Published 10:01 pm Saturday, December 1, 2012

High temperatures in Vicksburg dipped from the 60s into the 40s before bolting up to the 70s. Lows were consistent in the 30s and 40s. A little more than a half-inch of rain was recorded during the week.

After topping out at 4.5 on the local gauge, the Mississippi River slid back to 2.5 feet. It was expected to remain low, and a reading of 2.4 feet was predicted for today.

Jacques Parmegiani, longtime Vicksburg chef and 25-year operator of Jacques’ Cafe In The Park, announced the closing of his restaurant doors. A slow economy coupled with recent ownership changes at the Battlefield Inn where he operated sped the decision, Parmegiani said.

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An 11-month-old German shepherd named Thor is the newest member of the Vicksburg police force. Thor is the offspring of X-on, who has served as a canine officer for the Vicksburg department since 2008.

Waste Pro of Mississippi joined Earth Friends Environmental Services in ending commercial garbage service to non-municipal Warren County residents. The move leaves two permitted haulers in the county and revived talk among county supervisors to permit a single, countywide service.

Lonnie Wooley was re-elected to the District 5 seat on the Warren County Election Commission over challenger Gordon Cordes as the result of a runoff. The 260 votes cast in the runoff represented a 5.78 percent turnout of the district’s 4,502 registered for this year’s election cycle.

Eric Wallace was found guilty on all three counts against him related to a 2011 drive-by shooting. No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred at 1708 Jackson St. where a home and van were found riddled with bullets. His sentencing was set for Dec. 14.

Taxes paid by Vicksburg casinos to government and school coffers plummeted after Mississippi casinos recorded in October their worst revenue month in 14 years. Revenue taxes paid to the City of Vicksburg totaled $431,600 in October, down 15 percent from October 2011.

Accountants for the NRoute bus system told its board that routes and personnel need to be cut to head off an anticipated $96,000 year-end deficit for fiscal 2013. An additional $8,000 a month from the city was also encouraged, though board chairman Alvin Taylor said the mayor and aldermen aren’t interested in giving NRoute more money.

Cypress trees grown by Francis and Joan Vriesen on property off Fisher Ferry Road will grace both the Old Court House Museum and Southern Cultural Heritage Center. The Vriesens have been growing Leyland cypress trees for about 25 years and have provided the museum tree in years past.

A policy allowing random drug testing of any Vicksburg Warren School District student who drives to campus was defeated by the district’s Board of Trustees. The motion resulted in a 2-2 tie, meaning the measure failed according to board rules.

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office dropped price-gouging charges against Devenora V. Patel and Hemel Ramesh Surati, operators of Battlefield Inn. The pair had been accused of charging too much for rooms during a state of emergency declared because of Hurricane Isaac.

Local deaths during the week were Ethel Idell Burns, Ida Mae Jefferson, Virginia Lee Odom, Lemuel F. Smith, Timothy Burse Sr., Wanda L. Caruthers and Dorothy M. Dillard.