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Onward Store Closes Down

Another area restaurant has called it quits.  According to numerous social media posts from employees, family and customers the Onward Store is no more.

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Another area restaurant has called it quits.  According to numerous social media posts from employees, family and customers the Onward Store is no more.

The Onward Store in Onward, Mississippi had become a favorite spot for locals and tourists.  It was a must-see for those traveling the Blues Highway.  However, recent political winds have shifted and blown away the future of the seven-year-old effort.  While business had seemed brisk and we are heading into tourist season, a recent letter to the Mississippi River Commission by the husband of the Onward Store’s owner appears to be partially to blame for the closure of the store.  In the letter, William Van Devender pleads with the head of the River Commission to not install the pumps at Steele Bayou.  The pumps have been a hot topic among Eagle Lake residents and farmers in the area for some time.

 

The current and historic Backwater Flood of 2019 has local citizens on edge.  Their anger has been focused on those who will not help them to install the pumps at Steele Bayou.  They believe the pumps would have alleviated a great deal of the flooding issue at Eagle Lake and the surrounding flatlands of the Delta.

 

In 2008 the Bush administration killed the pump project due to environmental concerns over a specific species of gnat believed to be crucial to the food chain.  An additional concern was the wetlands.  Mr. Van Devender cited the wetlands as his main concern.  While we have no word on how his recommendation was received at the River Commission, there is no doubt the community is angry.  So angry they organized a boycott of the Onward Store in protest.

 

Mr. Van Devender is also the Financial Chairman for the campaign of Tate Reeves for Governor.  Here is Mr. Van Devender’s letter:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MDOT announces I-20 lane closures near Clinton

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If your commute regularly takes you to and from Clinton, Miss., be advised that you will likely be dealing with slow traffic for a couple of months starting next week.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation announced today that it would be closing the inside lanes of both eastbound and westbound Interstate 20 at Norrell Road (exit 31) starting Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 a.m.

The work, which will make repairs to bridges over Norrell Road in Hinds County, is expected to take about 60 days.

Please use caution in the area and expect delays.

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Corps’ mat sinking unit suspended revetment season due to flooding

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit suspended its 2019 revetment season Jan. 21. The season was suspended due to adverse river conditions caused by flooded riverbanks and high velocity flows. The unit will remain on standby for approximately one month as district engineers and technical experts monitor river conditions for the opportunity to complete scheduled work. If conditions are favorable, the unit will potentially resume work in late February. (photo courtesy USACE)

From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Vicksburg District’s Mat Sinking Unit suspended its 2019 revetment season Jan. 21.

The season was suspended due to adverse river conditions caused by flooded riverbanks and high-velocity flows. The unit will remain on standby for approximately one month as district engineers and technical experts monitor river conditions for the opportunity to complete scheduled work. If conditions are favorable, the unit will potentially resume work in late February.

During the 2019 season, the unit has placed approximately 170,000 squares of articulated concrete mattress along the banks of the Mississippi River to prevent erosion, protect key areas of the riverbank and flood control works and provide a safe, reliable channel for navigation.

“For more than 70 years, the Mat Sinking Unit has taken on the unique and important task of preventing erosion and maintaining navigation up and down the Mississippi River,” said Vicksburg District Commander Col. Robert Hilliard in a statement. “The Mississippi River serves as a vital commercial waterway and drainage system for the nation, and the hard work of the unit allows it to perform those crucial functions.”

Unparalleled across the world, the Mat Sinking Unit is a feat of skilled labor and technological innovation. A mat sinking barge, a mat supply barge, quarter barges, spar barges, gantry cranes, bulldozers and motor vessels are among the equipment used by the unit to help maintain the Mississippi River’s stabilization and navigation. Each season, approximately 50 full-time and 220 seasonal or temporary employees live on quarter boats and work 10-hour shifts and 12-consecutive-day work periods to execute the mission. The unit typically operates when river stages are at their lowest and conducts work that spans the jurisdictions of the Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans districts.

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Warrenton Road blocked due to accidents

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Warrenton Road is blocked from U.S. Highway 61 South to near Lady Luck Casino due to two accidents reportedly caused by a vehicle pulled over due to a medical incident.

Plan on taking another route until about 4:30 p.m.

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