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.

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

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.

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  

Speed Street apartments vacated – will it reduce crime?

The old Speed Street School building, located at 901 Speed Street, and long ago renovated for apartment dwelling, has been declared unfit for habitation. Thirty residents have been given thirty days to vacate their apartments. The area around these apartments has been the scene of numerous crimes over the past year or more, though no resident (to our knowledge) of the apartments has been accused of any crimes. Will the crime rate in the area be affected by the dislocations? What’s your opinion?

Published in: on September 23, 2008 at 6:13 pm  Comments (8)  

Bare your booty with saggy jeans?

How do you feel about people who allow their underwear to be exposed by loosely fitted pants? Lots of towns and school districts are banning the practice. Here’s the experience of one…

A law that landed a Florida teenager in jail for having sagging jeans that exposed his underwear is unconstitutional, a judge has decided.

The 17-year-old spent a night in jail after police arrested him for exposing 4in (10cm) of boxer shorts in Riviera Beach, south-east Florida.

Town voters backed the law in March after supporters raised a petition.

However, a circuit judge ruled that the law was unconstitutional based on “the limited facts” of the case.

Carol Bickerstaff, defending teenager Julius Hart, had urged Judge Paul Moyle to throw out the law, saying: “Your honour, we now have the fashion police.”

Before making his ruling, Judge Moyle said: “We’re not talking about exposure of buttocks. No. We’re talking about someone who has on pants whose underwear are apparently visible to a police officer who then makes an arrest, and the basis is he’s then held overnight.”

Gaining popularity

Moves to ban baggy or saggy jeans are gaining popularity in several parts of the US.

Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia are among the larger US cities considering similar measures.

However, civil liberties groups say such laws will unfairly target young African-Americans.

The fashion is believed to have originated in prisons, where inmates are given baggy uniform trousers and have their belts removed to prevent hangings and beatings.

The trend made it to gangster rap videos in the 1980s and then spread to skateboarders and high-school hallways.

Should a similar ordinance be made law in Vicksburg?

Published in: on September 22, 2008 at 3:14 pm  Comments (8)  

Vicksburg’s best restaurants

It’s been a while since we’ve surveyed Vicksburg’s restaurants, with some disappearing, others opening since the last poll. Which do your recommend? Share your experiences, good and bad.

Published in: on September 21, 2008 at 9:13 am  Comments (5)  

Goodby, earth: Large Hadron Collider online

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator complex, intended to collide opposing beams of protons charged with approximately 7 TeVs of energy. Its main purpose is to explore the validity and limitations of the Standard Model, the current theoretical picture for particle physics. It crosses the border between Switzerland and France at four points, but most of it is in France. The collider will undergo its initial tests today, and will gradually be brought up to “top speed” over a period of several months.

 

Some scientists fear that the machine will inadvertently create a micro “black hole,” and the earth will be quickly erased from existence. Others have ruled out the possibility that the LHC will create any kind of doomsday scenario, countering that the black holes that the LHC could theoretically create don’t even have enough energy to light up a light bulb. On the other hand, the U.K.’s Astronomer Royal put the odds of destroying the world at 1 in 50 million.

 

If you’d like to learn more about the LHC, see http://lhc.web.cern.ch/lhc/ or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Large_Hadron_Collider, and associated articles.

 

What’s your opinion? Will earth be destroyed in a nano-second of conflagration?

Published in: on September 10, 2008 at 9:05 am  Leave a Comment  

What do Vicksburg Gas and Entergy have in common?

Answer: The cost of natural gas significantly affects the amount of your bill each month. And since the cost of natural gas has plummeted to roughly HALF what it cost at its peak a few months ago, your monthly bill should see a SIGNIFICANT decrease. Will it happen? What’s your opinion?

Published in: on September 4, 2008 at 9:45 am  Comments (4)  

Are any members of the VPD online?

If there are any present or former members of the Vicksburg police force who read or contribute to this blog online, we would like to hear your opinions about the operations of the Vicksburg Police Department. We do not want character assassinations, rumors, persons with an ax to grind, etc., just facts or well-thought-out opinions and recommendations. If you prefer not to use your true identity, pick a screen ID; your identity will never be revealed to others unless you want it revealed.

 

The people of Vicksburg read the words of the Chief or Assistant Chief of Police regularly in the Vicksburg Post, but never hear from those in the ranks. Enlighten us. For example, the Holmans, who just decided to move from their house on Oak Street due to criminal activity, charged that the police were slow to respond and unconcerned about their welfare. Is that true? What can be done about the crime in the Oak/Speed Street area? The force has only 57 members out of an approved number of over ninety. Why? Why is there such a tremendous personnel turnover? Is it true that there has been over a 100% turnover in the ranks in the past year? Why all the resignations? How do you feel about the sheriff’s department? Would combining police and sheriff’s department improve law enforcement? Are you using the automated crime reporting system effectively? How can the public help you to better do your job? What would you like to say to the public?

