New Vicksburg Speaks website

A new website has been developed that will allow for insertion of photos and which is capable of several innovations not available in WordPress. Take a look at http://vicksburgspeaks.blogspot.com/. Hopefully this site will not experience the problem with pornographic material that occured last year on another site. Your comments on the new site are welcome.

Published in: on February 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm  Comments (9)  

Topic Request – Fawm 2009 – Open Music Writing Community Challenge

FAWM stands for February Album Writing Month. Can you write 14 songs in 28 days? What are you waiting for… inspiration?
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
— Jack London
Each February, FAWM.ORG forges a collaborative community where musicians of all walks and skill levels write an album’s worth of material in the shortest month of the year (roughly one tune every other day). So-called “fawmers” are a motley mix of music professionals, students, homemakers, and folks who work dayjobs but rock nightclubs. Join us for the sixth annual FAWM in 2009!
As far as I know, I’m the only Fawmer in the region, definitely the only one in the city. I invite any local musicians to join us in this very fun, very community oriented, song writing challenge. Your songs will have the opportunity to make onto a compilation cd of the best tracks from the challenge, which is sold world wide.

I’ll be more than happy to assist in song writing/recording/editing/etc. This challenge is extremely fun.

Just email me, george@slademania.com, if you have questions. Fawm starts Feb 1st, so register soon!

P.S. It’s all free to participate!

Published in: on January 7, 2009 at 11:13 am  Comments (1)  

US POSTAL SERVICE: ONE OF THE NATION’S BIGGEST POLLUTERS?

If you used the now-closed downtown Vicksburg Post Office for your postal services, you have first-hand knowledge of the effect on your (or your business’s) finances, on your time, and on the additional pollution of the environment caused by the necessary use of a vehicle to travel to the Pemberton PO. This is not merely a Vicksburg/Warren County phenomenon, however. Similar closures are occurring nationwide as the USPS attempts to cope with reduced need for its services, and competition from other reliable and efficient delivery services. Locally, many  neighborhood drop boxes have been removed, so that most city and county residents and businesses who must use the services of the local PO now have no choice but to take the time to drive to the Pemberton location, fight the traffic on Pemberton Boulevard, wait in line until a clerk is free, then return to home or work.

Thousands if not millions of trips via vehicles to centralized post offices are required every day all across the country. The amounts of fuel burned, and the tons of carbon dioxide and sulphur and nitrogen compounds emitted from exhausts, are enormous. Indirectly, perhaps, the USPS is one of the nation’s largest polluters, and a significant contributor to waste and inefficiency.

Your comments and suggestions are welcome.

The Greatest Depression

Audio file. This expert thinks there is little time left to prepare. You may want to take action now…

http://www.howestreet.com/index.php?pl=/goldradio/index.php/mediaplayer/1065

Published in: on December 25, 2008 at 10:59 am  Leave a Comment  

1st ANNUAL CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS BENEFIT NIGHT

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 17TH
6 PM UNTIL
 
GREAT DOOR PRIZES                                        SILENT AUCTION
LOTS OF RAFFLES                                               LIVE AUCTION
 
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FEATURING
THE MIKE & MARTY BAND
THE RETURN OF “FATBACK”
John Howard Dennis, Mark Prewitt, Daniel Gilbert, Mike George, & Tommy Raines
TED HOLMAN BAND WITH LEE H. ABRAHAM & FRIENDS
 
 
LIVE AUCTION
BY MISSISSIPPI AUCTION SERVICE STAFF
HARDY KATZENMEYER, MIKE KATZENMEYER & JEFF UPTON
 
ALL PROCEEDS FOR THE CHILDREN
 
Admission – $5.00 “or a new toy”
 
Where Hwy 80 meets Hwy 27 at Vicksburg
 
DONATIONS OF MERCHANDISE FOR THE RAFFLES AND AUCTIONS ACCEPTED AT BEECHWOOD ANYTIME OR CALL CATHERINE AT 601 636 3761 FOR PICK UP OR
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
 
LET’S BE THERE FOR THE CHILDREN!
 
