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Celebrity Birthdays

1719 – Leopold Mozart, Austrian composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father (d. 1787) 1740 – Johann van Beethoven, Ludwig van Beethoven’s father and first teacher (d. 1792) 1765 – Robert Fulton, American inventor (d. 1815) 1840 – Claude Monet, French painter (d. 1926) 1842 – Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War (d 1959) 1878 – Julie Manet, French painter, daughter of Berthe Morisot (d. 1966) 1889 – Jawaharlal Nehru, First Prime Minister of India (d. 1964) 1896 – Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (d. 1979) 1908 – Joseph McCarthy, American Senator / Anti-Communist Lunatic (d. 1957) 1916 – Sherwood Schwartz, TV Writer / Producer (Gilligan’s Island) (d. 2011) 1919 – Veronica Lake, American actress (d. 1973) 1921 – Brian Keith, Actor (Family Affair, Hardcastle & McCormick) (d. 1997) 1922 – Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian UN Secretary-General 1927 – McLean Stevenson, Actor (“Col Henry Blake” – M*A*S*H) (d. 1996) 1933 – Fred Haise, Apollo 13 Astronaut (from Biloxi, MS) 1935 – King Hussein of Jordan (d. 1999) 1947 – PJ O’Rourke, Author 1948 – Charles, Prince of Wales 1951 – Frankie Banali, Drummer (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) 1951 – Alec John Such, Original Bon Jovi Bassist 1953 – Phil Baron, Voice actor 1954 – Condoleezza Rice, 66th United States Secretary of State 1954 – Yanni, Greek Musician & composer 1959 – Paul Attanasio, Screenwriter / Producer 1961 – D. B. Sweeney, Actor 1962 – Laura San Giacomo, Actress 1962 – Harland Williams, Actor 1964 – Bill Hemmer, Fox News Anchor 1964 – Rev Run, Rapper 1964 – Patrick Warburton, Actor 1966 – Curt Schilling, Baseball player 1972 – Matthew “A-Train” Bloom, Professional wrestler (aka Prince Albert) 1972 – Josh Duhamel, Actor 1973 – Dana Snyder, Voice actor 1975 – Travis Barker, Musician (Blink-182) 1977 – Obie Trice, Rapper 1982 – Kyle Orton, NFL Quarterback]]]]> ]]>

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Delta Sigma Theta hosting Get Out The Vote motorcade

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A Get Out The Vote motorcade will be hosted Saturday by the Vicksburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

The Motorcade will be going through Waterville Estates, Elizabeth Circle and Riviera Heights to help raise voting awareness.

“We have the support of the mayor and sheriff,  so we will have a police escort,” said Elmira Ratliff, president of organization.

The Deltas have invited other organizations to join the motorcade including the local chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Mu Xi Omega , the Vicksburg NAACP chapter and the Alcorn Alumni Association.

The motorcade begins at 3:30 p.m., and cars will be decorated with signs urging folks to get out and vote. Participants are asked to line up outside the Vicksburg Convention Center at 3 p.m.

“This is a nonpartisan event, and we’re just trying to get as many people as we can to get out and vote,” Ratliff said.

The organization is expecting a great turnout for this event. Next Friday, it will be celebrating 44 years of service in the city of Vicksburg and Warren County.

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Truck fire on I-20 snarls traffic

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

Just after 10 a.m. Saturday, Warren County firefighters were dispatched to the 12-mile marker on eastbound Interstate 20 for a semi-truck on fire. The semi was not pulling a trailer.

The fire was in the cab near the firewall of the semi, and firefighters used a foam mixture to extinguish the blaze.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is on the scene for traffic control. There were no injuries reported in this incident. Traffic in this area will be affected until around 11 a.m.

Bovina Engine 402 responded along with Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs and Culkin Capt. Chuck Tate.

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Saturday morning fire on Clay Street

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

At 9:26 a.m. Saturday, Vicksburg firefighters were dispatched to 2839 Clay St. for a reported structure fire in a commercial building.

The building houses the Donna Halford State Farm agency.

Initial reports indicated flames were showing from the area of the breaker box. Vicksburg police officer Matt Barnes confirmed that flames were approaching the roof on the east side of the building.

The situation was quickly brought under control and no one was injured. Entergy responded to the scene and disconnected service to the business. The remaining part of the building is vacant.

Engine 6, Ladder 3, Platform 1, Battalion 1 (Henry Williams), Rescue, Fire Medic 10 along with Fire Chief Craig Danczyk responded to the alarm.

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