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Samuels named best

Billy Samuels, resource manager at Vicksburg District’s Enid Lake, has been selected as the 2011 Federal Land Manager of the Year for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The award is given annually as part of the Department of the Interior “Take Pride in America” program, a nationwide partnership authorized by Congress to promote the appreciation and stewardship of our ...

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Vicksburg’s business community returning to some normalcy

The first week of May, business owners along Vicksburg’s Washington Street corridor were preparing for the Mississippi River to unleash a flood the likes of which the city hadn’t seen since 1927. They were also preparing for a slow-to-non-existent summer tourist season. Nearly three months later, the water has receded, and the bulk of the summer has passed. The results ...

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A river of concerns

It is an ironic twist — officials in Vicksburg have been waging a campaign to offset media reports of the historic 2011 flood of the Mississippi River that they feel painted an unclear picture of the situation and scared off visitors as the crest approached. Now, they are concerned that with the passing of the crest at the Hill City ...

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ERDC appoints new staff members

Kenneth Cook has been named director of the Directorate of Public Works (DPW) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg. Cook spent three months as acting director prior to being named director. He also spent time as chief of the Tri-Service CAD/BIM Technology Center for Facilities, Infrastructure and Environment in ERDC’s Information Technology Laboratory. His ...

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Watkins earns CDFM certification

Carol Watkins from the Vicksburg District of the U.S. Corps of Engineers has been awarded the Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) certification. She is chief of the Budget, Manpower and Management Branch of the Resource Management Office. Watkins received a BBA degree in accounting from Delta State University and has held the budget officer position since 1987. She is the ...

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Borkowski makes rank of major

Capt. Brian Borkowski, the assistant technical director for military engineering in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL) at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg was promoted to the rank of Army major in a Jan. 14 ceremony, followed by a congratulatory reception at the lab. ERDC commander Col. Kevin J. Wilson, Borkowski’s wife, Melissa, and ...

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Taylor promoted to UROC director

Rhonda Taylor has been selected as director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reachback Operations Center (UROC), located at the Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg. As director, Taylor is charged with ensuring success of the overall operational support to the UROC mission. She will also execute UROC day-to-day operations and facilitate requests for information, training and hardware ...

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Ables retires from ERDC

Tim Ables, associate director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) headquartered in Vicksburg, recently retired after more than 38 years of service to ERDC, the Corps and the Army. His career was celebrated in a Dec. 21 ceremony attended by family, friends and colleagues. Ables began his ERDC career in 1972, as a technical editor in ...

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Destination: Vicksburg wedding

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg’s antebellum homes, its history, its Southern charm and the Mississippi River are assets the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau hopes will draw brides and grooms to the city. “Destination weddings are big business for tourist locations,” said Bill Seratt, VCVB executive director. “For years, people have gone off to the islands and Colorado.” To keep up, VCVB ...

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