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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.

Downtown Vicksburg

Profile 2021: The bricks on which part of Vicksburg is built

City Hall, the Mississippi River Commission, Christ Episcopal Church, Church of the Holy Trinity, the Yazoo and Mississippi Valley Railroad Depot.  Vicksburg is known for ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, March 2, 2021 8:00 am

Crime

Three held without bond in Claiborne County shooting, fourth man sought

PATTISON — Three men are being held in the Claiborne County Jail without bond and authorities have issued a warrant for a fourth in connection ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, March 1, 2021 2:02 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

City approves waivers for developers investing $4 million or more in projects

Developers looking to invest $4 million or more in construction in Vicksburg will get a break in their building fees under a new ordinance approved ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, March 1, 2021 1:46 pm

Local

Program at Mercy Hospital brings military-like experience to city

For two days this weekend, the old Mercy Hospital on Hildegard Terrace became a battleground. Friday and Saturday, the parking lot of the nearby Street ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, February 27, 2021 6:02 pm

Crime

Two dead, five injured in Claiborne County bar fight

A fight between two rival rap groups Saturday night at a Pattison bar resulted in the shooting death of two Claiborne County residents and injuries ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, February 27, 2021 5:32 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Jackson Street M.B. Church distributes food to city’s residents

Saturday morning, the members of Jackson Street M.B. Church delivered a blessing to more than 200 Vicksburg residents. For the past four years, on the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, February 27, 2021 11:28 am

Downtown Vicksburg

City to borrow money to fix damage from 2020 rains

City officials anticipate getting a short-term loan of up to $4 million to cover the cost of repairing erosion damage to city streets and Riverfront ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, February 26, 2021 5:53 pm

Business

Developer eyes two downtown properties for condo development

A Ridgeland company is considering a $10 million to $11 million investment to build condominiums on two pieces of property in Vicksburg’s downtown district. The ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, February 25, 2021 3:31 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Massive investment: Condominium projects may locate downtown

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved the transfer of two pieces of city property for the possible construction of condominiums in the downtown ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:09 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

The Lucky Seven: City, Police Department honor trailblazing officers

They were seven African American men who paved the way for others to follow.   Known as the “Lucky Seven,” Roosevelt Bunch, James “Boo” Chiplin, ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 5:33 pm

Crime

Man wounded in morning shooting incident

A Warren County man has been transported to Merit Health River Region with a gunshot wound to the leg. According to Warren County Sheriff Martin ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:11 am

Downtown Vicksburg

Mayor: City’s current water plant is obsolete

Vicksburg’s 53-year-old water plant is obsolete and unable to meet the city’s needs, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said, adding it’s time to seriously consider building ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 9:42 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Local leaders approve emergency resolutions for storm damage

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen at separate, special-called meetings Monday passed two emergency resolutions involving potential damage from last week’s severe winter weather clearing ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 1:38 pm

Local

Warren County woman slips on ice, dies from hypothermia

A Warren County woman died Sunday following prolonged exposure and the effects of hypothermia after slipping and falling early Sunday morning outside her Lowery Road ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, February 22, 2021 4:17 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Mayor forms panel to evaluate water system’s capacity

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said Monday he wants to upgrade the city’s water system to avoid future crises like the one that occurred during the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, February 22, 2021 3:35 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Former police chief receives key to the city

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen honored former Police Chief Walter Armstrong Monday, presenting him with a key to the city during the board’s meeting ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, February 22, 2021 1:17 pm

Crime

Vicksburg man indicted for August drive-by shooting

The Warren County grand jury has handed down a two-count indictment charging a Vicksburg man in an August drive-by shooting. The indictment from the January ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, February 21, 2021 1:32 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

City introduces emergency water plan as water pressure continues to build

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has initiated a 48-hour emergency plan to help the city’s water system recover in the wake of last week’s weather. Flaggs ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, February 21, 2021 1:07 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Flaggs looking to hire temporary help for 90 days

Mayor George Flags Jr. said he will be hiring temporary workers for 90 days under his plan to lift the city’s four-year hiring freeze and ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, February 21, 2021 12:03 pm

Local

MDOT makes repairs, U.S. 80 reopened

A section of U.S. 80, between Newman Road and Cumberland Road, has reopened to traffic after employees for the Mississippi Department of Transportation completed repairs ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, February 20, 2021 9:01 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Less than 3,000 remain without power in Warren County

Less than 3,000 Entergy customers remain without power in Warren County, according to information from the utility. “We’ve done pretty good,” Entergy customer service representative ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, February 20, 2021 6:47 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Water service slowly returning to Vicksburg

About 85 percent of the Vicksburg Water System’s customers are back on with full service, Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said Saturday evening. Flaggs said the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, February 20, 2021 6:12 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Washout shuts down section of U.S. 80

Mississippi Department of Transportation workers are repairing a washed-out area of the shoulder of U.S. 80 near Newman Road that has closed the highway between ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, February 20, 2021 5:52 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Flaggs to lift hiring freeze; hiring more public works employees

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said he is lifting the city’s hiring freeze approved by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in 2017 to hire more ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, February 20, 2021 12:18 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

State health department gives precautions for boil water notice

Vicksburg remains under a boil water notice until further notice as public works and utility employees work to repair leaks and get the water system ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, February 19, 2021 7:45 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Banquet honoring police officers, firefighters of the year postponed

The Vicksburg Homecoming Benevolent Club’s annual Officer/Fire Person of the Year Banquet has been postponed. “We decided to postpone it because of everything that’s been ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, February 19, 2021 5:09 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Interior leaks in closed buildings contributing to water problem

With all of the ice on the ground and in the trees, it seems strange that water is a problem. But, it has become a ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, February 19, 2021 1:46 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

911 calls exceed 2,000 during winter storm

For the five-day period from 12:01 a.m. Monday through 12:01 a.m. Friday, dispatcher for Vicksburg-Warren 911 received 2,339 calls for assistance as two winter storms ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, February 19, 2021 12:48 pm

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