May 2012 Newsletter

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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Recycling Pilot Area Expanded

recycle logoThe City of Vicksburg has expanded the the pilot curbside recycling program test area. The original area included residents living between Cherry Street, Eisenhower Drive, East Avenue and Chambers Street. The new area has been expanded to include Drummond Street beginning with the 2200 block going south and the south end of Cherry Street to Finney Street. The project includes the recycling of paper and plastic. There is no charge to residents participating in the program. Residents in the pilot area are asked to call 601-801-5377 for more information.

Vicksburg to Commemorate 2011 Flood

flood marking thumbnailThe City of Vicksburg, in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers – Vicksburg District, will commemorate the 2011 historical Mississippi River flood with a ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. The Mississippi River crested in Vicksburg on May 19, 2011, setting a record at 57.1 feet. The ceremony will be held at the Vicksburg waterfront and will include the official high water floodwall marking.     

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Adopt a Pet Today!

scruffy - Vicksburg Animal Shleter

Visit the Vicksburg Animal Shelter at 100 Old Mill Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or call them at 601-636-6982. You can reach them by email at See the Shelter facebook page for photos of some of our animals.

Call the Action Line at 601-636-3411 to report issues or request information. You can also use our online "Service Request" system or even try our "Live Chat" feature. Live chat is available  Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Convention Center Events

Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen Pageant- May 31- June 2 at the Vicksburg Auditorium. For tickets or more information call 601.638.6746 or

Memorial Day Ceremony- Vicksburg Auditorium- 11am-1pm Contact Mr. Willie Glasper for more information 601.415.7540

Vicksburg Catholic Schools Graduation
May 26, 10 am Vicksburg Convention Center

Vicksburg Community School Graduation
May 26, 12pm Vicksburg Convention Center

Memorial Day Activities

Memorial DayMemorial Day will be celebrated on Monday, May 28th with a Parade of Veterans in Downtown Vicksburg. The parade will take place on Washington Street beginning at 10:00 a.m. Following the parade there will be a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. at the City of Vicksburg Auditorium. Memorial Day activities will conclude with a Wreath Laying Ceremony beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the National Cemetery with a motorcade to the cemetery by way of Fort Hill Drive. Memorial Day Activities are sponsored by the Vicksburg Warren County Memorial Day Committee. For more information contact Willie Glasper at 601-634-0163.
 1953 tornado - vICKSBURG, ms

Vicksburg in History

On a balmy Saturday afternoon in the winter of 1953, a tornado etched a path of destruction from Vicksburg's waterfront through downtown and into a northeast residential area.

The tornado claimed thirty-eight lives, including five children who were watching a movie in the Saenger Theater on Walnut Street and two children at the Happyland Nursery.

Within an hour relief agencies were mobilized, help came from surrounding cities, and survivors. Scores of buildings were destroyed or were damaged beyond repair by the high winds and subsequent fires, including historically important buildings such as St. Paul Catholic Church, which had stood on Vicksburg's high bluffs since 1849.

Mock Natural Gas Explosion Drill Planned

The City of Vicksburg Gas Department is planning a drill to simulate a natural gas explosion caused by a contractor digging in the area. The drill, scheduled for May 29, 2012, should begin around 9:00 .a.m. and will take place just south of the Old Depot building on Levee Street. The entire exercise should only last three to four hours. The drill is a requirement of a federal inspection to be done in June by the Mississippi Public Service Commission.

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Farmers Market Schedule

The 2012 season begins May 5, 2012 and runs through July 28, 2012. Market hours are each Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Wednesday afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Visit the new Farmers' Market website for more details on the 2012 market.

Pool Summer Schedule

 Vicksburg City Pool
Pool will open on Memorial Day, May 28, 2012

Recreation Swim Hours
Monday - Friday 1-5 p.m.

Family Swim Hours
Monday - Friday 6:00-7:50 p.m.
(During swim lesson weeks 6:45 - 7:50)

Weekends and Holidays
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Lap Swimming
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Office Hours will be from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Swim Lessons will be held during the weeks of June 4 - 15, June 25 - July 6, and July 16 -27.  Registration will be held May 16 - 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Saturday May 19 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at the City Pool.  Please call the Vicksburg City Pool for additional information. 601-634-4516.

