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Parker Waites joins Vicksburg Daily News as an intern

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Parker Waites

Parker Waites has joined the team at the Vicksburg Daily News as a summer intern.

The multi-talented young man is a graduating senior at Warren Central High School, having achieved accolades that include the Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Red Cord Community Service and Key Club. An avid tennis player, Waites has been a varsity tennis team member for five years. He has participated in four high-school musicals and one play, and has been a member of the Madrigal Show Choir and Total Sound Show Choir for four years.

Around the area, Waites has participated in service projects for the United Way, Service over Self and at Camp Silvercloud with the Junior Auxiliary.

He has appeared in numerous productions at the Vicksburg Theatre Guild and the Strand Theatre and has been a set builder at the Strand.

An avid Youtuber, Waites has been creating content for a number of years.

Waites is the son of Kearney and Stacey Waites, both of Vicksburg. He is planning on attending college either at Kings College in New York City or the University of Mississippi. He plans to study journalism with an emphasis on broadcasting.

Waites had his first story published with the Vicksburg Daily News on April 21.

We welcome Parker Waites to the team and look forward to his contributions.

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Flaggs to hold COVID-19 news conference Wednesday

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Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. during a live session May 20.

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will hold a COVID-19 news conference Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 2:30 p.m.

The news conference will be held in the Robert M. Walker Building Board Room at 1415 Walnut St.

The Vicksburg Daily News will be on hand to provide live coverage streaming on our Facebook page.

 

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ERDC brings home eight awards from virtual national ceremony

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Dr. Rebekah Wilson of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) was honored with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Researcher of the Year Award at a virtual ceremony held Nov. 12, 2020. (photo courtesy ERDC)

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center brought home eight awards from the annual U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Awards Ceremony, held virtually Nov. 12.

Employees of the ERDC Construction Research and Engineering Laboratory claimed two of the top honors at the ceremony. Dr. Rebekah Wilson was named USACE Researcher of the Year and Joseph Bush won USACE Mechanical Engineer of the Year.

“You are the best of our best,” said Lt. Gen. Scott Spellmon, 55th Chief of Engineers and USACE Commanding General, to the crowd gathered virtually. “You have stepped up to our vision by engineering solutions to our nation’s toughest challenges, and I want to thank all of you. You stepped up and proved that innovation is the key to success. You have demonstrated to the world the Corps’ leadership, technical capabilities, integrity and steadfastness.”

As the leader of the research and development program for the USACE Paint Technology Center at CERL, Wilson conceives, develops, leads and performs research and development on new and innovative coating technologies to address the most pressing needs of the Department of Defense and USACE. From corrosion prevention to camouflage, energy efficiency and other related areas, Wilson’s work ranges from fundamental basic research to demonstration and validation of new coatings for use by USACE and the military.

Bush, a mechanical engineer at CERL, is a subject-matter expert in the area of heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls and cybersecurity. He was recognized at the National Awards Ceremony for professional commitment, technical excellence and exceptional leadership for his contributions to a variety of mechanical engineering efforts.

“It is engineers and critical thinkers like the people we honored today whose work exemplifies the mission of this WORLD-CLASS organization. Thinking outside the box to engineer solutions for all Americans,” Spellmon said. “Each of you honored today exemplify what a leader looks like.”

In addition to Wilson and Bush, six other ERDC teams and employees were recognized for their outstanding performance. The ERDC contracting office was the winner of the 2020 Excellence in Contracting Award, while the USACE Sustainability Hero Award went to Dr. Guillermo Riveros of the Information Technology Laboratory. ERDC teams earned two USACE Innovation of the Year Awards, with one going to the COVID-19 Model and Analysis Team, made up of researchers from the Environmental Laboratory and the Information Technology Laboratory, and another to the Harmful Algal Bloom Interception, Treatment and Transformation System Team at CERL. The Environmental Laboratory’s Horseshoe Bend Delivery Team was recognized with the Green Innovation Award.

An individual award for USACE Innovators of the Year was also presented to Lyle Seethaler of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory for his work as Civil Works Business Intelligence Technical Lead.

“These awards are yet another example of ERDC’s commitment to taking the problem to the next level and thinking outside the box to solve the toughest challenges faced by our nation and military today,” said ERDC Director Dr. David Pittman. “As the great Henry Ford once said, ‘If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.’”

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Lucy Derrossette is the newest member of the Vicksburg-Warren County Board of Realtors

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(photo courtesy Lucy Derrossette)

Vicksburg resident Lucy Derrossette is the newest member of the Vicksburg-Warren County Board of Realtors.

Derrossette, who has worked for the Vicksburg-Warren School District for the past 30 years as a teacher and at the central office as the Director of Innovation, is ready to start her new side job of helping individuals find a home.

“I am super excited because interest rates are so low that people can get houses for a lot less and loans will be available for them,” Derrossette said.

The Board of Realtors members are all certified and licensed to sell homes. For someone to become a realtor, they must pass a state and national exam.

Derrossette began taking classes in June while the COVID-19 pandemic was interrupting her job at the school district when everyone, including students, was sent home, so she was able to finish three months later. This is her second time to become a realtor; she first started 20 years ago.

Derrossette always had a passion for houses so being a realtor with Keller-Williams is a calling and not just a job.

“I always loved houses and people,” Derrossette said. “I think it is a great investment for anyone, especially teachers because they can get special loans up to $6,000 for teaching in the Vicksburg area for three years without having to pay the money back.”

Derrossette will continue working for the Vicksburg-Warren School District while also working as a realtor. She will be doing two things that she loves: selling houses and helping children.

To contact Derrossette concerning real estate in Vicksburg, call 601-301-0623.

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