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3LDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 0000ublicart Volume 190 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, Janua 15,2015 Number 37 R GAS PRICES CONTINUE TO FALL -- With the sharp decline in the cost of crude oil, gasoline prices have also fallen down to levels approach. ing $2.00 gallon, even in Woodville where fuel prices are generally high- e'r than nearby towns. On Tuesday morning, January 13, the price of gas was at a low of $2.07 for unlead- ed regular, while the highest price was $2.09 at the four fuel outlets at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 61 and State Highway 24 in Woodville. On a trip taken by Editor Andy Lewis this past weekend the lowest ga s price spotted on 1-10 between Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, La., was at $1.77 with cash payment. These low fuel prices are being enjoyed by mo- torists in Wilkinson County and all across the United States. But, on the obverse, oil and gas mineral owners are wishing that oil prices return to their high level of over $100 per barrel to make their oil produc- tion checks somewhat larger. The oil price drop has all but halted the drilling activity in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation in south- west Mississippi and neighboring Louisiana. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis Centreville Reports Scam Call Asking For Money, Banking Information A reader in the Centrev- anything, but they kept trying ille area of Wilkinson County and trying, and then I finally called the offices of The Wood- hung up on him" ville Republican on Monday The reader stated that the morning, January 12, to an- caller wanted her to go to a lo- nounce that she had just re- cal sig/: and buy :$85 pre- ceived a call on her cell phone during which the caller at- tempted several times to gain access to banking information. 'qhey were not ugly, but they were very persistent:' the read- er who wanted to remain anon- ymous stated. "They asked per- sonal information and banking information. I never gave them paid credit card to send to him. "Just think, if 10 people fell for this scam the caller would have $850 by only making a couple of telephone calls," the caller commented. Shortly after hanging up on the scammer, the reader received a second call, this one from her cell phone service pro- vider announcing that the pre- vious international call came from an "876" area code which is in Jamaica. 'Whey told me that a lot 'of  calls come from this particular area code," said the reader. 'Wiy phone provider advised me to not answer any other calls fim this area code." The reader stated, "Don't fall for these scares. Don't give any- one calling you any personal or banking information. These people are only after your mon- ey." Sh00_|e News by Bernell mcGehee An interesting situation is seemingly developing here in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale; drilled wells in the TMS aren't being fractured. The question is whether this is intentional or whether there is another explanation. I'm going with intentional and with the price of oil fall- ing to less than $50, it seems to be a smart move to me. There are 10 wells wait- ing to be fractured at this time. There are seven more wells being drilled by the five rigs currently assigned to the TMS. So, it is conceivable for the TMS to have over 15 wells drilled and awaiting fractur- ing.., and higher prices.., by the end of Febrnary. Moving on, we learned a great deal this week about wells that began producing in November, back when oil prices were in the $80 range. The Halcon George Mar- tens, et. al. 2H in Wilkinson County reported a 12 day pro- duction in November of 697 barrels of oil a day average, with a state tested production level of 855 barrels of oil on Day 13. This delineation well located just south of Wood- ville may serve to expand the play, depending upon the continued production levels of the well. However, with a 5,340 foot lateral and a 15/64 choke, the Martens likely had cleaned up by Day 13 and peak pro- duction levels aren't likely to be much greater than 855 barrels. The Encana Sabine 12H-1 and -2 wells, located about three miles west of Liberty in the Enterprise Community, spans southward from near Hwy. 48 to north of Hwy. 24. These wells are on the northern edge of the known heart of the play and results suggest an expansion of the commercial area northward is quite possible. Both the Sabine 12H-1 and -2 wells began producing on November 20 and had an 11 day average of 504 and 436 barrels, respectively. Day 5 official flow results of these wells were 504 and 240 bar- rels of oil. However, with lat- erals of 7,188 foot and 7,677 foot and a 12/64 choke, it is likely these wells were still cleaning up on day five and far from reaching peak pro- duction. In fact, rumors sug- gest per day peak production could average over 1,250 bar- rels of oil per day, per well. Washington Parish is hav- ing its first TMS well spud soon as the Nabors Rig #624 is setting up on the Goodrich Painter ETAL 5H-1 site on the east side of Louisiana Hwy. 450 about four miles south of Louisiana Hwy. 38. Other preproduction wells as of January 9 are as follows: Drilling or Moving on: Wilkinson, Sanchez Mace- donia 2H and 4H (no rig on site, yet); Amite, Encana Reese 16H-1, Encana McIn- tosh 15H-l, Encana Lawson 25-13H-1; Tangipahoa, Go- odrich Kinchen 58H-1, B-Nez 43H-1 and 2; Washington, Cmodrich Painter ETAL 5H-1. Fracturing or awaiting to be fractured are Wilkinson, Goodrich 8H-1 and 2, Hal- con Rogers 1H, Halcon Creek Cottage West #1H, Sanchez Morris #2H; Amite, Goodrich T. Lewis 7-38H-1, Encana Mathis 29-17H-1, Encana Longleaf 29H-1 and-2; Tan- gipahoa Parish, Halcon Franklin PST Prop H-1. Flowing back are Wilkin- son, Comstock 2840 No. 1H; Amite, Encana Ash 13-1 and 2; Tangipahoa, Kent 41H-1. Provide feedback for this column to bernellmcgehee@ gmail.com. Family Nurse Practitioner Joins Staff At Field Hospital And Clinics James L. Hawley, NP-C, has joined Field Memorial Com- munity Hospital & Clinic's team of medical professionals as a full-time Family Nurse Practitioner. Hawley will see patients at the FMCH Field Clinic in Centreville and the FMCH Liberty Clinic in Lib- erty. Hawley provides medical services for all age groups. A native of Franklin County and Hamburg, Hawley re- ceived his Associates Degree as well as his Bachelors De- gree of Science in Nursing at Alcorn State UniversiW. He received his Masters of Science in Nursing from the Univer- sity of Southern Mississippi in 2014. His prior experience includes working as an RN for 6 years at FMCH and Frank- lin County Memorial Hospital. He, his wife, Rosemary, and two sons, Luke and Hanl are residents of Roxie. Hawley comes to us highly recommended by facul phy- sicians, patients and co-work- ers. Anyone who has had the op- portunity to meet him knows that the care he brings is ex- ceptional and also knows that we are extremely fortunate to have him on our staff For appointments with Hawley please call Field Clinic at (601) 645-5361 or Liberty Clinic at (601) 657- 8820. Family Approaches Town Of Woodville About Buying Land On Sligo Street Scott Sanders, represent- ing himself and other fam- ily members, appeared at the Tuesday, January 6, meeting of the Woodville Mayor and Board of Alder- men proposing that they be allowed to buy municipal property on Sligo Street. The parcel in question is located next to land owned by the Sanders family and surrounding the old Jewish Cemetery. "We are. interested in buying this land from the Town of Woodville, and we are willing to pay the sur- vey costs," said Sanders. Woodville Board Attor- ney Amy Ryan responded, "There is a specific state law which governs the sale of this public property owned by the Town of Woodville. We are tied by state law on what we can do with this. I will have to research this matter before giving a final legal opinion on what can and can't be done." The board authorized Attorney Ryan to check on this matter and report back to the board at their next meeting. Woodvil!e Fire Chief Mary Frederick announced that she will be holding a fire training session on Jan- uary 23-24 for all Woodville firefighters. Alderman Gene Lofton asked City Clerk Cathy McCurley to have someone give the town an estimate to repair the emergency backup generator in place at the Woodville Fire Sta- tion on Main Street. Street Superintendent Donald Carter announced that he had received three quotes " the repair/re- placement of a valve at the town's sewer lagoon on the Jackson La. Road. He is to bring the work offers to the next meeting of the mayor and board. Mayor Gary D'Aquilla an- nounced that Water System Operator Trell Longs has just received his best-ever water quality report from the Mississippi Department of Health. Longs said, "I Couldn't have done it by myself. I want to thank every one of you who helped me with improving the water quality for customers of the Town of Woodville." WPD Chief Jessie W. Stewart announced that the broken emergency gen- erator at the Woodville Mu- nicipal-Building is being re- placed. "The new generator is partially installed at this time," he stated. City Clerk McCurley opened two bid offers from banks wanting to serve as the town's official depository. Sealed bid offers were received from the two local financial institutions, Con- cordia Bank and United Mississippi Bank. "The bids are almost identical," said McCurley. "It is my recommendation that we use both as needed." On motion by Alderman Earl Dean Anthony and a second by Alderman Rus- sell Fry, the board voted 4-0 to approve the clerk's rec- ommendation. The board discussed what to do about money owed the town by former Wood- ville Police Officer Demond Turner who failed to meet the stipulations of his em- ployment C0nract. Turner currently owes the town ap- proximately $3,000. The board authorized Board Attorney Ryan to write a letter to Turner tell- ing him that beginning on February 1, 2015, he must start paying $200/month on this amount owed to the town to avoid possible legal action on this past due debt. The town discussed the possibility of pay raises for town employees. Mayor D'Aquilla stated that he and City Clerk Mc- Curley have looked at depth into the current financial condition, and he said, "The town is not in such a finan- cial condition at this time that we can afford any form of pay raises. The money just isn't there." Mayor D'Aquilla said, "I know that the board and I wish we could give pay raises to our employees, but we cannot afford even the smallest of pay