Week in Vicksburg

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 5, 2009

Rain fell on three days, totaling about an inch — less than the past couple of weeks but similar in that much fell during thunderstorms. Highs on almost all days during the period were in the lower 70s and most lows were in the upper 40s.

The Mississippi River continued a slow spring rise, starting the week at 31.3 feet on the Vicksburg gauge and ending at 32.3 feet. The forecast for today was a reading of 34.1 feet.

Contracts to provide $185 million worth of offshore oil rig components were welcome at LeTourneau Technologies, which employs about 600 people at its Vicksburg location.

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An Air Force C-130H made a pit stop at Vicksburg Municipal Airport, becoming the largest plane to land there in 20 years.

Michael S. Keen was named a vice president at RiverHills Bank.

River watchers, including farmers, said it was nice to be experiencing a normal year. So far this spring, the Mississippi has remained about 10 feet below 2008 stages that advanced to the highest crest since 1973, inundated thousands of acres of cropland and damaged 70 homes.

More rain meant more sloughing of a bank on Washington Street near the Clark Street overpass. Utility lines were snapped as the erosion moved within a few feet of the roadway. An emergency declaration was designed to start stabilization work immediately, ahead of a plan to redesign drainage in the area and replace the overpass with a tunnel for rail cars.

After 20 years, Circuit Judge Frank Vollor said he will resign from the three-county elective post effective May 31. The Vollors have five children and the judge said providing them college educations costs far more than the salary the Legislature sets for judges. Also, freed from constraints as a judge, Vollor said he will become an advocate for more public and private funding for Warren County Drug Court, which provides an alternative to incarceration.

Vicksburg High student Charles Brown III, 17, developed a business plan for a funeral home that will advance to national competition for student entrepreneurs.

Fresh from top honors at a San Antonio, Texas, choral festival, the Warren Central Madrigal Singers performs in the Lenten Fine Arts Series here.

Danny Ferguson of Warren Central and Dixon Stone and Katrinka Wayne were all three tapped as best-in-show winners in the student art show sponsored by the Vicksburg Art Association.

The 27th mural in the series on the flood wall at City Front was unveiled. It recalls the 1927 flood on the Mississippi River, a devastating event that resulted in a great expansion of the Army Corps of Engineers’ mission operating out of Vicksburg.

The Mississippi River Commission stopped for a hearing here as part of its spring tour. Presentations included one by Robert Crear, immediate past MRC president, who is now leading a private project to tap river currents to generate electricity and one on a new memorandum that forges a preservation partnership between the Audubon Society and the Mississippi Valley Division of the Corps of Engineers.

A plan was unveiled under which Vicksburg Main Street, the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce and the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau may all have space in the Levee Street Depot.

Charges were dismissed against Eric Campbell, 27, and Antonio Glasper, 22, for the death of David Becker, the victim of a drive-by shooting in June 2008. District Attorney Ricky Smith said there wasn’t enough evidence to take the case to trial. A relative of Becker’s said he’d been told a key witness had disappeared or was no longer willing to testify.

Deaths during the week included Jeffrey Wayne Evans, John V. Hall, Laverne Crawford Russell and Alberta Fulton.