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Two new cases of West Nile confirmed in Mississippi

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That mosquito bite may do a lot more than drive you crazy because it itches. The bite can transmit diseases to make you very ill and possibly even kill you.

The Mississippi State Department of Health has confirmed two additional cases of West Nile virus in the state this year, bringing the total confirmed cases to five in 2019.

The two cases were reported in Forrest and Lamar counties. The three other confirmed cases this year were in Copiah, Hinds and Smith counties. To date, no deaths from West Nile have occurred in Mississippi this year. The last deaths occurred in 2017 when two people died. In 2014, seven died.

Symptoms of West Nile virus are flu-like, and include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes, according to medicinenet.com. Severe symptoms may include stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions and paralysis.

The department says that the risk of a healthy person getting West Nile virus from a mosquito bite is very low, however all people still should protect themselves. West Nile virus is transmitted primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito; although, there have been isolated cases occurring in blood transfusion and organ donation recipients, from mother to baby during pregnancy and through breast milk. People cannot become infected through ordinary contact with an infected bird, horse or human.

For more information on mosquito borne illnesses, including West Nile, please visit the MSDH website.  You’ll also find a wealth of information on how to protect yourself from these nasty little critters.

 

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BREAKING: One person shot in Kings community

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The scene of a shooting in the Kings community. (photo by David Day)

Vicksburg Police and other first responders are on the scene of a shooting where a 19-year old male has been apparently been shot.

A call of shots fired on North Washington Street in the Kings community in Vicksburg came in at about 4:45 p.m. on Friday.

One person, a 19-year-old male, has apparently been shot in the buttocks. The wound is not life-threatening.

Police are searching for the shooter and have the area cordoned off. Please avoid the area if possible.

Vicksburg Daily News is on the scene. Watch our live streaming video on our Facebook page.

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Vicksburg PD brings four individuals to court for initial appearances Friday

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Left to right: William Mayberry, Jacorvin Taylor, Walter Lee Hardy and Joshua Moore. (photos from the Vicksburg PD)

The Vicksburg Police Department brought four individuals into Vicksburg Municipal Court on Friday on charges ranging from possession of controlled substances to the theft of a firearm.

Judge Angela Carpenter presided over the initial court appearances and set bonds in each of the cases.

William Mayberry, 43, of Vicksburg, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 15 at his residence by officers of the Vicksburg Police Department Narcotics Enforcement Team. He was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine, one count of possession of heroin, and one count of sale of methamphetamine. Carpenter bound Mayberry over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $75,000.00 bond.

Jacorvin Taylor, 29, of Shreveport, La., was arrested for felony shoplifting on Thursday, Jan. 16. His arrest is the result of an investigation into the theft of over $9,000 of merchandise from Dillard’s which occurred on Jan. 15, 2019. Carpenter bound Taylor over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $30,000.00 bond.

Walter Lee Hardy, 19, of Vicksburg, was taken into custody on Thursday, Jan. 16, charged with one count of possession of a stolen firearm. Carpenter bound Hardy over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $2,500 bond.

Joshua Moore, 28, of Vicksburg, turned himself in on a warrant for possession of methamphetamine on Friday, Jan. 17. Carpenter bound Moore over to the Warren County Grand Jury on a $5,000 bond.

Officers with the Vicksburg Police Department responded to the following incidents on Thursday, Jan. 16:

Officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of Churchill Drive at 8:30 p.m. in reference to a residential burglary. The resident stated a white gold seven-cluster ring, an Echo Dot smart speaker and a Michael Kors purse were missing.

At 10:58 p.m., officers responded to the 1300 block of Mundy Street in reference to shots fired. They found no evidence of shots being fired.

If you have an information on any of these incidents, please contact the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

 

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Hinds CC named a top college for online associate degrees

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Hinds Community College has been named among the best online colleges in the nation for associate degrees for 2020.

Seattle-based Intelligent.com, an independent academic research group, gave Hinds the designation Most Online Class Options among a group of 60 regionally accredited institutions that offer associate degrees and have fully online programs available. The comprehensive research guide was based on an initial study of 383 education programs at 149 accredited colleges and universities offering associate degrees, with 60 institutions making the academic research group’s list of finalists.

Programs were rated on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment. Hinds rated 30th out of the 60 finalists overall on those factors and was the lone two-year college in Mississippi named a finalist.

Hinds Community College offers nearly 500 online class sections each fall, spring, and summer semester through the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC), a consortium of 15 community colleges in Mississippi offering internet-based courses. Students at its member colleges are offered flexibility in testing and other vital resources.

For spring 2020, Hinds has experienced an increase of 4.5 percent in online students taking both academic and career-tech courses, compared to spring 2019.

Intelligent.com provides comprehensive information on higher education programs as well as financial aid, internships and study strategies, among other resources. Results of the survey may be found at https://www.intelligent.com/best-online-colleges-for-associates-degrees/

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