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1 !: ':, D @l.Ol I( SdP i/. :D 7 iit,iilllill,iqliiiii,qGiiliiii,,iiii,iihiii!ih!'iiiii'7ii' )LDEST NEWSPAPER - Established 1824 Volume 190 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, January 1,2015 Number 35 "ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAU- TIFUL m ... All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonder- ful, The Lord God made them all," are the words of the familiar hymn. They perfectly describe this photo, taken on Thursday, December 25, which shows an awesome array of colors as the sun set over Lake Mary at the close of Christmas Day. Those lucky enough to have spent a late evening watching the sun seemingly melt into Lake Mary can attest that there is a glimpse of heaven on earth when the sky is on fire in hues ranging from deep orange, to pink, lavender and blue. We send thanks for sharing this photo to Rhonda Quirk, the number one promoter of Lake Mary, one of Wilkinson County's most beautiful nature areas, who pens the weekly column, The Far Corner m Ft. Ad- ams and Lake Mary for The Wood- ville Republican. We also send to all of our readers best wishes in 2015 for "all things bright and beauti- ful." -- Photo Submitted Escaped Wilkinson CWC Prisoner Caught In Woodville Authorities with the Mis- sissippi Department of Cor- rections announced last week that Jeffery McWhort- er, a 20-year old inmate in the Wilkinson Community Work Center on the Jack- son La. Road near Wood- ville, was reported missing on Christmas day, accord- ing to a departmental news release. The white male was re- ported captured near Wood- ville the following day. McWhorter was last seen wearing MDOC state- issued green and white striped pants and a white MDOC shirt with "MDOC Convict" printed on the back. He was discovered miss- ing at approximately 4:25 p.m. on Thursday, Decem- ber 25, from the Wilkinson County Community Work Center Thursday afternoon. An investigation of how he left the facility is under way. A landowner who lives on Hwy. 24 East, reports that one of his game cam- eras took several photos of McWhorter on his property at 1:28 p.m., on Thursday, which is some three hours prior to when officials at the Wilkinson CWC realized that the inmate was miss- ing. McWhorter was spotted a short time later Thursday by a resident of the Judy- MDOC Photo of Jeffrey McWhorter Game Camera photo of Jeffrey McWhorter dahl Road. McWhorter is serving a 2-year sentence for convic- tion of burglary from Mar- ion County. An investigation is cur- rently being conducted by MDOC officials to deter- mine how the inmate got out of the minimum secu- rity state prison. Inmate McWhorter was captured without incident shortly after midnight on Friday, December 26. Woodville Police Chief Jessie W. Stewart stated that WPD Officers Calvin Gaines and Carl Cage, Jr., apprehended McWh0rter at about 12:30 a.m. on Fri- day, December 26, when the inmate's father turned him over to the two of- ricers at a store at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 61 and State Hwy. 24 in Woodville. The MDOC has trans- ported McWhorter to the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County where he now faces an additional 5-year sentence if convict- ed of escape. Local Athletes Nalned To Democrat All-Metl'o Team A. number of Wilkinson County athletes have been selected for inclusion on The Natchez Democrat's All-Metro Football Team for heir outstanding play dur- ing the 2014 football season. Included on the honor roll of players were the follow- ing:* First Team Offense Quarterback -- Casey Haygood, Centreville Acad- emy (Sr.; 6-3,215; Threw for over 1,800 yards and had 31 total TDs; MAIS Dis- trict 6-AA All-District MVP; Mais South All-Star Team Selection). Offensive Lineman -- Brian Arnett, Centreville Academy (Sr.; Offensive Tackle; 6-2, 220; MAIS District 6-AA All-District Offensive Lineman; MAIS South All-Star Team Selec- tion). First Team Defense Defensive Back -- Tyler Caston, Centreville Acad- emy (Jr.; Defensive Back; Team-high 7 INTs). Kicker -- Brock Andrus, Centreville Academy (Sr.; 5-11, 160; Made 87 of 88 extra points and 2 of 2 field goals; Put 80% of his kickoffs in the end zone for touchbacks; MAIS Dis- trict 6-AA All District Place Kicker). Second Team Offense Running Back -- Chase Hughes, Centreville Acad- emy (Sr.; 5-11,165; 101 car- ties, 1,.020 yards; 23 recep- tions for 390 yards;Scored 29 total TDs; Led the team in return yards with 467 total yards; MAIS District 6-AA All-District Running Back; MAIS