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The week in pictures for week ending Oct. 20, 2019



Alicia Buford and Smokey inhaled a lot of smoke from the fire at their Azaela Trace apartment.

This is a new feature for the Vicksburg Daily News. Over the course of the week we publish a lot of photos. Often times the photos are lost in the story, or we hold back from posting a photo because the subject matter may be sensitive. We will never post grotesque photos of an accident victim, for example. In these picture you may see some heavy damage to a vehicle or property.

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Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by David Day, © Vicksburg Daily News.

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A fire completely destroyed a home on Wabash Avenue Sunday morning, October 20th. The heat from this fire caused my camera to shut down.

Jerry Briggs is the Warren County Fire Coordinator. He is the guy who you want to see if you’ve got a problem. He is also a great teacher and mentor.

The impact removed the wheel from this vehicle that was involved in an accident in the county.

Good luck ringing that bell or getting service. We joked with the people behind that glass who do a great service for us and the community they serve. Still, that bell…

This accident was completely avoidable.

A head on collision on Wisconsin during the heavy rainfall.

The driver was in the middle of the road when we arrived on scene. He had crawled from the vehicle and moved to the side of the interstate as we approached.

This accident looks a lot worse than it actually was. That white truck had massive damage and the 18 wheeler is on it’s side. The man in the white truck only had minor injuries.

This tombstone at the city cemetery.

Christian Curtis – get well soon!(photo by Larry Walker of Skywalker Photography)

Another accident that looks a lot worse than it is. The driver and passenger of the white SUV were injured and transported. The child in the back seat, in a child’s safety seat, was uninjured. Put your child in their child seat. They will survive.

Robert Whitten in full gear after putting out the fire after saving the lives of resident Alicia Buford and new puppy, Smokey.


Louisiana to begin I-20 Mississippi River bridge work in January 2020



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A nearly 50-year-old major interstate crossing over the Mississippi River will soon be receiving a face lift and modern structural improvements, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced Nov. 15.

The project to rehabilitate the two-mile-long Interstate 20 bridge over the Mississippi River is set to begin in the next couple of months.

Built in 1973, the bridge connects Madison Parish, La., to Warren County, Miss., and provides one of the few interstate roadway crossings over the river.

The $27.7 million project will provide a number of significant repairs including the bridge deck, electrical system, and roadway lighting components.

“Ensuring these integral crossings over the Mississippi River are properly maintained and modernized is crucial to growing the state’s economy,” said Louisiana DOTD Secretary Shawn D. Wilson in a statement. “This project will extend the service life of this bridge for decades to come, an example of strategically investing in our existing infrastructure with our available funding and maximizing the use of those dollars.”

The old deck will be resurfaced with new concrete to improve traction and preserve the structural aspects of the bridge flooring. The current electrical circuits will be replaced, in addition to the replacement of nearly 100 roadway lighting fixtures with a modern LED system.

Roadway fiber optics will also be replaced with new cameras and radar, which will integrate the system into Mississippi’s IT network.

Additionally, selected bridge bearings will be adapted to provide the ability to re-position the bridge truss upriver as necessary. The steel structural connections at certain locations on the bridge will be modified to improve resilience against all loads and conditions.

New navigational lighting and aerial beacons will also be installed, along with improvements to the bridge monitoring system and enhancements to the inspection access walkways.

During construction, single-lane closures will be required, though there will be no lane closures conducted in both directions at the same time in order to maintain traffic flow as much as possible.

Work on the project is expected to begin mid-January 2020 and is anticipated to wrap up in early 2021, with progress dependent on weather conditions.


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Korean War casualty comes home to Greenwood after 69 years



Cpl. Joe T. Avant of Greenwood, Miss. went missing in 1950 during the Korean War. Photo from the DPAA.

After 69 years, the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Joe T. Avant will come home to Greenwood, Miss.

On Nov. 30, 1950, during the Korean War, Avant went missing in action after his unit was attacked. He was 20 years old at the time. Three years later, Avant was declared dead, reports the Greenwood Commonwealth.

His funeral is scheduled for Dec. 13.

“He will have the same military honors of someone who is killed in war today,” Delores Moore, Avant’s younger sister, told the paper.

Avant’s remains will be in Jackson a few days before the funeral. From there, the family and a group of retired and active military motorcycle riders, the Patriot Guard Riders, will accompany his body back to his hometown.

In 2018, the North Korean government gave 55 boxes containing the remains of American service members lost during the Korean war to the U.S., according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Avant’s remains were among those identified from those remains through DNA and other methods.

Some 7,600 Americans are still unaccounted for from the Korean War.

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Vicksburg Police seeking help in locating William Taylor



The Vicksburg Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating William Alexander Taylor.

Taylor, 30, is wanted for discharging a firearm in the city limits and for weapon possession by a felon.

If you have any information on Taylor’s whereabouts, please call the Vicksburg Police at 601-636-2511 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477).

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