The good far outweighs the bad in Vicksburg

Published 4:29 pm Saturday, June 22, 2024

Sitting on the front page of the newspaper lately has been some less-than-positive people getting caught for doing some really bad stuff. But as they say, one bad apple shouldn’t spoil the whole bunch and I guess that’s the way I am feeling about Vicksburg.

There is a lot of good going on in our city and a lot of good people making it happen. Too much good, in fact, to let a few criminals put a blight on our town.

Sitting at the top of the list this week are Rebecca Sigh, Kim Hopkins and Linda Fondren. These three women were just recognized by the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) for their accomplishments in helping facilitate and improve downtown Vicksburg.

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Hopkins, who serves as the Downtown Vicksburg Main Street Program executive director, was awarded the 2024 Charles Beasly Main Street Director of the Year award; Sigh, also with the Down- town Vicksburg Main Street Program and the Vicksburg Farmers’ Market, received the 2024 Main Street Hero Award; and Fondren, the executive director of the Catfish Row Museum, received the 2024 Outstanding New Development Project award for “Cooking Up Connections at Catfish Row.” Way to go, ladies and thank you for caring about this old River City.

I mean just this weekend they have several events going on.

On Saturday, at the Vicksburg Farmers’ market, they had a Pollinator Palooza. How stinking cute is that name for an event that included activities for the kids? I hope if you read this in time, you drove on down to the Farmers’ Market, which is located at the Washington Street Park. The event included a real beekeeper talking about honeycombs, kids’ activities, and a butterfly dome filled with Monarch butterflies and chrysalises for children to take home to watch how they grow.

Also on Saturday, Ali Hopson and Francine Nosser were talking about nutrition at the Catfish Row Museum. Both of these women are dietitians and, speaking from firsthand knowledge, they really care about the people they serve.

In addition to these events, the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation will host its 7th annual Star-Spangled Block Party and Night Run beginning at 6 p.m. This too is a child-friendly event.

And all of this is on Saturday, y’all. And that’s not even counting the live music that is offered at Key City Brewery & Eatery.

Also exciting in Vicksburg is our newly elected alderman, Thomas “T.J.” Mayfield. He was sworn-in this week and will officially be the new alderman of Ward 1 — serving out the remainder of the term vacated by his father, Michael.

Mayfield said he respected his father’s leadership, but said he plans to make his own mark in Vicksburg. I am optimistic. He will be a young voice to our already dedicated leadership.

I could go on and on about the positives and activities that are happening in our town, but instead, I’ll just encourage you to check them all out in the newspaper or online.

And yes, I know we could allow ourselves to get bogged down in the quagmire of challenges that occur, but in my opinion, optimism and dedicated citizens always trump the troublemakers.

Terri Cowart Frazier writes features for The Vicksburg Post. She can be reached at

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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