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Haunted Vicksburg Ghost Tour. Tours begin at 7 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and cost $20 per person Groups of 7 or more can schedule any night with advance reservations by visiting HauntedVicksburg.com The tour consists of a 12-block walk on the dark side of history through the heart of old Vicksburg.  Master storytellers regale you with tales of ghostly sightings, historic horrors, and traditional tales of the supernatural. The Westside Theatre Foundation is hosting performances of The Rocky Horror Show, a stage adaptation of the cult-classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  This adults-only show boasts an amazing cast who lead a fun-filled performance.  And the best part is, there are four chances to catch it throughout this long Halloween weekend. Head to the Coral Room at the Historic Vicksburg Hotel on the corner of Clay & Walnut in Downtown Vicksburg to check out the adventures of Brad & Janet at Dr. Frankenfurter’s castle. Performances are slated for 7:30 pm on Friday night, 7:30 pm and 10:00 pm on Saturday night and a special performance is scheduled for midnight on All Hallows Eve (Monday night).  Tickets are available by calling 601-636-8613!  Get them soon.  The room is small and the performance is intimate!!! TruthSeekers Paranormal Research & Investigations presents “An Evening at the McNutt House”   The event will be held on Friday and Saturday nights and will begin promptly at 8 pm.  You will need to arrive a little early to ensure that you are included.  There is a strict limit of 25 people per night.  The price of this event will be $30.00 a person which will include hands on training with all of TruthSeekers Para’s paranormal field equipment.  Admission will be taken at the gate, but keep in mind the limit is 25.   If you would like to pay in advance please contact David Childers at  601-618-6974. Things kick off with a Q&A session at 8pm.  The investigators will answer your questions and offer opinions and outlooks on the making of a paranormal investigation . There will be a short break after the Q&A session and the investigation will begin at 9 pm and will last until 1 am.   This is going to be a great event for people to take a step into the paranormal field . The Beechwood Restaurant & Lounge is rocking the Halloween weekend away with the CRAZIEST BAND AROUND!  Snazz will be taking the stage on Friday & Saturday night at 9:15 pm.  You must be 21 to enter and tickets are $8 per person on Friday night and $10 per person on Saturday night. Why the difference in price on Saturday?  That’s simple.  It’s time for the Beechwood’s annual Halloween Weekend Costume Bash! Come decked out in your scariest, sexiest, spookiest, silliest, or just plain most awesome costume and you can have a chance to win CASH in your pocket!!!  There will be three prizes awarded: 1st place gets a cool $150, second place gets $75 and third place gets $50!  Ain’t it great to have a place where the ADULTS get a chance to dress up like freaks? Daiquiri World, right across the river in Delta, is hosting their annual costume contest, too!  DW’s contest is on FRIDAY night.  Anyone wearing a costume gets in free.  Entertainment will be provided by DJ P Double E.  The winner of the costume contest will be announced somewhere around 12:30, according to the management, so you’ve got time to get over after the Rocky Horror Show.  $75 CASH will be awarded for Best Costume, plus there will be $25 Bar Tabs awarded for Sexiest Costume, Funniest Costume & Best Couple!!  Drink specials & the Shot Wheel will be spinning all night long! Saturday morning gets kicked off right in Downtown Vicksburg!  Vicksburg Main Street Program presents TREATS ON THE STREETS: The 24th Annual Downtown Vicksburg Halloween Parade and Costume Contest. The action starts at 9 am with the costume contest.  There will be five age groups for you to register your children in, from newborns to 12 year-olds.  The costume contest ends and then the real party begins at 10 am with the Halloween Parade.  The Downtown merchants will be offering treats for the kiddies immediately following the parade, so make sure that you bring your child for an early Trick or Treat on Saturday morning! Now what kind of Halloween would it be if you couldn’t get EVERY member of your family involved?  So far, we’ve had costume contest for the both the adults and the kids.  What about the family dog?  Oh…  Wait… The Outlets at Vicksburg present the 8th Annual Spooky Pooch Contest will be held at 3 pm on Saturday.  Registration begins at 2 pm and lasts until 2:30 pm, so get there early.  Dress up your pet and enter them into the Spooky Pooch Contest at the Outlets at Vicksburg..  There will be prizes awarded in four categories: Most Creative, Best Owner/Pet Duo, Spookiest & Silliest. The Outlets at Vicksburg will host a mall-wide Trick or Treat from 5pm – 6 pm All proceeds from the Spooky Pooch event will benefit Paws Rescue. For more information, please call 601-636-7434. Bowmar Baptist Church‘s FamFest 2011 is a fun, family event that will take place from 3 – 6 pm.  There will be games, food, hayrides, a pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, backyard circus and much more. The Vicksburg Mall is hosting Mall-o-ween on Saturday evening from 5 pm – 7 pm.  Bring the kids out for a great indoor Trick or Treat experience.  Browse all of the stores for great bargains and experience the Vicksburg Mall.  There are new owners and a new attitude at the Vicksburg Mall, so if you haven’t been out in a while, take this grand, albeit spooky, opportunity! The Vicksburg National Military Park presents Shadows of the Past.  Tours at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, and 8:00 pm. As the autumn sun sets, those once here will return briefly to tell their stories. Step back in time for an evening candlelight walk in the Vicksburg National Military Park to meet the historical personalities that shaped the story of the monumental struggle for Vicksburg. Tours begin at 5:30 pm and depart every half hour. Tours will last approximately one and a half hours. Participants are urged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this one-mile walk along the park road. This event is free, however, reservations are required. Each tour is limited to 25 visitors so call 601-636-0583 to make your reservation.


