Week in Vicksburg

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 10, 2011

Vicksburg saw variety in temperatures during the week, as highs ranged from the mid-60s to mid-80s and overnight lows were staggered between the upper 40s and low 60s. Just over an inch of rain fell during the week. Temperatures are expected to stay warm with rain chances increasing.

The Mississippi River at Vicksburg dropped from flood stage to 40.9 feet during the week. The decline was expected to continue as forecasters predicted a reading of 38.6 feet for today.

The state gave River Region Health System the OK to install an adolescent psychiatric unit at its West Campus on North Frontage Road. Pending no appeals or delays, the unit is scheduled to open in the third quarter of this year.

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Named Vicksburg Post basketball players of the year were Donyeah Mayfield and University of South Alabama signee Mychal Ammons, both of Vicksburg High School. Veteran coach Dellie C. Robinson, also of Vicksburg High, was named coach of the year.

Lottie Walker, longtime children’s librarian at the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library, announced that she will retire on June 30. She has led toddler story time and helped students with research for 31 years at the facility.

About 6,000 Entergy customers lost power after a widespread storm swept through the area. Though Warren County was under a tornado warning, officials reported no funnels touching down, but downed power lines and trees were scattered countywide.

A “badly decomposed” body was pulled from the Mississippi River near Kings Point Island. Officials were still awaiting identification from the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson, but clothing indicated the body appeared to be that of a man.

Nearly $10,000 in back overtime pay is being paid to Kenya Burks, who is a salaried employee as chief of staff for Mayor Paul Winfield. The pay was based upon the hours she “punched to work,” Winfield said. Winfield said he is unsure how many similarly graded employees might be allowed to collect back pay, but is taking precautions to “make sure this type of incident does not happen again.”

Three hearing dates — April 25, May 2 and May 23 — were set for the public to view and comment on Warren County’s proposed new maps for the five supervisor districts and three justice court districts.

Alcorn State’s newly appointed president, Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, said he envisions expanded courses in nursing and criminal justice for Vicksburg. He said officials are mulling the purchase of property here to turn into a full satellite campus of ASU.

Shoppers praised the opening of a new Goody’s store at the revamped Vicksburg Mall. Goody’s is the mall’s most significant store opening since Dillard’s in 1999.

Local deaths during the week were the Rev. Jimmie Dale Bailey Sr., Donnie E. Andrews, Ikeeli Jamere Cooper, John Herren Hughes Sr., Edward Cecil Lanier, Aberaldo LaSalle, Frederick Loring Smith, Carl M. Upton and Alex Washington Sr.