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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

American Cruise Lines joins city’s riverfront redevelopment vision

A second riverboat cruise line has leased waterfront property from the city. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Wednesday approved a 20-year lease with American ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 6:24 pm

Local

Suit asks court to order construction of backwater area pumps

A court order to install pumps in the Yazoo River Backwater Area is one of the remedies sought in a class-action lawsuit filed against the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 6:14 pm

Business

City moves forward with extending road between Chick-fil-A, Starbuck’s

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has taken another step toward building an alternate route to Halls Ferry Park. The board Wednesday authorized City Clerk ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 5:20 pm

Local

Deadline looms for public input on backwater pump project

As the deadline for public comment nears, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District report receiving a large number of people have ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, November 25, 2020 4:13 pm

Columnists

COVID-19 came too close to my family for comfort

COVID-19 hit close — too close — to home last week. Last Monday my daughter learned that a member of her church who attended services ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, November 24, 2020 6:15 pm

COVID-19

Annual Christmas Ball canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

Concerns over COVID-19 have forced the cancellation of a Christmas season tradition in Vicksburg. “The Christmas ball will not be held this year,” said Jordan ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, November 23, 2020 4:11 pm

Local

City seeks to use lease purchase to pay off fire trucks

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen are considering paying off two fire trucks through lease purchasing. The board authorized City Clerk Walter Osborne to advertise ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, November 20, 2020 10:40 pm

Crime

Grand jury indicts teen connected to carjacking attempt

A Vicksburg teen has been indicted on charges of armed carjacking and possession of a stolen firearm. The indictment handed down during the October session ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, November 20, 2020 8:27 pm

COVID-19

Shutdown of municipal court to continue until at least Monday

Hearings at Vicksburg Municipal Court remain suspended until Monday out of an abundance of caution after more Vicksburg police investigators tested positive for COVID-19. Three ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:09 pm

Local

Flaggs to resurrect U.S. 61 North, South bypass projects

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. wants to resurrect projects to build bypass roads on U.S. 61 North and U.S. 61 South and extend Levee Street south ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:09 pm

Columnists

Blessed to see so much, so far

I have a birthday coming next week. In four days, I will attain an age I thought in my teens I would never reach. I ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, November 19, 2020 5:08 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

City’s COVID-19 order amended for Thanksgiving holidays

For a five-day period, from midnight Nov. 25 to midnight Nov. 30, masks will be mandatory in Vicksburg. Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said Tuesday he ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 4:57 pm

COVID-19

Vicksburg Municipal Court shut down by COVID-19

Vicksburg Municipal Court has been suspended until Thursday after five police officers and one court services employee testing positive for COVID-19. Those employees have been ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 3:35 pm

Local

Rippy steps away from Vicksburg Fire Department after 29 years

In May 1991, Randy Rippy joined the Vicksburg Fire Department as a firefighter. Monday, 29 years later, Capt. Rippy was honored by his fellow firefighters ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:12 am

Downtown Vicksburg

Future riverfront redevelopment has its first partner with Viking Cruise Lines

Viking Cruise Lines is leasing a 600-foot section of Vicksburg’s riverfront along the Yazoo Diversion Canal to build a facility for its cruise boats expected ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, November 16, 2020 12:48 pm

Local

Contract to build pickleball complex awarded to Louisiana company

Construction on the pickleball courts at Halls Ferry Park could soon get underway. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday awarded a contract to Quality ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, November 13, 2020 4:09 pm

Business

VenuWorks agrees to cut fees as convention center works to rebuild business

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved an agreement with VenuWorks that will reduce its monthly management fee for the Vicksburg Convention Center. VenuWorks ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, November 13, 2020 4:06 pm

Columnists

Veterans Day should be every day

This being Friday, I’m a bit behind on a column for Veterans Day, but I couldn’t let the holiday pass without writing about it and ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, November 12, 2020 5:42 pm

Local

City approves closing three railroad crossings to advance riverfront development

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday approved closing three railroad crossings in the city as part of an agreement with the Kansas City Southern ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, November 10, 2020 3:04 pm

Local

Warrior Bonfire reaches milestone in its services to those who served

In January 2013, Dan and Hunter Fordice started a program to help wounded combat veterans readjust to society. Since that first event — a deer ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, November 10, 2020 10:43 am

Local

Veterans Day events go virtual due to concerns about COVID-19

Concerns over COVID-19 have forced organizers for Vicksburg’s annual Veterans Day observance to modify their plans for the program, program chairman Willie Glasper said. The ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, November 9, 2020 8:37 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Suspect tied to Friday night murder of teenager arrested

A Vicksburg man faces a charge of murder after his arrest in the Friday night shooting death of  A’Treio Richards, 19. The Vicksburg Police Department ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, November 9, 2020 4:10 pm

Crime

Teenager among those indicted in drive-by shooting

A Vicksburg teenager and another man have been indicted on multiple counts involving a 2019 drive-by shooting. The Warren County grand jury during its October ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, November 8, 2020 7:25 pm

COVID-19

Local churches modify their annual meal fundraisers in the face of COVID-19

While many local churches and organizations have been forced to cancel or postpone events because of the coronavirus, two churches decided to modify their programs ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, November 7, 2020 7:27 pm

Local

Four injured in wreck on Fonsylvania Road

Four people were injured in a one-car wreck in the 1000 block of Fonsylvania Road early Saturday. According to Warren County Sheriff’s Office reports, the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, November 7, 2020 7:22 pm

Columnists

Tuesday turnout should be example for next year’s city election

I’m sitting here at my desk and to my left is a large flat screen with a map of the U.S. with blue and red ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:33 pm

Crime

Grand jury indicts Yazoo City couple connected to May murder

A Yazoo County couple has been indicted for murder in the May 15 death of a Vicksburg man on Alcorn Drive. The Warren County grand ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, November 5, 2020 4:12 pm

Local

Election officials expect vote tally to continue next week

Warren County election officials expect to continue processing and scanning absentee and affidavit ballots through Nov. 13, Warren County Election Commission Chairman Sara Dionne said. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:27 am

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