If Halloween isn’t really your thing, there are some other great events going on in the River City! Bridging the Gap LIFE (Living Independence for Everyone) of Mississippi’s 4th annual fundraising event benefiting Mississippians with Disabilities, will be October 29. Mississippi’s original non-competitive Walk, Stroll, Roll-a-thon will again take place on the Historic Mississippi River Bridge in Vicksburg. Registration begins at 9:00 AM with the Event starting at 10:00 AM. The registration fee is $25.00 or $20.00 each for groups of five or more. Collect donations from friends, family, and co-workers and don’t forget the businesses you frequent to sponsor your participation in this Event. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards will be given to individuals who have the largest dollar amount of monetary sponsors. To obtain a registration form contact LIFE of Mississippi at 601-969-4009 or on-line at [email protected] 31st Annual Vicksburg Art Association Exhibition The opening show will be at 8 pm October 29 at the Firehouse Gallery at the corner of Openwood and Main Streets. The exhibition will be October 30 from 1-4 pm and from 10 am – 4 pm October 31 – November 2. For more information call 601-638-9221 or 601-925-3880. Diamond Rio The legendary country band Diamond Rio will be performing at the Rainbow Arena, adjacent to Rainbow Casino, at 8 pm on Saturday evening.  The band will be performing their hits: Meet in the Middle, One More Day, Beautiful Mess, I Believe and much, much more.  Tickets are available at Rainbow Casino Stick around for the after-party in the 61 South Bar.  There will be some awesome drink specials and there will be a drawing at midnight.  The winner will receive $1,000!!! Let’s Dance The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation is proud to present the 2nd Annual “Let’s Dance” – a ballroom exhibition and dance social on Sunday, October 30th at 1:00pm in the SCH Auditorium. This event will be free, open to the public and great fun for the entire family. The program will involve a variety of dance students performing with instructor, James Frechette. In between the demonstrations, an assortment of popular big band and jazz favorites will be played for attendees to enjoy. Everyone is encouraged to bring your lunch and enjoy the program. Each dance demonstrated will involve great music and individual costumes. The Swango, Bolero, Rumba, Waltz, and Foxtrot dances will be demonstrated along with a mix of some special surprises. The students are involved in competitions and exhibitions throughout the year. James Frechette is owner of Applause Dance Factory in Ridgeland and is the bi-monthly dance instructor at the SCHC. He has been teaching dance for over 20 years. After church, grab your lunch and come to the SCHC Auditorium for a Sunday afternoon of dancing and fun. For more information, please call the SCHF business office at 601-631-2997 or email [email protected] Bryan Adams The Vicksburg City Auditorium will be the site of “An Evening with Bryan Adams.”  Adams, known for such hits as Summer of ’69, Cuts Like a Knife, (Everything I Do) I Do it For You and It’s Only Love, is on his Bare Bones tour.  The show has received rave reviews across the nation and will feature Adams and a single guitarist in a completely acoustic performance.  Tickets are available at the Vicksburg Convention Center box office and at TicketeMaster.com  ]]]]> ]]>

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Vicksburg named Water Treatment Plant of the Year for second consecutive year

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For the second year in a row, the City of Vicksburg has received the 2020 Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award from the American Water Works Association. The award cites overall water quality, plant improvements, energy efficiency and regulatory conformance as criteria for the selection.

“Having the best water treatment plant in the State of Mississippi for two years in a row is just one more reason why people should move to Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a statement. “Our philosophy is to provide the best quality service at the least cost to the taxpayers. Today, we’re continuing to deliver on that promise.”

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired ESG Operations, Inc. in 2016 to manage and operate the city’s water treatment plant on Haining Road. The plant has received a five-star rating from the State Department of Health for the past four years and has been in 100% compliance with all regulatory agencies.

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Governor announces two MS Board of Ed appointments

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Gov. Tate Reeves announced two Mississippi State Board of Education appointments Tuesday: Angela Bass from Jackson and Glen East from Gulfport. The appointees reflect the Governor’s commitment to continuous improvement in education.

“Mississippi’s children deserve our steadfast commitment to improving education. We must continue to improve outcomes for these students without fear of upsetting the status quo. I am confident that Angela and Glen will serve with honor and represent the interest of parents, teachers and — most importantly — students. Their achievement has to be our top priority,” Reeves said in a statement.

Dr. Angela Bass served as a Teach for America corps member and studied education policy and management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, later becoming a teacher in both the Tunica and Desoto County school districts and an administrator at the KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance.

Mr. Glen East serves as the Superintendent of the Gulfport School District. The district represents 10 schools and approximately 5,800 students. It has been designated an Excellence for All School District.

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Alcorn State University, IRS and USDA partner to provide webinar on Economic Impact Payment 

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Alcorn State University, the Internal Revenue Service and the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement have partnered to provide a webinar on the upcoming Economic Impact Payment.

During this Zoom meeting, participants will discuss strategies to help eligible Mississippi residents get their Economic Impact Stimulus payments. Individuals who were excluded from automatic delivery of payments must sign up by Oct. 15 to get their stimulus check this year.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST) via Zoom.

Register for the meeting online.
Zoom Webinar ID: 851 3831 6826
Passcode: 185598

Register by phone at 408-638-0968 | Code: 85138316826# or
646-876-9923 | Code: 85138316826#

For more information, contact Jacqueline A. Davis-Slay, deputy director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, United States Department of Agriculture, 202-720-2032

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