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Vicksburg tourist attraction closings and cancellations include riverboat dockings



Jordan Rushing and Bubba Bolm locked the gates to the Old Courthouse Museum this morning for at least a week. (Photo by David Day)

One by one, Vicksburg tourist attractions are closing in response to COVID-19 guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health.

The Old Courthouse Museum locked its gates this morning until at least the end of this week. At this writing, other museums in town remain open, but visitors may want to call ahead and confirm if they’re planning a visit.

Mississippi Riverboats are canceling their trips and therefore, their stops in Vicksburg, said Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director Laura Beth Strickland.

“American Cruise Lines has canceled through April 4 and American Queen Steamboat Company has canceled through April 12,” she said. “That’s 32 (boats) for American Cruise Lines and eight for American Queen. That’s 40 stops we won’t be getting in Vicksburg.”

Strickland went on to say that the riverboats are always a big economic boost to the city when they’re in town.

“This is definitely going to impact the community,” she said.

City, county and state visitor centers are also closed.

At this writing, the Vicksburg National Military Park and the casinos remain open.

Local restaurants and shops are adapting to the situation. Many are offering curbside pickups for folks who want to eat or shop, but don’t want to sit in a dining room or go into stores.

“They’ll bring it out to you,” Strickland said.

“Try to remember your local businesses as we try to navigate through this,” she added.

“We all have to work together.”

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Reeves puts another 13 counties under mask mandates



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



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



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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