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download October 22, 2014
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Officials visit veteran’s cemetery site
by Amanda Sexton Ferguson, Editor and Publisher
Oct 23, 2014 | 9 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KILMICHAEL – Representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Architecture State Cemetery Grants Program were in Montgomery County Monday to meet with the design team and visit the site of the proposed Veterans Cemetery in Kilmichael. Randy Reeves, executive director of the State Veterans Affairs Board, said, “The purpose of the visit was to come down and physically visit the site and get a first-hand look at where we plan to put the cemetery.” Reeves said George Eisenbach, director of the Cemetery Grants Program, and Howard Orr, project coordinator, were part of the group that toured 50 acres, located at the intersection of Highway 82 and Knox Road in Kilmichael, that is proposed for a Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has designated a $6.5 million grant for the project, however, all federal specifications must be met to receive the funding. After the site visit, a kickoff meeting with the design team – including members of the Mississippi Bureau of Building to oversee the bid process and the project architect, Tom Howorth of the Howorth and Associates in Oxford -- was held at the American Legion Post 52 in Winona to discuss a master plan for the cemetery. “We plan to do burials for 50 years,” Reeves said. “The master plan is an overall design concept of what the cemetery will look like after all phases over 50 years.” Reeves said the $6.5 million grant will fund the first phase of the project, which is the most expensive phase of the project due to construction of the cemetery’s infrastructure and buildings. Phase one is the plan for the first 10 years of the cemetery. “The master plan has been accepted by [the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Architecture State Cemetery Grants Program],” Reeves said. “Now we can proceed with the detailed design and start doing the phased design.” Reeves said the detailed design will include designs for buildings, burial areas, lighting, and landscaping for phase one. “It is a higher level concept,” Reeves said. Reeves said he is expecting the final grant to be awarded by July 2015, with construction beginning in early fall. He said although actual construction will not begin until next fall, the design team is constantly working on the project with environmental studies, soil analysis, and water tables. “Right now people are out there on a pretty regular basis,” Reeves said. “There is a lot of work that goes into it from the kickoff meeting through the design process, but you won’t see bulldozers rolling until the fall of next year.
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Heritage Festival a big success
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
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The fifth annual Vaiden Cultural and Heritage Festival was a success, and Mayor Mel Hawthorne said the annual event is only getting bigger. “I thought the turnout was a great one, under the circumstances,” Hawthorne said. “There were homecomings at Mississippi Valley, Alcorn and Ole Miss, so I think we did well.” Hawthorne said approximately 1,500 people came out to the festival this year with both food and entertainment being the highlight of the day. “We had around 50 vendors, and the food did really well,” Hawthorne said. “Our entertainment did well too. We had an open mic, and that was really good. There were really good performances, and we may bring that back.” Temperatures started off in the low 50s Saturday morning and gradually rose keeping guests comfortable outdoors. Food vendors from all over the state, as well as arts and crafts and entertainment were the highlights of the event, and Hawthorne said he was pleased to see such big numbers line Lee Street.
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No injuries reported in Thursday’s small plane accident
by Reggie Ross, Staff Writer
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A accident during takeoff caused severe damage to a small plane Thursday afternoon near the Winona-Montgomery Municipal Airport, but the pilot suffered no injuries during the accident. According to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Jim Burton, the pilot, a man he identified as Preston B. Knight of Corinth, stated his Piper 6X had malfunctioned just before the aircraft careened through a fence along Stafford-Wells Road near the airport. “The pilot stated that he was taking off and had a malfunction with his display screen just before takeoff,” Burton said. “He said when he noticed the malfunction he tried to shut the plane down, and a crosswind pushed him, causing his wing to touch the ground, and he lost control of the aircraft crashing into the fence.” Along with the sheriff’s department, the Winona Police Department and the Winona Fire Department responded to the scene. Winona Firefighters used shovels to remove a small amount of engine fluid from the grassy area near the fence.
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