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As America's foremost youth leadership organization, HOBY has a long and im- pressive history of success- fully motivating youth and volunteers to outstanding leadership. HOBY aims to inspire and develop our glob- al community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service, and innovation. Representing Wilkinson County Christian Academy at the HOBY 2014 summer session were Luke Littleton, Jamie Lewis and Sam Nicho- las. HOBY's Mission is to in- spire and develop a global community of youth and vol- unteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and in- novation. HOBY stresses the impor- tance of core values, volun- teerism, integrity, diversity and community partnership. To attend seminars in the United States, a stu- dent must be chosen by their teachers out of all students in the sophomore class. At the seminars, students participate in programs designed to enhance their leadership and teamwork skills. Students also meet and converse with leaders in their community in fields such as volunteerism, media, education, philanthropy, and politics, among others. They also break off into groups and discuss the day and their activities, as well as their life and feelings. They also par- ticipate in energizer cheers in between panels and in any free time. Founded in 1958, HOBY programs provide students selected by their schools to participate in unique leader- ship training, service-learn- ing and motivation-building experiences. Big Plans Announced For Annual MLK Celebration Set Sunday, Jan. 18 Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Program At WCHS Gym The Twenty-Eighth An- nual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., Program will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. in the Wilkin- son County High School Gymnasiam, according to program organizer Charles E. Jolmson. Miss Mississippi 2015, Miss Jasmine Murray of Columbus, will be the guest speaker and vocalist. Oth: er individuals and groups scheduled to appear on the program are Mr. Harry Johnson of Baton Rouge, La., Praise Dance Groups, Miss Felicia Spiller, local elected officials and stu- dents from all county public schools. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. A special invitation is ex- tended to the graduates of the Johnson High School since this year's program is dedicated to the memory of Rev. Henry L. Johnson, the founder of Johnson High School in Woodville. Acknowledgement Of A True Pioneer -- Rev. Henry L. Johnson drive to solicit funds which made it possible to erect Johnson High School, the first high school build- ing for black children in Wilkinson County in 1949. "We salute Rev. Johnson for his unselfish work," said event organizer Charles E. Johnson. "Our memories of him will live in our hearts and minds and of others for genera- tions to come. We just say to him a big THANK YOU for a job well done; because of his efforts hundreds and maybe thousands of young children were able to get an education which prepared them to become successful adults." Johnson stated, "A building located on the Wilkinson County El- ementary School Campus is named in honor of Rev. Johnson. Therefore; the 28th Annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr., program is dedicated to his memory." The graduates of the Johnson High School are encouraged to attend the Dr. M. L. King Program on Sunday, January 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the Wilkinson County High School Gym- nasium. MISS MISSISSIPPI COMING TO WOODVILLE JAN. 18 July 4, 1881 -- December 21, 1966 Rev. Henry L. Johnson, Jasmine Murray, the minister, civic worker and reigning 2015 Miss Missis- humanitarian, unselfishly sippi, is a versatile young worked in spearheading a woman who has already accomplished great things in her life. A graduate of the Mississippi School of the Arts, the Colum- bus native is a sophomore at Mississippi State Uni- versity where she's been on the Dean's List and President's List, and she's been the recipient of nu- merous scholarships and academic awards. She is working towards her BS in Broadcasting. Murray is a vocalist, making the top 13 final- ists on the national hit television show, American Idol. She has performed on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and Regis and Kel- ly, and has been featured in People Magazine, En- tertainment Weekly, OK Weekly and on the Cho- bani website. A pageant veteran, Jasmine was Miss Missis- sippi's Outstanding Teen in 2007, and in the Top 10 Finalists at Miss Amer- ica's Outstanding Teen. She was a 2014 Miss Mississippi preliminary talent winner and the overall swimsuit winner, in addition to her Miss Mississippi title. She has been a featured soloist and performer at sporting events, corporate conven- tions and pageants. Most recently, Jasmine was a Top 10 finalist in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City and a final- ist for the Quality of Life Award. The youngest of five siblings, Jasmine aspires to a career as a profes- sional vocalist and news anchor• Jasmine current- ly resides in Starkville and is busy traveling the state and abroad as Miss Mississippi where she is speaking, entertaining and promoting her plat- form "13 Going on 30" which teaches young girls to embrace their age. Miss Murray will speak and sing at the 28th An- nual Dr. Martin L. King Program which will be held on Sunday, Janu- ary 18, at 2:00 o,clock in the Wilkinson County High School gymnasium, according to Charles E. Johnson, the program or- ganizer. Unanimous The slate of officers of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors, and all ap- pointed positions, will not change due to a vote to keep "everything as is." Third District Supervisor Bill Bankston will remain in the position as board president, and Fourth Dis- trict Supervisor Kenyon "Sam" Jackson remains as the board vice president. This vote was taken at the first meeting of the su- pervisors for the new year held on Monday, January 5, 2015. Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr., informed the board that he and County Administrator Bruce Lewis had to take immediate ac- tion on a request for pay- ment which was due on De- cember 31, 2014. '%Ve had to take out of session action because the board was not scheduled to meet again until January 5, 2015, which was past the December 31, 2014, dead- line," Tolliver stated. "We had a request for the pay- ment of $128,000 which rep- resented unpaid employee health insurance claims. I am asking the board to pass an order authorizing this payment." On motion by Supervisor Jennings Nettles and a sec- ond by Supervisor Richard Hollins, the board voted 5-0 to approve the request. Administrator Lewis said that county employee Mar- lin Reid had been working with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, (NRCS), concern- ing the problems the county is facin~ with Percy Creek's • • ~'~: ongoing ~nage to the Lake Mary Road. Mr. Reid has met with the local NRCS representative and with several techni- cians about the bank ero- sion and the need to dredge out the old Percy Creek river bed to try and keep the creek from eroding its banks and causing damage to the adjacent Lake Mary Road. "I am requesting board authority to authorize Mr. Reid to write a letter to the NRCS requesting their fi- nancial assistance with this problem," said Lewis. "If they accept his letter they will send engineers to this county to study the prob- lems and to see what they can do to help the county." On motion by Nettles and a second by First District Supervisor Wil Seal, the board voted unanimously to authorize the sending of the letter to the NRCS. Administrator Lewis re- ported that the Wilkinson County Courthouse heating system is still not working. "Natchez Heating and Cooling came here and looked at the unit," said Lewis. "They have deter- mined that several parts are needed, and these have been ordered." Supervisor Nettles re- ported that he could repair the leaking water pump and would go and look at it. "It probably needs a rope gasket. I have some and should be able to repair the pump," said Nettles during the meeting. Mr. Lewis reported that he was trying to contact Architect Belinda Stew- art about the status of the Wilkinson County Court- house roof project. "I sent her an email on December 3, 2014, and again this morning, Janu- ary 5, 2015, and have re- ceived no response," said Lewis. "We have a deadline this month to give a status report on the roof. I will try to call her later today." Mr. Lewis announced that the county and its insur- ance company have settled the lawsuit filed by county employee Easter Prater alleging that she was not properly compensated for work she performed for the county. "I have not seen the docu- ments yet, but I do know that they will remain con- fidential and are not public record," said Lewis. "I have nothing else to report on this matter." Administrator Lewis announced that he had received numerous com- plaints about garbage not being picked up by Waste Pro, the company under contract to pick up and dis- pose of garbage from resi- dents living in the county. "I asked Solid Waste En- forcement Officer Reid to meet with Waste Pro rep- resentative Doug Atkins about the many problems being reported concerning the failure to pick up coun- ty garbage," said Lewis. "Mr. Reid was supposed to meet Mr. Atkins today, but he has just received a call stating that the meeting must be postponed." County officials said for those with problems con- cerning garbage collection in the county outside the towns of Centreville and Woodville, complaints can be filed with Waste Pro by calling toll free: 769-247- 1007. Mr. Lewis also stated that Waste Pro was interested in hiring a local resident to drive a garbage collec- tion route for Waste Pro here in Wilkinson County," said Lewis. "This individual must have the proper