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Help ensure the accuracy of the 2020 Census

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Photo from the 2020 Census website.

It’s almost time for the 2020 census and the U.S. Census Bureau wants you! 

Nov. 1 and 2, U.S. Census Bureau representatives will be at the Vicksburg Mall, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd., near the Dillards entrance to take resumes to fill census-taker positions. 

Those hired will go on foot throughout their communities, record each housing unit and report their findings to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The purpose of this work is to ensure that each occupied dwelling receives a census questionnaire for the 2020 Census.

“The census tells us who we are and where we are going as a nation, and helps our communities determine where to build everything from schools to supermarkets, and from homes to hospitals,” the census website states. “It helps the government decide how to distribute funds and assistance to states and localities. It is also used to draw the lines of legislative districts and reapportion the seats each state holds in Congress.”

Starting pay for this position is $15 per hour and applicants must be over the age of 18 and be able to pass a background check. The positions are temporary.

For more information about these and other opportunities with the U.S. Census, visit the 2020 Census website.

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MDWFP lifts ban on boating and fishing at Eagle Lake

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Recreational and commercial fishing and boating at Eagle Lake can finally resume tomorrow after having been prohibited since flooding began in February. The ban in waters surrounding the lake was lifted in August.

The Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, with the approval of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, has determined the waters of the Mississippi River have receded to a level that an exigent high-water event no longer exists and that debris removal at Eagle Lake is sufficiently complete.

At current levels, recreational boating and fishing activity, and commercial fishing on Eagle Lake may be resumed by the general public. The previous Executive Order of February 2019 closing recreational boating activity at Eagle Lake has been rescinded effective Nov. 1.

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Mississippi Lottery Corp. is training retailers and installing equipment in preparation for November’s launch

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In preparation for the launch of scratch-off tickets Nov. 25, the Mississippi Lottery Corp., along with its gaming vendor, IGT, will begin conducting retailer training workshops around the state over the next few weeks for approved lottery retailers.

IGT has been contacting retailers with information on the training schedules and has installed equipment at more than 300 retail locations around Mississippi last week.

“Ensuring quality training for retailers is key to the success of the lottery and the retailers,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen in a statement. “Retailers are the face of the lottery once we start selling tickets. In addition to a detailed overview of the operation of the lottery terminal, as well as an understanding of instant scratch-off games, these workshops will provide retailers the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what to expect once we start selling tickets. Players will depend on them to know how to play the games.”

Two people from each approved store location can attend the training sessions. Each meeting will last approximately two and a half hours. Additional training opportunities will be available in the future.

Approved retailers should call 800-557-0521 to confirm or reschedule their assigned training class. Retailers will not be contacted for training or installation until they have completed the MLC approval process.

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