Week in Vicksburg

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 25, 2009

Another week of varied weather was recorded in Vicksburg. On two days, highs were in the 60s and on another the thermometer only made it to 38 degrees. Lows also covered a broad range, from 19 degrees to 43. No rain was recorded.

The Mississippi River also had a mixed week, rising for three days and falling for four. The Vicksburg gauge read 28.7 feet at the beginning of the period and 27.1 feet at the end. The forecast was for 22.3 today.

Enrollment increases at Hinds Community College, including the Vicksburg Branch, were attributed to a tight job market. Local Dean Hilton Dyar said when employment is scarce, people return to school seeking new or better job skills.

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Warren County may qualify for tourism funds if federal legislation to create a new National Heritage Area is completed.

The first Chill in the Hills running events were held in weather appropriate to the name. The YMCA-sponsored events in the downtown area join the Run Thru History and the Over The River Run as regional events for fitness enthusiasts.

A series of events, including a breakfast and a parade, were held to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Monika Mayr, superintendent of the Vicksburg National Military Park, has written a book, “Everglades Betrayal: The Issue That Defeated Al Gore.” Mayr was formerly assigned to Biscayne National Park in Florida, the future of which was being decided during the 2000 presidential election.

Euphytee Williams, 86, and Davionne Brooks, 13, were among the wide range of local residents headed to Washington, D.C., to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States.

Warren County Port Commission Executive Director Wayne Mansfield said this year’s edition of a lobbying trip by locals to the federal capital would include a list of projects officials hope to see included in economic stimulus legislation.

John Oberteuffer of Lexington, Mass., visited Vicksburg to see the mural on the rear wall of the former federal courtroom in the Crawford Street Post Office. The 12-foot by 14-foot canvas was painted by his grandmother working in a Works Progress Administration program. The building, now privately owned, is to be converted into a hotel.

Johnny Upton of Vicksburg went to Las Vegas for the American Darts Association national tournament.

Vicksbug officials voted to seek applying to list a large mixed-use area of the city to the National Register of Historic Places. The area is from the river to Washington Street, bordered by Veto Street on the north and Lee Street on the south. If approved, property owners would gain tax incentives for preservation projects.

Warren Central’s Bailey Anderton scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds as the Lady Vikes beat Provine 74-62.

Vicksburg will install six weather stations to provide real-time readings to an Internet site. The cost is about $4,000.

Continued sloughing near the entrance to DiamondJacks Casino caused Vicksburg officials to shut down the Washington Street bridge near Clark Street. A project to replace the bridge with a tunnel design was already scheduled to begin in February.

After years of questions about its operations, Green Acres Memorial Park was placed under court supervision. In the motion for a temporary restraining order, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the trust account that is supposed to hold money paid by pre-need customers has been depleted contrary to state law. A separate account to pay for continuing maintenance is properly funded. Hosemann also announced enforcement actions against other cemeteries and a couple of funeral homes for not properly creating and documenting financial reserves.

Deaths during the week included Connie Bowman, Nelly M. Goodson, Craig Derrell Williams, Paul Edward Furr Sr., Doris Stampley Wilson and Lynrose Early Williamson.