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On Dr. King's birthday, Monday, January 15, the United Misistries of Faith of Wilkinson County are hosting a parade in down- town Woodville. The event will roll at 1 p.m. The second event, the Thirty-First Annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr Pro- gram will be held on Sun- day, January 21, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. in the Wilkinson County High Gymnasium, according to Charles E. Johnson, Program Orga- nizer. Reverend Larry An- drews, pastor of Pleasant Green, Angola and Rose- mond Baptist Churches, will be the guest speaker. Other individuals and groups scheduled to appear on the program are Mr. Harry Johnson and others of Baton Rouge, local vocal- ists, state and local elected officials, WCHS Band and ROTC color guard and students from the county public schools. The theme for this program is "What would Dr. King say if he were to return today?" The program this year is dedicated to the memory of Sister Lydianne M. John- son, and the public is in- vited to attend. i| At their first meeting of the new year, the board voted unanimously to keep the same slate of officers as last calendar year which saw Fourth District Supervisor Kenyon Jackson serving in the office of board president and Third District Supervi- sor Bubba McNabb holding the vice president position. Board Pres. Jackson opened the meeting by wish- ing all present a Happy New Year. %Ve faced a lot of tough challenges in the past year, and will all be trying to move in the right direction this coming year and to be as ef- fective as we can be," he said. County Administrator Bruce Lewis presented a number of items to the board as follows: Announced that the Wilkinson County Depart- merit of Human Services was having issues with their heating system. "We have someone there working on it as we speak," said Lewis. Though very noticeable in the board room on Wednes- day, January 3, the tempera- tures were very chilly for those present. Lewis reported, "The heat went out here in the court- house on Friday, December 29. We had trouble before with a pump in the heating system, and it is out again. This time it can't be re- paired. We are trying to find a new pump at this time." "I had to call someone in to fix the courthouse heat. 24- Hour Heating and Cooling of McComb came here, and is working on getting the heat back working." Off motion by McNabb and second by Supervisor Rich- ard Hollins, the board voted 5-0 to approve the expendi- ture to 24-Hour Heating to repair the broken system. Since the annual ad va- lorem taxes are coming in to the county, Supervisor Jenn Nettles made a motion, and Supervisor Wil Seal second- ed the matter, to bring the county out of the "spending freeze" mandated several months ago. "This doesn't mean that we can all start freely spend- ing money," said Bd. Pres. Jackson. "We still need to keep a close eye on what we spend ." Announced that State Representative Angela Cockerham had called to re- port that she had just heard about the bridge closures in Wilkinson County. "Rep. Cockerham ex- pressed her concern that she was not made aware of the fact that 24 bridges have been dosed and four more ordered repaired to avoid The Woodville Mayor and Board of Aldermen met for the first time in 2018 when the group gathered at the Woodville Municipal Build- ing on Tuesday, January 2. At the session complaints from four different individ- uals were presented to the board. Woodville Street Superin- tendent Donald Carter said he had heard that Woodville resident Terry Mealey has alleged that a speed bump damaged the underneath of his car and was seeking res- titution from the town. The board was informed that no police report was filed by Mealey. Allegedly a spike which was driven into the pave- ment to hold the speed bump in place had worked loose and when Mealey drove over the barrier, the spike damaged his vehicle. Carter said, "There are signs in place to warn mo- torists of the presence of speed bumps. This particu- lar one has been there for about a year. If you drive over it at a safe speed, there is no problem. It is my belief that this person was driving too fast, and when he hit the speed bump it damaged the barrier. Board Attorney David N. Wilkerson stated, "Mayor and board, in order for the town to be responsible for any damages you must determine that the speed bump or the anchoring closure," said Lewis. "She safety issue for people trav- spike were defective." is also upset that the state eling our county roads and Carter said, "The speed spent $30 million on dosing bridges. I am here because I bump was torn up in the in- the bridges and won't give am concerned." cident. It has been in place us the $20 million needed Chancery Clerk Thomas since last summer, and we to replace the closed timber C. ToUiver, Jr spoke, "Rep. have had no reports of any bridges." Angela Cockerham was not problems." Lewis added, "Rep. Cock- aware of the bridge closures. Woodville ,resident Jac- erham wants to meet with She is upset that she was not queline Alexander Came be- officials from Amite and contacted before the order fore the board to announce was sent down to close our that she had filed charges bridges." Supervisor Seal comment- ed, "Wilkinson and Adams Counties are in the running