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.

Local

City of Vicksburg signs agreement with Fordice to build animal shelter

The city has an agreement with Fordice Construction to build a new animal shelter. The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday authorized Mayor ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, February 7, 2023 3:42 pm

Crime

Members announced for Youth Violence Prevention Committee

The potential solution to Vicksburg’s juvenile violence problem will take the cooperation of city and county resources and Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has assembled a ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, February 6, 2023 9:29 am

Faith

POSSIBLE PLANTICIDE: Hawkins play teaches lesson in the case of the dead Ficus

Call it a potential case of “planticide.” The Ficus tree in Larry and Louise’s living room is dead, their guests gathered for an evening social ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, February 5, 2023 4:00 am

Local

PHOTO GALLERY: Vicksburg Firefighters honored for 15 years of service

Three Vicksburg firefighters were recognized for 15 years of service with the city. Pictured are Lt. Gerrick Durrell, fire inspector Nathaniel Williams and Lt. Joseph Rusche. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, January 26, 2023 10:48 am

Local

PHOTO GALLERY: 20 years of service with the Vicksburg Fire Department

Three Vicksburg firefighters were recognized last week by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for 20 years of service with the Vicksburg Fire Department: Associate ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, January 24, 2023 1:51 pm

COVID-19

After COVID-19, Vicksburg’s churches see slow rise in attendance

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in 2020, it forced people, businesses and organizations to radically change the way they conducted business and ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, January 22, 2023 4:00 am

Columnists

SURRATT: My favorite time of year is here

Unless you are super religious, it passed by unnoticed two weeks ago. Jan. 6; the feast of the Epiphany. The day the Bible tells us ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, January 20, 2023 4:00 am

Local

Vicksburg Fire Department upgrades ambulance fleet

The Vicksburg Fire Department upgraded its ambulance fleet Wednesday with the introduction of two new vehicles during a brief ceremony at the Central Fire Station. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, January 18, 2023 2:47 pm

Local

City of Vicksburg sewer upgrade cost increases to $3.05 million

Increased project costs involving repairs and upgrades to Vicksburg’s 115-year-old sewer system have forced city officials to make changes in a loan agreement with the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, January 17, 2023 2:11 pm

Local

People urged to continue King’s legacy at Alpha Phi Alpha MLK Scholarship Breakfast

People can best honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy by moving forward and continuing his work toward equality, the president of Alcorn State University told ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, January 16, 2023 3:26 pm

Faith

Camp Winshape returning to Crossway Church this summer

One of the area’s most popular summer camp programs will again be held on the campus of Crossway Church. Camp Winshape, a faith-based summer day ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, January 14, 2023 4:00 am

Business

Flaggs: MCITy, Port to spur retail, population growth for Vicksburg

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. believes two projects in the city will help attract more population and retail outlets to Vicksburg. “I really believe it will ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, January 13, 2023 4:21 pm

Faith

Antiochian Men honor local first responders with appreciation dinner

The Antiochian Men, the men’s group for St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, honored Warren County’s first responders on Tuesday with an appreciation dinner at the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, January 13, 2023 3:05 pm

Columnists

SURRATT: Are you paraskevidekatriaphobic?

Do you suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia? At some point in our lives, we’ve all heard the term “triskaidekaphobia,” which is the fear of the number 13. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, January 13, 2023 4:00 am

Local

Programs scheduled to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday

Alcorn State University President Dr. Felicia M. Nave will be the featured speaker for the 34th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast at 8:30 ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, January 12, 2023 2:50 pm

Local

Fordice Construction gets bid for Vicksburg animal shelter

Vicksburg is getting a new animal shelter after action Wednesday by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen awarding the project to Fordice Construction Co. of ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, January 12, 2023 9:40 am

Downtown Vicksburg

Lone bid for city bike trail more than $200k over budget

The sole bid for work on Vicksburg’s Wheels on the Hills bicycle trail was rejected Wednesday by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen after it ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, January 11, 2023 2:06 pm

Local

City receives animal shelter bids; to name contractor Wednesday

A contractor for a new Vicksburg animal shelter is expected to be named Wednesday afternoon. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen received four bids for ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, January 10, 2023 12:50 pm

Local

Warren County Supervisors considering applicants for vacant justice court seat

A decision on a replacement for former Justice Court Judge Edwin Woods Jr. could come at Monday’s Warren County Board of Supervisors meeting. Woods, who ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, January 9, 2023 4:29 pm

Local

Sewer line evaluations continue at Grove, Farmer streets in Vicksburg

Smoke billows up from a manhole at the intersection of Grove and Farmer streets Monday afternoon as employees for Suncoast Infrastructure smoke test swerve lines ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, January 9, 2023 3:09 pm

Faith

A New Chapter: Buckles retiring from First Baptist

Jan. 31 marks a new chapter in Matt Buckles’ life. It marks his final day after 18-and-a-half years as pastor of First Baptist Church. “I’ve ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, January 8, 2023 4:00 am

Local

LOCAL LEGISLATORS SPEAK: Initiative, income tax possible issues for Mississippi Legislature

With the Mississippi Legislature getting ready to enter its second week, some holdovers from the 2022 session could be back on the table. The Legislature ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, January 6, 2023 6:07 pm

Business

Cruise lines set 242 dockings in Vicksburg for 2023

After being shut down in 2020 because of COVID-19, the river cruise boats that ply the Mississippi River bringing tourists to Vicksburg and other ports ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, January 6, 2023 3:18 pm

Columnists

SURRATT: Our weather remains a mystery

It’s the thing that, according to the saying, everybody complains about but nobody does anything. Since the fall, which I don’t believe we had, the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, January 6, 2023 4:00 am

Local

Delbert Hosemann seeks reelection, proposes tax rebate

Citing the success of his first term, an active legislative agenda and a proposed tax rebate of more than $200 million, Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, January 5, 2023 1:19 pm

Local

Flaggs receives Americanism Award from American Legion Post 213

American Legion Post 213 Legionnaire Dorwin Shields, third from right, presented Mayor George Flaggs Jr. with the Americanism Award as Ward 1 Alderman Michael Mayfield, ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, January 5, 2023 9:47 am

Local

City of Vicksburg takes bids for second paving phase

Two contractors, one from Jackson and the other from Vicksburg, were the only companies submitting bids for the city of Vicksburg’s Group 2 paving project. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, January 3, 2023 12:17 pm

Faith

WALKING INTO 2023 WITH CHRIST: Watch Night observances set for Vicksburg-area churches

Saturday, from about 10 p.m. until midnight or 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, the congregations of many African American churches in Warren County will participate in ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, December 31, 2022 4:00 am

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