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State to receive $3.5 million for AmeriCorps program

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VICKSBURG — Grants totaling $3.5 million will support 522 AmeriCorps members who will serve across Mississippi through 14 sponsoring organizations. Volunteer Mississippi is the lead agency for disbursing the funds. The Vicksburg Post reports that the city has two AmeriCorps’ programs: America Reads-Mississippi and Northtown CDC. America Reads-Mississippi has 87 members who will tutor a total of 1,280 students per ...

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Vicksburg military park: Little impact from flag proposal

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JACKSON — Congress is arguing over a proposal to ban Confederate flags on rebel graves in cemeteries run by the National Park Service. But even if the plan survives the Senate and becomes law, it would have little effect in the only Park Service cemetery in Mississippi. Only two Confederate soldiers are buried at the Vicksburg National Military Park. The ...

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Hannah Roberts crowned Miss Mississippi 2015

Miss University of Southern Mississippi Hannah Roberts, walks past the judges during the evening gown portion of the Miss Mississippi Pageant 2015, Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Vicksburg, Miss. Roberts was later crowned Miss Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

VICKSBURG — Hannah Roberts has won the Miss Mississippi pageant and will compete for the crown of Miss America in September. The Clarion-Ledger reports the 21-year-old winner represented Miss University of Southern Mississippi in the competition Saturday night in Vicksburg and earned a $10,000 scholarship. Roberts plans to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Miss Riverland Laura Lee Lewis was ...

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Former Vicksburg mayor released from federal prison

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VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg Mayor Paul E. Winfield, who pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in 2013, is living at a halfway house and working in a Jackson law office. A Bureau of Prisons spokesman tells The Vicksburg Post that Winfield, who was an inmate at the federal prison in Montgomery, Alabama, was transferred to the halfway house Feb. 25. ...

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ISA TanTec opens first U.S. leather tannery operations in Vicksburg

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  JACKSON — ISA TanTec gathered today for the grand opening of the company’s first U.S. leather tannery in Vicksburg. The company announced in May 2014 it would locate the operations in the Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex. The project, known as Mississippi TanTec Leather, Inc., represents a $10.1 million corporate investment and is creating 366 jobs. German-owned ISA TanTec ...

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Mississippi cities finding their place for growth

Tupelo was an early state leader in this movement when it received a grant in 1999 to develop Fairpark on what was once the county fairgrounds and extend the connection between downtown and Elvis Presley's birthplace. Fair Park incorporates businesses, restaurants, entertainment, retail shops and hotels. This view is from the rooftop of the Park Heights Restaurant.

By LYNN LOFTON  Cleveland, Water Valley, Tupelo, Columbus, Bay St. Louis, Natchez, Vicksburg, Ocean Springs — what do these Mississippi cities have in common? These are some of the municipalities that are good examples of the Main Street concept of placemaking. Public spaces in these towns have a real sense of place. They are designed to attract and serve people, ...

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American Queen to dock in Greenville through '18

GREENVILLE — The American Queen, which last month took on Greenville as a regular port of call, has extended the relationship another three years. The Delta Democrat-Times reports the city council has signed off on the long-term docking agreement with the flagship of Memphis, Tennessee-based American Queen Steamboat Co. The American Queen so far has docked in Greenville twice with ...

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Prosecutors' wish list seeks to broaden death penalty

VICKSBURG — Mississippi prosecutors are asking the Legislature to broaden the death penalty to include mass shootings and terrorist acts. “We’re trying to make the killing of two or more persons in a single instance capital murder so that the death penalty may be used,” District Attorney Ricky Smith of Vicksburg told The Vicksburg Post. The Mississippi Prosecutors Association’s proposal is a ...

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Brothers retire after long careers with Corps

VICKSBURG — Brothers Bobby and Billy Stokes have a combined total of 80 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg. Now, the two Vicksburg natives are retiring. WLBT-TV reports that the Stokes brothers are retiring from the River Operations Branch of the Corps’ Vicksburg district. Bobby Stokes first worked with the Corps as a tying ...

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