Week in Vicksburg

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 18, 2014

Mild temperatures mixed with light rain covered the area early in the week with highs in the low 80s and mid-70s and lows in the 40s and 50s. Temperatures began warming into the mid- to upper 80s at the end of the week.
The Mississippi River was at 33.21 feet on May 10. It was at 32.31 feet Friday. Flood stage is 43 feet.

Warren County economic development officials announced two new industries were coming to the area. Representatives for German-investment company ISA TanTec, which sells leather to shoe makers including Timberland, Wolverine, Deckers, Clarks and other manufacturers, announced the company will locate in the 140,000-square-foot former CalsonicKansei building in the Ceres Research and Industrial Interplex in 2015.
Colorado-based CAM2 International LLC, opened its oil blending facility at the Port of Vicksburg, the first step in relocating the company’s corporate base from Evergreen, Colo., to Vicksburg. The company plans to hire 35 people initially and up to 60 within five years, company officials said.

The Mississippi Development Authority approved a 20-year, $1.31 million loan for the City of Vicksburg, clearing the way for the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to begin plans to build a connector road between North Frontage Road and Wisconsin Avenue. No date has been set with the project will go out for bid.
In other city news, the board named Sam Washington, a pilot and instructor of aviation at Delta State University, as the new director for the Vicksburg Municipal Airport, replacing Curt Follmer, who retired May 12. Washington has a master’s of business administration, a master’s degree in commercial aviation and is a commander in the Civil Air Patrol.
City officials and representatives from Shape Up Mississippi and Alcorn State University signed an agreement for a community garden on a 6-acre tract at the Vicksburg Municipal Airport on U.S. 61 South. Under the agreement, the city will provide the land and the water, and Shape Up Mississippi will provide the educational programs, seeds and plants for the garden. ASU workers will prepare the tract for the garden.

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The Vicksburg Warren School District announced it is looking at proposed new starting times for the system’s schools, with elementary schools beginning at 8 a.m., junior high at 8:50 a.m. and 9 a.m. for high school. The schools will dismiss at 2:50 p.m., 3:40 p.m. and 3:50 p.m., respectively.

River Region Medical Center moved chief operating officer Gregory Pearson to fill the slot vacated by chief executive officer Doug Sills, who was named market CEO by the hospital’s parent company for its hospitals in the Jackson area. Hospital officials did not say if Pearson’s appointment was permanent.

A Sharkey County man convicted in April of sodomizing a pre-teen in 2011 was sentenced 20 years in prison. Circuit Judge M. James Chaney sentenced Jordy Devonte Johnson, 21, of Rolling Fork during a sentencing hearing May 9.

Local deaths included Annias Smith, Joyce Ann Richards, Martha Jean Walker, Charles Emmett Reeves, Martha Jean Walker, Clarence Anthony Winters Jr., Bonnie Davis, Irma Welch Chappell, Leon Harris.