Week in Vicksburg

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 20, 2010

Hot and humid was the order throughout the week as temps soared into the mid and upper 90s. Overnight lows remained in the mid and upper 70s. The week saw an inch and a third of rain, which fell in one evening.

The Mississippi River crept upwards after dropping to 30.3 feet at midweek. Forecasters predicted a reading of 32.4 for today.

Adam Rader was sentenced to 20 years by Judge Isadore Patrick after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of Danny Miller in 2009. Rader, who will serve the sentence in the Mississippi State Penitentiary, is also subject to a $10,000 fine.

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Bruce Reid and David Ringer of Vicksburg’s office of the National Audubon Society are working in several capacities to help out in the wake of the Gulf oil spill. Both have traveled to the Gulf Coast to assist with a volunteer database and with animal rescue.

Two Vicksburg priests were honored locally for their combined 90 years of service to the priesthood. Monsignor Patrick Farrell of St. Paul Catholic Church celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination and Father P.J. Curley of St. Michael Parish marked his 40th. Both were recognized at Masses and receptions in their honor.

Stephen Evans, pitcher, earned his second straight award as Vicksburg Post player of the year for baseball. He helped the St. Aloysius Flashes to their second straight Class 1A title under the direction of Coach Clint Wilkerson, who was named Vicksburg Post coach of the year.

More than 60 percent of Vicksburg Warren School District students received A’s or Bs on their report cards during the 2009-10 school year, an increase of nearly 10 percent over the previous year when the grading scale was stricter. Under the new system, 90-100 is an A and 80-90 is a B. Vicksburg Catholic School plans to switch to the new grading system in the upcoming year.

The Vicksburg National Military Park won the Keeper of the Light Award for Interpretive and Educational Excellence presented by the Park Service’s Southeast Region. The park was recognized for engaging and educating its visitors through myriad interpretive programs and new media technology.

Despite falling gaming revenue, the resurfacing of Warren County roads should resume by year’s end after supervisors agreed to have bids received and opened by Sept. 1. The 10 roads listed in need of most repair were Logue Circle, Tiffintown Road, Bell Bottom Road, Culkin Road, Bovina Cutoff Road, Freeman Road, Willow Creek Circle, Cottonwood Place, Blossom Lane and Cattlin Road.

Dr. Lamar McMillin celebrated the close of his 35-year career during a retirement reception at The Street Clinic. McMillin practiced as a family physician with River Region Health System, beginning with the Vicksburg Clinic in 1975.

Franklin Salas, owner of South Mississippi Signs who did business with Vicksburg casinos, was run down and killed in Jackson after attempting to thwart the break-in of his car near a Jackson restaurant. Salas’ girlfriend, Laral Chandler of Vicksburg, said she and Salas had just left the restaurant when he confronted two men burglarizing his Ford Expedition in the parking lot.

After a pair of faulty valves kept a contractor from making a clean connection the night before, the first of four connections to a new 30-inch water main at Washington and Main streets was successfully made. Enough pressure was kept on the line to prevent a boil water notice for Vicksburg’s 10,000 customers. A land shift in March had jeopardized the 36-inch main at Washington and Jackson streets, forcing the week’s switch.

Days after the owner of the Mississippi Queen confirmed the riverboat had been sold for scrap, a Seattle company announced it would offer voyages along the Mississippi and other southern rivers beginning in 2011. Trips along the river by the company Cruise West will be aboard the Spirit of America and will feature stops at historic landmarks.

Local deaths during the week were Bertha Jean Barnes, Marie Bailey, Sandy “Beany” Carter III, Perri Janise Mitchell, Charles J. “C.J.” Cogan, Tanyia Pennington Richardson and Lubertha Chiles.