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Riverfest canceled for 2020

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Dean Anderson, Vicksburgfest board 2019 president, sent the following email to the Vicksburg Daily News concerning Riverfest 2020:

We would like to thank the citizens and businesses of Vicksburg for your support of Vicksburgfest (formerly Riverfest) over the years. There are no plans for a 2020 event as we take a step back to re-evaluate the event. We encourage the community to support other volunteer-led events that impact the economy of our city like Vicksburg Second Saturday, which is held the second Saturday of the month featuring live music and family-friendly activities in the downtown district.

Thank you to all of our current and past board members, volunteers, city workers and sponsors that have always been supportive of our goal to encourage locals and tourists alike to enjoy our city’s amenities through art and music.

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Two-vehicle crash on Sherman Avenue

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Warren County Sheriff’s officials responded to a two-car crash on Sherman Avenue at the entrance to Sherman Avenue Elementary Monday around 3:16 p.m.

Initial reports indicated there were injuries, but occupants of both vehicles declined to be transported to a medical facility.

The accident should be cleared by 4:15 p.m.

Culkin Engine 205, Rescue, Fire Medic 30 all responded along with Vicksburg Deputy Fire Chief Trey Martin (FD-2) and Warren County Fire Coordinator Jerry Briggs. Sgt. Silento McMorris, Investigator Stacy Rollison and Deputy Ronnie Fuller from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene as well.

Sgt. McMorris is conducting the investigation into this accident.

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Lottery adds more than $7 million to Mississippi’s treasury for October

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Monday, the Mississippi Lottery Corporation completed its October transfer of $7,069,979.17 in net proceeds to the Lottery Proceeds Fund in the Mississippi State Treasury. This brings the total transfer for fiscal year 2021, which began July 1, to $33,655,036.73.

In related news, this week the Mississippi Department of Transportation announced the additional awarding of funds to projects throughout the state. For a complete list of MDOT projects using lottery net proceeds, click here.

Total miles of lottery projects awarded through the end of October reached nearly 250 miles.

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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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