for a Tiger Grant which is a federal funding source that can be used for roads and bridges. Last year, our ap- plication made it to the final cut. We applied again this year and cut back on the amount of money we need, and made some other chang- es. We hope our application will be picked this year for funding. If we receive this money it will go a long ways in fixing a lot of our road and bridge problems. The board is doing all it can with the money we receive each year." At 10 a.m. the board opened bids for official de- positories and for news- papers to publish official county proceedings and legal notices. Clerk Tolliver read the lone bid offer as official coun- ty newspaper, this coming from The Woodville Repub- lican. The bid followed state statue in offering pricing for legal advertising. On mo- tion by Nettles and second by Hollins, the board voted 5-0 to accept the local news- paper's bid for the calender year 2018. Tolliver announced that two bids had been received for official county deposi- tory. The two local banks -- Concordia Bank and United Mississippi Bank -- both offered sealed bids. After examining the two offers, on motion by Nettles and second by Hollins, the board voted 5-0 to use both finan- cial institutions, as has been recent practice, with Concor- dia Bank being the primary depository. Administrator Lewis an- nounced that the county had a total of six applications for SNAP housing grant fund- ing. "Land searches on two of the applications revealed information that prevented these individuals from quali- fying for funding. This leaves four qualified applications at this time," said Administra- tor Lewis. He continued on another matter by stating that the closure of the courthouse re- pair and renovation project has still not been completed. against a family member on September 27, 2017, and the papers were not filed on the individual until Decem- ber, 2017. "Things were not done like they should have been," Alexander explained. "She should have been served before she was. It is a fam- ily matter, but I have had troal~le with her all my life. She has threatened me before. I came to the WPD and spoke to Chief Stewart, and he did nothing. This is wrong. All I have asked for is to be treated fairly. And, I just found out tonight that she was finally served." (Continued on Page 3) Wilkinson Counties to dis- cuss the huge hardships the closure of these bridges has caused and the fact that no funding has been allocated for their repair. We also need to contact State Senator Tummy Weatherspoon to get her on board with this." County employee Martin Reid said he has been in contact with officials from Solid Solutions, LLC, a com- pany from Columbia which specializes in building steel bridge spans. Reid said that these single-lane steel spans can be used to replace some of the smaller timber bridges which have been ordered dosed. "The company sells and installs what they sell," Reid added. Reid said that he and the supervisors have been pri- oritizing bridges based on the number of county resi- dents who will be adversely affected the most by bridge closures found all across the county. Bridges slated for first ac- tion by the county are as fol- lows: Perrytown Road in the Fifth District Cold Springs and Beaver Creek in the Fourth District Millbrook, Lover's Lane and Ft. Adams-Pond Road, all in the Second District Willis Creek bridge on L Leak Road and Lower Glo- ster Road in the Third Dis- trict. Bd. Pres. Jackson an- nounced that he had just spoken with Rep. Cocker- ham, and that he will meet with her in Jackson at 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, about the hardships the bridge closures are causing in this county. Supervisor Nettles stated, "It is very important for ev- eryone to know that we as supervisors did not order the closure of all these bridges. This was a decision on the federal and state level. If we don't close the bridges as or- dered, the county will lose all federal funding." Sean Yarbrough, a resi- dent of the Lover's Lane Road in the Second District, stated, "These bridges that are being dosed didn't get bad until recently. They have been neglected for years." Local businessman Wade McCants added, "This is a Mayor Keshia Ford stat- ed, "I will meet with Chief Stewart and see what is go- ing on." The firial complaint came from Woodville resident Jerry "Tick" Carter. "I bought property at 811 S Street which has water coming across it from a large town culvert on Depot Street. Utility Supt. Thompson said he would look at the water issue and see what can be done. The final complaint was made by Yolanda Boyd, who said that she was ar- rested by WPD Officer Calvin Gaines, and after being placed in handcuffs, she alleges that the officer refused to allow her to lock her home or lock it himself. Boyd said, "I am not complaining about my ar- rest, but due to the fact that my home was left un- locked, someone entered my house and stole some of my things. This is just wrong. I asked the officer a number of times to lock my house, but my plea was ignored. A lot of what was taken was Christmas presents. I lost between $700 and $800 in the theft." She alleges, "I have asked for a copy of the police re- port about my theft, but have never seen one before tonight. All of what is on it is false. This is