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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

Jackson Street Community Center named for Gertrude Young at ceremony

Gertrude Young stood in the small patio at the entrance to the Jackson Street Community Center talking to well-wishers coming for a ceremony naming the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, September 19, 2020 1:35 pm

Local

Food giveaway causes traffic problems on Halls Ferry, South Frontage

Why couldn’t a number of Vicksburg’s drivers cross the road? Because the chicken was already on the other side. A food giveaway sponsored by Tyson ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, September 18, 2020 5:24 pm

Crime

Grand jury indicts Mendenhall man on multiple sex abuse charges

A Mendenhall man has been indicted by the Warren County grand jury on multiple sexual abuse charges involving a relationship with a girl younger than ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, September 18, 2020 4:53 pm

Health

Vicksburg physician set to take top spot with state’s medical association

For a fourth time, a member of Vicksburg’s medical community is poised to take the top leadership position with the Mississippi State Medical Association. Vicksburg ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, September 18, 2020 3:37 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Fire Department responds to Roseland Drive house fire

The quick actions of a homeowner saved his house at 149 Roseland Drive from being destroyed. Homeowner Derrick Anthony said he was outside the house when ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, September 18, 2020 11:11 am

Local

Briggs, Garrard to bring aid to company ravaged by Hurricane Sally

Friday morning about 5, Warren County fire coordinator Jerry Briggs and Vicksburg-Warren County 911 director Shane Garrard are leaving on a mission of mercy to ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, September 17, 2020 4:24 pm

Columnists

It is embarrassing just how bad we are at geography

Once again, the hurricane season has brought out a disturbing fact about our country. Many of the people living in our country are geography illiterates; ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, September 17, 2020 1:14 pm

Business

Vicksburg welcomes the start of Blue Duck ‘season’

A flock of ducks took over a section of Washington Street Thursday. San Antonio-based Blue Duck Express, which rents electric scooters as alternative transportation in ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:53 am

Business

Riverfront redevelopment moves forward as board signs agreement with railroad

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen took a step closer toward improving the city’s waterfront Wednesday, authorizing Mayor George Flaggs Jr. at a special called ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, September 16, 2020 5:10 pm

Local

Old Court House Museum’s fall flea market is set

The Old Court House Museum Flea Market, a fall tradition in Vicksburg, will go on as scheduled Oct. 3, said Bubba Bolm, Old Court House ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:49 pm

Local

Harper resigns as Warren County Prosecuting Attorney

Warren County Prosecuting Attorney Ken Harper has resigned. Harper announced his resignation in a letter Monday to Warren County Board of Supervisors President Dr. Jeff ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, September 15, 2020 1:19 pm

Local

City leaders show support for new shelter, but contract still a long way off

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen made one thing clear at Monday’s work session on a proposed new animal shelter — the board supports building ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, September 14, 2020 11:41 am

Local

Construction bids opened for pickleball court complex

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Thursday got a good look at the potential cost of building pickleball courts at Halls Ferry Park. Five companies ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, September 11, 2020 8:29 pm

Crime

Suspects tied to October murder at Days Inn indicted

Two men accused of killing a third man at the Days Inn, 90 Warrenton Road have been indicted for murder. The Warren County grand jury ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, September 11, 2020 8:11 pm

Business

Flaggs scraps plan to increase pedestrian traffic along Washington Street

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. pulled the plug on plans to alter weekend evening traffic on Washington Street to encourage more pedestrian traffic. Flaggs announced he ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:12 pm

Local

Porchfest organizers postpone popular event due to virus concerns

Porchfest, which for the past two years has drawn area residents to the Fostoria neighborhood on Drummond Street to listen to music and look at ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:02 pm

Local

City approves next year’s operating budget

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved a $30.45 million budget with a $24,000 surplus and no increase in property taxes. The board approved ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:56 pm

BREAKING NEWS

City leaders reinstate juvenile curfew in response to recent spike in juvenile crime

In response in part to a recent spike in juvenile crime in Vicksburg, city officials Thursday reinstated a juvenile curfew effective immediately. The move comes ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, September 10, 2020 10:16 am

Local

Flaggs proposing one-way traffic on section of Washington street on weekend nights

Washington Street between Clay and South streets will be one-way under a plan announced by Mayor George Flaggs Jr. Wednesday. The Board of Mayor and ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:04 pm

BREAKING NEWS

15-year-old faces murder charge in Monday shooting death

A 15-year-old faces a charge of murder in the Monday morning shooting death of Ethan Powell, 18. Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said Kemond Urell ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, September 7, 2020 5:35 pm

Crime

Teen killed in early Monday morning shooting

Deputies with Warren County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information in the early Monday morning shooting death of an 18-year-old on Abraham Drive. Warren County Coroner ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, September 7, 2020 10:08 am

Local

Two injured in four-wheeler accident

Two women were injured Sunday afternoon when the four-wheeler they were riding flipped on North Washington Street. According to Vicksburg Police reports, the accident occurred ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, September 6, 2020 6:28 pm

Crime

MHP looking for 18-wheeler involved in wreck, fire

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is looking for an 18-wheeler involved in a Sunday morning hit-and-run wreck on Interstate 20 near the Black River bridge that ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, September 6, 2020 4:45 pm

Crime

Vicksburg man faces theft charges over stolen truck

A Vicksburg man faces a charge of receiving and possession of stolen property after his arrest at Love’s Truck Stop, 700 Ceres Blvd., Saturday. Warren ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, September 5, 2020 7:33 pm

Local

County authorities rescue four boaters on Steele Bayou

Warren County authorities Saturday rescued four people after they reported their boat was taking on water on Steele Bayou. Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:55 pm

Local

Southern Heritage Air Foundation to host Warbirds & Wheels show

Rods and Warbirds will be the main attraction at the Southern Heritage Air Foundation’s “Warbirds, Wings & Wheels” show Oct. 17 at the Vicksburg-Tallulah Regional ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:20 pm

Local

Flaggs eases restrictions on barber, beauty shops

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. Friday announced he is easing restrictions on barbershops, beauty salons and similar businesses, allowing those businesses to return to the hours ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, September 4, 2020 2:49 pm

Local

Military Park to begin bridge maintenance work Tuesday

Contractors will begin maintenance work Tuesday on bridges in the Vicksburg National Military Park, according to information from the park. The work involves correcting problems ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, September 4, 2020 2:11 pm

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