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Walk a mile in her shoes

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Dozens of citizens, law enforcement, elected officials, candidates and media showed up to support the ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ event held at the city pavilion this afternoon.

The event was held to highlight the struggle many of our fellow citizens have with domestic violence. Here is a pictorial of the event:

Judge Angela Carpenter opened the event.

Police Chief Milton Moore spoke to the assembled and noted the 400 cases of domestic violence were reported in the city last year.

These are the folks who worked to bring this event together. From left to right Captain Penny Jones with the Vicksburg Police Department Krystal Hamlin with Haven House, Danielle Williams with the PD, Sgt. Kathryn Trueheart with the Vicksburg Police Department, Alberta Wheeler Municipal Court Clerk. Kayla Hudson Municipal Court Clerk and Jerronica Hooper with Haven House.

Sgt. Bobby Jones is everywhere, all the time and rocks some high heels in support as newly promoted Deputy Chief Penny Jones looks on. Candidate Ken Harper was also on hand at the event to show his support.

Mayor George Flaggs Jr. shows off his boots prior to marching in support.

The supporters, with their heels, prepare to march to stop domestic violence.

Detective John Nguyen, a masked young man, Assistant Fire Chief Derrick Stamps, Investigator Mario Grady, Fire Chief Craig Danczyck, Claude Billings and candidate Ricky Johnson all walk in support chanting ‘Stop Domestic Violence’.

Investigator Derrick Smith walks in support while chanting ‘Stop Domestic Violence.”

County supervisor candidate Shawn Jackson and a very handsome young man walk in support.

Bobbie Bingham Morrow, President of the Vicksburg NAACP proudly marches in support.

Judge Angela Carpenter organized this event.

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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

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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

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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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