 
Published in: on December 12, 2008 at 10:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Warren County Justice Court Judge Bradford reprimanded

The Vicksburg Post reported Wednesday that the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance has recommended that Warren County Justice Court Judge Richard Bradford III be fined, publicly reprimanded, and suspended for 30 days without pay. Bradford is accused of several different improprieties involving cases coming before him. The Supreme Court will make a final decision in the matter. The Post’s article may be read here:

http://www.vicksburgpost.com/articles/2008/12/10/news/doc494001dfad0a2774999677.txt

Published in: on December 12, 2008 at 10:40 am  Leave a Comment  

Christmas at the city animal shelter

It will be another great Christmas for the dogs and cats at the city animal shelter this year as Debbie Lowery (Southern Paws) and Eldridge Springer (city animal control officer) renew their annual drive to comfort and save the many adoptable animals housed there. Please help with your donations of cat, kitten, dog and puppy food, dog  and puppy treats and  toys, cat treats and toys, chew bones, flea spray, and other necessities that can make life easier for these abandoned animals. Contact Debbie at Southern Paws (601 661 0502) or Eldridge (601 636 6982) if you would like to help. Drop off donations at the following locations:
Warrenton Farm and garden
Southern Paws
Willingham’s
Hometown medical
City Animal Shelter
Lorelei Book store
Adolph Rose Antiques

Thanks for your help in making Christmas a special time for our animal friends.

Published in: on December 10, 2008 at 9:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Armond Trevillion found guilty of murder

Trevillion was sentenced to life in prison, the second of four brothers to be sentenced to life for the killing of Justin Harris in 2007. The entire story may be read on the Post’s site at

http://www.vicksburgpost.com/articles/2008/12/04/news/doc49380a789bc94843411416.txt

New DA Ricky Smith has 10 convictions in 12 cases thus far. Your comments welcome.

Published in: on December 6, 2008 at 12:49 pm  Comments (2)  

Your taxes paying for non-city deadbeats

The Vicksburg Post reported Tuesday that county supervisors are paying delinquent customer garbage pickup bills with your tax dollars. You can read the article here:

http://www.vicksburgpost.com/articles/2008/12/02/news/doc49356c11a3892747744522.txt

What’s your reaction?

Published in: on December 6, 2008 at 12:42 pm  Comments (5)  

Will Vicksburg experience much lower utility costs this winter?

Natural gas futures are down to $5.7/mcf today, December 5. Entergy and the City of Vicksburg base their fuel adjustment primarily on what they pay for natural gas. Based on that price, Vicksburg residents should experience significant relief. You can look at historical prices here:

http://www.wtrg.com/daily/ngfhl.gif

Will we see relief? Your opinion is appreciated.

Published in: on December 5, 2008 at 10:50 am  Comments (1)  

Coach Sylvester Croom gone from Mississippi State

After its humiliating football loss to Ole Miss (45 – 0) Friday, MSU has announced the resignation of coach Sylvester Croom, the first black head football coach in the Southeastern Conference. Most MSU fans were probably happy at Croom’s decision, though many will likewise sympathize with the man. What lies ahead for the Maroon and White, and for Coach Croom? Have you a recommendation for a new head coach? Will new MSU President Mark Keenum have a say in the search and decision? Your comments welcome.

Published in: on November 30, 2008 at 5:46 pm  Comments (2)  

Vicksburg Post vs. Beacon Hill Institute

The Beacon Hill Institute of Boston rated Mississippi dead last among the 50 states in terms of competitiveness when attempting to attract new businesses. The Vicksburg Post in a Sunday editorial took issue, claiming the study was a “hoax.” In a Letter-to-the-Editor printed in Wednesday’s Post, David G. Tuerck, Executive Director of BHI, challenged the Post to disprove its findings, saying “…I’m sure that you’ll want to expose our little hoax in detail. You’ll want to tell us just how we rigged the data to get our preconceived results. If not, then I’m also sure you’ll want to print a retraction. That is, unless respect for the truth no longer commands the respect that it once did down your way.”

It will be quite interesting to watch the Post for its reaction, for its defense of its charge, or a retraction thereof.

Published in: on November 30, 2008 at 5:36 pm  Comments (2)  

Our bridge, our dilemma

The Old Highway 80 bridge across the Mississippi River belongs to us – the people of Warren County. An opinion editorial in the Post describes the present situation:

Management of the U.S. 80 Bridge over the Mississippi River remains as murky as the water swirling below.

It shouldn’t be that way.

