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Vicksburg to receive aerial blessing this afternoon

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Father Rusty Vincent

Father Rusty Vincent of St. Paul’s Catholic Church will fly over the City of Vicksburg and surrounding areas this afternoon, praying for the region in this time of crisis.

Vincent said other pastors in U.S. cities have taken to the sky in recent days. The 35-year-old priest has been at St. Paul’s since early 2019 following a stint in Starkville.

Piloting Rev. Vincent will be Vicksburg businessman Dan Fordice, who said he plans to use his biplane to fly around the city. Fordice, who is a St. Paul’s parishioner, said he received a request from the Knights of Columbus and was happy to have a role in this unusual event.

The duo is scheduled to leave the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional Airport at around 2:30 p.m. Fordice said you should see the bright yellow aircraft over the city at around 3 p.m.

As services are currently suspended at St.Paul’s, as in other churches, Vincent plans on streaming mass during Holy Week.

For more information visit the St. Paul’s website or Facebook page.

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Reeves puts another 13 counties under mask mandates

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Gov. Tate Reeves during April 22 news conference. (Photo via video screen grab)

Tuesday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced 13 additional counties that have qualified and met certain requirements to be placed under mask mandates with his “Safe Recovery” executive order that is in effect until Dec. 11.

Those additional counties are: Adams, Amite, Coahoma, Franklin, Jefferson, Kemper, Monroe, Noxubee, Oktibbeha, Quitman, Scott, Sunflower and Washington. A total of 54 of Mississippi’s 82 counties are now under mask mandates.

“I hope that people believe me when I say this is a time when the virus is extremely present,” Reeves said during a news conference streamed live on Facebook. “It is all around us right now, more than almost any time before. Please continue to be careful and safeguard yourself and your loved ones.”

A copy of the Executive Order can be found here.

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Handgun stolen in auto burglary

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A handgun was stolen in an auto burglary Monday in Vicksburg.

Monday, Nov. 30, at 10:34 a.m. officers took a report in reference to an auto burglary that occurred at 3133 Washington St.

The victim reported someone stole a SCCY 9-mm handgun from his 2000 GMC Sierra.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Shooting suspect turns herself in

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Devona Jackson (photo courtesy VPD)

The suspect in a Nov. 25 shooting turned herself in to Vicksburg police investigators Monday.

Devona Jackson, 36, of Vicksburg, was charged with one count of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle in connection with an altercation at the Smoke Break convenience store, 1217 Cherry St., on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Jackson was arraigned in the Vicksburg Municipal Court, where Judge Angela Carpenter set her bond at $15,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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