wrong and something must be done." No action was taken on this complaint of wrongdo- ing by the WPD. In other action WVFD Chief Mary Frederick an- nounced that she was set- ting up a schedule of train- ing sessions for the coming year and will provide the Town Hall with a copy of the dates and times for the classes. Utility Superintendent Nolan Thompson informed the mayor and board that there was a large natural gas leak in a city supply line near the rear of the old Variety Shack building at the corner of Main and Nat- chez Street. "This will be a big proj- ect, but it must be done and done quickly," said Thomp- son. "I have two quotes to fix the leak, and the low es- timate submitted by Felici- aria Welders is $18,215. We will have to bore from the back of the Variety Shack to Main Street, and then tie back into the gas line which Action In During the June, 2017 Term of Sixth District Cir- cuit Court of Wilkinson County, presiding Judge Lillie B lackmon Sanders took action on the following cases: State vs. Tony Ch- isholm. Appeared in court on December 11, 2017, at which time he was ar- raigned on a felony charge of Felony Fleeing. State vs. Sam Har- ris. Defendant appeared in court on December 21, 2017, at which time trial was set in this case for Thursday, February 15, at 9 a.m. State vs. Shawnveon Holiday. Defendant ap- peared in court on Decem- ber 21, 2017, at which time trial was set in this case for Thursday, February 15, at '9 a.m. State vs. Tony Chisholm. Defendant appeared in court on December 21, 2017, at which time trial was set in this case for Thursday, February 15, at 9 a.m. State vs. Kendrick Knight. Defendant appeared in court on December 21, 2017, at which time trial was set in this case for Thursday, February 15, at 9 a.m. State vs. Latedry Earls. Defendant appeared in court on December 21, 2017, at which time trial was set in this case for Thursday, February 22, at 9 a.m. s State vs. Craig Bynum. Defendant appeared in Localisms I. 1 A Wilkinson County resident has been notified that she was a winner in last week's Mega Million Lottery drawing well sort of. Gwen Dunn, a resident of Hwy. 24 West, Woodville, re- ceived a phone call on Mon- day, January 8, telling her that she had won the Mega supplies customers on the Pinckneyville Road, includ- ing the public school." On motion by Alderman Earl Dean Anthony and a second by Alderman Will Carter, the board voted 4-0 to approve the low bid offer. WPD Chief Jessie W. Stewart gave his monthly report which included an announcement that a total of 36 citations were issued by his department during the month of December, 2017. He announced that he had a personnel matter which he needed to discuss in dosed door session. Water SpeCialist Trell Longs presented his month- ly water report to the board and followed up by inform- ing the board that the grinder motor at the No. 1 well at WCCF needs, im- mediate renovation and re- pair which will cost an es- timated $3,500. On motion by Alderman Russell Fry and second by Anthony, the board voted 4-0 to approve the expenditure for repairs. Woodville Zoning and Preservation Commission Chairman Patricia Dooley announced that she had checked with Commission Consultant Rusty Lewis about the building construc- tion violation by Woodville businessman Derek Ward: Board Attorney Wilker- son said, "I spoke with Mr. Lewis, and I gave him the options available to the commission to force Mr. Ward to cease construction of an addition to his busi- ness. He knows what he needs to do." At the end of the board meeting, town officials went into closed door session to discuss a WPD personnvl matter and to examine ap- plications received to fill the position of Woodville City Clerk. A total of 12-13 appli- cations have been received. The board also an- nounced plans to meet at 5 p.m. on Monday, January 8, to hold interviews for ap- plicants for the position of Woodville City Clerk. May- or Ford has indicated that the interview process will be held on closed door ses- sion and away from public access. The next regular board meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 6, at 5 p.m. in the conference room of the Woodville Municipal Building. court on December 21, 2017, at which time trial was set in this case for Thursday, February 22, at 9 a.m. State vs. Rickey Ruth- ledge. Defendant appeared in court on December 21, 2017, at which time trial was set in this case for Thursday, February 22, at 9 a.m. State vs. Kentrise Cart- er. Defendant appeared in court on December 21, 2017, at which time trial was set in this case for Thursday, February 22, at 9 a.m. State vs. Marcel Smith. Defendant appeared in court on December 21, 2017, at which time trial was set in this case for Thursday, February 26, at 9 a.m. by Woodville Republican Publisher Andy J. Lewis Million Lottery. Dunn was immediately put on the defensive be- cause she had not partici- pated by purchasing a lot- tery ticket. "The caller had a very heavy foreign accent," said her husband, Robert Dunn. "The man asked for my wife by name. She told the caller that the person he was look- ing for was not in at that time. I think it is unusual that he knew my wife by name." The Dunns have been re- ceiving scum phone calls for months. "This is just another new scum we have been called about," said Robert Dunn.