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Free program for budding young artists in Vicksburg

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Do you know a child who loves to color and draw? The Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation may have just the right program to get their creative juices flowing.

The SCHF’s River Kids Program is a free after-school art program that begins August 22. Open to any elementary-school child in the 1st through the 6th grades, the program has space for 60 students, taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The classes are held every Thursday from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. for 13 weeks.

The foundation says River Kids is designed to encourage children to discover and develop their creative talents. It will expose creativity through drawing, painting, crafts, collage, ceramics, sculpture and many more exciting techniques. Karen Biedenharn and Ashleigh Holliday, experienced and accredited educators, will plan and teach each class.

The program is free, but does require a full semester commitment from parents. To register, call the Southern Cultural Heritage Center business office at (601) 631-2997 or email info@southernculture.org.

This program is supported by funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and generous support of the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation individual and corporate members, the City of Vicksburg and various appropriations.

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Hinds CC partners with industry on the Mississippi River

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For people looking for a challenging and rewarding career on the water, deckhand training classes continue this fall on the Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Kristin Blackledge, 33, of Vicksburg, is among those taking the final steps toward permanent job placement working on barges on the Mississippi River. She’s making the jump from serving in the U.S. Coast Guard for nine years to a life on the river.

Kristin Blackledge, foreground, tosses a 12-foot mooring rope during deckhand class at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus on July 29, 2019. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

“I’m looking at it as a way into a long-term career,” Blackledge said in a Hinds CC statement. “I want to be a chief engineer and be in the engine room, working on the engines. That’s already my background from being an aviation maintenance tech in the Coast Guard.”

Blackledge and seven others participated in a deckhand training course that met 12 hours a day for just over a week, in which students learned every aspect of working on a barge – from throwing and securing a line and operating a johnboat, to rigging and other practical skills. The course followed classroom sessions with hands-on sessions and ended with a comprehensive written test.

Since its inception in 2014, the course has supplied companies with job-ready workers without interrupting workflow. River barge deckhands make about $20,000 to $30,000 annually to start. With successful advancements through the ranks, the earnings potential rises to about $65,000 as trained tankermen.

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Austin Nance, 24, of Philadelphia, Miss., tosses a 12-foot mooring during deckhand class at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus on July 29, 2019. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

“Once they get on the water, they’ll be handling barges carrying, in some cases, 220,000 pounds of either dry or liquid cargo,” said instructor Dennis Creel. “I’m teaching them everything they’ll see on river and the correct ways to do things.”

Hinds partners with several barge companies for the class, including Golding Barge, Maritime Services of Louisiana, Yazoo River Towing, Big River Shipbuilders and Magnolia Marine.

“I hope this class (accelerates) my career and helps me work my way up,” said Austin Nance, 20, of Philadelphia, Miss., who along with Blackledge passed the final test and hopes to start a new career versus just having a job. “I’ve done some work in logging, mechanical, electrical and carpentry. I’m basically a jack of all trades, but now I’m learning a new one. It’s a totally different world once you step out here.”

For complete information about the deckhand training program offered in Vicksburg through Hinds Community College, contact Marvin Moak, vice president for Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus, at 601-629-6805.

 

 

 

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This Day in History – January 25, 2012

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1533 – Henry VIII of England secretly marries his second wife Anne Boleyn.1554 – Sir Thomas Wyatt gathers an army in Kent, rebels against Queen Mary1755 – Moscow University is established on Tatiana Day.1787 – American Daniel Shays leads a rebellion to seize Federal arsenal to protest debtor’s prisons.1791 – The British Parliament passes the Constitutional Act of 1791 and splits the old Province of Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada.1799 – 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont1851 – Sojourner Truth addresses 1st Black Women’s Rights Convention (Akron, Ohio)1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn becomes a popular wedding recessional after it is played on this day at the marriage of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia.1870 – Soda fountain patented by Gustavus Dows1877 – Congress determines presidential election between Hayes-Tilden1881 – Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company.1890 – National Afro-American League forms in Chicago1890 – Nellie Bly beats Phileas Fogg’s time around world by 8 days (72 days)1915 – Alexander Graham Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco.1919 – The League of Nations is founded.1937 – The Guiding Light debuts on NBC radio from Chicago. In 1952 it moves to CBS television, where it remains until Sept. 18, 2009.1939 – Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title1949 – At the Hollywood Athletic Club the first Emmy Awards are presented.1955 – Columbia University scientists develop an atomic clock accurate to within one second in 300 years1957 – FBI arrests Jack & Myra Sobel, charged with spying for the USSR1959 – 1st transcontinental commercial jet flight (American) (Los Angeles to New York for $301)1960 – The National Association of Broadcasters reacts to the Payola scandal by threatening fines for any disc jockeys who accept money for playing particular records.1961 – In Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.1961 – Walt Disney’s “101 Dalmations” released1964 – Beatles 1st US #1, “I Want to Hold your Hand” (Cashbox)1970 – Robert Altman’s “MASH” premieres in movie theatres.  It will be followed two years later by the much-loved televison series helmed by Alan Alda as Captain Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce.1971 – Charles Manson and three female “Family” members are found guilty of the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.1971 – Idi Amin leads a coup deposing Milton Obote and becomes Uganda’s president.1979 – Pope John Paul II’s 1st overseas trip as supreme pontiff1981 – 52 Americans held hostage by Iran for 444 days arrived back in US1981 – Super Bowl XV Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10 in New Orleans; Super Bowl MVP Jim Plunkett, Oakland, Quarterback1985 – “We are the World” is recorded1986 – The National Resistance Movement topples the government of Tito Okello in Uganda.1987 – Super Bowl XXI New York Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20 in Pasadena; Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms, New York Giants, Quarterback1988 – Vice President Bush & Dan Rather clash on “CBS Evening News” as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in the Iran-Contra affair1993 – Sears announces it is closing its catalog sales department after 97 years1994 – Accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy, Michael Jackson settles a civil lawsuit out of court1996 – Billy Bailey became the last person to be hanged in the United States of America.1998 – During a historic visit to Cuba, Pope John Paul II demands the release of political prisoners and political reforms while condemning US attempts to isolate the country.1998 – Super Bowl XXXII Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers 31-24 in San Diego; Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis, Denver, Running Back2004 – Opportunity rover (MER-B) lands on surface of Mars.2011 – Egyptian Revolution of 2011 begins in Egypt, with a series of street demonstrations, marches, rallies, acts of civil disobedience, riots, labour strikes, and violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria, and throughout other cities in Egypt.]]]]> ]]>

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