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From the Sun Herald....

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/13426396.htm

I'm not yet sure exactly which casino they are talking about. If it is the Pot of Gold Casino, I think this will be a cheap development. The mayor has not lent his support to that one. Vicksburg has three or four small casinos already, with another big expansion proposed at Ameristar. For the moment, that's probably enough. I'd hate to see this beautiful town overrun with cheap development.

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I'm very interested in hearing about what else is going on in this city as far as development is concerned. How many people live in Vicksburg?

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The 2000 census says 26, 407. I'm not sure about all of Warren County.

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Do a lot of people who live in Vicksburg go to work in Jackson?

That's entirely possible. It isn't terribly far from one city to the other- about 40 miles. Perhaps the commute would average at just under an hour or so.

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Do a lot of people who live in Vicksburg go to work in Jackson?

yes, and vice-versa. As Tombarnes said, it's a quick zip over to Vicksburg and back. Jackson metro residents frequent and work in the casinos and a lot of Corps of Eng. employees live the the Jackson metro. A lot of Vicksburg residents work in state government and at UMC in Jackson. I've always felt the two cities were closely tied to each other. A number of the present Jackson city government leaders, originally came from Vicksburg. Heck, a girlfriend of mine from many, many moons ago, was from Vicksburg.

Ironically, even though the Vicksburg National Park adds a great deal to Vicksburg's economy through tourisim, it's my belief that if not for the Civil war, Vicksburg may have rivaled Memphis today. Like Meridian in the east, they both failed to develop into major cities, despite tremendous potential early in their history.

Incidently, just the other day, sadly during restoration, an old building in downtown Vicksburg collapsed and was destroyed. They are still worried about the stability of an adjacent building. Hopefully, it can be saved. Fortunately, none of the construction workers nor the employees in the adjacent building were injured. The owner of the building says he will rebuild.

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Incidently, just the other day, sadly during restoration, an old building in downtown Vicksburg collapsed and was destroyed. They are still worried about the stability of an adjacent building. Hopefully, it can be saved. Fortunately, none of the construction workers nor the employees in the adjacent building were injured. The owner of the building says he will rebuild.

The Thomas Furniture Company building, I believe. I have been looking for an image, but could not find anything much. Could you find something?

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The Thomas Furniture Company building, I believe. I have been looking for an image, but could not find anything much. Could you find something?

nah - no luck either.

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Lakes Casino Project

This hotel still doesn't appear to have a name. Maybe it will simply be called The Lakes. In any event, that hasn't stopped the renderings from appearing. The hotel is projected to have over 400 rooms and construction is supposed to start in April, 2006. More on the project may be found here

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Thomas Furniture Building Collapse May Affect Neighboring Structures

The adjoining structures may also be afffected by the building collapse. It is still hoped that the building can be rebuilt. The domino effect of having other buildings demolished in the wake of one collapse is simply unacceptable in this historic district. Article from the Vicksburg Post

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All Saints School Closing?

It has been announced that All Saints Episcopal School in Vicksburg will not be accepting applicants for the fall term. I would hate to see this school close. It has been going since 1908. I very nearly went there myself.

The Clarion Ledger

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More Casinos for Vicksburg?

How many casinos can Vicksburg support? This new one does not sound as though it would amount to much.

The Clarion Ledger

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More Casinos for Vicksburg?

How many casinos can Vicksburg support? This new one does not sound as though it would amount to much.

The Clarion Ledger

No, doesn't sound like much at all.

Curious, tom, have you heard about Monroe, Louisiana pushing for a vote to allow casino gambling? I've been discussing that with the locals on a Monroe forum for some time and it looks like it will wind up going to a vote. Louisiana either does or will have a casino license available and Monroe is going to try for it. This would be in direct competition with Vicksburg, as those two cities aren't far apart at all.

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Monroe? No, I have not heard anything about that. I'd think a small casino there would do well. What about getting one of the Native American groups do do one over there? That could be interesting as well.

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Monroe? No, I have not heard anything about that. I'd think a small casino there would do well. What about getting one of the Native American groups do do one over there? That could be interesting as well.

