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Mississippi county’s top prosecutor resigns

A county in the Mississippi Delta is now without a top prosecutor. Warren County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Harper resigned Monday in a letter to the county Board of Supervisors President Dr. Jeff Holland. As county prosecuting attorney, Harper served as prosecutor for criminal cases in the county, justice and youth courts. He also represents the state in cases appealed from ...

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Vicksburg Forest Products to invest $40 million, add 60 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY Vicksburg Forest Products announced Wednesday that it will expand its lumber mill operation. The project is a $40 million corporate investment and will create 60 jobs. Vicksburg Forest Products, which is headquartered in Jackson, purchased the Vicksburg sawmill from the Anderson-Tully Co. in May 2018 and converted it to a pine lumber operation. Anderson-Tully had produced hardwood ...

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Ameristar Casino to lay off 150 workers in Mississippi

Officials for a riverfront casino in Mississippi have announced plans to permanently lay off 150 workers as the industry faces challenges amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Ameristar Casino, which sits along the Mississippi river in Vicksburg, will remain open, but will reduce its staff beginning in August, according to a letter notifying city officials of the layoffs. The Mississippi Gaming ...

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Cruises halted by virus plan return to Mississippi River

Efforts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus have further delayed the return of cruises along the Mississippi River. American Cruise Lines announced this week that it would resume operations on the river July 11, The Vicksburg Post reported. It was previously expected to resume in late June. Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Laura Beth Strickland told the ...

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Some projects for Mississippi district get ahead amid virus

Distance learning within a Mississippi school district has allowed construction workers to get ahead on several school renovation projects, according to the project’s manager. Vicksburg Warren School District buildings have been without students, teachers and staff since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Vicksburg Post reported. Work is ahead of schedule at both high schools and two middle schools, according to Gary Bailey, ...

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Vicksburg considers options as virus wreaks havoc on budget

Layoffs, pay cuts and a government reorganization are all on the table for a Mississippi city grappling with the financial impact of the coronavirus. Vicksburg is projected to lose about $3 million this year due to the pandemic, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. told news outlets Friday. The figure comes from lost gaming revenue, tax dollars from business closures, and the postponement of ...

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Mississippi city gets federal funds to tackle erosion issues

A Mississippi city got over $2 million from the federal government to fix erosion problems that contributed to bridge collapse in 2017. The damage began when river water that entered the Hennessey Bayou during the Mississippi River flood in 2011 quickly receded, The Vicksburg post reported. The federal funds, which were finalized on Monday, come over a year after the Kemp Bottom Road ...

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COVID-19 not seen as serious setback for Vicksburg’s ‘transformational’ innovation center

SOME DELAY IN PROJECT’S FIRST PHASE EXPECTED   By TED CARTER The emergence of the COVID-19-19 pandemic has so far caused only slight delays for a years-long public-private effort to transform high-tech ideas born in Vicksburg for military and homeland security purposes into job-creating commercial uses. The virus crisis could also create slowdowns or even funding losses of money pledged ...

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Innovation Center backers say pandemic could cause some funding holdups

By TED CARTER A mix of private-sector money, federal new market tax credits, historic preservation tax credits and a hefty contribution from the State of Mississippi make up the bulk of funding for the $22 million technology and innovation center scheduled to open next year in Vicksburg’s former Mississippi Hardware building. The $22 million represents $12 million in a combination ...

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VCVB’s Gatian Receives Tourism Marketing Certification

Ashley Gatian, sales manager at the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (VCVB), has earned certification as a “Travel Marketing Professional” after completing the three-year program of the Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College. Gatian has worked at the VCVB since February 2012 and is responsible for group tours, recruiting meetings and conventions, international sales, and facilitating travel media.

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