The old bridge, now used exclusively by Kansas City Southern for its trains and as an attachment point for the cables of assorted utilities, is a public asset. It is owned by the people of Warren County who are being given absolutely no clue as to what’s on the minds of Warren County supervisors or the five members they appoint to the bridge commission.

Last week, for at least the third time in the past seven months, supervisors and commissioners met behind closed doors for well over an hour.

It’s their option to do so, they say, because KCS has threatened to take them to court and state law allows secret sessions when public bodies face “potential litigation.”

“Allows” is a key word here, because nothing in the law requires any of their discussions to be held outside the public’s hearing. If they had any desire to be open and forthright with voters, they could. That’s not the case. Even before and after such sessions, supervisors are coy and evasive in answering questions — and not just about what was said but also the topic being discussed. Their considered position is the less you know the better. It’s their right to have it that way — not even telling you the options being reviewed.

The facts are these:

* Warren County has owned the bridge, built privately and opened in 1930, since the end of World War II.

* From the start, the county’s plan was to use tolls to pay off the purchase price and thereafter to set tolls to pay for operation and maintenance on a break-even basis.

* The vehicular roadbed was closed 10 years ago due to deteriorating concrete. There are no plans for it ever to be reopened to traffic if for no other reason than it is too narrow to meet legal minimums.

* The long-term lease with KCS is a dead letter and has been for years. An earlier agreement by the commission and supervisors to sell the bridge to KCS was revoked by supervisors after public protest. For safety reasons, KCS strongly opposes any plan to allow regular pedestrian traffic on the old roadbed in the form of a park or overlook.

* In 2005, the commission started billing KCS for new, far higher tolls. KCS, for the most part, has continued paying at the old rate as “negotiations” continued.

* Engineering reports say the bridge needs some work, but remains stable for the foreseeable future.

Anything else said about the bridge is speculation.

Why?

Because the Warren County Board of Supervisors has decided that it’s none of your business.

The bridge and its baggage have been kicked around for far too long. Isn’t it time the Board of Supervisors showed a bit of leadership on the issues?

Published in: on November 17, 2008 at 9:53 am  Comments (14)  

Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation Annual Meeting

Reservations for the SCHF Annual Meeting and luncheon next Friday (November 21) at 12:00 pm may be made by calling 601-631-2997.  Special guest speaker will be Lee Lampton of Ergon.  Cost of the luncheon is $10.00.  Reservations must be made by November 19th.

The following is a list of upcoming events at the Cultural Center.  For more detailed information on any of the programs, please check the SCHF website at www.southernculture.org
·         Current openings for Guitar Lessons with Richard McComas (see our web page for more details)
·         Ballroom Dance – November 23 “West Coast Swing”  
·         Sentimental Journey with the Capitol City Stage Band – November 14 at 7:00 pm
·         Holiday Centerpiece Workshop with Beau Lutz of Belvedere & Company – December 2 from 6 to 8 pm
·         Holly Days Arts and Crafts Show – December 6
·         Native Daughters:  Conversations on Poetry & Painting with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet ,Natasha Tretheway, and renowned Mississippi Artist, H.C. Porter – December 11 
·         Christmas Concert by the St. Joseph Community Orchestra – December 14
·         SPEAK UP! Communication Class for grades 4th-6th – January 6-8
·         Children’s Quilting Classes – January 7 and March 18
·         Mountaintop Civil Rights Exhibit – February 19-21 
·         Adult Beginner Quilting Classes – January 17, February 14, March 14, April 25, May 16 and June 20
·         St. Joseph Orchestra ” Valentine Rhapsody”  featuring famed Russian pianist, Vladimir Zaitzev-February 12
·         “How to be Published” Writers Workshops – March 7-8
·         Brick Street Barber Shop Quartet Concert and Comedy Show – March 12
·         Creative Writers Workshops – (Fiction Writing-March 19-21) & (Memoir Writing-March 22-24)
 
To support the SCHF’s activities with an annual membership, visit online at http://www.southernculture.org/Membership.htm.
 