 

Your comments will contribute to a better understanding of the problems facing the department, and to an appreciation for the job that you are doing. Your input is sincerely requested. Others who wish to thank the VPD for its work, or who have another message or recommendation for them, are also invited to comment.

Published in: on August 24, 2008 at 8:23 am  Comments (33)  

Rummage sale to benefit animal rescue

Southern Paws Rescue, a local animal rescue organization, will have its annual rummage sale beginning at 7AM on Saturday, September 6, 2008, at its shelter location at 1200 Openwood Street. In order to help them in their continuing effort to save abused and unwanted animals, please consider donating salable items to them. They are accepting goods Wednesday through Friday between the hours of 9AM and 5PM at the Openwood location. Please plan on attending the sale and help to save our companions, who cannot save themselves. All proceeds will go toward medical care for the animals. For more information, call Debbie at 601-661-0502.

Published in: on August 23, 2008 at 6:29 pm  Comments (1)  

Oak Street homeowners leaving town

Nate Holman and Nonie Jones, who bought their “dream home” in the 2500 block of Oak Street back in 2006, are packing to leave after gunshots outside their home late Sunday evening. The couple had been featured on the front page of the Vicksburg Post’s Sunday morning edition in a story regarding their love of the house, and their fear of the neighborhood. They accuse the police of being slow to respond to their calls (200 911 calls over the past year), and unconcerned about their predicament, though others in the area have praise for the police. Several factors contribute to the high incidence of crime in the area, and to the VPD’s failure to control it. Give us your opinion: Why is crime so rife along Oak and Speed Streets? What can be done to make the areas safe?

Published in: on August 21, 2008 at 8:54 pm  Comments (50)  

Vicksburg’s panhandlers

They’re alternately called panhandlers, bums, mentally ill, or homeless, and they inhabit most if not all of our larger cities. They also sit on the benches alongside Vicksburg’s downtown streets, sometimes singly, sometimes in groups. Some have been known to the local shopowners for years, some just appear from nowhere. Some have been known walk the streets intoxicated and belligerent, others merely sit and stare at passersby, or lie quietly sleeping. But at some point, each will stop a passing stranger or shopowner or one of the many residents of the downtown apartments and ask for a handout. When approached, many people are intimidated or fearful, while others choose nonrecognition. Some contribute, others don’t. For your discussion are the following questions: Should we try to change the behaviour of these people? Are they negatively affecting the quality of life in downtown Vicksburg? Are they affecting trade? Should ordinances or laws be enforced or crafted to prevent such activity? Should churches and like organizations such as the Salvation Army be more actively involved in trying to better the lives of these individuals? Many more questions come to mind – comment as you like.

Published in: on August 17, 2008 at 10:34 am  Comments (14)  

The ill effects of Obama? – in Vicksburg

This email from Anna received today:

I went to see the Air Force Band at the city auditorium tonight.  They were really great.  They started the program with the National Anthem.  I was amazed to see almost every black person in the audience stand with their hands  by their sides. They would not put their hand over their heart as did everyone else in the audience.  Maybe the film clip of Obama standing with the other candidates during the playing of the National Anthem and failing to put his hand over his heart is a black thing.  It would be pretty sad to have a president that wouldn’t pledge his allegiance to his country.

Indeed, this seems to be a sad commentary on Obama’s ill effect on the citizens of our country, black and white. Will the USA survive as a viable nation? Only time will tell. Your comments are solicited.

Published in: on August 12, 2008 at 9:09 am  Comments (10)  

Club XXL closed for good?

“We’re operating as a kids’ nightclub. Well, I wouldn’t say it was a kids’ nightclub…” So said Anthony Chiplin, operator of “Family Entertainment Center,” better known through its fliers as “Club XXL.” Chiplin has ten days to file an appeal to the zoning board’s decision to deny him an exemption.

Published in: on August 8, 2008 at 9:55 am  Comments (52)  

Little dog lost

I lost my dog Friday night. Attached (below) is the flyer I have been passing out. Could you please keep an eye open for him?

 

Stormy Boyett

Building Inspections

City of Vicksburg

 

http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&ik=6b2befeb29&attid=0.1&disp=attd&view=att&th=11afe8778d195cb0

 

 

Published in: on July 7, 2008 at 11:24 am  Comments (4)