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Tonight’s Red Carpet Bowl honors Randy Wright Sr.



Randy Wright Sr.

Friday is Randy Wright Sr. day in Vicksburg by order of the mayor and aldermen.

Wright died last October at the age of 67, and tonight’s Red Carpet Bowl is being played in his memory. Mayor George Flaggs Jr. will be on hand to present a proclamation to his family.

Wright, then a senior, played in the 1968 Red Carpet Bowl as a member of the Cooper High Greenies. They defeated Yazoo City 33 to 12.

He owned and ran probably one of the most well-known restaurants in our area — Goldies Trail Bar-b-que, but Wright’s true legacy are his countless good works in our community in supporting events like the Red Carpet Bowl and area sports in general. He served on the Red Carpet Bowl Committee for many years, and he and his family were always there to step up and lend a hand.

The Red Carpet Bowl started in 1962 when a group of men came together to raise money for the late Leo Puckett, a player who was a quadriplegic following a football injury.

The game grew from a postseason event to Warren County’s kickoff classic. A basketball tournament and a golf tournament have been added as spring events, all with the focus of awarding scholarships to student athletes from the four county high schools.

Countless people who have gone on to be successful as coaches and players have played in the game including former Ole Miss Coach Billy Brewer.

There have been some unique circumstances surrounding the game and this year will be added to that list due to COVID-19 crowd restrictions.

In 1995 a 6-inch rain leading up to the game almost forced cancellation. A military medivac helicopter was brought in to dry the field by hovering and landing. A huge crowd showed up just to watch.

You can view the game on the Vicksburg Warren School District Facebook page or YouTube channel. You can also listen on either 105.5 FM with the Warren Central announcing team or 107.7 FM with the Vicksburg team.


Martin and Mosher inducted as ERDC Distinguished Civilian Employees



Dr. William "Bill" Martin and Dr. Reed Mosher (photos courtesy ERDC)

The U.S. Army Engineering Research and Development Center will induct two former employees to the Waterways Experiment Station Gallery of Distinguished Civilian Employees Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. in the ERDC Headquarters Auditorium.

Dr. Bill Martin and Dr. Reed Mosher will join the ranks of more than 100 former employees whose significant career achievements left a lasting impression on both ERDC and the nation.

Martin and Mosher both served as directors of laboratories at the ERDC. Both pioneered technologies that proved to be life saving for American Soldiers and both left behind a remarkable legacy when they retired from federal service.

Each year, the ERDC inducts new members to the gallery, the highest honor bestowed to those who have worked at WES in Vicksburg.

Martin, a U.S. Army veteran, ended his 41-year ERDC career in 2013 as director of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory. In that role, he led a $90 million research program that provided cutting-edge technology solutions to more than 500 projects around the world. Martin was also instrumental in updating the lab’s world-class facilities, including the development of a state-of-the-art Ship Simulator Complex, which allows engineers and pilots to simulate ports, harbors and maritime environments all over the world.

Martin is also remembered for being a leader in addressing complex groundwater issues on military installations, as well as for leading a team that performed emergency modeling of the Sava River in Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of the 1st Armor Division’s peacekeeping role after the Balkan War. His team provided daily river condition forecasts and answered engineering questions for more than 450 consecutive days, which led to the creation of the WES Tele-Engineering Program. Today that program is known as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reachback Operations Center, which is located in Vicksburg and connects deployed troops in the field to subject-matter experts back home who can help solve engineering challenges for them.

Mosher, who spent 40 years as a federal employee, retired as director of the Information Technology Laboratory  in 2018. Under his leadership, the lab’s staff grew by 108%, becoming the second largest ERDC laboratory. He also oversaw the construction of a 66,000 square-foot expansion to the laboratory, and his vision for a new secure computing facility is under construction and scheduled for completion later this year.

Before his ITL role, Mosher served as the lead technical director for military engineering in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory, where he was also directly involved with assessments after some of the world’s most notorious attacks and bombings — Oklahoma City in 1995, the U.S. Embassies in Africa in 1998 and the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. He was instrumental in developing new technologies designed to protect soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan from rockets, mortars and other explosives.

Even after their retirements, both inductees are still involved with the ERDC today. Martin is a member and served as the 2019 president of the ERDC Alumni Association, while Mosher is the director of the Mississippi State University Institute for Systems Engineering Research, a partnership initiative with the ERDC.


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Vicksburg police make a drug bust after brief pursuit



James Morris (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police officers arrested a man Tuesday on drug charges after a brief pursuit.

James Morris, 30, of Vicksburg was arrested shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, on U.S. Highway 80 just outside the city limits. The officers found that Morris was in possession of crack cocaine.

Charged with one count of possession of cocaine, Morris appeared Tuesday before Judge Angela Carpenter in the Vicksburg Municipal Court for his arraignment. Carpenter bound him over to the Warren County grand jury on a $30,000 bond.

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Williams arrested for two separate burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall



Felix Williams (photo courtesy VPD)

Vicksburg police arrested Felix Williams, 30, of Vicksburg, for two separate burglaries at the Vicksburg Mall.

For a break-in Sunday, Oct. 11, into the mall and Jordan’s, Williams was charged with two counts of business burglary. Williams was also charged with two counts of business burglary and one count of grand larceny for the Oct. 2 burglary at the Sports Addition.

Monday, Oct. 12, Judge Angela Carpenter in the Vicksburg Municipal Court set Williams bond at $400,000 and bound him over to the Warren County grand jury.

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