Week in Vicksburg

Published 11:36 pm Saturday, May 15, 2010

Summertime temps and muggy air greeted residents throughout the week, as highs were in the upper 80s and overnight lows climbed from 60 to the lower 70s by week’s end. Just over a 10th of an inch fell during the week.

The Mississippi River continued a steady climb on the Vicksburg gauge throughout the week, and forecasters predicted a reading of 41.6 feet for today. The river is still expected to top out at 42 feet this week.

Deaunte Earl Lewis, accused in the New Year’s Eve stabbing of a 16-year-old, will face trial Nov. 29. Grand jury members indicted Lewis, who is accused in the death of Terry Robinson.

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Willie Glasper, 57, has received his diploma from Alcorn State University. After graduating in 1970 from Rosa A. Temple High School, he went to work immediately at Fred’s Dollar Store instead of accepting art scholarship offers from two universities.

Hobbs Freeman, a local artist who died in June, was remembered with the placement of one of his sculptures on the lawn of the Old Court House Museum-Eva W. Davis Memorial during a dedication ceremony.

Four siblings from all areas of the country gathered in Vicksburg to grieve the death of their mother, Elsia Mae Scott, for the first time since her January funeral. Those reuniting on Mother’s Day to mourn Scott, who died in a housefire on Coccaro’s Alley, were Elsie Grant and George Hampton, both of Seattle, Edna Scott of Charleston, S.C., and Tommy Scott of a Port Gibson nursing home.

Burning Windsor, a rock band featuring local musicians, planned a local benefit concert to raise money for area tornado victims after the group’s vehicle, personal items and equipment were ruined in the deadly tornado that tore through the state April 24. The band also appeared on “Wake Up with Al” on The Weather Channel, where members spoke about their survival of the storm.

Eagle Lake homeowners who plan to rebuild homes destroyed in the April 24 tornado were told of new guidelines of the Warren County flood ordinance — the houses must be put on stilts up to 18 inches off the ground.

City board approved spending $5,000 on upstart equipment to improve the city’s website. The new design will allow meetings of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to be streamed live and archived for later viewing.

Vicksburg native Lisa Smith-Batchen is attempting to run 50 miles in 50 states to raise money to benefit charities for orphans. She returned to Vicksburg as part of her journey where her course included area neighborhoods and parts of Levee Street and the military park.

Downtown Partners, an advisory panel to Mayor Paul Winfield, struggled to define its purpose during its third-ever meeting. The group did develop a subcommittee to look into the possibility of creating a new business improvement taxing district or expanding the existing Main Street taxing district.

Work to move a 36-inch concrete water main at Washington and Jackson streets is expected to begin, under the direction and cost from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, within a week.

Five Vicksburg residents were arrested after a citywide drug sweep that began before dawn. Vicksburg police hope the “significant” arrests will slow down the area’s drug trade and illegal activities.

Former Vicksburg Housing Authority Director James Stirgus Sr. is seeking $1 million in damages, claiming he was defamed and wrongfully terminated. Former Mayor Laurence Leyens, ex-Police Chief Tommy Moffett and four VHA commissioners are named in the suit.

Local deaths during the week were James Michael “Mike” Grantham, Gerald Wayne Hudson, Capt. George H. Matthews, Susie Mae Scott, Gina L. Tucker, Sandra Callender Burch, Kenneth Warren Kelley, Geraldine Johnson, Chester Ben Sanders Sr., C.T. Causey Jr., Anita S. Tarnabine, Clarence Edward Nichols, Alice H. Williams and Effie Arthurine Voigt.