Sesquicentennial of the Vicksburg Campaign

Visit the and websites for more information.

The American Queen

The American Queen will be arriving at the Vicksburg Waterfront on May 17th at 12:00 p.m. and will depart at 5:00 p.m. and on May 26th at 8:00 a.m. and will depart at 5:00 p.m.


Upcoming Events 

Free Health Expo

To celebrate Senior Circle's 3rd Anniversary, we are sponsoring a Health Expo! The FREE Health Expo will be held at the Vicksburg Mall on Wednesday, May 16th, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Featured at the expo will be exhibit booths by businesses/organizations with information and services for senior adults. Also featured will be FREE health screenings, physician talks, a cooking demo, prizes and more! No need to register, just come!
The event will start on: 05.16.2012
Start Time: 10:00
Hosted by: River Region

Floodwall Marking Ceremony

The City of Vicksburg, in conjunction with the US Army Corps of Engineers – Vicksburg District, will commemorate the 2011 historical Mississippi River flood with a ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. The Mississippi River crested in Vicksburg on May 19, 2011, setting a record at 57.1 feet. The ceremony will be held at the Vicksburg waterfront and will include the official high water floodwall marking.
The event will start on: 05.18.2012
Start Time: 10:00
Hosted by: City of Vicksburg

Benefit Basketball Showdown

Benefit Basketball Showdown Saturday May 19, 2012 at Vicksburg High School 10:00-12:00 Outdoor Activities! Fun! Games! Space Jump! All Stars Game Ages 11-12 Tipoff at 12:15 All Stars Game Ages 13-14 Tipoff at 1:15 Vicksburg Police & Fire vs Jackson Police & Fire at 2:30
At: Community

The event will start on: 05.19.2012
Start Time: 10:00
Hosted by: Vicksburg Police Department

Home Buyer Education Workshop

Offered by: City of Vicksburg - Call 601-634-4520 to pre-register for the class. Potential home buyers may attend a home buyer education class which consist of 8 hours of home ownership education counseling. Those participating will learn about budgeting, debt management, credit reports, financing a home, home maintenance, mortgage loans, insurance, taxes and much more. A certificate of completion can be obtained by participants who attend all 8 hours. The nationally accredited curriculums were developed by NeighborWorks of America and FDIC and are approved by HUD. Approximately 4 classes are held per year, usually one per quarter, on a Saturday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Space is limited therefore participants must pre-register.
The event will start on: 05.19.2012
Start Time: 11:00
Hosted by: City of Vicksburg
Address: 700 Veto Street, Vicksburg, MS

Heritage Music Series 2012

Saturday ● May 19 ● 8 pm ● $20 DEXTER ALLEN With his Band in Concert International Touring Artist CORAL ROOM Smoke-Free ● Cash Bar ● Blues Food by LD 801 Clay St., Vicksburg MS ● 601-630-2921 Historic STRAND THEATER Downtown Vicksburg 717 Clay Street Vicksburg MS 39183 Cash Bar ● Smoke-Free Small-Plate “Blues Food” by LD Box Office 601-618-9349 Limited Seating ● Advance Tickets Recommended

The event will start on: 05.19.2012
Start Time: 20:00
Phone Number: 601-618-9349
Hosted by: Vicksburg Blues Society

Defensive Driving Course

Vicksburg Municipal Court 2012 local defensive driving course. Call 601-924-7815 or 800-257-2338 for more information. Classes will be held at the Holiday Inn Express by the Factory Outlets located on 4330 S. Frontage Road Vicksburg, MS. Classes are on Tuesday Nights from 5:30 p.m. -9:30 p.m. Dates: January 31, 2012 February 28, 2012 March 27, 2012 April 24, 2012 May 29, 2012 June 26, 2012
The event will start on: 05.29.2012
Start Time: 17:30
Hosted by: Vicksburg Municpal Court

Warren County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

Warren County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day - A community Clean Up Event Saturday, June 16, 2012 9am until 3 pm Rain or Shine! Warren Central High School Parking Lot Sponsored by the Warren County Board of Supervisors and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality For More Information call the Warren County Board Of Supervisors at 601-634-8073.
The event will start on: 06.16.2012
Start Time: 09:00 a.m.
Hosted by: Warren County


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