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John Surratt, Author at The Vicksburg Post - Page 2 of 172

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

Change of heart: Mayoral candidate supports changing Vicksburg’s form of government

If Vicksburg is going to move forward into the future, Willis Thompson said, it is going to have to change its form of government. Speaking ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, March 30, 2021 10:55 am

Local

Deadline for absentee voting for city primaries is Saturday

The deadline to cast an absentee ballot in the April 6 Democratic Party primaries is Saturday. Registered voters in the city can cast absentee ballots ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, March 30, 2021 10:54 am

Downtown Vicksburg

City takes action to address slide issues, including fixing Riverfront Park

The city of Vicksburg is borrowing up to $4 million to repair slide areas caused by heavy rains in January and April 2020. The board ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, March 29, 2021 12:13 pm

Local

Easter egg hunts brings children to Catfish Row

Caleb May reached into his basket of Easter eggs and pulled out two, causing a few others to spill on the sidewalk by the splash ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, March 27, 2021 7:11 pm

Local

Authorities continuing search for missing hunters

Four months after they were reported missing, authorities are still searching the Mississippi River in the hopes of finding duck hunters Zeb Hughes and Gunner ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, March 27, 2021 6:51 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Cyclists stop in Vicksburg on way to New Orleans

A group of cyclists descended on Vicksburg Friday on their quest to finish a 500-mile trek to the Crescent City and raise money for a ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, March 26, 2021 6:12 pm

COVID-19

Assistance available for COVID-19 funeral expenses

One of the more tragic aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic was the number of deaths caused by the virus. According to statistics from the Mississippi ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, March 26, 2021 6:04 pm

Business

Most COVID-19 restrictions lifted as life returns to ‘near normal’

As the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a close, officials in many states have removed most, if not all, of the restrictions ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, March 26, 2021 5:47 pm

Business

Pandemic dealt local tourism industry a massive blow

Face masks. Social distancing. Crowd restrictions. Business closures. Travel restrictions. The COVID-19 pandemic affected Vicksburg and Warren County in many ways but caused serious harm ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, March 26, 2021 5:44 pm

Local

Work to clear devastating wreck on Interstate 20 continues

One lane of Interstate 20 westbound is expected to reopen by 8 p.m. as authorities continue to examine the debris from a fiery six-vehicle crash ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, March 25, 2021 6:54 pm

Local

Multiple deaths reported in chain reaction wreck on Interstate 20

A fiery crash Thursday afternoon involving six vehicles in the westbound lane of Interstate 20 at the Big Black River Bridge resulted in multiple fatalities, ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, March 25, 2021 5:16 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Siege saw more than 100 awarded nation’s highest honor

A drummer boy, 14 years of age, and severely wounded and exposed to a heavy fire from the enemy, he persistently remained upon the field ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, March 25, 2021 6:30 am

Columnists

Renaming senior center in Miss Sue’s honor is a fitting tribute

Last Friday I had the opportunity to watch a ceremony honoring a very wonderful person. The ceremony renaming the Vicksburg Senior Center for Sue Roberts ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, March 24, 2021 5:18 pm

Faith

Sunrise service set for Fort Hill in the Vicksburg National Military Park

The Vicksburg YMCA’s 72nd Easter Sunrise Service will return to Fort Hill in the Vicksburg National Military Park April 4, Purks YMCA Director Phillip Doiron ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, March 24, 2021 4:02 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Engineers, officials begin deep dive into city’s water system performance

Representatives for Trilogy Engineering outlined their plan for developing a water optimization and master plan study of the city of Vicksburg’s water system and the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 5:50 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Another round: Central Mississippi under the gun once again for severe weather

For the second week, Warren County and Vicksburg are under the gun for potential severe weather as another system prepares to make its way across ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 1:54 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Mississippi River expected to hit flood stage in April, then drop

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at its 43-foot flood stage on April 2 and then experience a slow fall, a hydrologist for the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, March 23, 2021 11:23 am

Faith

YMCA’s Easter Sunrise Service returning to Fort Hill

The Vicksburg YMCA’s Easter Sunrise Service will return to Fort Hill in the Vicksburg National Military Park, Purks YMCA Director Philip Doiron said. He said ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, March 22, 2021 2:37 pm

Local

City signs water study contract, meeting set with company, water districts

Representatives for the Texas company hired to study the city’s water system and the county’s five water service districts will meet with city and water ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, March 22, 2021 8:42 am

Downtown Vicksburg

City officials honor long-term employee Sue Roberts, dedicate senior center in her honor

Thanks to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, “Miss Sue” will never be forgotten. During a ceremony Friday attended by her family, friends, city officials ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, March 20, 2021 12:30 pm

Local

Calling in backup: Mayor, Alderman OK contract to help with storm debris

A Yazoo City company has been hired by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to help remove debris remaining from the February ice storm. The ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, March 19, 2021 3:20 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Flag pole high above Old U.S. 80 Bridge to be replaced

For almost 30 years, a large American flag has flown from the top of the Old U.S. 80 Bridge and the flagpole from which it ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, March 19, 2021 11:02 am

Business

City sales tax collections continue strong growth

Vicksburg’s sales tax figures for January increased by more than $42,000 over collections for same the period in fiscal 2020. Overall, state sales tax reimbursements ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:12 pm

Columnists

Covering storms a challenging aspect of the job

Once again, it seems, the forces of nature have passed us by. Ever since April 2019, when three tornadoes ravaged Vicksburg and other areas of ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, March 18, 2021 6:10 pm

Faith

Boelens’ life as a missionary served the South and the world

Eleanor Boelens always wanted to be a missionary. “The Lord told me to be a missionary when I was about 10 years old,” the Indiana ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:43 am

Local

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Vicksburg chapter honors essential workers

The efforts of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic have done much to help communities survive and look toward a better post-pandemic future, the southeast ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 11:36 am

Local

Big risk: Forecast calls for tornadoes, hurricane-force winds, hail

Severe weather is expected to hit the Warren County area Wednesday bringing with it heavy rain, high winds, hail and tornadoes. Some storms could hit ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:15 pm

Business

Uncertain future: Theatre group waiting to see if it can continue using Strand Theatre

For 80 years, the Strand Theatre has been a city landmark that provided a venue for Vicksburg residents to enjoy live plays and watch films ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 3:39 pm

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