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Vicksburg Comes Together for Beard Family

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Chris Beard passed away after succumbing to the injuries from his accident.  The family held out hope for him coming out of the coma and a miracle, but it wasn’t to be.  They made that heart breaking decision that all of us fear we might have to one day make.  A young man, a hard working dad who was supporting his family and trying to do right is gone, but his family remains.BeardBeard2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is one of those stories you hate to read about and can not fathom having happen to your family.

 

As the news spread and it became clear what happened our Vicksburg community did what we do best.  We came together to help a family.  Even social media was caring and willing to give.  People of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds have come together to support his wife and their children.  A spaghetti dinner was announced and over 1100 plates were sold at $10 a plate.  That’s a lot of spaghetti.  A softball tourney was held with all proceeds going to the family.

 

And now a raffle.

 

Brad Davidson, his wife Christy, and his team at Electro Mechanical Solutions, Inc (EMS) bought a building on 61 South for their expanding business.  They do metal work stuff and so much more.  Manly man stuff.  When they bought the building it had an old car in it.  An old car in really good shape.  But not just any car, a Mercedes-Benz.  The old school overseas model.  The gear shift is on the column.  And it’s a beauty with under 50,000 original miles.

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Brad and company had it sitting around.  They put some new tires on it and made sure it got fired up or moved around the block every couple of weeks.  But for the most part it was just sitting there.  When Brad, a man of strong religious convictions, heard of the accident he wanted to help.  And boy, has he ever.  He needs your help too.  Here’s how.

 

Buy a raffle ticket from Brad.

 

Call his EMS office at 601-631-0138.  They are $25 and all proceeds, every single penny, goes to the family.  Brad has ordered 1000 tickets.  Make him order more.

 

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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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