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Redistricting is the process by which the supervisors equalize the populations of each supervi- sor district as mandated by federal guidelines. Longtime Board of Edu- cationn member Johnny Smallwood was moved from the Fifth District into the Fourth District as a result of the re-drawing of the boundary lines of the five supervisor districts. State law mandates that the local Board of Educa- tion interview prospects for the interim board position and name a selection. But, after three meetings, this never happened. The beard met in special session on Wednesday, Jan- uary 7, at which time they interfiewed three prospects as follows: Katrina Anthony, who an-9, otmced during her in- teew that she was redis- tricted from the Third Dis- trict to the Fifth District. L. C. Clark, who stated that he was also redistrict- ed 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. The board tabled any ac- tion on this matter until their regular monthly meet- ing scheduled a week later on Wednesday, January 14. The position opening was discussed but at the advice of Board Attorney Michael Winfield, they tabled the matter again. At that time Attorney Winfield stated, "There are several items which need further investigation and study by the board. It is my recommendation that this issue be tabled until Wednesday, January 21: At their latest meeting held on Wednesday, Janu- ary 21, the board again dis- cussed their duty by state law to appoint an interim member to serve until the matter could be put on the Tuesday, November 3, Gen- eral Election ballot. The board requested in- formation from Wilkinson County Circuit Clerk J. Lynn Delaney that all three prospects were residents of the Fifth District. Clerk Delaney confirmed that they were all shown as vot- ers of the Fifth District. The board was informed at this time that Johnny Smallwood and Katrina Lynn Anthony were both qualified electors of the Fifth District. The third candidate, L. C. Clark, was ruled ineligible for appointment because he was currently an employee of the Wilkinson County School District and could not serve on the school board. The board voted 4-0 to accept the verification in- formation from the circuit clerk. At this point board mem- ber Fannie Bateaste made a motion to go into executive session to discuss the pend- ing appointment. The mat- ter was seconded by board member Billy Spiller and passed by a 4-0 vote. Ten minutes later the doors to the board room were opened and the public al- lowed to return. Board President Charlie Floyd called for a motion to appoint an interim represen- tative to serve until a perma- nent representative could be elected in November of this year. After asking for a motion several times, Board Pres. Floyd declared that the mat- ter had died for lack of a mo- tion and second by the board. (Continued on Page 3) WORK ON ROAD NEARLY COMPLETE -- It took a total of some 120 hours for private individuals and equipment to spread limestone and clay gravel hauled to the Jackson Point Road to make upgrades to the poorly maintained county road. Wilkinson County obtained a total of $70,000 in grant money to pay for the purchase of the road materials. Second District Supervisor Richard Hollins and his road crew refusedtoielpWith tfte"wbrk onthe road in his district which is supposed to be maintained by the county. The top photo shows what the infamous "Mud Bog" sec- tion of the road looked like before the work, and the lower photo shows the road as it looked last week. -- Submitted Photos With County Funding, Private Citizens Fix County Road When Second District Su- pervisor Richard Hollins re- fused to allow his mad crew to assist in repairs to the county-maintained Jackson Point Road, the project was lel in the hands of private citizens and landowners to do the work themselves. The Jackson Point Road is a 10-mile long, one-lane gravel road that originates in the Fort Adams community at the end of State Highway 24, and ends at the point where the road crosses The Narrows into Adams County. This road is the only ac- cess to a large area of western Wilkinson County and south- ern Adams County. With $70,000 in grant money available and with a January 23, 2015, deadline, a number of private citizens brought their own equipment to tackle the huge project. The grant money was used to purchase needed road materials and to have them hauled to the extremely re- mote area of the county. 