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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.

Crime

Police looking for individual involved in Saturday shooting

Vicksburg police are looking for an individual in connection with the Saturday shooting of a man at the Cypress Hill Apartments, 402 Locust St. The ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, August 9, 2020 3:02 pm

Local

After spike, four new COVID-19 cases reported in Warren County and one death

After setting a record for new COVID-19 cases Saturday with 56, four new cases were reported for Warren County Sunday with one new death according ... Read more

by John Surratt, Sunday, August 9, 2020 12:13 pm

Local

Legislature returns to Jackson Monday

The Mississippi Legislature goes back in session in Jackson at 1 p.m. Monday. A notice of the call was published Saturday by Lt. Gov. Delbert ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, August 8, 2020 5:11 pm

Crime

Three face murder charges in trooper’s death

Three people face murder charges in the shooting death of off-duty Mississippi Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Morris, according to information from the Mississippi Department of ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, August 8, 2020 4:27 pm

Crime

One of two Jefferson Davis County escapees caught

Agents with the U.S. Marshal’s Service have captured one of two men who escaped from the Jefferson Davis County Jail on July 23. Prentiss Mayor ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, August 8, 2020 1:13 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Warren County sets one-day record with 56 COVID-19 cases

Warren County has set a one-day record for the number of new COVID-19 cases with 56, according to reports Saturday from the Mississippi State Department ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, August 8, 2020 12:18 pm

Crime

Traffic stop results in arrest on firearms charge

A traffic stop early Friday for no car tag resulted in the arrest of a Vicksburg man on a charge of possession of a stolen ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, August 7, 2020 4:50 pm

Local

Flaggs seeks to keep city’s upcoming budget close to $30 million

Division heads presented their wish lists Thursday as the Board of Mayor and Aldermen held the first of two budget meetings in advance of preparing ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, August 7, 2020 3:44 pm

Local

Mayor closes pavilion in Marcus Bottom for COVID-19 violations

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. has closed the pavilion in the Douglas Park area of Marcus Bottom out of concern for potential infection from COVID-19. Flaggs ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, August 7, 2020 2:14 pm

Local

Deadline approaching for paying back property taxes

Warren County property owners who owe back property taxes have less than three weeks to pay them or risk having their property sold at the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, August 7, 2020 2:08 pm

Columnists

With all that’s going on around us, we need a humor break

Wednesday morning I was listening to the radio as I drove to work and heard a comedy classic. It wasn’t a comedy routine like Abbott ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:24 pm

Local

Lack of PPE forces VWSD Trustees to delay school reopening

Difficulty getting personal protective equipment for students and staff and the inability of the school district’s custodial contractor to get fully staffed has forced the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:33 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Vicksburg Warren School District moves school start date to Aug. 17

The Vicksburg Warren School District’s Board of Trustees, during an emergency meeting Wednesday, voted to delay the start of school, moving the start date for ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:01 pm

Clairborne County

Services set for brothers killed in Port Gibson wreck

Funeral services are Sunday at the Vicksburg Auditorium for two bothers who died in a two-car wreck in Port Gibson on July 28. Tonny Le ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 2:17 pm

BREAKING NEWS

Vicksburg Police holding two in attempted carjacking

Vicksburg Police have two people in custody after an attempted armed carjacking at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Fleur De Lis Drive. According to ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, August 5, 2020 11:56 am

Local

Reeves issues facemask mandate for adults, students

Gov. Tate Reeves Tuesday issued statewide orders requiring people to wear facemasks in public and adults and students to wear masks in the schools unless ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:27 pm

Local

Rosa A. Temple improvements expected to be complete by Friday

Improvements to Rosa A. Temple Drive by the Vicksburg Junior High School, Warren Central Junior High School and the new Academy of Innovation currently under ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, August 4, 2020 7:23 pm

Local

City board approves emergency for Halls Ferry waterline repairs

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday approved an emergency declaration to pay Florence-based Hemphill Construction for repairs to a damaged waterline and road ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, August 3, 2020 5:53 pm

Business

Local manufacturers exempted from city emergency declaration

The city’s COVID-19 emergency declaration has been amended to exempt manufacturing businesses from requiring employees to wear masks on the job. The Board of Mayor ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, August 3, 2020 3:39 pm

Heroes

Young men honored by city for good deed in returning wallet

If the Greek philosopher Diogenes was still looking for an honest man he would have stopped at Duane Williams and Tywon Lloyd. The two young ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, August 3, 2020 12:34 pm

Local

School Board president takes exception with mayor’s letter

Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees President Jim Stirgus Jr. on Thursday took issue with Mayor George Flaggs Jr.’s comments in a July 29 ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 31, 2020 3:46 pm

Local

Smith Road home destroyed in early morning blaze

Fire destroyed a two-story home on Smith Road early Friday morning, according to information from the Fisher Ferry Volunteer Fire Department. Fisher Ferry Fire Chief ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, July 31, 2020 2:59 pm

Local

School district continues with plans to restart schools Aug. 7

Vicksburg Warren School District trustees reinforced their decision to reopen schools Aug. 7, defeating a proposal by Trustee Alonzo Stevens to have all students use ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, July 30, 2020 8:55 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Dog attack in downtown Vicksburg raises concerns

In early July, an unleashed pit bull attacked a Chihuahua at the corner of China and Washington streets. According to Vicksburg Police Department reports, the ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, July 30, 2020 1:24 pm

Columnists

Our society lurches ahead in the midst of gripping pandemic

Several months ago, my daughter showed me a YouTube video titled, “Southerners and Quarantine,” a humorous take on the COVID-19 pandemic and staying at home. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, July 30, 2020 10:52 am

Local

Vicksburg faces large deficit in hazardous duty pay

A projected deficit of more than $600,000 has forced city officials to suspend hazardous duty pay for police officers, firefighters and some utility workers. Mayor ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 2:59 pm

Local

Broken main waterline on Halls Ferry fixed; boil water notice lifted

A damaged 400-foot section of Halls Ferry Road between Williams Road and Cain Ridge Road remained blocked off Tuesday after it was torn up Monday ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:28 am

BREAKING NEWS

WATCH: Waterline leak on Halls Ferry Rd. causes road closure

Halls Ferry Road between Williams Road and Cane Ridge Road was closed off to traffic early Monday afternoon after a waterline leak caused the asphalt ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, July 27, 2020 3:22 pm

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