The question of a Native American group has come up, but Blanco seems to like fighting those types of developments since they don't provide tax dollars to the state like the other casinos. There is actually a man or group who is interested in developing something in Monroe in an attempt to help build that city's struggling economy back up (the Shreveport-Bossier method of economic development.) Of course the critics argue that Shreveport-Bossier has the readily-available Dallas market to pull from and they're aboslutely correct. However Monroe would pull from a different market, and naturally the development would have to be much smaller than what we have over here. But on the other hand, it would have to be large enough to compete with Vicksburg if it even has a prayer.

I'm all for it, and as I've told the Monroe naysayers, the city will be out nothing. If a casino operator wants to take such a huge risk, let him. In the end, if it fails, he'll be the one to have lost everything, not the residents.

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Good point. I think a casino might be more helpful to Monroe than not, but I do think that any city considering casino development ought to look carefully at the other costs involved. With casino development comes a host of social problems and other related costs. Infrastructure may need upgrading as well.

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Good point. I think a casino might be more helpful to Monroe than not, but I do think that any city considering casino development ought to look carefully at the other costs involved. With casino development comes a host of social problems and other related costs. Infrastructure may need upgrading as well.

Infrastructure was something I hadn't really considered. Assuming all infrastructure on the casino property was paid for by the developer, what are the city roads and systems like outside of the property? Is water and sewage in the area adequate? Are the streets in bad shape? Those are issues I didn't think about.

As for the social issues related to casino gambling, thankfully non-profit groups are usually willing to set up counseling centers. Does it work? I'm sure it reaches some, but certainly not all. I can't tell you how many compulsive gambling centers have popped up here over the last decade, but I do know one recently received MPC approval for zoning, so there are obviously more and more being opened to fight the growing probelm of compulsive gambling. I, myself, don't gamble simply because I do have a compulsive nature and did, in fact, become addicted to gambling back when I turned 21. I won some money on my first visit and had to go back the next day. I won even more money that next day on the same machine, so I had to keep going back to that machine. I went every day for weeks... months... before I realized I had a problem. Now some 5 years later, I've only been back into the casinos a couple of times, and only with friends from out-of-town. I know first-hand the kind of social problems that come with casino gambling, so from that standpoint I'm opposed. It's a double-edged sword for me, because I like them for the economic benefits but dislike them for the social problems associated with them.

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Ameristar Expansion

The Ameristar Casino is moving forward with its plans for expansion. A 400 room hotel of 14 stories is planned as well, but construction might not begin until 2008. I hope the tower will not disturb the townscape too much.

The Sun Herald

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Casino Trumps Railroad Right-of-Way

Kansas City Southern had intended to drop its freiht line in Vicksburg anyway, but the hunger of casino interests has hastened the process. This casino project is being developed by Lakes Gaming. Supposedly, it will produce a $200m hotel and casino. I think that seven casinos for Vicksburg may wel not be sustainable.

The Sun Herald

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Riverwalk Casino Proceeds With Construction

The Riverwalk Casino has been granted approval to proceed with construction of a casino an an 80 room hotel. An 80 room hotel?!! Sounds like a Motel 6 to me. I have grave doubts about this one.

The Vicksburg Post

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Here are a few shots of downtown Vicksburg taken at April's Riverfest:

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Nice pictures again Spoody. I have always liked downtown Vicksburg. I hope the casinos won't wreck the place. Too many of them would not be a good thing.

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Horizon Casino Sold to Texas Investors

The Horizon Casino, originally built as the Harrah's Casino, has been sold to a group of investors from Texas who have other casino holdings in Colorado. I'm not sure what this sale will mean in terms of improvements, but the Columbia-Sussex Corp. has not shown much interest in the property. Frankly, I'd like to see something other than riverboat casinos in Vicksburg. This attractive city has much potential and casino boats may not be the best way to realize said potential.

The Clarion-Ledger

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Vicksburg Airport Could Receive Federal Money

The Vicksburg Municipal Airport could once again be on the list to receive federal funding after many years of not being under consideration for said funding. This will not, however, mean that the airport will receive passenger service any time soon. The airport is really too near to Jackson to be seriously considered fro any sort of passenger service. In reality, the airport seems to serve as a sort of fire station with a landing strip, though a new terminal could possibly be built.

The Clarion-Ledger

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Its good for Vicksburg Municipal Airport to back on the list for federal funds as they are very helpful in maintaining and expanding the facilities for smaller airports. Local citizens, and often local politicians, underestimate how vital and critical a regional or municipal airport is to luring and maintaining industry and businessnes in a city/region. The article's mentioning of the local businesses fighting for the airport illustrates this point.

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