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.

Columnists

SURRATT: The anxiety of having an MRI

Why can’t Vicksburg have an open MRI? I ask that question after returning from the wilds of Flowood where there is an open MRI. I ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, August 19, 2022 4:00 am

Local

Vicksburg Board sets zoning appeal for Marcus Bottom liquor store

The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen has diverted from board policy, setting an afternoon zoning appeal hearing instead of holding the hearing during its ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, August 18, 2022 3:22 pm

Local

Vicksburg board approves $30,000 to help Travelers Rest program

Travelers Rest Christian Academy is receiving a total of $30,000 from the city of Vicksburg following action by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, August 16, 2022 2:23 pm

Local

Vicksburg board puts animal shelter project out for bid

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen moved forward with the city’s proposed new animal shelter, authorizing City Clerk Walter Osborne to put the project out ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, August 16, 2022 9:55 am

Faith

‘Working for God’: Tradition drives effort to keep St. Mary’s Episcopal Church going

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is supported by a key element that is stronger than the red brick protecting it from the elements and the frame ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, August 14, 2022 4:00 am

Local

City of Vicksburg declares emergency to fix lift station

Problems with a sewer lift station on Paxton Road have forced the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen to declare an emergency to repair the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, August 12, 2022 11:31 am

Columnists

SURRATT: Monkeypox incident shows how rumors can hurt

A saying attributed to the late Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes says that freedom of speech does not give someone the right to yell ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, August 12, 2022 4:00 am

Crime

Three arrested, drugs seized in raid on Clear Creek Drive in Bovina

An early morning raid on Tuesday at a home in the 100 block of Clear Creek Drive in the Bovina community resulted in the seizure ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, August 9, 2022 4:42 pm

Business

‘I’m Sunk’: Speed Mart owner says unfounded Monkeypox rumor hurting business

Fifteen years ago, Falah El Khamil came to Vicksburg and opened Speed Mart, a convenience store at the corner of Washington and Speed streets. “The ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, August 9, 2022 3:22 pm

Local

Vicksburg Fire Department unveils new pumpers to add to fleet

One of Mississippi’s oldest fire departments has some new technology. Monday morning, Vicksburg Fire Chief Craig Danczyk and members of the Vicksburg Fire Department officially ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, August 8, 2022 2:42 pm

Faith

JESUS IN A JIFFY: Hawkins United Methodist Church provides drive-in prayer service

On a steadily warming Thursday morning in Vicksburg, a blue tent in the parking lot of Hawkins United Methodist Church provided shade, and a small ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, August 7, 2022 4:00 am

Local

Vicksburg Fire Department to get new $1.8 million aerial truck; Police Department switching to 9 mm handguns

The Vicksburg Fire Department is getting a new 100-foot aerial platform truck to replace an older truck in its fleet. The estimated $1.8 million truck ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, August 5, 2022 4:30 pm

Columnists

SURRATT: On Darth Vader and knowing where you stand

He stands under my computer monitor towering over the mass of papers covering my desk, his light saber in one hand and his other hand ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, August 5, 2022 6:00 am

Local

Corps program recognized by U.K. environmental agency

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering With Nature program has been recognized by the United Kingdom Environment Agency. The EWN program’s “International Guidelines on Natural ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, August 3, 2022 3:32 pm

Business

Rezoning denied for proposed liquor store in Marcus Bottom

Members of the Vicksburg Zoning Board of Appeals have denied an application to rezone a piece of property on Halls Ferry Road in Marcus Bottom ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, August 3, 2022 2:34 pm

Local

Guardrail project on I-20 westbound at Old Highway 27 to be completed by Labor Day

Guardrail work presently underway in the westbound lanes of the Interstate 20 bridge crossing Old Highway 27 is expected to be completed by early September, ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, August 2, 2022 2:06 pm

Local

City of Vicksburg gets extra NCRS money for erosion projects on Farmer Street, Clover Lane

The city of Vicksburg is getting more than $200,000 in additional Natural Resources Conservation Service money to repair two erosion problems in the city. The ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, August 2, 2022 12:41 pm

Faith

LEARNING IN THE WORD: Vicksburg area faith-based schools ready for school year

Summer may still be going strong with temperatures hovering in the 90s but for area students the first weeks of August signal a return to ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, July 31, 2022 4:00 am

Local

No raise, two new positions included in proposed budget for city of Vicksburg

No raises, two new positions and capital items are part of what Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said he believes will be included in a tight ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 29, 2022 3:20 pm

Local

Vicksburg board delays advertising new animal shelter for bids

The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen announced Thursday it has put off advertising for bids to build a new animal shelter for at least ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 29, 2022 12:43 pm

Columnists

SURRATT: Campground interesting addition to sports complex

Of all the things ever rumored about the city’s Fisher Ferry property, I don’t think a campground was ever envisioned. When I saw the item, ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 29, 2022 4:00 am

Local

‘I just love Vicksburg’: Gouras looking forward to working on plan for city — for free

When Mayor George Flaggs Jr. decided to develop a comprehensive plan for Vicksburg, he didn’t have to go far to find expert help. He turned ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, July 27, 2022 3:05 pm

Local

City of Vicksburg signs agreement with campground developer near Sports Force Parks on the Mississippi

A Phoenix, Ariz., company is interested in building a campground area with cabins and RV connections on 90 acres of city property behind the Sports ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, July 27, 2022 1:17 pm

Faith

VICKSBURG TO GUATEMALA: Local church volunteers bring help, care, gospel to village

While many Vicksburg residents enjoyed a long July Fourth weekend, a group of volunteers from area Baptist Churches devoted their time to building a new ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, July 24, 2022 4:00 am

Local

City of Vicksburg gets state approval for roof repairs on historic buildings

City officials have received approval from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History to replace the roofs on two of the city’s historic buildings: the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 22, 2022 12:40 pm

Columnists

SURRATT: Time for the kickoff once again

The end of what students call “summer vacation” is near and the start of school, to the relief of parents, is just around the corner. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 22, 2022 4:00 am

Local

Baum’s camels visit Vicksburg, tell story of little-known experiment

Twenty-five years ago, Doug Baum began teaching people about a little-known fact of American history — the U.S. Army’s Camel Corps. “I’ve been traveling to ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, July 19, 2022 3:22 pm

Crime

Vicksburg Board approves installation of video cameras in city

The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a resolution to acquire and install a high-tech video camera system designed and operated by the non-profit ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, July 18, 2022 4:02 pm

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