Alderman Willis ThompsonWashington, D.C. – Willis Thompson, Alderman, has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2014 Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations Steering Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving national economic policy, general financial assistance programs, liability insurance, intergovernmental relations, census, municipal bonds and capital finance, municipal management, antitrust issues, citizen participation and civil rights, labor relations, Native American sovereignty and municipal authority. The appointment was announced by NLC President Chris Coleman, mayor, St. Paul, Minnesota.

City offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24, 2013, and Wednesday, December 25, 2013, for the Christmas holiday. Offices will also be closed Wednesday, January 1, 2014, for the New Year holiday.


Please join us immediately following the Christmas parade on December 7, on the steps of City Hall as we celebrate the illumination of the Christmas tree with Santa and carolers. For more information call 601-636-3411.

City offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24, 2013, and Wednesday, December 25, 2013, for the Christmas holiday. Offices will also be closed Wednesday, January 1, 2014, for the New Year holiday.
Mayor Flaggs and Alderman Mayfield spoke to about 30 children from the Dallas Public School District, sharing their personal experiences as African-American politicians. The students were participating in the Martin Luther King Educational Freedom Ride Tour. It is a commemoration of fifty years of "Dreaming" by continuing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, and civil rights.   {rsmediagallery tags="freedom ride", "ERDC" thumbnailwidth ="120" thumbnailheight="90" limit="1"}

VenuWorks President Steve Peters has announced the hiring of Annette Kirklin as the Executive Director of the Vicksburg Convention Center. The Vicksburg Convention Center is located in the heart of historic downtown Vicksburg, MS. The venue is managed by VenuWorks which is based in Ames, Iowa.

"I am excited to be back at the Vicksburg Convention Center and geared up for this new challenge," said Annette Kirklin. "I am ready to work with the team to begin an aggressive plan to showcase the unique venue while promoting our wonderful City of Vicksburg."

Read More at the Venu Works Website... 
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The 2013 Old Fashioned Christmas Open House is scheduled for December 1, 2013 from 1:30 pm until 5:00 pm. Come experience the holiday spirit in historic downtown with over 25 stores offering terrific bargains on everything from furniture to fashion. Enjoy great shopping and dining in downtown Vicksburg. Simply, Uniquely, Southern
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen welcomed Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen, Anne Elizabeth Buys, to City Hall and presented her with a proclamation honoring "Anne Elizabeth Buys Day" in Vicksburg. "It is with great pride we note the accomplishments of this talented young Vicksburg resident" said Mayor Flaggs.

Anne Elizabeth is the first young lady to be a state titleholder in the Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageants from Vicksburg in 32 years.
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City offices will be closed November 28th & 29th, 2013 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
The 1953 Vicksburg, Mississippi tornado outbreak was a deadly severe weather event that affected northeastern Louisiana, southeastern Arkansas, and western Mississippi on December 5, 1953. At least four confirmed tornadoes touched down. One of the tornadoes produced F5 damage as it moved through the city of Vicksburg, causing 38 deaths and injuring at least 270 along the seven mile path of devastation. The National Weather Service in Jackson remembered the 1953 tornado by creating a special web page with tornado details, images and stories from that. Click here for more info...
Governor Phil Bryant was in Vicksburg today to tour the facilities at the Engineer Research and Development Center. Mayor George Flaggs, Alderman Thompson, Victor Gray-Lewis and Brian Boykins all representing the City, accompanied the Governor on the tour. ERDC Director, Dr. Jeff Holland, hosted the group as they toured various ERDC facilities. ERDC officials took the opportunity to showcase some of their advanced technologies and capabilities.  {rsmediagallery tags="phil bryant", "ERDC" thumbnailwidth ="120" thumbnailheight="90" limit="1"}

This week Mayor Flaggs was invited to St. Francis Xavier Elementary School as the VIP guest of Carson Gleese, a kindergartener at the school. Mayor Flaggs fielded questions from the students at St. Francis about Christmas and answered questions about the job of a mayor.

Central District Transportation Commissioner, Dick Hall, stopped by City Hall today during his visit to Vicksburg. He and Mayor Flaggs took the opportunity to discuss the Frontage Road extension project around the Outlets of Vicksburg. As Commissioner of the Central District, Mr. Hall's constituency includes a population of almost one million people who reside in 22 counties. {rsmediagallery tags="Dick Hall" thumbnailwidth ="120" thumbnailheight="90" limit="1"}


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