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District hopping to halt obesity

Salvation Army auxiliary adding spices

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Developer in deal to buy mall, former Kroger By Steve Sanoski

another flag flap

Officials say state banner could keep tourney away

Pemberton Square mall and a nearby structure formerly used by Kroger are in the process of being purchased by a Houston-based retail developer, who said Tuesday his plan is to breathe new life into the properties with aggressive advertising and some new tenants. Andy Weiner, president of Weiner Development, won approval from the Vicksburg

“My goal is to redevelop both properties. We have a turnaround plan that’s going to take two to three years.” Andy Weiner Developer

Board of Zoning Appeals on Tuesday to replace the existing 30-foot sign behind the current Kroger building with a 75-foot sign advertising Kroger and businesses at the mall. “I have both properties

under contract. I have not purchased them yet,” Weiner told the board. “My goal is to redevelop both properties. We have a turnaround plan that’s going to take two to three years.” Weiner said the purchase

of the properties hinges on approval of the sign — which at 750-square-feet more than doubles the size allowed by ordinance. The sign, he said, would help pull traffic off nearby Interstate 20. “There’s a lot more dimensions to the turnaround strategy for the mall, but signage, in my opinion, is No. 1,” he said, adding both deals could be completed by September. “Because Pemberton mall is not on Interstate 20 or Highway 61, many tourists simply

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Mississippi River:

By Danny Barrett Jr.

26.6 feet Fell 0.4 foot Flood stage: 43 feet


DEATH • Jean L. Coney



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Tonight: Partly cloudy; lows in the mid-70s Thursday: Partly cloudy with highs in the upper 90s

1962: The Soviet Union launches cosmonaut Andrian Nikolayev on a 94-hour flight. 1965: Rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives breaks out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles. 1992: The Mall of America opens in Bloomington, Minn. 2005: President George W. Bush expresses sympathy for war protesters like Cindy Sheehan, the mother camped outside his Texas ranch demanding more answers for her soldierson’s death in Iraq, but said he believes it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home immediately. 2009: Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics, dies in Cape Cod, Mass. at age 88.

don’t know it’s there and they end up going to Jackson or Monroe.” The zoning board has denied large signs that measure larger than the 260-square-feet allowed by ordinance, but Zoning Administrator Dalton McCarty said the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen frequently have approved them on appeal. He cited the large signs outside Walmart

meredith spencer•The Vicksburg Post

Glistening with perspiration, senior Vicksburg High School wide receiver Jonathan Clay, son of LaTonia Johnson, takes a water break during practice Tuesday. With temperatures in the high 90s much of the day and a forecast for similar

heat throughout the rest of the week, teams gearing up for fall ball are having to take multiple water breaks during practices for players to stay hydrated.

Vicksburg attorney Marshall Sanders has a release date from federal prison, but the status of his license to practice law remains unclear. “They’ll Marshall decide Sanders when they decide,” Adam Kilgore, general counsel for the Mississippi Bar Association, said of a review panel weighing the case for a year. Sanders, 59, was senSee Attorney, Page A7.

Mural on Grove hill to highlight Run Thru History By Steve Sanoski A 55-foot mural depicting the Run Thru History is being commissioned along the Grove Street floodwall between Levee and Washington streets, across the street from the 32 floodwall murals along Levee Street. “We thought it would be a great way to promote Vicksburg as a city of history, health and fitness,” said Mack Varner, director of the event for its first 23 years. The mural got the OK by the Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday, clearing the way for prep

et ove Stre osed Gr p o r p f go renderin Artist’s then work to begin today, said artist Benny Graeff, who will paint the mural along with Herb Roe. Both Lafayette, La.-based artists worked on most of the existing floodwall murals under the direction of Robert Dafford. “The prep work will take about four to five days, and

we’ll come back in about a month to begin painting,” Graeff said. “Painting the mural should take about three weeks to complete.” The mural essentially will be triangular in shape due to the incline of Grove Street. At its highest point it will reach about 10 feet, said


Graeff, and run about 55-feet along the floodwall. A sketch shows runners passing beneath the iconic arch in the Vicksburg National Military Park and passing several prominent monuments in the park. “It’s going to be so neat. I can’t wait to see the runners running up the hill in front of the (Levee Street) Depot toward Monsour’s (At The

Biscuit Company),” said Nellie Caldwell, who helped secure authorization for the existing floodwall mural series and formerly chaired the Riverfront Mural Committee, which disbanded after its final mural was completed in 2009. The Run Thru History, envisioned as a promotion to start the spring tourism season, annually draws See Mural, Page A3.

Spill leaves questions for Mississippi Coast economy By Alan Sayre The Associated Press Mississippi’s Gulf Coast economy has withstood the BP oil spill better than originally anticipated, although the disaster’s long-term effects remain a wild card, according to an economic study. The Gulf Coast Business Council, in its quarterly

report of April-through-June economic activity, presented a mixed picture of where the three-county economy is headed. While the commercial and recreational fishing industries have been hit hard, measurable employment is remaining largely stable. The report said that although fishing-related jobs cannot be quantified, there

are just over 5,600 in-state residents working on oil spill cleanup duty. Many out-ofwork fishermen have gone to work on the oil spill across the Gulf Coast. The council said that overall employment — excluding fishing and the cleanup jobs — was down by 1.2 percent, or 1,830 jobs from the second quarter of 2009, but increased See Oil, Page A7.

In brief • The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has ordered local governments to end their oil spill cleanup efforts. • A federal fishing ban was lifted Tuesday in more than 5,000 square miles in the Gulf of Mexico

along the Florida Panhandle. • Drilling the final feet of a relief well intended to permanently plug the busted BP oil well deep below the Gulf of Mexico will have to wait two to three days as a tropical depression bears down on the site.


Aug. 11, 2010


Aug. 11, 2010