Ordinary People) 1981 – Sienna Miller, British actress (Factory Girl, GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra) 1985 – Taryn Terrell (aka “Tiffany” in WWE/ECW), American wrestler/model 1990 – David Archuleta, American Idol runner-up, American singer    ]]]]> ]]>

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Governor adds seven counties to list of those under stricter COVID-19 measures

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Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Monday, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves added seven counties to the list of those in the state that will fall under more restrictive COVID-19 measures effective Wednesday, Oct. 21.

With cases and hospitalizations rising in the state, last week Reeves put nine counties under the stricter measures, which include a mask mandate in nearly all indoor situations other than at voting precincts.

The 16 counties are:

  • Benton
  • Carroll
  • Chickasaw
  • Claiborne
  • DeSoto
  • Forrest
  • Harrison
  • Itawamba
  • Jackson
  • Jones
  • Lamar
  • Leake
  • Lee
  • Madison
  • Marshall
  • Neshoba

The governor’s criteria for stricter measures includes more than 500 cases per 100,000 residents or more than 200 cases over a two-week period. The most recent period under scrutiny was Monday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 18.

The measures also mandate hospitals to reserve 10% of their capacity for COVID-19 patients, and limit gathering to groups of 10 indoors and 50 outdoors.

Asked why Reeves excludes polling places from the mandates, the governor indicated he would not interfere with a citizen’s right to vote by forcing voters to wear masks. He does expect most voters to wear masks at the polls and to practice social distancing, however.

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Flaggs to recommend allowing the bar at LD’s Kitchen to reopen

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(photo by David Day)

On Tuesday morning, Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. plans to recommend to the city’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen that the bar and lounge of LD’s Kitchen be allowed to reopen under new management, enhanced security features and capacity restrictions, effective Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m.

The bar and lounge portion of LD’s Kitchen, located at 1111 Mulberry St., was ordered closed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen earlier this month following a late-night shooting Oct. 6 that left three people injured. Wade Carter, 31, subsequently died of his injuries Oct. 9.

The suspected shooter, James Earl Winters, 29, remains at large.

On Oct. 8, Flaggs announced he would seek to have the bar declared a public nuisance.

“He wanted another opportunity to keep his legacy, his business open,” Flaggs said about owner L.D. Prentiss when asked what changed his mind.

The mayor indicated that he has been in discussions with Prentiss’ attorney Marshall Sanders to come to a resolution. The agreement will avoid court and litigation costs for the city.

Prentiss, who waived the right to a hearing before the board, agreed to have someone else manage the bar portion of the business, to new hours (opening at 6 p.m.) and additional security measures. The resolution will likely be released to the public Tuesday afternoon.

In a conversation about the resolution, the mayor said South Ward Alderman Alex Montour will probably not agree to the resolution; however, the mayor expects North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield to sign off, giving Flaggs the majority needed.

Before the bar opens again, Police Chief Milton Moore will do walk through to ensure the agreement is being adhered to, Flaggs said.

“I’m willing to give him another shot at this,” he said.

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Warren County taking over repairs to sinkhole on Mt. Alban Road

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Warren County has taken over repairs to a sinkhole on Mt. Alban and Culkin roads.

The sinkhole opened Friday morning caused by a water line leak. The leak was repaired and the road patched Friday afternoon by the Culkin Water District, but the repairs did not withstand the torrential rain Friday night.

County Engineer Keith O’Keefe informed the Warren County Board of Supervisors Monday morning during a work session that he and County Road Manager Jamie Cain had visited the site over the weekend and again this morning. O’Keefe said he felt County Road Management was better equipped to handle the repairs in a timely manner.

The sinkhole, and the cavern that developed under the road, was from an abandoned water line that had been leaking for an extended period. District 1 Supervisor Edward Herring expressed his concerns that there were other, similar issues throughout the district.

O’Keefe said the county crews would compact the soil and use rock on top. He added that they would allow the area to settle before repairing the asphalt.

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