South All-Star Team Selection). Running Back -- Rodney Boyd, WCCA (Sr.; MAIS District 4-A All-District Team; MAIS South All-Star Team Selection). Wide Receiver -- Tavion Jones, Wilkinson County High School (Soph.; 49 re- ceptions; 808 yards; 8 TDs). Offensive Lineman -- Chase Stutzman, Centrev, ille Academy; (Sr.; Offensive Guard; 5-11, 215; MAIS District 6-AA All-District Offensive Lineman). Offensive Lineman -- Allen Virgin, Centreville Academy (Sr.; Center; 5-10, 290; MAIS District 6-AA All-District Center). Second Team Defense Defensive Lineman -- Matt Darden, CentreviUe Academy (Sr.; Defensive Tackle; 6-3, 240; 72 total tackles; MAIS District 6-AA All-District Defensive Line- man; MAIS South All-Star Team Selection). (Continued on Page 3) In Retrospect -- Top Front Page Stories From 2014 TOP FRONT PAGE STORIES for the year 2014 as taken from that year's files of The Wood- ville Republican are re- produced as follows in chronological order in a condensed form. January 2 -- At the Mon- day, December 23, meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors, the group was told that needed renovations to the court- house were expected to excede $4 million. -- The Jackson Point Road in west- ern Wilkinson County has turned into a mud bog. January 9 -- The rising Mississippi River is affect- ing several county roads in the western section of Wilkinson County. --At the Monday, January 6, meet- ing of the Wilkinson Coun- ty Board of Supervisors, Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr., reported that some members of the board of supervisors were 25-27 percent over budget. "You must keep spending down," Tolliver warned. January 16 -- The Wilkinson County Board of Education met for the first time in the new year at which time the group voted to keep the same slate of officers with Charlie Floyd remaining as president. -- The Woodville Mayor and Board of Aldermen received good new,at their Tuesday, January 7, meeting. Their applicatioa for funding for a backup generator for the town water plant was ap- proved. ofJeUut 23 Ministries-- Membersof Faith led s(parade in memo- trials have been scheduled for the February, 2014, term of Circuit Court. -- New Mississippi photo voter ID cards are now being issued in Wilkinson County. January 30 -- Fire com- pletely destroyed an 8-unit apartment building at the Nashville Apartment Com- plex in Centreville on Tues- day afternoon, January 21. --About two inches of snow blanketed the county, start- ing on Friday, January 24. -- The Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors have begun work on the un-fin- ished re-districting of the county using the population count from the 2010 Cen- sus. -- Wilkinson County has the highest car/deer col- lision rate in the state. February 6 -- A blanket of sleet froze in Wilkinson County creating a danger- ous layer of ice. Traffic was stalled in several sections of Hwy. 61 for several hours. -- The matter of Wilkin- son County's poor finances dominated discussion at the Monday, February 3, meet- ing of the Board of Supervi- sors. February 13 -- The Wood- ville Police Department had a busy week investigating several cases including the arrest of two men in sepa- rate cases on a charge of possession of stolen proper- ty, and the arrest of a Loui- siana man on possession of marijuana. -- Woodville utility department employ- ees spent most of the day repairing a broken water main on Depot Street at Second South Street. February 20 -- A 12-inch water main at the intersec- tion ofU.S. Hwy. 61 and the Jackson La. Road broke Friday, February 14, caus- ing the Town of Woodville to lose water pressure. -- The Wilkinson County School Board was recognized and honored as part of School Board Recognition Week at their meeting held Wednes- day, February 12. -- The Woodville Board of Alder- men voted unanimously to sell a town-owned building to the Johnson Family, who have been tenants at this location for over 50 years. -- The Wilkinson County Board of Education received bids for the sale of timber on 11 school sections. February 27 -- Heavy rains caused streams and creeks to rise dramatically. This caused a culvert on the Ford's Creek Road to wash out. The road has now been closed to all traffic. -- The Buffalo River jumped its banks and flooded numer- ous areas on Wednesday night, February 10. -- The supervisors voted 4-0 at their meeting on Monday, February 24, to hire a new auditor to perform the 2013 audit of county finances. culvert March 6in Westside Heights-- A 72-foot long Subdivision collapsed caus- ing