Mayor George Flaggs spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for River Region Hospital's new 63,000 square-foot Medical Clinic building. The clinic will be built adjacent to the medical center on Highway 61 by-pass. Construction is set to begin March 1, 2014, and should be completed by May 2015. Lt. Governor, Tate Reeves, State Senator Briggs Hopson III, Mayor George Flaggs Jr., Representative Oscar Denton, Representative Alex Monsour, Supervisor Bill Lauderdale, and River Region Hospital officials participated in the ceremony.
The Riverfest Music and Arts Festival is April 25th and 26th! The 27th annual event features live music as well as free Saturday daytime activities.
The concerts are from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight, Friday and Saturday and admission is $10. Saturday's daytime activities start at 8:00 am at the RiverFest Arts & Crafts Show around City Hall. Other activities include live music, street performers, children's activities, food booths, and fabulous sidewalk sales with participating downtown merchants.
Entertainers set to perform this year are Colt Ford, Blackjack Billy, The Chill, TK Soul and Band Camp.
Adult Softball registration will begin March 3, 2014, and run through April 11, 2014. Registration packets can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation offices at 100 Army-Navy Drive from 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost per team is $175.00 with a $10.00 fee for non-city residents and a $20.00 fee for residents from Sharkey-Issaquena and Claiborne counties. A mandatory coaches' meeting will be held on April 9, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation offices. All teams must have a representative at this meeting. For more information, call Joseph Graves at 601-634-4514.
Downtown Wi-Fi Refurbished
The free Wi-Fi service operated by the City of Vicksburg and serving users in the 1100 through 1700 blocks of Washington Street has been redesigned and refurbished. New equipment was installed in late 2013 after several months of planning and testing. While the downtown Wi-Fi is designed to cover only the outdoor areas, it hosted over 250 users who accessed 45 Gigabytes of information during the month of February.
The downtown Wi-Fi has 10 access points or nodes. Wireless coverage for each node overlaps, and if one fails, others cover the area. Billy Gordon, Information Technology Director for the City, said "We are continually evaluating the performance of the system and will make changes as necessary to enhance coverage and usability."
To use the downtown Wi-Fi, connect to "vicksburg free wifi". No password is needed.
Ambulance Service Goes Wireless
South Ward Alderman, Willis Thompson, announced that the Emergency Medical Services in the Vicksburg Fire Department have been upgraded and enhanced to more effectively meet the growing needs of local residents. EMS staff will be able to instantly transmit patient care information to the State EMS office and hospitals in an efficient and timely manner. River Region Medical Center expressed interest in the system to help with their chest pain accreditation. The University Medical Center ER Director will use the system for their stroke and chest pain center.
The system consists of a toughbook laptop, document scanner and Wi-Fi hotspot on each of the ambulances. The laptops are capable of linking to the state's system through the use of a permanently mounted Wi-Fi hotspot. Patient reports are transmitted wirelessly to the state and the hospital.
Registration for Vicksburg City Pool's popular American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program will be held Wednesday, May 14, thru Friday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the facility located at 900 Lee Street.
Offerings include three and four year old Preschool Aquatics, Beginning Adult Swimming, Intermediate Adult Swimming, and the respected Learn to Swim Levels classes for students age 5 and up.
The following information and guidelines regarding the pick-up of trash, rubbish, debris, and garbage will assist you in keeping our neighborhoods, sidewalks and curbs clean and clear.
Leaves must be placed in plastic bags, (no more than 5 bags at one time) and placed curbside or in City issued garbage containers.
LIMBS (when cut by the homeowner) Limbs must be no longer than 4 feet and stacked no higher than 3 feet. They should be neatly stacked at the curbside.
Normal household garbage must be in City issued/approved garbage container.
Household goods for single family residences only, such as mattress and furniture, can be placed curbside for pick up on your second pick up day. For multi-residences, such as apartments, condos, etc., goods must be placed in the dumpster for pick up.
The following must be disposed of at the expense of the contractor, person responsible for its production, or the home/property owner.
Any materials resulting in construction, renovations, or demolition of structures.
Logs, tree stumps, limbs, or leaves resulting from commercial contracted operations.
Hazardous materials as regulated by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.
For more information on waste disposal, download our color brochure or call 601-634-4528 or the action line at 601-801-3411.
Vicksburg Main Street will host the Lofts of Vicksburg, a fundraiser showcasing the residential side of Vicksburg's historic downtown, March 29th from 2 to 7 p.m. The event will feature a tour of about a dozen living spaces, including newly renovated luxury lofts and apartments.
The Lofts at First National, The Aeolian Senior Apartments and The Warehouse, all new additions to Vicksburg's bustling downtown residential landscape, will be included on the tour. The Lofts of Vicksburg will offer sneak peeks at these new additions to the highly touted historic district.