washington • a7 sports • B1 DEBT SHOWDOWN Probation Senate Republicans warm up to plan LSU avoids big punishment Wed n e s day, Ju ly 20, 2011 • 50¢ www.v ick sburgpost.com Ever y day Si nC E 1883 Barbour not tipping his hat on elections Bars need metal detectors, Winfield says Police on board with idea after Bottom shooting By Emily Wagster Pettus The Associated Press By Pamela Hitchins email@example.com In the aftermath of a bar shooting that injured two bystanders Saturday night, Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield said establishments that serve alcohol should have metal detectors or some type of security device to scan customers for weapons before they enter. “I’d like to see it at all Mayor Paul Winfield bars in the city,” Winfield said Tuesday. “Some places do this already. They’ve done it to me,” he added with a laugh. Deputy police Chief Mitchell Dent agrees. “We’re all on the same page,” Dent said. “We want to see a city that has a vibrant night life, but we want it to be safe for the people.” The shooting occurred at Bottom Up, a Marcus Bottom restaurant permitted to sell beer, at 2618 Halls Ferry Road. Within hours of the 10 p.m. shooting, three Vicks- On A3 Bryant Hawkins•The Vicksburg Post From left, David Selmon, Ed Jones and Melvin Anderson play pool at Bottom Up Tuesday night. ‘People have been killed up and down Clay Street and no one asks anyone to close. Something happens here and they want to close it.’ Ed Jones burg men were arrested and charged: Victor Lee Parson, 37, 1435 Ironwood Drive, and his brother, James Tyrone Parson, 35, 2607 Hannah Ave., and Franklin Lee Crook, 39, 1708 Openwood Lane. Each was charged with seven counts of aggravated assault, because police believe seven shots were fired in the club, police Sgt. Sandra Williams said. In addition, Crook was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and had been on probation from federal custody since March, she said. The three had argued and fought with another man at the club, at which about 50 people were gathered. That man was not injured, police said, but two bystanders required hospital treatment after they were shot when the three men opened fire. Bottom Up also was the NATIONAL HONORS Lions band members take the gold By Manivanh Chanprasith firstname.lastname@example.org For the 28th time, Vicksburg Lions Band members have brought home the gold. Four students who competed in an international band contest in Seattle two weeks ago are back home as the international parade champions of the 94th annual Lions Club International Convention. Warren Central High School students Jesse Tillotson, 16, and Claire Kendall, 15, WCHS 2011 graduate Lauren Proctor, 17, and Vicksburg High School 2011 graduate Bryton Hixson, 18, were part of the MissisSee Lions, Page A9. Bryant Hawkins•The Vicksburg Post Lions All-Star Band members are, from left, Bryton Hixson, Jesse Tillotson, Claire Kendall and Lauren Proctor. WEATHER DEATHS Tonight: mostly cloudy, chance of rain, lows in the lower to mid-70s Thursday: partly sunny, chance of rain, highs in the mid-90s Mississippi River: 32.14 feet Fell: 0.6 foot Flood stage: 43 feet • Judy Lynne Garsee Hudnall • Esther L. Cook Jackson site of a fight in January that sent a man to the hospital with head injuries. Dent said he and police Chief Walter Armstrong met Tuesday with Alvin Sanders, a Gibson Road resident who owns the building See Bar, Page A9. Main Street budget OK’d, headed to mayor, aldermen By John Surratt email@example.com When members of the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen hold a public hearing Aug. 15 on the Vicksburg Main Street Program’s special taxing district, they’ll also be asked to approve the program’s $43,700 fiscal 2012 budget. The Main Street Board in June approved a resolution seeking renewal of the special tax. It approved the budget on Tuesday. Vicksburg assesses a special 5.05-mill tax on commercial property in the designated Main Street Area to help fund the program. According to the city accounting office, the tax raised $44,257 in 2009 and $43,544 in 2010. The special tax revenue covers the program’s operating expenses. Program employee salaries and benefits and equipment purchases are funded through the city’s general fund, which also provides $1,200 for the Farmers’ Market and $34,000 for advertising, Vicksburg Main Street executive director Kim Hopkins said. In another matter, Hopkins said the program had received permission from the Warren County Bridge Commission to use the old U.S. 80 bridge to cross the Mississippi See Budget, Page A9. A9 1861: The Congress of the Confederate States convenes in Richmond, Va. 1917: The draft lottery in World War I goes into operation. 1944: An attempt by a group of German officials to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a bomb fails as the explosion at Hitler’s Rastenburg headquarters only wounds COME the Nazi leader. 1954: The Geneva Accords divides Vietnam into northern and southern entities. 1988: Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis receives the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Atlanta. 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In a phone interview Tuesday from California, where he’s traveling on state business, Barbour wouldn’t disclose who got his vote for governor, lieutenant governor or other offices. He said only that he and his wife voted Republican. “I am not endorsing anybody in any of these primaries,” Barbour said. Barbour spent several months preparing for a possible 2012 presidential campaign before announcing in late April that he wouldn’t run. He said Tuesday that he’s not prepared to endorse anyone in the Republican presidential primary. “I may not endorse anybody,” Barbour said of the GOP presidential field. “I’m certainly in no rush.” Barbour chaired the Republican National Committee in the mid-1990s. He is limited to two terms as governor and couldn’t seek re-election. His term ends in January. Several Republican candidates are invoking Barbour’s name in TV ads and campaign speeches. For example, two of the three Republicans running for state treasurer — Lynn Fitch and Lucien Smith — mention him in their commercials. An ad for Fitch notes that Barbour appointed her as director of the state Personnel Board. An ad for Smith begins with a photo of him talking with Barbour and notes that Smith was a budget adviser for the governor. Lee Yancey, a state senator who’s also in the treasurer’s race, does not mention Barbour in his TV commercial. 1815 Mission 66 Albert F. Chiempraibha M.D.