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Flaggs meets with King’s Transformation Committee

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Josephine Eatmon (photo by David Day)

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. met with members of the Kings community Monday evening to discuss disbursement of improvement funds for the community.

At issue were the remaining $539,000 from the initial $1 million dedicated to Kings and improving facilities in the Kings, Ford Subdivision, Waltersville and Chickasaw communities. About $160,000 has been spent on mobile cameras, an assessment plan, signs and markers and a conservation project on Sherman Avenue. An additional $300,000 has been set aside to “…fund the upgrade of a private road behind Food Maxx and along Cornell and Kings Street for the construction of Jeffrey Subdivision, a commercial/residential development planned to provide housing in the Kings Community” as noted in a letter to the Mayor from the committee dated May 18, 2020.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. at Monday’s meeting. (photo by David Day)

Flaggs formed the Transformation Committee in 2017 after announcing he was setting aside $1 million for the King’s community of the $9.36 million capital improvements bond issued that year.

The public meeting became confrontational with the mayor and committee Secretary Josephine Eatmon disagreeing on the fundamental purpose and focus of the committee.

“I see Kings, Ford, Waltersville and Chickasaw as one community. I see Vicksburg as one community,” Flaggs said. “I am looking out for the best interest of the City of Vicksburg.”

“We don’t see it that way,” replied Eatmon, emphasizing that these are separate communities with separate needs.

The meeting ended with no decisions or next steps identified.

About 10 people attended the meeting who were not city employees or media.

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Warren County taking over repairs to sinkhole on Mt. Alban Road

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Warren County has taken over repairs to a sinkhole on Mt. Alban and Culkin roads.

The sinkhole opened Friday morning caused by a water line leak. The leak was repaired and the road patched Friday afternoon by the Culkin Water District, but the repairs did not withstand the torrential rain Friday night.

County Engineer Keith O’Keefe informed the Warren County Board of Supervisors Monday morning during a work session that he and County Road Manager Jamie Cain had visited the site over the weekend and again this morning. O’Keefe said he felt County Road Management was better equipped to handle the repairs in a timely manner.

The sinkhole, and the cavern that developed under the road, was from an abandoned water line that had been leaking for an extended period. District 1 Supervisor Edward Herring expressed his concerns that there were other, similar issues throughout the district.

O’Keefe said the county crews would compact the soil and use rock on top. He added that they would allow the area to settle before repairing the asphalt.

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VPD reports two burglaries and an auto theft Saturday

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On Saturday, Oct. 24, Vicksburg police officers responded to two burglaries, one residential and one auto, and an auto theft.

At 11:17 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 1700 block of Grove Street in reference to a residential burglary. The victim reported someone kicked his front door and stole a Craftsman miter box saw and a 150-pound air compressor. Total value of the missing items is estimated to be $550.

at 7:07 p.m. officers responded to Hobby Lobby, 3505 Pemberton Square Blvd., in reference to an auto burglary. According to the victim, someone entered her 1999 Toyota Camry and stole groceries, a pair of Air Jordan’s, a comforter bedding set and household goods. Total value of the stolen items is estimated to be $688.

At 6:57 p.m., officers responded to the Best Western, 2445 N. Frontage Road, in reference to an auto theft. The victim stated someone stole his 2012 Ford F-250 truck from the hotel parking lot. The vehicle had been left unlocked with the keys in the center console.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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Vicksburg police arrest a man on firearm charge

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Merle Kirkley (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a man Thursday for a firearms charge.

Officers stopped to investigate two suspicious vehicles near the Indiana Avenue and Interstate 20 intersection, Thursday around 8:29 p.m. and saw Merle Kirkley throwing a small caliber handgun out of the window of his vehicle as they approached.

They arrested Kirkley, a felon, for possession of a firearm by a felon.

Kirkley appeared before Judge Allen Friday, Oct. 23, in Vicksburg Municipal Court. Derivaux set his bond at $30,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

 

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