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Corps to hold virtual public meeting on Yazoo Pumps Project

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District will hold a virtual public meeting for the Yazoo Area Pump Project Nov. 10 at 6 p.m.

The meeting will be streamed live on the USACE Vicksburg District’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VicksburgUSACE/. Individuals must log in to their Facebook account to comment on the livestream. No Facebook account is required to view the livestream. A recording of the meeting will be available on the USACE Vicksburg District’s Facebook page immediately following the event.

The public, interested parties, and stakeholders are invited to comment on the Draft Supplement No. 2 to the 1982 Yazoo Area Pump Project Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Draft Supplement No. 2 contains a description of the project, an updated recommended plan, and an analysis of potential environmental impacts. All public comments received will be considered as part of USACE’s decision-making process.

The full project report, including the recently released Draft Supplement No. 2, is available on the USACE website.

The USACE Vicksburg District will continue to accept comments about the Draft Supplement No. 2 through Nov. 30 via email at [email protected], by voicemail or text message to 601-392-2237, or by mail at the following address:

District Engineer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Vicksburg District
4155 Clay Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183-3435

For more information about the public meeting, please contact the USACE Vicksburg District’s public affairs office at 601-631-5818 or email [email protected].

The Yazoo Basin, Yazoo Backwater, Mississippi, Project, of which the pump project is a part, was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1941. The project’s other features, including the Yazoo Backwater Levee, a 15-mile-long connecting channel and the Steele Bayou, Little Sunflower and Muddy Bayou control structures, were completed in the 1960s and 1970s. The pump project is the only feature that remains unconstructed, and the Yazoo Backwater Area is the only major backwater area on the main stem of the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project without a pump.

The Yazoo Backwater Area flooded nine out of the past 10 years. The historic flood of 2019 resulted in two attributed deaths, hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, flooded over 600 homes, and adversely affected the aquatic and terrestrial environment. Recent research demonstrates that flooding plays a smaller role in wetland hydrodynamics in the Yazoo Backwater Area than previously understood and that precipitation is the dominant driver of wetland hydrology in the area. The proposed plan addressed in this revised document is the remaining flood damage reduction features of the Yazoo Basin, Yazoo Backwater, Mississippi, which includes both structural and nonstructural components. Additionally, part of the mitigation plan includes the installation of low flow groundwater wells that will add pumped water into interior streams in the Upper Mississippi Delta to improve environmental flows to sustain aquatics, fisheries, and mussels during the low flow season in the fall.

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Vicksburg father and daughter finish St. Jude marathon together

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(photo courtesy of Philip Doiron)

Vicksburg natives Anna Kate Doiron and her father, Phillip Doiron, finished the virtual St. Jude race together Saturday, Nov. 14, making them two of the first participants of the first virtual marathon hosted by the Memphis children’s hospital.

Both Anna Kate and Phillip began training in June during the height of the pandemic. They met on some weekends in places like Lake Bruin, Louisiana, to train in preparation for what would be Anna Kate’s first marathon.

They traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, last weekend where they had plenty of supporters cheering them on.  Anna Kate and Phillip ran distance of 26 miles in 4 hours and 58 minutes.

During the race, Anna Kate and Phillip made it to Taylor, Mississippi, where some of Anna Kate’s closest friends held signs and cheered them on. Phillips’s wife, Kara, was waiting at the finish line to congratulate her daughter and husband.

Anna Kate posted her excitement on her Instagram page where she shared a photo with her father after completing the marathon.

Phillip, Executive Director and CEO of the Vicksburg YMCA, was thrilled to be able to share his love of fitness with his daughter.

“What started out as a fitness goal turned into some of the best memories that I have had in a long time with her,” Phillip said.

Anna Kate, who was the 2017 valedictorian of St. Aloysius High School, is now a senior at Ole Miss majoring in integrated marketing communications. After the race, the Doiron family stayed in Oxford and continued celebrating as the Ole Miss Rebels defeated South Carolina 59-42.

The race, an annual fundraising event, began in 1977 as the Memphis Express Marathon, and became St. Jude Memphis Marathon in 2002. Since then, it has raised more than $60 million to support the hospital and allow countless children to receive free health care.

St. Jude marathon organizers knew they could not cancel the hospital’s largest fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, they reinvented the way racing is done. The 19th annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend transitioned to an interactive virtual experience taking place over four-months, beginning in August and culminating with a virtual race day Saturday, Dec. 5.

Heather Mullins Williams contributed to this story.

 

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VIDEO – Stormy Daniels investigates the paranormal in Vicksburg

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David Childers and Stormy Daniels (photo by Thomas Parker)

Stormy Daniels is at the McNutt House in Vicksburg this weekend.

She is in town to do a paranormal investigation at the house with local ghost hunter David Childers, Ashley Storm and others. The event, which takes place Saturday evening, is a memorial fundraiser for Childers’ brother, Bradley Sandford, who died in September at the age of 36.

Tickets are sold out for the event.

Daniels, a former adult film star, rose to national attention because of her accusations that President Donald Trump paid her $130,000 to keep their 2006 affair quiet a month before the 2016 election. Although Trump’s then attorney Michael Cohen initially denied the payment, he eventually admitted that he had paid Daniels. Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance charges in relation to the case. For that accusation and others, Cohen was convicted and sentenced to federal prison. Trump has denied that he instructed Cohen to pay Daniels.

 

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‘Miracle on Swing Street’ comes to Vicksburg

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Fabulous Equinox Orchestra (photo source https://equinoxorchestra.com/)

The Vicksburg Convention Center (VCC) and VenuWorks of Vicksburg are excited to announce a holiday jazz brunch event in partnership with Beyond Walls Ministry and River City Rescue Mission.

The Fabulous Equinox All-Stars is bringing “Miracle on Swing Street, A Holiday Soiree,” their holiday tour, to the VCC Sunday, Dec. 13, at 12:30 p.m. The event includes a classic brunch and jazz orchestra performing some swinging holiday tunes. Due to social distancing protocol, space is limited.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. Tickets for the brunch are $150 for a table of 6 or $30 a person. Each brunch ticket holder is asked to donate an unwrapped toy or gift (age range from infant to 18 years of age) or make a special monetary donation to Beyond Walls Ministry or the River City Rescue Mission. The donations will be dispersed to children of incarcerated parents and needy children in Vicksburg and Warren County. Tickets can be purchased at the VCC box office, ticketmaster.com or call 601-630-2929 for more info.

To donate to this important cause before the event, the VCC will be collecting new unwrapped toys and gifts and checks for Beyond Walls Ministry and/or the River City Rescue Mission during normal business hours (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the VCC has updated and enhanced many of its cleaning and safety protocols to help ensure the safety and security of everyone who walks through the doors. They have configured seating to allow for social distancing and will be conducting temperature checks at entry points. Masks will be required for all attendees and staff.

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