the closure of Cherry Street. The Fourth District road crew, with assistance from the Town of Wood- ville, replaced the culvert. --A massive logjam at the bridge on the Lake Mary Road over Percy Creek is threatening to cause seri- ous damge to the structure. --A large group of property owners appeared at the Monday, March 3, meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors, to complain about poor road conditions, especially in the Second District. March 13 -- Local resi- dents and business owners, Jim Derbes and Jan Katz, received tax relief from the Woodville Board of Aldermen for several properties they own in the Town of Woodville. -- Five-month-old Korbin O'Quinn died at his home on Saturday, March 8, of un- known reasons. -- A mobile home in Centreville, owned by Georgia B. Johnson, and occupied by her and her three children, was completely de- stroyed by fire on Tuesday, March 4. March 20 --A community meeting was held on Sunday, March 23, to receive public comments about the poor conditions of the Lake Mary and Jackson Point Roads. -- The overlay of a .9 mile portion of the Jackson La. Road in the First Supervi- sor District was completed last week. -- A very tall net fence has been installed at the Wilkinson County Cor- rectional Fality to cut down on the introduction of contra- band into the private prison. March 27 -- Fifth District school board member Johnny Smallwood has suggested that teachers.be graded for their performance based on student test results. -- Wood- ville Mayor Gary D'Aquilla hosted a meeting of area elected officials to discuss the announcement that the Mid-La gas supply line serv- ing Centreville and WoodPile was going to be shut down in the near future. April 3 -- A number of county residents had to be rescued from their homes on March 27, after some 6-8 inches of rain caused the Buffalo River to leave its banks causing widespread flood damage. County officials responded to a number of calls as a result of the high water stages. A groundbreak- ing ceremony for the new Field Hospital facility on Hwy. 24 in Centreville was held at the site on Thurs- day, March 27. April 10 -- A public hear ing was held by the Wilkin- son County Board of Supervi- sors relative to the proposed re-districting of the county to follow new population figures developed by the 2010 census count. No public objection was received at the hearing which was followed by a 4-1 board vote to approve the proposed redistricting of the county. As a result of a recent U.S. Supreme Court rifling the county does not have to submit the proposed plan to the U.S. Justice department for pre-clearance. -- A mud slide on Hwy. 61 north of Woo dville has caused a lane closure.- The owners of the old Mid-La Natural Gas supply line have applied for permission to close the line which serves Centreville and Woodville customers. April 17 --An oil spill on Hwy. 61 near the Wilkinson County Park forced tempo- rary closure of the roadway on April 10. -- Public reports from concerned citizens has led to the arrest of Michael Terell Johnson, 31, of Cen- treville, on a charge of bur- glary. -- A Woodville woman was arrested by the Cent- reville Police Department for attempting to introduce con- traband into a correctional facility. The woman was iden- tiffed as Kimberly Lollis, 28, of Woodville. April 24 -- A photo of a Bald Eagle, taken on Hwy. 24 West near Ft. Adams, showed the eagle stand- ing on the ground in a cow pasture. -- The Wilkinson County Board of Supervi- sors have announced plans to hold a public meeting to unveil a new road use ordi- nance being considered for use of county roadways. (Continued on Page 2) LOCAL BUSINESS BURNS TO GROUND -- The Wilkinson County Health and Fitness 24/7 caught fire at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 28, and burned to the ground. The newly opened busi- ness is located at 512 Pinckneyville Road, Wood- ville, near the main gate of Wilkinson County High School The business was operated by Lesia Wash- ington of Woodville. According to a written report filed by the Wilkinson County Volunteer Fire De- partment, the WCVFD was dispatched to the scene at 3:47 a.m., and returned to the fire station at 6:03 a.m. The report states that the building was fully engulfed in flames when the firefighters arrived on scene. The fire started from an unknown igni- tion source. The building was still smouldering when this photo was taken at about 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 29. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis \.