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Vandals strike Warren County church on consecutive nights

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Mount Alban MB church boarded up its windows and doors after two nights of vandalism. (Photo by Thomas Parker)

On Sunday and again Monday night, vandals used rocks to break out windows, and they wrote graffiti on the building and sidewalk at Mount Alban MB Church at 2385 Mount Alban Road in Warren County.

Church members were in the process of constructing a multipurpose building next to their decades-old church. On Sunday night the front glass doors were shattered along with doors to the church. Price’s Glass replaced those Monday only to have it happen again Monday night. This time church members chose to board up the windows to protect the integrity of both structures.

Windows boarded up at Mount Albans MB church. (Photo by Thomas Parker)

This morning, a steady stream of church members and others came by to offer their support. Warren County District 1 Supervisor Edward Herring was on hand, and his social media post on the issue has created a ground swell of people wanting to help in any way possible.

Several other area businesses have been recent targets of vandals in the general area including Boatman’s Truck Shop, Leist Plumbing and John’s Grocery.

Pastor Henry L. Taylor leads the Mount Alban congregation of mostly older members. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the church has been having drive-in services on the first Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. and worshiping online on the remainder of the month Wednesdays and Sundays.

Church members Pam Durham and Joyce Edwards said numerous people in the area around the church have stopped by to lend their support.

Anyone with any information on this incident is encouraged to contact the investigations division of the Warren County Sheriff’s office at 601-636-1761 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS.

If you would like to make a financial contribution to the church, drop by any area location of Trustmark Bank.

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Alabama’s coach Nick Saban and Greg Byrne test positive for COVID-19

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Nick Saban (photo courtesy UA Athletics)

University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and UA Athletic Director Greg Byrne have tested positive for COVID-19.

“I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said Wednesday in statement from the university. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.”

Byrne also released a statement Wednesday.

“Today, I received notice that my COVID-19 test from this morning came back positive,” Byrne said. “Upon hearing the news, I immediately entered self-isolation and will remain at home and follow all guidelines. We’ve been diligent about mask wearing and social distancing from the start and want to continue to encourage you all to take the necessary precautions to help stop the spread of this virus for yourself and those around you.”

No. 2 Alabama is set to play No. 3 Georgia Saturday. Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will fill in as interim head coach during Saban’s absence.

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Vicksburg police arrest a knife-wielding suspect for meth possession

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Joshua Lisk (photo courtesy VPD)

A knife-wielding South Carolina man was arrested Wednesday in Vicksburg.

Police officers responded to a report of a man waving a large knife in the 3300 block of Clay Street. They found that Joshua Lisk, of Westminster, South Carolina, was in possession of methamphetamine.

Lisk appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Wednesday on charges of meth possession. Judge Penny Lawson set his bond at $50,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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Ole Miss football team dealing with COVID-19 issues

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Ole Miss Rebels (photo courtesy Old Miss)

Ole Miss football is having problems with COVID-19.

After multiple sources reported the news, head coach Lane Kiffin confirmed it.

“For the first time, we are having an issue with that,” Kiffin said at a press conference. “I’m not going to get into the numbers. It’s very difficult moving people around, and we’re already beat up to from high play count Saturday versus great team.”

The Rebels are scheduled to take on the University of Arkansas Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Fayetteville, Arkansas. If the game needs to be postponed, it will have to be done by Friday.

Most of the Rebels key players, including quarterback Matt Corral and wide receiver Elijah Moore, were at practice Wednesday, a positive sign for Ole Miss. The Rebels are 1-2 and is are expected to win Saturday’s game if COVID-19 doesn’t force multiple players to sit it out.

An announcement on whether Ole Miss will play this week can be expected no later than tomorrow.

 

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