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Page 2 { The Woodville Republican, Thursday, January 1,2015 MISSISSIPPI'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER F..stabtish,t t824 Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Andrew J. Lewis ....................................... Publisher/Editor Lili R. Lewis .... .................. Associate Editor/Adv. Manager Frances C. Devening ......................................... Typesetter Kathleen Geter Daly ........................................ Bookkeeper THE WOODVILLE REPUBLICAN (USPS No. 462-260) is published weekly on Thursdays. Subscriptions: $28.00 per year in Wilkinson County, $30.00 per year outside Wilkinson County & in Miss., and $32.00 per year outside Mississippi. 50 per copy. Office located 425 Depot Street, Woodville, MS 39669. Telephone (601) 888-4293, FAX (601) 888- 6156. Email: wrepublican@bellsouth.net. Periodicals Post- age Paid at Woodville, MS 39669. POSTMASTER: Send all address changes to THE WOODVILLE REPUBLICAN P.O. Box 696, Woodville, MS 39669-0696. A column by Rev. Bobby Thornhill, Pastor Centreville & White's Chapel United Methodist Churches with Jesus as the center of our world, or to twist up our courage in a mo- ment of passion and die for them? Please do not take this as an attempt at lessening the importance of the death of Jesus on the cross; nothing in all of human history has been as important or necessary as was His self sacrifice on behalf of all human- ity; friend and foe alike. Because Jesus gave Himself fully for us in His dying; so, too, are we commanded to give ourselves fully in life by living for Him. Part, a great part, of that living involves the relationships we have with others; as Paul states in Philippians 2:1-4, we are to consider others ahead of ourselves. So, in light of Je- sus' eternal gift to us, what are we giving to others; how are we being obedient to His command to 'love one anoth- er" v17? Merry Christmas!!! "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends." John 15:13 (NKJV) It might seem odd to consider this a proper verse for the Christmas season, but Jesus was born into this world out of His Father's love for us. (John 3:16) His purpose for com- ing was to lay down His life for all who would follow Him; His friends, v14&15. Are we laying down our lives for our friends, for others, for Him.? Most of us think about "laying down our lives" as dying; but is it not enormously more difficult to live with the interests and needs of others as more important than our own, than to live CLASSIFIED ADS WORK Call and place yours today! Only $12 per week CALL 601-888-4293 Placement deadline is Friday atria.on ............. , $10,000,00 File Tax Returns Stop Garnishments End Bank Levies Settle Tax Debt Audit Defense 941 PayrollTax Thousands Helped. MILLIONS Saved. In Retrospect... (Continued from Page 1) May 1 A film crew pro- moted by the Scenic Rivers Journal was at the Wilkin- son County Park on Hwy. 61 North to film a promo- tional segment of the park which features a beautiful lake, open pavilion, paved walking trails and air-con- ditioned meeting facilities. The Lake Mary Road is a muddy mess as the Mis- sissippi River is rising and flooding the western por- tion of this county. -- A Tennessee fugitive who ran from a traffic stop by WPD Officer William Tolliver, was arrested a short time later after a foot chase. The LSP Dog Chase team was responsible for the appre- hension of the wanted man. May 15 -- An eighteen wheeler hauling a load of oil got stuck in the middle of the Lake Mary Road last week. Two weedeaters stolen from a home on Pren- tiss Hwy. in Woodville were recovered about two hours later and Ellis Ray White, 51, of Baton Rouge, La., has been charged in the case. May 22 The Wilkinson County Board of Education has recognized the Wilkin- son County High School Lady Wildcat track team for winning the 3A state cham- pionship trophy. Wilkin- son County Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr., gave the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors a re- port on the oil and gas sev- erance tax monies being re- ceived in the county. May 29 -- Financial woes continue to plague Wilkin- son County. Supervisors were told that money is very tight and drastic cuts must be made. -- Kendrick Walker, an inmate at the Wilkinson County Correc- tional Facility, was stabbed to death during a fight at the private prison on Hwy. 61 North on Sunday, May 25. Jasmine Minor has been named as the valedic- torian, and Jasmine Col- lins as salutatorian of the WCHS Class of 2014. June 5 For the first time in history, election of- ficials were required to ask for a valid photo identifica- tion before a prospective voter was allowed to cast a ballot. A photo on the front page of this week's edition showed county resident Sonny Brown showing poll worker Johnnie Carter his driver's license at the 5th Woodville Polling Precinct so he could vote. The Monday, June 2 meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors was more of the same discussion about the lack of money and the need for cuts in spend- ing. June 12 The driver of a car which fled from Mis- sissippi Highway Safety Pa- trol officers on June 5, was finally located and appre- hended after the car chase turned into a foot chase. Of- ricers arrested Brandon O. Rhodes, 32, in the incident. June 19 The Wilkinson County Board of Education voted to declare the Third District seat on the board as vacant as a result of the death of longtime board member Stella J. Andrews. The board then appointed Fannie Bateaste as interim board member pending an upcoming election.