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The Bolivar Bullet - Monday January 4, 2016
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The NWS has lowered the Mississippi River crests by 1.5’

The Mississippi Levee Board in Greenville has issued an updated Mississippi River crest

Current MS River Gage Readings:

Arkansas City     39.5’

Greenville          51.1’

Vicksburg            43.9’

The National Weather Service (NWS) Mississippi River forecast:

Arkansas City     45.5’ on January 12th

Greenville          57.5’ on January 13th

Vicksburg            52.5’ on January 15th

Yazoo Backwater Area:

The Steele Bayou Structure is closed. The current landside gage reading is 88.1’. The landside will get to 90.0’ with the current water on the ground. With normal rainfall the Yazoo Backwater will get up to 94’.

Carter Area/Wolf Lake Area:

With the predicted 52.5’ crest at Vicksburg, the Carter Area/Wolf Lake Area is predicted to reach ~101.5’.  

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks announce closure of hunting seasons along Mississippi River

By order of the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, I hereby close all open seasons for hunting, including wild hogs, but not including waterfowl, along the Mississippi River, as follows: 

Zone 1: DeSoto, Tunica and Coahoma Counties – lands which lie south of the Tennessee State line, west of Highway 61 and north of Highway 49 when the Mississippi River level reaches thirty-four (34) feet on the Memphis, Tennessee gauge and shall remain so until the Mississippi River level falls to or below thirty-two (32) feet on the Memphis gauge. 

Zone 2:

A. Coahoma, Bolivar and Washington Counties – lands which lie south of Highway 49, west of Highway 61 to the intersection of Highway 61 and Highway 444, west of Highway 1 and north of Highway 82 when the Mississippi River level reaches forty-one (41) feet on the Helena, Arkansas gauge and shall remain so until the Mississippi River falls to or below thirty-nine (39) feet on the Helena gauge. 

B. Bolivar County – lands which lie south of Highway 444, west of Snake Creek and Bogue Phalia Creek, and north of Highway 450, when the Mississippi River reaches forty-one (41) feet on the Helena, Arkansas gauge, and shall remain so until the Mississippi River falls to or below thirty-nine (39) feet on the Helena gauge. 

Zone 3: Washington and Issaquena Counties – lands which lie south of Highway 82, west of Highway 1 and North of Highway 14 when the Mississippi River level reaches forty-eight (48) feet on the Greenville, Mississippi gauge and shall remain so until the Mississippi River level falls to or below forty-six (46) feet on the Greenville gauge. 

Zone 4: Issaquena, Sharkey and Warren Counties – lands which lie south of Highway 14, west of Highway 61 and north of the Big Black River when the Mississippi River level reaches forty-three (43) feet on the Vicksburg, Mississippi gauge and shall remain so until the Mississippi River level falls to or below forty-one (41) feet on the Vicksburg gauge. 

As the Mississippi River reaches the flood levels in each zone (and at each gauge), as set forth above, the open seasons for hunting (including wild hogs), except waterfowl hunting, shall be closed until the water levels fall as described.  

Should water levels exceed predictions, these closures may be adjusted as needed. 

Sam Polles, Ph.D. 

Executive Director 

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

Governor Bryant Announces Mississippi Receives Federal Disaster Declaration

JACKSON, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that residents and business owners can access federal disaster assistance programs after President Barack Obama issued a federal disaster declaration for five Mississippi counties affected by severe weather Dec. 23-28, 2015.

“I am grateful to the President and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for granting our request for federal assistance,” Gov. Bryant said.  “This declaration is a start, to help those citizens in the five hardest-hit areas of North Mississippi begin the process of recovery.” 

The disaster declaration qualifies citizens of Benton, Coahoma, Marshall, Quitman and Tippah counties to apply for individual assistance which provides grants for individuals and families, as well as possible low-interest loans from the Small Business Administration.

In addition, public assistance was granted for Benton, Marshall and Tippah counties for local governments and certain nonprofit organizations to offset costs like debris removal, emergency protective measures and repairing disaster damaged facilities. Hazard mitigation has been granted statewide as well. 

Resident in the declared counties may begin registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.

Additional counties may be added as damage assessments are completed.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is working with FEMA and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

CHS Scores High

Inaugural year successful-
Aimee Robinette

Cleveland High School 10th-graders proved they are prepared to compete with their peers from across the state by scoring big in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

CHS Principal Steven Craddock said the test focused on English II and was given this past spring. 

“This was last year’s state test for English II,” he explained. “The group as a whole did very well, especially as this was the first time this test had been given.”

Craddock said the scores were a testament to not only his students, but the teachers as well.

“This proves what we have known for some time — that Emily Meredith and Dana Killion are outstanding teachers, and that our students are just as sharp as teens in other, more affluent parts of our state,” he added. “It also shows that CHS is striving to live up to our motto, ‘Ever to Excel.’

“Last year I challenged our faculty and student body to be as competitive academically as we are athletically,” he explained.

Craddock said the high school has been  state champs or state runners-up 58 times. 

“This group of CHS students stepped up and scored 18 points above the state average and 28 points above the 267,000-student PARCC average. This is the first big step on the road to realizing our goal. It sends a message to the Desoto County schools, among others, that CHS has its sights set on their spots in the state rankings,” the principal said. “I’m very pleased with these results, but I’m going to continue to push our students and teachers to raise the bar. ‘Success is a journey, not a destination,’ you know.”

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