Week in Vicksburg

Published 1:00 am Sunday, September 25, 2011

High temperatures crept into the upper 80s by week’s end as overnight lows ranged from the mid-50s to lower 70s. No rainfall was recorded locally.

The Mississippi River on the local gauge dropped during the week from 17.8 feet to 14.6. The decline was expected to continue as forecasters predicted a reading of 13.8 for today.

Joseph Renfroe and William Ryals, residents of Bradford Ridge Apartments on Cain Ridge Road, helped extinguish a fire at the complex in which Sara Myers was burned. The pair saw Myers, 76, vacate her unit as smoke poured from her doorway and ran separately to assist.

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China Maxwell, 17, was crowned Homecoming Queen at Vicksburg High School’s Memorial Stadium by VHS Principal Derrick Reed.

Anthony Sims, 40, was struck by a car driven by Ashley King around 5 a.m. and killed as he walked along U.S. 80. King, 19, was injured and airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson.

Kenneth Patterson of Mount Alban Road was killed in a single car accident at Jeff Davis and Mallett roads. Patterson apparently lost control and probably overcompensated, officials said.

Jacob Lynn Foster, 27, died from a gunshot wound to the head in what has been ruled an accidental shooting. Officials said it appeared Foster was handling the gun when it discharged and struck him.

Warren County supervisors are being taken to court by M&M Property landowning group over the Kings Point Ferry’s operating hours. The rekindled suit claims the county hasn’t honored terms of a 1997 order that stipulated the vessel be open 15 hours daily.

The City of Vicksburg is planning the construction of a 5,000-square-foot concrete skate park near City Park, along with improvements to a walking path in the area. A $100,000 grant from the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks will fund the project.

In the first visible activity since August at the Washington Street bridge site near the Kansas City Southern Railroad tunnel, dump trucks were spotted moving dirt. The increased activity came as KCS was preparing to ask for more time to complete the project.

The installation of a sidewalk to the MV Mississippi IV has resulted in an 18-day extension of renovation completion at the old Levee Street Depot. Officials are now expecting the work to be finished near the end of October.

A special meeting is planned by the Vicksburg Housing Authority Board of Commissioners to trim the list of applicants for executive director. The board has received 35 applications for the position.

A Mississippi Blues Trail marker was unveiled in downtown Vicksburg to honor the Blue Room, a haven in the 1940s and ’50s for jazz and blues acts. The marker was placed near the northwest corner of Clay and Mulberry streets, across the street from the former site of the club.

Three schools labeled near the bottom of the 2011 accountability ratings will be visited by the Mississippi Department of Education representatives beginning Monday, Vicksburg Warren School District officials said. Visits to Vicksburg Junior High, Warren Central Intermediate and Vicksburg Intermediate are planned.

William Edward “Eddie” Broadwater, 55, was killed as his motorcycle skidded in a sharp curve on Nine Mile Cut-Off Road just past its intersection with China Grove, county investigators said. Broadwater, who was wearing a helmet, died of a broken neck, Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey said.

In addition to Sims, Patterson, Foster and Broadwater, local deaths during the week were Irene Briggs Sanders, Shirley J. Williams, Bennie Williams Jr., Mary Ellen Reed, Flora Mae Jones, David Paul Waddell and the Rev. Prentiss Harry Hawkins.