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Vicksburg under tornado warning until noon; tornado watch until 6 p.m.

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Moments ago, the National Weather Service declared a tornado warning for Claiborne and Warren counties until noon today.

TAKE COVER NOW! Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

“Everyone needs to stay weather aware today,” according to the NWS in Jackson.

Vicksburg is under a tornado watch until 6 p.m. today. The watch is in effect for all of central Mississippi, although the times may vary as the front moves northwest across the state.

The NWS says the risk is “enhanced” for severe weather meaning the area will likely see “storms capable of producing damaging wind gusts, tornadoes, and large hail … as the storm system moves through the ArkLaMiss region. The greatest threat for severe weather will be during the afternoon going into the early evening.”

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Flaggs to hold COVID-19 news conference Wednesday

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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during a live session May 20.

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will hold a COVID-19 news conference Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 2:30 p.m.

The news conference will be held in the Robert M. Walker Building Board Room at 1415 Walnut St.

The Vicksburg Daily News will be on hand to provide live coverage streaming on our Facebook page.

 

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Vicksburg teenager faces multiple charges after Sunday night incident

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Staci Foster (photo courtesy VPD)

A Vicksburg teenager faces multiple charges in connection with an incident that occurred Sunday night.

Police arrested Staci Foster, 18, after the car Foster was driving struck a 21-year-old woman on Grange Hall Road around 11:41 p.m. Sunday. The victim was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment.

Foster was charged with one count of aggravated assault domestic violence, one count of leaving the scene of an accident with injury and one count of reckless driving.

She appeared in Vicksburg Municipal Court Monday before Judge Angela Carpenter who set her bond at $105,000 and bound her over to the Warren County grand jury.

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MS treasurer announces Black Friday giveaway to encourage saving for college

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Monday, Mississippi Treasurer David McRae announced a $1,000 Black Friday siveaway to encourage Mississippians to begin saving for college.

College Savings Mississippi, a division of the State Treasury, will be giving one lucky family a $1,000 scholarship when they open a Mississippi Affordable College Savings account between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“With Black Friday as the traditional kick-off to holiday shopping, we’re hoping to remind Mississippians that the gift of a college degree is a gift that will keep on giving,” McRae said in a news release. “Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, consider making a contribution to a loved one’s college savings plan this gift-giving season.”

A tax-advantaged MACS account, which can be opened for as little as $25, offers families maximum flexibility. The money contributed to this account can be used for tuition, books, supplies, and certain room and board expenses, as well as elementary and secondary tuition expenses for younger students.

For the Black Friday Giveaway, any family who opens a new MACS account between Nov. 27 (“Black Friday”) and Nov. 30 (“Cyber Monday”) will be entered to win the $1,000 scholarship. The winner will be drawn at random.

To open an account, visit Treasury.MS.gov/CollegeSavings. For complete rules for the giveaway, download this document (PDF).

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