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John Surratt, Author at The Vicksburg Post

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

COVID-19

Mayor considering mandating masks; closing bars early

Vicksburg residents could be seeing stricter regulations in the city’s emergency proclamation to reduce the increase of COVID-19 cases in the city. Mayor George Flaggs ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, July 13, 2020 4:29 pm

Local

Audit of city’s finances a reflection of ‘fiscal responsibility’

An audit of Vicksburg’s fiscal 2019 finances shows the city finished the year in good financial shape with a net worth of $116 million. Auditor ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 10, 2020 3:53 pm

COVID-19

Flaggs against mandating masks for Vicksburg

The city of Vicksburg shouldn’t require people to wear facemasks, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said Friday. Flaggs outlined his position at Friday’s meeting of the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 10, 2020 2:38 pm

Crime

Man indicted on multiple counts in 2019 drive-by shooting

A Vicksburg man has been indicted on multiple charges involving a July 2019 drive-by shooting in the 1200 block of Second North Street in which shots ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 10, 2020 2:26 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Mayor selects former Vicksburg officer as compliance officer

Retired Vicksburg police officer and state Attorney General’s investigator Tabitha Martin-Crawford has been hired as the city’s COVID-19 compliance officer, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 10, 2020 12:20 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Officials identify man found dead in south Warren County Thursday

Investigators with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to search for details in the Thursday shooting death of Warren County man. Gary Michael McAlpin, ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 10, 2020 9:03 am

Local

Contractor begins work on Highway 80 repairs

Employees with Theobald Construction Services LLC of Vicksburg have begun work on repairs to a section of Old U.S. Highway 80/State Route 822 that was ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, July 9, 2020 4:29 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Construction crew punctures gas line

A construction crew laying fiber optic cable along Cherry Street on Thursday afternoon punctured a 4-inch gas line near Shannon Street. The gas came out ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, July 9, 2020 2:25 pm

Faith

Christ Episcopal church resumes daily prayer service

Wednesday morning the Rev. Sam Godfrey, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, walked into the church’s sanctuary and put its morning prayer service back on the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, July 9, 2020 10:05 am

Columnists

The opening words to a much larger statement and crucial discussion

I spent the July Fourth weekend doing some binge-watching on the History Channel, watching several series recounting the lives of leaders in the past from ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, July 9, 2020 9:49 am

BREAKING NEWS

Vicksburg lawmaker among those who have contracted COVID-19

At least eight Mississippi lawmakers — including State Rep. Kevin Ford of Vicksburg — have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus after working several weeks ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 9:43 am

Local

City’s compliance officer to enforce COVID-19 regulations

A special police officer will soon be enforcing the regulations for local restaurants and businesses outlined under the city’s emergency declaration for the COVID-19 virus. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 2:11 pm

Local

Vicksburg to benefit from state’s $291 million capital projects bill

The city of Vicksburg is the beneficiary of more than $5 million in state bond money. Gov. Tate Reeves signed a bill last week authorizing ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, July 7, 2020 1:57 pm

BREAKING NEWS

City board takes no action against Danczyk, firefighter for social media comments

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday took no disciplinary action against Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk and another firefighter for making what some ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, July 6, 2020 12:33 pm

Local

Watch: Arredondo commemorates special days with music

The smooth notes of the National Anthem emerged from the trumpet, circled the rotunda of the Illinois Monument and flowed out across the Vicksburg National ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, July 4, 2020 4:00 am

Local

Lloyd remembered as a friend, ‘super individual’

When Cherry Dabney-Robbins remembers Jeffery Lloyd, she remembers her friendship with a man who was a great friend and her first date. Lloyd, who had ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, July 2, 2020 3:47 pm

Crime

Tallulah woman pleads guilty to embezzling from Vicksburg law firm

A Tallulah, La., woman has pleaded guilty to embezzlement in the theft of money from a Vicksburg law firm. Ninth Circuit District Attorney Ricky Smith ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, July 2, 2020 1:46 pm

BREAKING NEWS

One killed in wreck on Washington Street

First responders are on the scene of an accident at the intersection of Washington Street and Grove Street. A vehicle crashed near the building where ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, July 1, 2020 5:58 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Structural assessments on the city’s downtown parking garages expected soon

Specialists for Stantec are in the process of preparing reports on the condition of Vicksburg’s two parking garages on Mulberry Street, said Brian Robbins with ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 2:52 pm

Crime

Six indicted in 2019 running gun battle on Drummond Street

Six people have been indicted by the Warren County grand jury on multiple charges involving a May 19, 2019, running gun battle down Drummond Street. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 10:47 am

Uncategorized

Services for Mildred “Mil” Killen will be Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. from Rocky Hill Church of God with the Rev. Guy McGarrity ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 9:49 am

Local

Warren County Circuit Clerk investigating phony voter cards

Phony cards claiming to be from the NAACP and containing handwritten notes telling people they may not be registered to vote have been circulating in ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, June 29, 2020 4:39 pm

Obits

Pearlia Mae Walker

Pearlia Mae Walker transitioned peacefully at Merit Health River Region Friday, June 26, 2020, at age 90. Services are being provided by C J Williams ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, June 29, 2020 1:28 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Vicksburg woman faces charges in shooting death

A Vicksburg woman faces a charge of manslaughter in the Saturday shooting death of Quinterrious McCoy, 23, of Vicksburg at the Oyo Hotel, 2330 South ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, June 28, 2020 1:39 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Police holding one for questioning in fatal shooting at Oyo Hotel

Vicksburg police are holding a woman for questioning in the Saturday morning shooting death of a man at the Oyo Hotel, 2390 South Frontage Road. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, June 27, 2020 1:14 pm

Business

Board accepts businesses’ application for tax breaks

The Warren County Board of Supervisors may be cautious about tax exemption and abatements, but Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said the Board of Mayor and ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, June 26, 2020 6:02 pm

Business

Bids opened for next phase of Mississippi Center for Innovation and Technology construction

Two construction companies have submitted bids for the phase two construction of the Mississippi Center for Innovation and Technology, which will be located in the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, June 26, 2020 3:07 pm

COVID-19

Park to reopen tour road for vehicles, cemetery to pedestrians

Officials with the Vicksburg National Military Park announced the park will reopen vehicle access to the park’s tour road and pedestrian access to the Vicksburg ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:06 pm

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