To locate buildings or offices, visit http://www.southernculture.org/find_our_buildings.htm
  
Please contact for more information:
Annette Kirklin, Director, annette@southernculture.org
Elizabeth Brown, Office Manager, bhh@southernculture.org
 
Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation
1302 Adams Street
Vicksburg, MS  39180
 
(601) 631-2997, phone
(601) 631-3734, fax
 
 
www.southernculture.org

Published in: on November 14, 2008 at 7:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tom Adkins: White guilt is dead

By Tom Adkins:
 
Look at my fellow conservatives! There they go, glumly shuffling along, depressed by the election aftermath. Not me. I’m virtually euphoric. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not thrilled with America ’s flirtation with neo socialism. But there’s a massive silver lining in those magical clouds that lofted Barak Obama to the Presidency. For today, without a shred of intellectually legitimate opposition, I can loudly proclaim to America : The Era of White Guilt is over.
 
This seemingly impossible event occurred because the vast majority of white Americans didn’t give a fluff about skin color, and enthusiastically pulled the voting lever for a black man. Not just any black man. A very liberal black man who spent his early career race-hustling banks, praying in a racist church for 20 years, and actively worked with America-hating domestic terrorists. Wow! Some resume! Yet they made Barak Obama their leader. Therefore, as of Nov 4th, 2008, white guilt is dead.
 
For over a century, the millstone of white guilt hung around our necks, retribution for slave-owning predecessors. In the 60s, American liberals began yanking that millstone while sticking a fork in the eye of black Americans, exacerbating the racial divide to extort a socialist solution. But if a black man can become President, exactly what significant barrier is left? The election of Barak Obama absolutely destroys the entire validation of liberal white guilt. The dragon is hereby slain.
 
So today, I’m feeling a little “uppity,” if you will. From this day forward, my tolerance level for having my skin color hustled is now exactly ZERO. And it’s time to clean house. No more Reverend Wright’s “God Damn America ,” Al Sharpton’s Church of Perpetual Victimization , or Jesse Jackson’s rainbow racism. Cornell West? You’re a fraud. Go home. All those “black studies” programs that taught kids to hate whitey? You must now thank Whitey. And I want that on the final.
 
Congressional Black Caucus? Irrelevant. Maxine Waters? Shut up. ACORN? Outlawed. Black Panthers? Go home and pet your kitty. Black separatists? Find another nation that offers better dreams. Go ahead. I’m waiting.
 
Gangsta rappers? Start praising America . Begin with the Pledge of Allegiance. And please…no more ebonics. Speak English, and who knows where you might end up? Oh, yeah…pull up your pants. Your underwear is showing. You look stupid.
 
To those Eurosnots who forged entire careers hating America ? I’m still waiting for the first black French President.
 
And let me offer an equal opportunity whupping. I’ve always despised lazy white people. Now, I can talk smack about lazy black people. You’re poor because you quit school, did drugs, had three kids with three different fathers, and refuse to work. So when you plop your Colt 45-swilling, Oprah watchin’ butt on the couch and complain “Da Man is keepin’ me down,” allow me to inform you: Da Man is now black. You have no excuses.
 
No more quotas No more handouts. No more stealing my money because someone’s great-great-great-great grandparents suffered actual pain and misery at the hands of people I have no relation to, and personally revile.
 
It’s time to toss that massive, obsolete race-hustle machine upon the heap of the other stupid 60s ideas. Drag it over there, by wife swapping, next to dope-smoking Plenty of room right between free love and cop-killing. Careful…don’t trip on streaking. There ya go, don’t be gentle. Just dump it. Wash your hands. It’s filthy.
 
In fact, Obama’s ascension created a gargantuan irony. How can you sell class envy and American unfairness when you and your black wife went to Ivy League schools, got high-paying jobs, became millionaires, bought a mansion, and got elected President? How unfair is that??? Now, Like a delicious O’Henry tale, Obama’s spread-the-wealth campaign rendered itself moot by it’s own victory!  America is officially a meritocracy. Obama’s election has validated American conservatism!
 
So, listen carefully…Wham!!!
That’s the sound of my foot kicking the door shut on the era of white guilt. The rites have been muttered, the carcass lowered, dirt shoveled, and tombstone erected. White guilt is dead and buried.
 
However, despite my glee, there’s apparently one small, rabid bastion of American racism remaining. Black Americans voted 96% for Barak Obama. Hmmm. In a color-blind world, shouldn’t that be 50-50? Tonight, every black person should ask forgiveness for their apparent racism and prejudice towards white people. Maybe it’s time to start spreading the guilt around.

Published in: on November 11, 2008 at 1:16 pm  Comments (31)