- An exibit showing the accom- plishments of famous classi- cal composer William Grant Still, a native of Wilkinson County, is being installed at the African American Mu- seum in Woodville. June 26 Roads in the small community of Ft. Ad- ams in western Wilkinson County are in deplorable condition as a result of the total lack of maintenance by the Second District. Ditches are filled in which is causing water to erode the streets. Local residents are trying to do what they can to alleviate the prob- lem. Wilkinson County Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr., has brought good news to the Board of Supervisor about the pos- sibility of positive things which will result from TMS oil activity in the county. July 3 The One-Stop business on Main Street in Centreville was destroyed by fire on Thursday, June 26. James Clark, 60, who is sight-impared, went missing and was finally lo- cated two days later weak and dehydrated, reported the Woodville Police De- partment. Motorists on the Jackson Point Road are getting stuck on a regular basis in an area with the moniker, "The Mud Bog." July 10 Three teens have been arrested by the Centreville Police Depart- ment on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting ! death of Darrius Morris, 18, of Centreville.- Edna J. Wilson, 85, of Woodville, who was standing near her disabled 2004 Toyota van on Hwy. 24, between Cent- reville and Woodville, was killed when she was struck by a GMC pickup truck on Sunday, July 6. July 17 -- Donna Loomis, an educator from Natchez, has been named as the new headmaster of Wilkinson County Christian Academy in Woodville.- The Wilkin- son County Board of Educa- tion is urging parents and guardians to get involved in the education of their chil- dren in the upcoming 2014- 2015 school term. July 24 --: Renowned FMCH Surgeon R. J. Field, Jr., died at his home on Tuesday, July 22, from com- plications of Parkinson's disease. -- Private citizens using their own equipment have been forced to work on the Jackson Point Road because the Second District road crew has failed to re- pair or maintain the impor- tant roadway. July 31 -- For the sec- ond year in a row the tax assessment rolls in Wilkin- son County have shown a dramatic drop in property values based on documen- tation presented to the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors by Tax Asses- sor Jeremy Ephion. -- Hal- con Resources has agreed to pay for work to widen the Sam Leake Road in the Fifth District to make it saf- er now that oil field traffic is using the county gravel road. August 7 --Access to the Jackson Point area of Ad- ams County has been sev- ered after the dirtwork over the concrete box culverts at The Narrows drainage ditch slid off into the wa- terway. -- A Woodville man was arrested by the Wood- ville Police Department af- ter he allegedly stole a per- sonal checkbook of Justice Court Judge Robert Ward and cashed a total of seven forged checks. Arrested was Ellis Ray White, 51, of Woodville. -- The WPD fi- nally caught up with a sus- pect in three truck burglar- ies which happened about 10 months ago. Arrested in the incident was Jamarcus Cage, 23, of Woodville. August 14 -- The Wilkin- son County Board of Super- visors has announced plans to study and raise the water level in Lake Mary by add- ing to the lip of the Sam Field Spillway water con- trol structure. The county held a public forum on this problem at the Wilkinson County Park to discuss pos- sible solutions.- Alvin Fos- selman, 78, of the Salisbury Road of Wilkinson County, was found dead in the car- port area of his home from an apparent accidental gun- shot wound on Tuesday, Au- gust 5. -- The Town of Wood- ville voted unanimously to opt out of the Statewide Building Code Program. August 21 -- An equip- ment malfunction at an En- tergy power substation near Woodville is thought to have been caused by lightning. The end result was a power outage for numerous cus- tomers in Wilkinson County which left homes and busi- nesses without electrical service as temperatures was in the low 90's during the 37-hour outage over two days. -- Initial state test results indicate that the Wilkinson County School District has made a big im- provement. -- The cause of death of Wayne Sullivan, 32, of Centreville is unknown at this time. His body was dis- covered in his car which was parked in the parking lot of South West Custom Body Shop near Centreville. August 28 -- U. S. Sena- ter Thad Cochran made a : Qbl|Ma ,40S: '::' i:i:. :,i :: John M. Patrick, Jr. A memorial service for John M. Patrick, Jr., 78, of Woodle, will be held at the Newman Funeral Home Chapel in Woodlle at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 2, 2015, conducted by the Rev- erend Eugene Case and Jay Wade. Visitation will be held at the Newman Funeral Home Chapel on Main Street in Woodville on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the service at 11 a.m. Mr. Patruck was born in Citronelle, Alabama, on January 14, 1936, the son of the late John Marvin Patrick and Sally Esther McCrae Patrick, and passed away at his home on Tuesday, De- cember 23, 2014. Survivors include his wife, Julia Mae Ford Patrick of Woodville; three daugh- ters, Julie Marten of Gon- zales, La., Janie Patrick of Woedville and Joy Wade of Atlanta, Georgia; one son, John M. Patrick HI, of St. Franeisv]lle, La.; six sisters, Esther Beech, Jane Walls, Ureel Austin, Juanita Bai- ley, Sallie McMillian and Audrey BeeBee; three broth- ers, Blewitt Patrick, Manly Patrick and Ronald Patrick; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents. Allen R. Sweden Allen R. Sweden, 75, a former resident of Woodville, passed away Wednesday, December 10, 2014, at Ster- mont Vail Hospital in To- peka, Kansas. He was born October 5, 1939, in New Orleans, Loui- siana, the son of Thomas Ri- ley and Nona Louise Cooley Sweden. He served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Sweden was a truck driver. He had lived in Loui- siana and Mississippi for many years until moving to Kansas five years ago. He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Maple Hill. He was preceded in death by a son, Nolan, in 1978. