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TUESDAY, j uly 6, 2010 • 50¢ sports Former resident is found dead at county home MISS MISSISSIPPI By Tish Butts hot time PCA heating up with game tonight B1 WEATHER Tonight: Mostly cloudy; chance of showers and thunderstorms; low near 75 Wednesday: Mostly cloudy; chance of showers and thunderstorms; high near 88 Mississippi River: 33.5 feet No change Flood stage: 43 feet A7 DEATHS • Ruby Lee Lee • Robert J. Samuell A7 TODAY IN HISTORY 1535: St. Thomas More is executed in England for high treason. 1777: British forces capture Fort Ticonderoga. 1809: French troops arrest Pope Pius VII, who had excommunicated Emperor Napoleon I; the pope Pope was conPius VII fined for about five years. 1885: French scientist Louis Pasteur tests an anti-rabies vaccine on 9-yearold Joseph Meister, who had Louis been bitten Pasteur by an infected dog; the boy did not develop rabies. 2000: The German parliament offers a formal apology to Nazi-era slave and forced laborers as it passed a bill setting up a $5 billion compensation fund. david jackson•The Vicksburg Post Halie Lindsey, 12, left, the daughter of Heidie and Kevin Lindsey, holds a sign reading “Good Luck, Fenly” as Miss Mississippi State Fenly Akers of Vicksburg rides by Monday night. Parade pulls out plenty of pageant-watchers By Manivanh Chanprasith Rain stopped and ushered in a light breeze for the ride contestants in the 2010 Miss Mississippi Pageant took down Washington Street Monday night. The annual parade kicked off a week of events in the 53rd annual Miss Mississippi Pageant in Vicksburg — including closed rehearsals to the shows that starts nightly on Wednesday. An afternoon thunderstorm delayed the parade by about 20 minutes, deterred some people from attending and the owners of a few convertibles from Preliminary competitions participating. “I will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday think it discourthrough Friday. The crownaged some people ing and final contest will be from coming out,” said Warren at 8 p.m. Saturday. All events County Sherare at the Convention Ceniff Martin Pace, ter, 1600 Mulberry St. Tickets also the pagare $25 each for Wednesday eant’s security and Thursday, $30 for Friday chairman. and $50 for Saturday, or $100 Pace estimated for all for nights. For more nearly 600 people information and tickets, call lined down601-638-6746 or visit www. town ton Street, down from last year when nearly 1,000 people attended. “We drove in Saturday’s contest will be from Madison shown live at 8 p.m. on WLBT and we were worlocal Channel 3 and online ried about the at www.missmississippipagrain,” said Emily Strickland, who traveled from Clemson, S.C., to cheer on Miss Mississippi State University Fenly Akers. “We came anyway, and as soon as we got in Vicksburg, it stopped. It was like a big bubble around Vicksburg.” The shortage of cars led to a slight delay. Despite the minor glitch in logistics, Kim Hopkins, director By The Associated Press Pageant contestants walk toward Washington Street Monday night to sign autographs after the parade. for the parade, said it went well. Enthusiastic onlookers waved signs and cheered as 45 girls in charming dresses rode in new and antique convertibles with their hostesses and escorting princes and princesses. Miss Mississippi Anna Tadlock led the line of contestants, followed by Miss Mississippi’s Outstanding Teen Christina Bostick. First-time parade-goer was 6-month-old Rourke Stevenson, who was all smiles while there with a crowd of about 20. “We’re here to cheer on Miss Itawamba CommuSee Parade, Page A7. Military park wins praise as a heritage attraction Classifieds............................. B6 Comics...................................A6 Puzzles................................... B5 Dear Abby............................ B5 Editorial.................................A4 People/TV............................. B4 By David Hopper About the park son, city director of policy and youth council coordinator, said programs are especially tailored for students who do not have business classes in high school. There is first-year basic camp and second-year advanced camp. “This is a Readers of AAA Southern Traveler, an American Automobile Association publication, have named the Vicksburg National Military Park the South’s second-best heritage attraction. The National World War II Museum in New Orleans was voted the best and Frogmore Plantation, a working cotton plantation in Ferriday, La., across the Mississippi River from Natchez, came in third. It’s a “wonderful honor,” said Mike Madell, VNMP superintendent. Nominees were named, and the top three in 20 categories ranging from best B&B to best golf course were tabulated in March. See Students, Page A7. See Park, Page A7. Admission to the Vicksburg National Military Park is $8 per week or $20 per year. Summer activities include: • Living history demos — 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays-Tuesdays. • Cannon firings — 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays. • Walking tours — FridaysSundays every half hour, guided by park rangers from Pemberton’s Headquarters on Crawford Street • Junior Ranger day camp — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 1923 at Pemberton’s Headquarters; for ages 6-12; space limited to 30; 601636-0583. CONTACT US Call us Advertising....601-636-4545 Classifieds....... 601-636-SELL Circulation......601-636-4545 News................601-636-4545 See A2 for e-mail addresses ONLINE VOLUME 128 NUMBER 187 2 SECTIONS More than two months after oil from BP’s blown-out seafloor well first reached Louisiana, a bucket’s worth of tar balls that washed onto a Texas beach means the crude has arrived in every Gulf state. Oil is still on the move, but the fleet of skimmers tapped to clean the worsthit areas of the Gulf of Mexico is not. A string of storms has made the water too choppy for the boats to operate for more than a week off Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, even though the gusher continues. The number of tar balls discovered in Texas is tiny compared to what has coated beaches in other Gulf states. Still, it provoked the quick dispatch of cleaning crews and a vow that BP PLC will pay for the trouble. “Any Texas shores impacted by the Deepwater spill will be cleaned up quickly and BP will be picking up the tab,” Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said in a news release. The oil’s arrival in Texas was predicted Friday by an analysis from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which gave a 40 percent chance of crude reaching the area. “It was just a matter of time that some of the oil would find its way to Texas,” said Hans Graber, a marine physicist at the University of Miami and co-director of the Center for Southeastern Tropical See Oil, Page A7. INDEX E-mail us See Death, Page A7. Oil hits Texas, last in Gulf If you go TV and Online A former Vicksburg woman is dead of an undetermined cause, and a resident of the Warren County home where she was found faces charges that he tried to impede the investigation. Bethan Shirley Smollen Pearson, 21, believed by authorities to live in New Orleans, was found dead at about 6:15 a.m. Monday in a bed at a home at 3700 Gowall Road, Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace said. Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey pronounced Pearson dead at 7:11 a.m. “I had an autopsy done on her yesterday. It’s pending,” said Huskey, adding he saw no signs of trauma. Lance Burton, 22, 3700 Gowall Road, at whose home Pearson was found, was charged with tampering with physical evidence and obstruction of justice at the scene after trying to take Pearson’s cell phone from her purse, which meredith spencer•The Vicksburg Post Members of the Mayor’s Youth Council are, from left, Joshua Kees, Hunter Johnson, Daniel Kees and April Mayfield. Local students studying Wall Street up close By Manivanh Chanprasith Four Vicksburg students are taking a comprehensive, inside peek into the world of Wall Street. The four are members of the Mayor’s Youth Council, which was invited to the Youth About Business Lead- ership Development Program, which offers monthly training workshops and summer business camps. “I’m proud of them,” Mayor Paul Winfield said. “They’re really sharp, young people.” The program was established in 1992 and is based in Nashville. Marie Thomp-


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