com- mercial driver's license. Anyone interested in apply- ing for the job needs to con- tact Mr. Reid and give him their name and telephone number. We will pass this information on to Waste Pro." Supervisor Jackson an- nounced that the first round of applications for housing assistance in the Special Needs Assistance Program, (SNAP), resulted in 17 ap- plications for financial as- sistance. "I want to thank Marlin Reid, Ricky Jackson, Otis Sullivan, Lynette Smith and Philip Cutrer for the assistance in getting the required paperwork in prior to the deadline," said Supervisor Jackson. "I ap- preciate your efforts and hard work." Lake Mary area resident Dorothy Foster spoke to the supervisors about a recent problem with ambulance service in the county. She stated, "I am a re- tired nurse with 30 years experience, and on Sat- urday, January 3, I was called to a neighbor's house because a woman was in labor. After assessing her needs, I called 911 at about 3:45 p.m. to request an am- bulance and gave them my physical address at 191 Old Lake Lane which is off the Lake Mary Road. At 4:22 p.m. I called 911 back to state that the ambulance had never arrived. I called again at 4:45, and still no ambulance. I was forced to assist in the birth, and a little girl was born at 5:04 p.m. I called 911 yet again at 5:22 p.m. to report that no ambulance was at the address I had given the 911 dispatcher• The baby was three weeks early, and I was worried about pos- sible complications. The ambulance finally got to us at 5:55 p.m. They said they had gotten stuck some- where on the Lake Mary Road. Something is wrong ~nd the problems need to be addressed." Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald L. Jackson was at the meeting and reported that he had a voice record- ing of the call which clearly shows that his dispatcher handled the call and turned it over the AMR Ambulance Service. "One of the main prob- lems I see is that the caller did not know the physical address of the home where the woman was in labor," Sheriff Jackson commented. Board President Bankston said, "We need to discuss this problem with the ambulance service and see where the problem is." At 10 a.m. the board opened a number of bid of- fers as follows: Newspaper to act as the county's official re- cord: The Woodville Repub- lican submitted the lone bid offer. Chancery Clerk Tolliver said, "Their bid is submitted according to state statute." On motion by Hollins and a second by Nettles, the board voted 5-0 to accept the bid offer from The Woodville Republican. Bank to act as the county's official deposi- tory: Bids were received from the two banks in Woodville -- Concordia Bank and United Missis- sippi Bank. On recommen- dation of Clerk Tolliver, the board voted unanimously to continue to use both banks as needed. Bids for consumable commodities: Purchase Clerk Consandra Christ- mas read two bid offers, one for limestone aggregate and a second for culverts. On her recommendation the board rejected both bid offers and is to continue the county's practice of obtaining bids as needed. On motion by Jackson and a second by Nettles, the board approved the recommendation of the purchase clerk. Bids for maintenance on 63.705 miles of coun- ty roads: The engineer's estimate on this road maintenance project was $865,781.50• Three bids were received and consid- ered as follows: (Continued on Page 4) ifying Period For , District Local In Mississippi The qualifying period for state elected offices is now open in Mississippi• The fol- lowing offices are open for election in 2015: • Statewide elected offi- cials • State Senators and Representatives • Transportation and Public Service Commission- ers • District Attorneys • County Offices: Sher- iff, Chancery Clerk, Circuit Clerk, Tax Assessor, Tax Collector, Coroner, Superin- tendent of Education, Coun- ty Attorney, Surveyor • County District Offices: Supervisors, Justice Court Judges, Constables The qualifying period be- gan on Thursday, January 1, 2015, and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015. "Serving the citizens of the State of Mississippi is not a decision to be taken lightly," says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. "I encourage potential can- didates to review the guide- lines and requirements be- fore submitting qualifying papers for public office." Partisan candidates sub- mit qualifying papers with their respective political parties for statewide, leg- islative and state district offices. Only independent candidates for statewide, legislative and state district offices submit qualifying papers to the Secretary of State's Office. Both partisan and in- dependent candidates for county or county district of- rices file qualifying papers with their respective Cir- cuit Clerk• For all rules and require- ments for qualifying for elective office, please review the 2015 Candidate Qualify- ing Guide: http://www.sos. Documents/2015%20Can- didate%20Qualifying%20 Guide.pdf.