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Warren County Sheriff taking precautions at the office and jail



Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace (Photo by Thomas Parker)

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace is following guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control and State Department of Health at the Warren County Jail and his office during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All visitors who enter the Warren County Sheriff’s Office will not be allowed past the front lobby. Pace said employees have been sanitizing the lobby on an hourly basis to ensure visitors’ safety.

“We are encouraging everyone to use telephones if possible,” Pace said. “We’d be glad to take reports over the telephone.”

Once reports are made, Pace said office personnel is mailing them to all parties who may need copies, which minimizes the traffic of individuals coming into the office to access hard copies.

No visitation is allowed at the Warren County Jail for now. Access is restricted to employees, food-service workers, attorneys and bails bondsmen, all of whom must have their temperature checked before entering the facility. Any new inmates to the jail during the pandemic will be evaluated by a nurse for flu-like symptoms. If symptoms exist, the detainee will be placed in a single holding cell and medical professionals will be called in further assess the inmate.

Sheriff Pace said he has made no changes regarding patrol procedures.

“A lot of the safety precautions, we’ve been following anyway,” Pace said. “We’ve issued the hand sanitizer for years. We’ve issued the protective gloves, so the patrol officers are carrying on their duties.

“I don’t want anyone to believe we aren’t enforcing the law. We are enforcing the law.”

Pace said his main concern is to limit contact as much as possible to eliminate cross-contamination.

“If a patrol officer or a correctional officer is having to actually physically put their hands on someone, they immediately dispose of those gloves and put on a fresh pair of gloves before they have contact with anyone else,” Pace said.

He said this pandemic is all about numbers. “The more people you have contact with the more the greater the possibility of contracting the virus,” he said.

Ultimately, Pace urged the public to not panic.

“We need people to stay calm,” he said. “Don’t hoard everything out of the stores. “

Pace wants to remind the public if you have developed flu-like symptoms, do not go to the emergency room.

“Contact your primary physician,” Pace said, “and they’ll set up a test site to come to the clinic to be tested for the coronavirus.”

Watch our full interview with Sheriff Pace on Facebook.


Shooting reported on Grove Street in Vicksburg



One of the two vehicles apparently hit in Friday's shooting. (photo by David Day)

An argument, apparently over a parking spot, turned into a shooting Friday in Vicksburg.

Vicksburg police and Warren County deputies responded to the 2200 block of Grove Street to the apartments near Cross Street around 3:30 p.m. Friday initially on a report of a loud argument.

No one was injured, but police are continuing to investigate the incident. At least two vehicles show evidence of being shot.

Police have taken one person into custody in connection with the incident, and they confiscated two weapons.

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Fun Lanes bowling alley has reopened



(photo by David Day)

Fun Lanes bowling alley in the Uptown Vicksburg mall has reopened.

The bowling alley closed earlier this year after former General Manager Patrick Belden unexpectedly died as a result of a car crash. While the bowling alley has the same owners, they have made some improvements. A statement on the Uptown Vicksburg Facebook page explained:

“Fun Lanes Bowling has made renovations and is now under new management. Fun Lanes wants to let everyone know that they have a renewed goal of being a family-friendly, safe location for the people of Vicksburg and the surrounding area to come out and enjoy the sport of bowling. Fun Lanes at Uptown Vicksburg, come on out and check us out. You will be glad you did.”

(photo by David Day)

The bowling alley had become a hotspot for police activity due to the large crowds that gathered there for late-night, weekend DJ parties. While the parties were a major success and there were almost no problems reported inside the bowling alley, the large crowds outside sometimes became disruptive.

Tony Lemus, Fun Lanes acting general manager (photo by David Day)

“We are committed to a family friendly atmosphere and look forward to providing Vicksburg with a great, fun and family friendly atmosphere” said acting General Manager Tony Lemus.

The hours of operation have changed. Fun Lanes is now open Mondays through Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from noon to midnight, and Sundays from noon until 9 p.m.

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Wingstop coming to Vicksburg



A job listing on an internet job site indicates a Wingstop will be coming to Vicksburg soon. has listing for all positions, including a general manager, for a local store.

Wingstop is a chicken wing restaurant with a wide selection of side items including VooDoo fries. It was started in Garland, Texas, in 1994 and has expanded to over 1,500 restaurants according to the website. The chain has locations worldwide including in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.

The closest Wingstop to Vicksburg is in Clinton. The Starkville location is owned by a franchise called Boss Wings. The staff at that location could not confirm the Vicksburg location and calls to corporate management were not returned.

Jeff Richardson, city planning director, confirmed Wingstop had applied for a building permit earlier this week.

“I believe it was Tuesday,” he said. “It seems like they are going into an existing structure.”

Richardson did not disclose the location but indicated the new Wingstop would be in a strip mall area. There is no indication of the opening date but the job listings would indicate in the next three to five months.



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