The Vicksburg Post going back to its roots downtown

Published 1:48 pm Friday, March 6, 2020

The Vicksburg Post will be moving its offices to downtown Vicksburg at 1106 Washington St. within the coming 60 days, according to Catherine B. Hadaway, publisher of The Post and president of Vicksburg Newsmedia, LLC (VNL). The building is the former location of Keystone Antiques and earlier was a bakery.

Sale by VNL of The Post’s present location at 1601 N. Frontage Rd. was closed in February. VNL owns The Post along with SignsFirst and SpeediPrint. The two related businesses will remain at their present North Frontage Road location.

“As a community newspaper, our pulse should beat from the heart of the downtown business district as we plan and carry out our coverage of the whole of Vicksburg and Warren County,” Hadaway said. “As you have read in the pages of this newspaper, there are many exciting things happening with downtown revitalization efforts. I am pleased The Vicksburg Post is moving back downtown and will now play a daily role in those efforts.”

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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. commented on The Post’s move.

“This move will be a great enhancement to our already thriving and revitalized downtown area,” he said. “There’s a lot of history in that building so I think it’s a great fit for The Post to begin their new chapter of a continued presence in Vicksburg.”

Kim Hopkins, Vicksburg Main Street Program Executive Director, called the move “exciting.”

“We are proud to have The Post join our civic hub,” Hopkins said. “Having a media outlet with the history of The Vicksburg Post back downtown is an important anchor for us.

“This is an ongoing trend for businesses outside of retail to merge back to their downtowns,” she continued. 

Kelle Barfield, who owns and operates Lorelei Books, is owner of The Post’s new leased space. She is active in enlivening the downtown area and serves as Warren County District 5 Supervisor.

Hadaway commented further on SignsFirst and SpeediPrint, saying they will continue to provide first-rate sign making and printing services to the community.

“After The Vicksburg Post is moved and settled into our new downtown space, we are interested in finding approximately 2,000 square feet in a location that better fits the needs and space requirements for SignsFirst and SpeediPrint,” she said. 

Action Properties is the new owner of the commercial building at 1601 N. Frontage Rd., known as Post Plaza, and has assumed leases held by Fitness Works and Sherwin Williams. 

The newspaper moved to North Frontage Rd. after the purchase of Post Plaza in 1997.

Since its inception in 1883, the newspaper has been published in four downtown locations, one on Washington Street, two on Crawford Street and another on the corner of South and Cherry Streets, in a building that currently houses the United Way of West Central Mississippi and the Church of the Holy Trinity’s Conservatory of Fine Arts.

“We look forward to being downtown and continuing the tradition of publishing Vicksburg’s hometown newspaper now and for many years to come,” Hadaway said.