Week in Vicksburg

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 8, 2014

Weekend and early week rains soaked Vicksburg and Warren County as a low-pressure system sat over the area for several days. Temperatures remained in the 80s and were predicted to rise into the low 90s by the week’s end, accompanied by the possibility of weekend rain.

The Mississippi River was at 33.02 feet on May 31. It was down to 29 feet Friday. Flood stage is 43 feet.

Incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran won Warren County but trailed State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville) in the rest of the state, 49.5 percent to 49 percent, following the results of Tuesday’s Republican Party primary for the U.S. Senate. The two face each other again in a June 24 runoff for the party nomination.

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The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen declared an emergency to hire contractors to repair a hole in the Vicksburg Police Headquarters caused after a northbound car left the west side of Monroe Street and collided with the building and caught fire. Carl James, 59, the driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities believe a medical condition caused James to lose control of the car. The cause of death has not been determined. The damage forced city officials to temporarily move services in the building to other locations.
• In other city news, the board is going paperless beginning June 10, dropping paper agendas and notebooks with supporting documents and going to iPads. The agenda, documents and board minutes from June 10 forward will be available to the public through the city’s website at www.vicksburg.org.

A Vicksburg woman was hospitalized after she was shot in the leg Tuesday at Bowmar Avenue and Halls Ferry Road during a fight that broke out at the intersection. Police said Sammy Stewart, 23, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after he turned himself in at the police department. He was being held in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $35,000 bond.
The Warren County Board of Supervisors approved a property tax exemption for Atwood Chevrolet after receiving an appraisal on the car dealership’s expansion project from Wes Kight, the county’s contract appraiser for real property. The tax exemption does not include state or school property taxes.

A federal lawsuit between investors involved in the unsuccessful purchase of the defunct Grand Station Casino was thrown out of court by a federal judge after arguments between two of the 10 parties in the case was thrown out. U.S. District Judge Tom Lee tossed the claims filed in January by AGT Capital LLC against M Street Investors Inc., which unsuccessfully tried to buy the casino vessel from bankruptcy. The vessel was later sold for scrap in April 2013, and the hotel was bought three months later by Vicksburg Hotel, LLC.

The Vicksburg Warren County School District Board of Trustees hired Shaquita Burke as the school system’s financial director. She replaces Dale McClung, who is retiring after 26 years.

Local deaths included Tamzella Smith, John William Dobbins, Krystal Lavette Foster, Walter Cook and Gladys McGowan.