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Vicksburg resident creates a nonprofit to provide used sports equipment for kids in need

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Vicksburg resident Danielle White has started a nonprofit for local kids who need sports equipment called Play It Forward.

The nonprofit will collect used sports equipment that others are willing to donate and provide it to children whose parents may not have the resources to buy it new.

”I wanted to give back to kids that want to play sports but maybe cannot afford the equipment,” White said. “Some parents have more than one kid so this will also be a good way to help.”

White is willing to hold on to all sports equipment that is donated until someone mentions that they need equipment for a sport. Equipment for football, baseball, softball and soccer are all needed, she said.

”By having this equipment, it gives kids an option to play sports which opens doors for future scholarships, building great relationships with coaches and also promotes healthy activities,” White said.

White is holding her first equipment drop-off for those who are willing to donate on Aug. 15  at 2 p.m.at Elevate Church of Vicksburg (3527 Manor Drive). She requests that all donations be in good condition and clean before dropping it off at the church.

If you have equipment to donate and can’ t make the drop off, or if you need equipment, message Danielle White through her Facebook page.

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18-wheeler in wreck on 61 South in Warren County

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(photo by Thomas Parker)

An 18-wheeler was involved in a single vehicle crash around 6 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. Highway 61 South approximately 1 mile north of the Claiborne-Warren County line.

The truck left the roadway on the northbound side of the highway for unknown reasons.

The driver was transported to Claiborne County Hospital by private vehicle before law enforcement arrived on the scene. His condition is not known at this time.

Traffic has not been affected, but use caution in the area to allow investigators to do their jobs safely.

Warren County deputies Daniel Thomas and Ron Kinard are on the scene, and a trooper from the Mississippi State Police is on the way and will be in charge of the investigation.

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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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VPD reports auto theft and business burglary for Tuesday

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports an auto theft and a business burglary occurred Tuesday, Oct. 13.

At 5:34 a.m. officers responded to a residence in the 3100 block of Washington Street in reference to a stolen vehicle. The complainant reported that someone stole a 2015 Chrysler 200.

The Days Inn at 90 Warrenton Road was the site of a business burglary Tuesday. Officers responded to the motel at 9:09 a.m. where the victims stated that someone kicked a room door in and stole a Dewalt paint sprayer, two Magnavox paint sprayers, a Minolta hand sander and a Milwaukee reciprocating saw. Two other saws of unknown brands were also taken. The total value of the missing equipment is estimated at $5,500.

If you have information on either of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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