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Vicksburg District hosts ‘Meet the District’ virtual open house



The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District will host its inaugural “Meet the District” virtual open house Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event will provide large and small business representatives; university, community college and vocational school administrators; political and community leaders; and members of the public with the opportunity to learn about the district’s mission as well as its career and business opportunities. Virtual attendees will be able to connect and network with key district staff members and subject matter experts as well as potential partners in the public and private sectors.

Attendees can learn more about the event and register at The deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 5.

District offices that will be represented at the event include Engineering and Construction, Programs and Project Management, Operations, Regulatory, Channel Improvement, Architect and Engineer (A&E) Services, Natural Resources Management, Small Business, Contracting, Logistics, Resource Management and Accounting, Equal Employment Opportunity, Real Estate, Human Resources, Office of the Chief Information Officer and Office of Counsel.

The event is part of the USACE Mississippi Valley Division’s Business Opportunities Open House initiative, which aims to increase industrial and community awareness of USACE’s missions as well as opportunities and requirements to become involved in those missions. Each of the division’s six districts — St. Paul, Rock Island, St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans — are slated to host their respective inaugural open houses this year. The Vicksburg District’s original open house was scheduled for March but was canceled due to the pandemic.

USACE Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard will provide opening remarks and welcome all virtual attendees.

“We are excited to host this virtual open house and provide attendees from a diverse range of industries, disciplines and backgrounds with a better understanding of the Vicksburg District’s mission,” Hilliard said in a statement. “Developing strong relationships with industry, academia and the community is critical to efficiently and effectively serve the people within our area of responsibility. My team and I look forward to meeting attendees and discussing how we can collaborate to better serve the needs of the public.”


Vicksburg High band holds fundraiser for new instruments



The Vicksburg High School band is holding a garage-sale fundraiser for new musical instruments this coming weekend.

The event is Saturday, Oct. 17, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Vicksburg City Park Pavilion located at 100 Army Navy Drive.

The sale will include clothing for men, women and children, furniture, food and many more items.

Vickie Baker, VHS band director and host for the event, is hoping for a big turnout to help the band purchase new instruments.

For further information, email Vickie Baker at [email protected].

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Halloween in the Park: a downtown trick-or-treat event



(Photo by Viktor Hanacek)

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to timing conflicts.

Looking for different way to celebrate Halloween with your kids this year? A local woman has coordinated with several business owners, law enforcement agencies, the Main Street program and the City of Vicksburg to organize a free and safe trick-or-treat event downtown: Halloween in the Park.

The event takes place Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. and all children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Both Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore and Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace have agreed to allocate officers and deputies to be present.

Children and their parents will begin at the corner of the downtown park at Jackson and Washington streets and follow the path (while practicing social distancing) to the stage, where volunteers wearing gloves and masks will be standing on the first step of the stage and placing candy in the bags of each child. The parents and children will continue the path to the corner of Grove and Washington streets to head to the merchants. Participating businesses will display orange and black balloons outside so that parents and children know they are participating.

“This is great for everyone. All of our community can come to a free and different trick-or-treat. It gives our community a chance to see our merchants and their stores and restaurants,” said event organizer Gina Hendrickson. “I have had enthusiastic responses from several merchants, including but not limited to: Lorelei Books, Adorned Glamhouse, Merle Norman Belle Rose Salon, Jay Parmigiani of 10 South; Allen of Daiquiri Hub, Cocktails 101, Kevin Roberts of Chopping Block (and) Amanda Banks of Ravage Spa.”

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MS State Fair gets underway Wednesday



(Photo source: Visit Jackson)

The Mississippi State Fair gets underway Wednesday with Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson cutting the ribbon at 5 p.m.

As usual, the fair features a full lineup of musical entertainment that’s free with your regular admission. Among the entertainers this year are Dirt Road Cadillac, Paul Porter and the Christianaires, Great White, Slaughter and many, many more.

There will be plenty of animal goings on, too, with pig races, a petting zoo, horse, mule and pony pulls, and 4H and FFA livestock shows.

The mile-long midway features all the terrific fair food, rides and games you’ve come to expect from the state fair.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, is First Responders Day at the fair. Police officers, first responders, firefighters, health care workers and medical professionals get in free with I.D. Wednesday, Oct. 14, is All American Day with free admission to all active duty military with I.D.

And don’t forget that you can get free admission every day between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information, visit the Mississippi State Fair website, download the fair Fun Guide or the Premium Book, which contains complete rules and schedules for every agricultural exhibit and contest from arts and crafts to livestock.

Admission for everyone 6-years-old and older is $5. Children 5 and younger get in free. Parking is also $5.

The fair closes Sunday, Oct. 18. Masks will be worn by fair employees and vendors. Attendees are not required to wear masks although they are highly recommended. Masks will be available for attendees. Other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be followed.

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