Week in Vicksburg

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 9, 2014

Weekend rains gave way to warmer temperatures with highs in 90s and heat indexes in the triple digits and nighttime lows in the 70s with a slight chance of rain.
The Mississippi River was at 20.01 feet on Aug. 2. It was at 14.89 Friday. Flood stage is 43 feet.

The Warren County Board of Supervisors set special elections for circuit clerk and central district constable for Nov. 4. Qualifying for the candidates to fill the unexpired term of former circuit clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree and former constable Randy Naylor began Wednesday. The supervisors declared Palmertree’s office vacant on My 19 amid an ongoing financial scandal involving the former clerk. Naylor died Nov. 7.
In other county news, Warren County’s Justice Court judges asked the Board of Supervisors to install credit card machines at the justice court building to allow offenders to pay their fines electronically. The request came as the supervisors studied information showing 2014 justice court fines collection to be the lowest in 10 years.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. and North Ward Aldermen Michael Mayfield used the board members’ comments portion of a meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to discuss the city’s progress and traffic during cemeteries at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Flaggs discussed the city’s financial improvement and future plans for capital improvements, beautification and better recreation facilities.
Mayfield listed his concerns about the cemetery, including traffic jams during funerals at the cemetery.
In other city news, the board gave the Warren County Board of Supervisors and additional 60 days to decide the fate of two dilapidated county-owned buildings at 1019 and 1015 Adams St., which are in the city’s historic district. The city’s Board of Architectural Review denied a county request to raze the buildings, and Flaggs said he would opposed any attempt by the county to take them down.

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The Vicksburg Warren School District began a new school year which featured new starting times for students from elementary through high school, with students being dropped off between 7:15 and 8: 35 a.m. and being picked up between 2:50 and 3:40 p.m., depending on age.

Two women were killed early Sunday morning when their eastbound SUV left the south side of Grange Hall Road and struck an embankment and a tree. Andrea D. Beard, 19, 80 Fonsylvania Road, and Evelyn Sullivan, 26, of Grange Hall Road were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

About 1,000 people attended a job fair featuring 49 employers at the Vicksburg Area Job Fair at the Vicksburg Convention Center sponsored by the Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi.

Vicksburg resident George Long, 87, a World War II Marine Corps Veteran received the Congressional Gold Medal from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Medical Center in Jackson, where Long is a patient.

For the first time in 20 years, the annual Governor’s Cup was rained out at Halls Ferry Park as heavy rains covered the fields, making them unplayable.

Local deaths included Sherry Antoine, Andrea Danielle Beard, Doris Ann Smith Odom, Janice Danline Rocha, Emma Katherine Conrad, Barry W. Robinson Sr., Evelyn Dawn Sullivan, Destiny La’Shay McDonald, Shelby Flowers Ferris, Laquita Joy Keyes and Doris Ann Smith Odom.