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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.

Local

Carrier problems affecting fuel supplies at Circle K stores

Problems involving carriers that deliver fuel to Vicksburg’s Circle K stores are the cause of fuel shortages at the company’s stores, a company official said. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, April 14, 2021 12:17 pm

Business

BancorpSouth, Texas bank merge

Officials with Tupelo-based BancorpSouth Bank and Cadence Bancorp in Houston, Texas, have issued a joint announcement that the companies are merging under an agreement involving ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, April 12, 2021 6:40 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

City to add new pumpers to its fire truck fleet

Vicksburg is getting two new fire trucks following action by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Friday. The board approved the purchase of two pumpers ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, April 10, 2021 2:46 pm

Crime

Nude man found in home, faces burglary charge

A Warren County man faces a charge of burglary of a residence after sheriff’s deputies found him naked in a home on Edinburg Road Friday. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, April 9, 2021 5:36 pm

Local

Strong accusations: Monsour, Mayfield accuse each other of lying, lack of support

Aldermen Alex Monsour and Michael Mayfield became embroiled in a verbal altercation at Friday’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen when Monsour took ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, April 9, 2021 2:04 pm

Local

City election officials say Jackson’s claim of voting issues is wrong

A post by mayoral candidate Shawn Jackson claims 200 people were reportedly denied the right to vote in Tuesday’s party primaries, but the city’s election ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, April 7, 2021 7:29 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Officials praise smooth election despite some voter confusion

Overall, Tuesday’s Democratic Party Primary went smoothly, City Clerk Walter Osborne said. The only problem, he said, was confusion by voters over where they were ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 11:37 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

It’s a runoff: Jackson, Kimble nearly split the vote as runoff looms

The Democratic Party primary that began Tuesday will have to wait three more weeks before it is fully completed. Troy Kimble and Shawn Jackson will ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:19 pm

Local

Mayor, aldermen honor Stevens for his service to Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen honored Vicksburg Warren School District Trustee Alonzo Stevens Monday, recognizing his more than 40 years of serving the Fellowship ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:54 am

Local

Mask up: COVID-19 measures in place for Tuesday’s party primary in Vicksburg

Election officials plan to use the same COVID-19 protocols during Tuesday’s Democratic Party primaries in Vicksburg as were used in November’s presidential election, City Clerk ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, April 5, 2021 5:40 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Candidate survey: Municipal candidates answer key question regarding city’s infrastructure

Editor’s note: This survey is only for those candidates taking part in the April 6 primaries. Mayoral candidates Daryl Hollingsworth and incumbent Mayor George Flaggs ... Read more

by John Surratt, Monday, April 5, 2021 8:00 am

Local

The end is in sight for long-delayed Zollingers Hill bridge project

North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield and District 2 Warren County Supervisor William Banks stood on the approach to the Zollingers Hill bridge and looked across ... Read more

by John Surratt, Saturday, April 3, 2021 8:16 am

Downtown Vicksburg

All voters — regardless of affiliation — can take part in Tuesday’s party primary

Registered voters living in the city can vote in Vicksburg’s April 6 Democratic primary for municipal offices regardless of their political affiliation, City Clerk Walter ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, April 2, 2021 6:14 pm

Downtown Vicksburg

Candidate Survey: Candidates share how they will address public safety issues

One of the most important services a municipal government can provide its citizens is public safety, which is provided by two agencies: the police department, ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, April 2, 2021 5:47 pm

Business

Legislature allows city to provide crucial funding to MCITy project

The Thad Cochran Mississippi Center for Innovation and Technology, also known as MCITy, will be the beneficiary of $300,000 a year from the city of ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, April 2, 2021 5:43 pm

Local

Pickleball courts,Halls Ferry road extension on schedule

Vicksburg’s pickleball courts at Halls Ferry Park and the construction of a new access road to the park are both on schedule, South Ward Alderman ... Read more

by John Surratt, Friday, April 2, 2021 11:55 am

Columnists

Like Christmas, Jesus is the reason for the season

This Sunday is a special day. Easter has so much meaning. It’s a religious holiday celebrated by Christians across the world and for many others, ... Read more

by John Surratt, Thursday, April 1, 2021 2:58 pm

Faith

St. Aloysius postpones luminaries service to April 7

Inclement weather Wednesday forced the senior class at St. Aloysius to move its annual luminaries service to April 7. The event was set for Wednesday ... Read more

by John Surratt, Wednesday, March 31, 2021 11:34 am

Local

River to crest Wednesday and fall, but remain above flood stage

The Mississippi River is expected to crest at Vicksburg at 45.5 feet on Wednesday and begin a slow fall, but it will remain above flood ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, March 30, 2021 5:50 pm

Business

City approves levee project to protect waterline, facilitate Vicksburg Forest Products’ expansion

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen have accepted the bid of a Yazoo County contractor to extend the Haining Road Levee surrounding Vicksburg Forest Products. ... Read more

by John Surratt, Tuesday, March 30, 2021 11:00 am

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

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