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Vicksburg Municipal among 18 Mississippi airports slated for upgrades



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On Monday, Mississippi’s U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, both Republicans, announced the award of $4.81 million for improvements to 18 airports in Mississippi. The U.S. Department of Transportation grants are awarded on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration.

“This large slate of FAA grants will help make targeted improvements that will improve safety, expand capacity and support economic development at airports across our state,” Wicker said in a statement.

“These FAA awards will support much needed infrastructure improvements at airports across the state,” Hyde-Smith added. The state’s junior senator serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee. “These rehabilitation, construction, and safety projects will enhance these airports as community assets that support jobs and economic development.”

Vicksburg Municipal Airport is being awarded $99,558 to expand the apron to 4,350 square yards.

The other FAA grants for Mississippi will support the following airport improvement projects:

  • Magee Municipal Airport, City of Magee – $1,045,000 to rehabilitate 3,500 feet of the runway
  • Columbia-Marion County Airport, Columbia and Marion County – $600,000 to reconstruct 3000 feet of taxiway
  • New Albany-Union County Airport, City of New Albany – $478,080 to rehabilitate 7,800 feet of runway lighting
  • Cleveland Municipal Airport, City of Cleveland – $477,628 to expand the apron to 18,900 square yards
  • Philadelphia Municipal Airport, City of Philadelphia – $403,583 to install a 15,000-foot perimeter wildlife fence
  • Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, City of Gulfport – $319,500 to update the airport master plan study
  • Greenwood-Leflore Airport, City of Greenwood – $250,000 to rehabilitate 10,000 square yards of the apron
  • Tunica Municipal Airport, City of Tunica – $169,740 to support acquisition of land for approaches
  • Belzoni Municipal Airport, City of Belzoni – $150,000 to rehabilitate 1,850 feet of taxiway and 3,000 feet of runway
  • Yazoo County Airport, City of Yazoo City – $150,000 to construct 6,000 square yards of apron
  • Thigpen Field Airport, City of Bay Springs – $149,877 to rehabilitate 3,000 feet of runway
  • Trent Lott International Airport, City of Pascagoula – $138,308 to rehabilitate 6,500 feet of runway
  • Booneville/Baldwyn Airport, City of Booneville – $90,900 to rehabilitate 5,000 feet of the runway and taxiway and 3,000 square yards of the apron
  • Holly Springs-Marshall County Airport, City of Holly Springs – $87,735 to install a new wind cone
  • Okolona Municipal-Richard Stovall Field Airport, City of Okolona – $82,800 to improve airport drainage
  • Poplarville-Pearl River County Airport, City of Poplarville – $69,750 to improve the airport access road and improve drainage
  • Monroe County Airport, City of Aberdeen – $51,659 to expand the apron


Love’s donates $2,000 to Bovina Elementary



Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr., left, and Vicksburg-Warren Partnership President Pablo Diaz, right, look on as Love’s Manager Quentin Ryland cuts the ribbon with area school children to the new Love’s in Flowers.

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores donated $2,000 to Bovina Elementary School during the grand opening of its new location in Flowers, Miss., today.

The Flowers store, located off Interstate 20, adds 72 jobs and 94 truck parking spaces to Warren County. It is one of three stores the company officially opened within the past week. The other two stores are in Greenville, Va., and Watonga, Okla.

“These new locations allow us to serve professional and four-wheel drivers and get them back on the road quickly,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s, in a statement. “We’re excited to continue adding convenient locations to communities across the country.”

With more than 9,000 square feet, the new Love’s in Flowers includes an Arby’s, showers and laundry facilities, and even a dog park providing interstate travelers a safe and convenient stop, and locals a new fast-food option.

In addition to the donation to Bovina Elementary, Love’s is also donating $2,000 to Riverheads High School in Greenville and $2,000 to Building A Better You in Watonga.

See our tour of the new store on our Facebook page.

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Dee’s Babycakes opening retail location this weekend



At only 10 years old, Vicksburg’s De’jonae Curtis is already a business veteran.

Her business, Dee’s Babycakes, has been providing sweet treats to private customers even as she competed in contests such as last year’s Sweetest Chefs of the South in Ridgeland.

This Valentine’s weekend Curtis is taking her success up a notch by opening a retail location at the Vicksburg Mall (3505 Pemberton Square Blvd.). In addition to her creative takes on cupcakes, Babycakes is also offering milk chocolate and white chocolate covered strawberries.

But Curtis’ goals aren’t all about profits and joining the Chamber of Commerce.

‘I started selling my Babycakes in hopes to give back to nonprofits like animal shelters and cancer organizations and do something I loved,” Curtis says on her GoFundMe page.

“I want to continue to give to people in need and learn more from my gift,” she added.

The name, Babycakes, is in honor of her cousin, Claudia, who died of cancer.

Dee’s Babycakes is celebrating its soft opening from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15. Friday she will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. or until everything is sold out. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit Dee’s Babycakes Facebook page, and look for a website soon.

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Vicksburg resident launches internet interview show



Joèl Barsky and Marvin Hunter at 10 South. (photo furnished by Joèl Barsky)

Vicksburg resident Joèl Barsky has launched an internet show called “Irie Chat” featuring interviews with musicians, comedians and other entertainers with talent.

On the show, Joèl travels to different entertainers as they talk about things such as life, commitment and careers. Joèl aired his first episode a couple of months ago after interviewing Kyle Rising of the band Sensi Trails in Boca Raton, Fla.

“I want to let artists share their stories because I feel it’s something that is needed,” Joèl said.

During the interviews, Joèl is always located in a relaxed setting to make the artist feel at home. The longer the conversations continue, the more the artists get into deep details about their personal lives or road experiences.

So far, “Irie Chat” has four episodes. The latest interview featured local comedian Marvin Hunter. Joèl has plans to expand “Irie Chat” as he conducts more interviews. His next episode was taped in Austin, Texas, as Joèl traveled there over the weekend to interview blues singer Jackie Venson.

For anyone interested in watching the interviews, go to the “Irie Chat” YouTube page where you’ll find all of the episodes completed to date and can subscribe to never miss another one.

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