raises. I have told all the board members, and I will say it again tonight, that if they can find the money for a pay raise, just to let me know, and we can look at what they have to suggest." Board member Anthony reported, "I have all the fi- nancial information I need to study, and some of it I just got today. I want to wait until the next board meet- ing to have time to look and see what I can find." The board agreed to put the matter of employee pay raises on the next meeting's agenda. The next regular board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, February 3, aL the Woodville Munici- pal Bm'lding. " .............. " Decision On Interim 5th District School Board Member Tabled Until Next Week The Wilkinson County Board of Education met in special session on Wednes- day, January 7, for the pur- pose of interviewing pros- pects to select an interim Fifth District representa- tive. This position on the school board became open after the board declared the office vacant recently due to the fact that current Fifth Dis- trict board member Johnny Smallwood was no longer qualified to hold the seat af- ter he was moved from the Fifth District to the Fourth District as a result of the redistricting of the county. Redistricting is required ev- ery 10 years after a census count of all residents of the United States is completed. This vacancy came about when the Wilkinson County , Board of Supervisors ap- proved a new redistricting plan to meet the population changes noted in the 2010 Census and Smallwood's residence was no longer within the boundaries of the newly shaped Fifth District. State law mandates that school board members re- side within the district they represent. Wilkinson County Super- intendent Timothy T. Scott informed the board that the district had received only three applications from individuals seeking to serve as interim Fifth Dis- trict representative of the Wilkinson County Board of Education. Individuals applying for the position were as follows: Katrina Anthony, who announced during her in- terview that she was redis- tricted from the Third Dis- trict to the Fifth District. L. C. Clark, who stated announced that he was also redistricted from the Third to the Fifth District. Incumbent Johnny Smallwood, who was re- moved from his seat on the board because last year's redistricting of the county moved him from the Fifth to the Fourth District, an- nounced that he was again a resident of the Fifth Dis- trict. Each applicant was in- terviewed separately by the four board members pres- ent, Charlie Floyd, Linda Boyd, Fannie Bateaste and Billy Spiller. The board asked each ap- plicant a number of ques- tions including the follow- ing: 1) Are you a resident of the Fifth District? 2) Why are you seeking this seat on the Board of Education? 3) What are your top con- cerns relating to the school district? 4) What do you have to of- fer the school district and its students? 5) If selected as interim board member, are you then planning on running for this office? The special election to fill the balance of the cur- rent term of office as Fifth District board member will appear on the Tuesday, No- vember 3, 2015, General Election ballot in Wilkinson County. After completing the in- terview process, School Board Attorney Michael Winfield recommended that the board table any action on the selection of an inter- im board member until the qualifications of each candi- date are examined closely. On motion by board mem- ber Linda Boyd and a sec- ond by board member Billy Spiller, the board voted 4-0 to table a decision on this matter until their next reg- ular board member. The next regular meet- ing of the Wilkinson County Board of Education will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednes- day, January 14, at the school district's main office building on Main Street in Woodville. Two Area MDWFP Conservation Officers Arrest Convicted Felon Huey Turlich, 39, has been arrested by officers of the Mississippi Depart- ment of Wildlife, Fisher- ies, and Parks (MDWFP), a release from the state agency dated January 6 stated. On the afternoon of January 5, 2015, south- west Mississippi area MDWFP Officers Jimmy Hutson and Gary Crum observed an ATV travel- ing at a high rate of speed on a public road in Amite County. Attempts were made to stop the ATV us- ing a road block, however, Turlich drove into the woods to evade capture. This action resulted in a pursuit which ended at his residence nearly two miles away. Upon further investi- gation, Officers Hutson and Crum discovered the ATV had been stolen from a nearby hunting camp. Other stolen items includ- ing computers, cameras and a trailer were recov- ered as a result of the ar- rest. The Amite County Sheriff's Department was notified and quickly ar- rived at the scene. Turlich, a convicted fel- on, remains in the Amite County jail. "Several hunting camps in the area have reported break-ins," MDWFP Major Lane Ball said. "I'm con- fident that this good law enforcement work by our officers will help deter this type of criminal activity." To report wildlife and fisheries violations, con- tact 1-800-BE-SMART (1- 800-237-6278). For more information contact James Walker at (601) 432-2400. Follow us on Facebook at www. facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter. com/MDWFPonline.