There is a two-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 61 South at Dana Road with injuries.
The roadway is blocked at this time. The Vicksburg Police and other first responders are working to treat the injured and maintain the safety of the roadway.
Please use caution in the area and if possible, take another route for the next few minutes.
BREAKING – Vicksburg-Warren schools will not open Friday
After a specially called board meeting, the Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees announced it will not open schools for in-person classes Friday as scheduled.
Superintendent Chad Shealy cited a shortage of janitorial staff due to COVID-19. “The cleaning has not been up to the standard we needed it to be,” he said. “We [also] had a shortage of PPEs.”
Shealy went on to indicate that construction was also not on schedule adding to the issues facing the in-person opening of the schools.
The board is discussing the opening date and how best to handle it.
Monday, Aug. 17, is the new date to open schools for the fall semester.
Stay tuned to the Vicksburg Daily News for the latest information.
SWAC to announce football cancellation Monday
The Southwestern Athletic Conference will announce the cancellation of the 2020 football season Monday.
Brett McMurphy with Stadium announced the news Friday on Twitter.
Southwestern Athletic Conference will announce Monday it is canceling fall sports, sources told @Stadium. SWAC is latest FCS league that won’t play football in the fall
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 17, 2020
The cancellation of fall sports is due to rising COVID-19 cases that have been affecting sports nationwide.
The SWAC Conference is close to home in Mississippi where teams from historically black colleges and universities fight for the championship each year. Mississippi SWAC teams include Alcorn State University, Jackson State University and Mississippi Valley State University.
The cancellation will include the big ASU versus JSU game played each year.
Alcorn won the SWAC Championship last season
There is no official word on whether the SWAC Conference will try to play its games in the Spring of next year.
Homicide victim identified
Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey has authorized the release of the victim’s name in the early morning shooting on Alfred Drive. Huskey has confirmed that an early morning shooting in the Hillcrest subdivision took the life of Andrew Prudhomme, 26.
This is the fourth reported homicide in Vicksburg in 2020.
Prudhomme was found inside the home near a doorway to the carport at 103 Alfred Drive. From initial reports, it appears Prudhomme opened the door and was shot five times. The shooter, a person wearing a black hoodie and black pants, then ran north on Alfred and west on Katherine towards U.S. Highway 61 South.
Cryptic comments on Prudhomme’s social media page indicate he was involved in an ongoing conflict with an individual. It is unknown if this individual is the suspected shooter.
Prudhomme called police Tuesday to report an incident and filed a police report on an individual according to sources. That individual may or may not be the suspect. One of the comments on Prudhomme’s social media page seemed to be a warning to this individual, “If you got beef with me know this. I have three cameras at my house 2 pit bulls and 2 other dogs. Also I have 5 neighbors who watch my house for me. So if youre thinking of trying some dumb s**t. PLEASE dont if you value your life..I will apply castle law without hesitation”
Wednesday at 4:59 p.m., some 10 hours before he was killed, Prudhomme posted “Thank you God for giving me another day. Imma keep grinding I promise”
Prudhomme is the father of a 2-year-old boy and is the son of Dr. Tammy English and Dr. David Prudhomme of Vicksburg.
His body was recovered by Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey and was transported to the Mississippi State Crime Lab in Rankin County.
Arrangements for Prudhomme are pending at the time of this report.
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