Law student working for D.A.; engineers help with hurricane recovery efforts

Published 9:39 pm Monday, September 18, 2017

Some of the city of Vicksburg’s greatest assets are its children who return to serve the community.

Joy Kilgo, who is in her last year at Mississippi College of Law, was sworn in Thursday to work with District Attorney Ricky Smith as an assistant under the state’s Limited Practices Act, which allows law students to work in a limited practice under the direction of a licensed attorney. Kilgo graduates in December.

“This is a wonderful opportunity,” Kilgo said. “Three students were selected to participate in the program, and I was fortunate to be one of the three. I’m a graduate of Warren Central, and it’s good to be able to do this at my home and with people I grew up with and admired.”

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Smith said Kilgo will work in his office assisting with research and trial preparation, and will do some pleas and revocation hearings. Smith also added that Kilgo has been working with his office for several months helping assistant district attorneys with research and trial preparation, and has sat in with them on trials.

More positives in Vicksburg this week:

  A total of 15 employees with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District are working in areas of Texas and Puerto Rico to assist in the recovery from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The team is composed of engineers and contract specialists, lock and dam operators, park rangers and environmental experts. Fourteen are in Texas assisting with recovery from Harvey, while another is in Puerto Rico.

• On Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi Tate Reeves visited multiple schools in the Vicksburg Warren County School District, which included  Dana Road Elementary, where he read to second-graders. Reeves said visiting schools is something he tries to do during visits to communities.

“It’s something I really enjoy doing because it gives me a great optimism to see how interested and intrigued these children are in the learning process, and of course this is a school district that is on the rise and is doing well and has great leadership, and you can just see the excitement in the teachers eyes and it’s fun for me to see.”

The Lt. Gov. also met with community leaders and spoke at the Vicksburg-Warren County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon meeting.

• On Saturday, the Vicksburg Missy Gators capped off a productive week with a couple of wins.

Kayla Foster delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Missy Gators beat Riverside 6-5 in game one of a split doubleheader at the Softball Swamp, and then won 14-1 over Greenville in game two. The doubleheader sweep followed a 39-0 victory over Provine on Thursday and gave Vicksburg a three-game winning streak heading into a couple of big division games next week.