Beautiful weekend: The Great Mississippi River Balloon Race returns
Oct. 17-19, with festival activities centered on the bluff near
Rosalie. Events include the balloon glow, fireworks on the river,
balloon racing and live entertainment. Top performers scheduled
include Ben Lewis, Bishop Gunn, Pocket Change, Alvin Youngblood
Hart, Irma Thomas, The Revivalists, Soul Asylum, Hannah Belle and
Josh Thompson. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Historic
Natchez Foundation. For more info, call 601-442-2500 or log on to
Mansions on tour: Natchez
Fall Pilgrimage continues through Oct. 13, with tours of 19
antebellum mansions and evening dinner theatre. For info or tickets,
call Natchez Pilgrimage Tours at the
Natchez Visitors Center,
Jobless stats: The Mississippi
economy continues to be troubled this year, while
is doing better than the
percentages reflect the difference. In the Miss-Lou area,
joblessness remains particularly high, although the stats are a bit
better than they were during the cold winter months and early
spring. Right now, Adams
County reports 8.1% unemployment,
Jefferson 14%, Claiborne 13.2%, Franklin 8.3%, Amite 8.5%, and
Wilkinson 9.9% Concordia Parish has 10.1%, Catahoula 7.7%, and
9.4%. The actual number of jobs in Southwest
has dropped significantly since a year ago, while in the tri-parish
area there are 200 more jobs than last year.
murder: The Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office continues its
investigation of the killing of John Wesley Perritt, 63, of
Monterey. A workman found Perritt’s
decomposed body and called the sheriff’s office. Deputies discovered
Perritt’s car in Natchez
and sent it off to the crime lab for tests. Sheriff Kenneth Hedrick
said his office has increased patrols in
until the suspect is identified and captured.
New projects: Developers have expressed interest in refurbishing Margaret Martin
School and the Ritz Theater in Natchez. Martin could
become the site for new apartments. And a theater lover is
interested in rebuilding the Ritz, as the Historic Natchez
Foundation may donate the building to him once construction is
complete. Both developers could take advantage of federal credits
for rehabbing historic buildings. The projects are still in the
Airport grant: The
will receive $336,700 from the FAA for safety area grading
improvements. The Louisiana Department of Transportation’s Aviation
Division will provide an additional $37,000 for the project. The
monies will be used to improve drainage and provide a level area
around the entire runway should an aircraft overrun or travel off
Bude parties: Bude celebrates its 100 years of incorporation with a
mini-festival Oct. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. downtown. Vendors,
craftsmen and entertainers will be included and booths are
available. The event kicks off with the Great Bude Run. For more
info, contact Town Clerk Marilyn Faust at 601-384-2600.
Kayak race cancelled: October’s annual Phatwater Kayak Challenge has
been cancelled. Organizer Keith Benoist said that despite growing
support from participants, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife
and Fisheries interfered in the organization of the event. Benoist
accused officials of ‘bureaucratic arrogance.’
No decision: Adams
County Sheriff “Chuck”
Mayfield requested the building of a new jail and Adams County
Supervisors talked about re-roofing the jail. So far, the county
hasn’t taken any formal action on a rehab project. Supervisors are
still considering leasing extra office space for the sheriff.
Supervisors passed a budget without much voter comment, their
figures show the county will bring in $5.7 million in revenues this
coming year and spend $7.5 million. The deficit will be made up by
using existing cash balances. Franklin County will start the fiscal year Oct. 1
with an $8 million cash balance and use a little over $1.7 million
of that balance through the year. Supervisors project ending the
fiscal year with $6.3 million in cash.
Charter schools: Two applicants for charter schools in Natchez have withdrawn
their applications before the state. Both the Phoenix Project and
the Academy of Arts and Sciences Mississippi said they
may submit applications for next year.
Woodville celebrates: The 2014 Woodville Deer and Wildlife Festival
will be held Oct. 11 from 10 a.m-5 p.m. around the Courthouse Square. This year’s event
includes an appearance by Brian “Pigman” Quaca, a wild game
cook-off, a children’s village, artist demonstrations, crafts,
vendors and foods, along with entertainment by Donnell Sullivan, the
Veal Brothers Gospel Group, Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin’ Cajuns.
Proceeds benefit the Woodville-Wilkinson County Main Street
Association. For info, log on to deerandwildlifefestival.com.
300 years: Harrisonburg
will celebrate its 300th birthday on Oct. 11 at the Farmers’ Market.
Activities are scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with entertainment,
party jumpers, food vendors, crafts and a volleyball tournament.
Admission is free. Transportation from off-site parking lots will be
provided. The Harrisonburg Service League is sponsoring the event.
For more info, call Una Paul at 318-744-4987.
Natchez Regional: Adams
County Supervisors said
they expect the sale of Natchez Regional to Community Health Systems
to be completed shortly. Community Health Systems hasn’t said if
they’ll make any changes to either Regional or Natchez Community
once it owns both Natchez properties.
Supervisors have borrowed $3.5 million to cover any shortfall in
liabilities and provide security for the transaction. The county
hopes to get the money back in two years or less, once all bills and
loans are paid and any litigation is settled.
More cases of West Nile Virus in humans have been reported. So far
this year, three cases have been documented in
and one in Wilkinson
County. Mississippi has reported 38 cases in 2014 and
five deaths. Louisiana
has 118 cases and two deaths.
Library hearing: The Concordia Parish Library in Ferriday will hold
a public meeting Oct. 14 at 4 p.m. to discuss and approve the 2015
budget of the parish library system.
Just ducky: Historic
College holds it annual
Ghost Tales around the Campfire and After-Dark Halloween Rubber Duck
Hunt Oct. 30 starting at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, chair, a bag and
a flashlight. The duck hunt follows after the storytelling. Kids are
encouraged to scour the area to find and keep hundreds of rubber
ducks. For more info, call 601-442-2901. Admission is free.