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Vicksburg family making all natural hand sanitizer



The Nettle children show off their all-natural hand sanitizer. Left to right, Cierra, Corey Jr. and Caiya Nettle. (Photo courtesy Jocelyn Nettle)

With big-name hand sanitizers disappearing from the shelves of groceries and pharmacies faster than workers can restock, one Vicksburg family decided to make their own.

Corey and Joycelyn Nettle along with their three children, Cierra, 13, Caiya, 11, and Corey Jr., 7, have created C3 Natural Germ Killer and Moisturizer.

“With everything going on with the Coronavirus, we wanted to try something new with all natural products that also had antibacterial products in it,” Joycelyn said.

The ingredients in C3 have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.

“So many products on the market have a lot of processed and artificial ingredients,” Joycelyn said, “and we wanted to use natural products because it’s healthier. Our grandparents used all natural products for everything years ago, and we know it works.”

C3 Natural Germ Killer is 91% alcohol and includes aloe vera, natural almond oil and and other essential oils for moisturizing.

“It’s a hand sanitizer that cleans our hands and makes them feel like lotion,” 11-year-old Caiya said.

The Nettle’s have coined the slogan, ‘Germ Killin’ that Leaves a Smooth Feelin’’’ for their sanitizer.

The family introduced their all natural product to the public last week and has already had a high number of responses.

“We started out just making it for our family. Then we saw people were asking for it,” Joycelyn said.

In one day, the family sold more than ten 1.69-ounce bottles of the natural product.

“We just have to get used to the high demand,” Joycelyn said.

If you would like to try C3 yourself, reach out to Joycelyn Nettle on her Facebook page or call her at 601-618-9548. You can also call Larry Walker at 601-738-1833.


Lucy Derrossette is the newest member of the Vicksburg-Warren County Board of Realtors



(photo courtesy Lucy Derrossette)

Vicksburg resident Lucy Derrossette is the newest member of the Vicksburg-Warren County Board of Realtors.

Derrossette, who has worked for the Vicksburg-Warren School District for the past 30 years as a teacher and at the central office, is ready to start her new side job of helping individuals find a home.

“I am super excited because interest rates are so low that people can get houses for a lot less and loans will be available for them,” Derrossette said.

The Board of Realtors members are all certified and licensed to sell homes. For someone to become a realtor, they must pass a state and national exam.

Derrossette began taking classes in July while the COVID-19 pandemic was interrupting her job at the school district when everyone, including students, was sent home, so she was able to finish three months later. This is her second time to become a realtor; she first started 20 years ago.

Derrossette always had a passion for houses so being a realtor with Keller-Williams is a calling and not just a job.

“I always loved houses and people,” Derrossette said. “I think it is a great investment for anyone, especially teachers because they can get special loans up to $6,000 for teaching in the Vicksburg area for three years without having to pay the money back.”

Derrossette will continue working for the Vicksburg-Warren School District while also working as a realtor. She will be doing two things that she loves: selling houses and helping children.

To contact Derrossette concerning real estate in Vicksburg, call 601-301-0623.

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Vicksburg inks deal with Viking River Cruises valued at $2.5 million



The Viking Mississippi (image source: Viking USA)

Although Vicksburg hasn’t seen a riverboat docking in months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it hasn’t stopped the city or the companies running riverboat cruises from planning for the future.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. announced Tuesday that the city had signed an agreement with Viking USA, the parent company of Viking River Cruises. The contract includes $2.5 million in improvements that Viking will make to the waterfront. According to its website, Viking will begin Mississippi River cruises beginning in October 2022.

“This is a big win for Vicksburg’s future at no cost to taxpayers,” Flaggs wrote in a social media post Tuesday.

The agreement states that Viking will build a floating dock to accommodate its boats and a 10-foot wide sidewalk leading to parking and a pedestrian crossing over nearby railroad tracks. It could also include utility tie-ins, benches, pavilions, curbing, striping and signage Viking may want to add.

The city included the pedestrian crossing in its waterfront improvement plan announced in September.

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Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce graduates first Entrepreneur Bootcamp class



Participants in the first class of the Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp graduated from the program the night of Nov. 10 at the Hinds Community College Campus.

For six weeks, 12 participants who are working to start or grow their small businesses learned about entrepreneurship as well as topics such as legal, finance, accounting, marketing and other essential components associated with starting and running a successful business.

The program included speakers from different industries that support small businesses as well as the presence of a business coach from Hinds Community College. Participants used the support system and resources afforded by the bootcamp to develop a business plan, which they can submit to compete for a seed grant of $1,000 to help them with the cost of opening or improving their recently opened small business. Participants competing for the seed grant will submit their plans on or before Dec. 8. They will also present the plan in front of a committee for review and ranking. The entrepreneur who develops the best and most feasible business plan will receive the $1,000 seed grant.

The Vicksburg Entrepreneur Bootcamp seed grant is sponsored by the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Vicksburg, Hinds Community College, BancorpSouth, Mutual Credit Union, Home Bank, River Hills Bank, Regions, Guaranty Bank and Trustmark.

By proclamation of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, Nov. 16 through 22 is Mississippi’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. See the proclamation below.

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