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Anderson Swe- den, of Paxico, Kansas; a son, Jeremiah Allen Sweden; two daughters, Virginia Carol Craft and Theresa Lomse Boyd; a brother, Milton O. Wheeler; a sister, Carol Ann Martens; four grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Requiem Mass was held at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, De- cember 13, 2014, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Maple Hill, Kansas. A rosary was recited at the church Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Interment with Military Honors was at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cem- etery, Newbury, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Swe- den's name and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536. Adail Wilson Funeral services for Adail Wilson, 67, of the Doloroso community of Wilkinson County, who died on Satur- day, December 13, 2014, at his residence, were held at noon on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at Rose Hill Baptist Church with the Reverend Dandridge Brooks officiat- ing. Burial followed in the Wilson Cemetery in Doloroso under the direction of Con- cordia Funeral Home of Fer- riday, La. Mr. Wilson was born on March 25, 1947, the son of the late Major Wilson and Mamie McDonald Wilson. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Herman Wilson. Survivors include three brothers, Celesley Wilson of Fairbanks, Arkansas, Sam Wilson of Kenner, Louisiana, and Odel Wilson of Ham- mond, Louisiana; four sis- ters, Ruby Jones of Cent- reville, Mamie Lee of LOs Angeles, California, Allyn Jones of Lake LOs Angeles, California, and Major Cer- tain of Oxenhill, Maryland; and a host of other relatives and friends. campaign stop in Wood- ville at which time he was honored at a reception attended by some 40 in- dividuals -- According to Wilkinson County Adminis- trator Bruce Lewis a newly proposed county employee health insurance plan will save the county a total of $450,000 per year in premi- ums. September 4 -- Depart- mental budget requests for Wilkinson County are up a total of $1,000,000 over last year. This information was announced at the Monday, September 2, meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors. -- A photo sub- mitted by a county resident shows huge potholes full of water and tall grass in the ditch on one of the streets in the Ft. Adams Communit: September 11 -- A large contingency of school dis- trict employees and support- ers attended the Tuesday, September 2, meeting of the Woodville Mayor and Board of Aldermen to complain about a letter sent to Wilkin- son County Superintendent of Education Timothy T Scott requesting that the school district change the date of homecoming as it conflicted with the annual Woodville Deer and Wildlife Festival. After a lengthy and some- time contentious discussion, the board voted to keep the homecoming parade on Fri- day, October 10, but to move the starting time back from 1 p.m. to 11 a.m.--The State of Mississippi is tied with West Virginia for the top place in adult obesity ranking. -- The Board of Supervisors an- nounced that they still have to cut another $80,000 to bal- ance their budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015. September 18 -- The Board of Supervisors have set their budget for the com- ing year with an increase in millage from 111.75 the prior year to 113.27 to cover an in- crease of 1.52 requested by the Wilkinson County Board of Education. -- The county is now using a new pothole patching machine -- a Dura- patcher -- to fill potholes in county roads. The machine will rotate between the five supervisor districts. September 25 -- The Town of Woodville's emergency backup generater for the town's water plant arrived on September 22. When in- stalled the generater will run the water plant's water well and water treatment system and allow the town to produce safe drinking wa- ter during power outages. -- Miss Jasmine Murray, Miss Mississippi for 2015, will be a visitor to this county on Sun- day, January 18. October 2 -- An an- nouncement was made at the Monday, September 29, meeting of the board of su- pervisors that the Wilkin- son County Circuit Clerk's Office will move from the second floor down to the first floor of the Wilkinson County Courthouse. -- The annual Woodville Deer and Wildlife Festival will be held on Saturday, October 11. (Continued on Page ?) CUnited Re00l Estfite Gibson Realtv and Land Co. SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI'S LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS timberland hunting land residential commercial recreational www.gibsonrealtyms.com Slade Priest, Melissa Field, Scott Li.dsey, REALTOR . REALTOR REALTOR, ALC, Forester 601-888-0094 601-467-7070 601-248-3561