42 truck loads which totaled 1,100 tons limestone material 92 truck loads of clay gravel totaling 1880 cubic yards Installation of two 15-inch culverts Equipment was provided and donated by the following. Sal Piazza, owner of Loch Leven Plantation, one tractor and a driver Ross. McGeheo, Adams County farmer, tractor and driver Smith Brothers, Wilkin- son County businessmen, do- nated motor grader Labor was donated as fol- lows: Mike Quirk, Loch Leven Plantation Ross McGehee, Adams County farmer George Griffin, employed by Ross McGehee Sal Piazza, Loch Leven Plantation The 134 loads of materi- als were delivered by con- tract haulers and dumped at various locations along the roadway. There were up to 13 trucks hauling at one time. The limestone and gravel was spread using the two donated tractors and motor grader. There was little or no inter- ruption to traffic during the work even though the road is traveled heavily daily by many hunters, fishermen, oil field workers, camp and prop- erty owners and residents. Once the project was start- ed, the volunteers spent 10-12 hours a day working on get- ting the road into good pass- able condition. Rash Of Burglaries, Thefts Reported In Woodville During 7-Day Period The Woodville Police De- partment has boon busy in recent weeks investigating a string of burglaries and thefts which happened over a period of seven days, WPD Chief Jessie W. Stewart re- ported on Monday morning, January 26. The first reported incident occurred on Monday, January 5, when someone cut the locks off a number of storage units at T-Mac Mini Storage on Hwy. 61 South in Woodlle. "A large number of items were stolen during the bur- glary including an air com- pressor, tires, rims, wood eat- ers and more," said Stewart. of Three Way Seafood opened up for business and discov- ered that the building had been burglarized and a small amount of cash was missing. The incident was reported to the Woodville Police De- partment, and Officer Calvin Gaines was dispatched to in- vestigate. "The surveillance cam- era at the business clearly showed the face of the bur- glar, who happened to be an employee who had showed up for work that morning as ff nothing had happened," said Chief Stewart. "Offi- cer Gaines was looking at the tape with the employee "We don't really have a total standing nearby. When the list of stolen items as some of the individuals renting the units have not responded to our request for a list of miss- ing items." Chief Stewart continued, "We do have some good leads at this time, but no arrests have been made yet. If any- one has any information on this theft, please centact the WPD at 601-888-4411." The second theft incident was discovered on Saturday, January 10, when employees officer attempted to take the suspect into custody, he broke free and fled the scene. He was arrested later that day at his home on Second South Street in Woodville. Arrested on January 10 on a felony charge of burglary was Travachi Johnson, 21, of Woodlle. He appeared in Woeddville Municipal Court on Monday, January 12, for a prelimi- nary hearing. Judge David S. Crawford ordered that Johnson be bound over to the Wilkinson County Grand Jury on a charge of burglary. He was then turned over to the custody of the Wilkinson County Sherifffs Depart- ment. The third reported theft happened just after mid- night on Monday, January 12, when an unknown person or persons cut the lock at the gate of C & R Auto and re- moved a new 7' x 15' trailer from the premises, Stewart reported. 'kfter stealing the trailer, we believe that the thieves. went to the Sugar Hill area of Woodlle where they cut a chain securing a four-wheel- er," said Stewart. "They then rolled the ATV down a hill and loaded it onto the stolen trailer." Stewart continued, %Ve have several people of inter- est. These two incidents are still under investigation. The Mississippi Bureau of Inves- tigations is assisting us with the case." Chief Stewart asked that anyone with information in the case should call the WPD at 601-888-4411. Sdpervisors Pass Multi-Faceted Solid Waste, Litter, Illegal Dumping Ordinance ,,months of work by for their approval and {d froma minimum ot $100 Wilkinson County Admin- make sure the ordinance for the first violation and a istrator Bruce Lewis, the did not violate any state maximum of $200. Second Wilkinson County Board laws. violations are a minimum of Supervisors gave their The short title of the or- of $250 to a maximum of unanimous approval to a dinance is as follows: "This $500. Further violations new ordinance which al- ordinance shall be known will lead to a fine, com- lows the county to get a as the Wilkinson Coun- munity service and/or jail handle on problems the ty Comprehensive Solid time to be determined by county is currently fac- Waste, Derelict Property, the judge with a minimum ing relating to litter and Landfill and Unauthor- fine of $500 and a maxi- illegal dumping: The or- ized Dumping and Litter mum of $1,000. Other pen- dinance also establishes Control Ordinance." It is alties will apply for viola- penalties for violation of the expressed intent of the tors who deliberately litter, the ordinance. Board of Supervisors and dump or refuse to clean up The board meeting was of this ordinance to pro- their property, litter or sol- held on Monday, January mote a clean, healthy, safe id waste. Additional fines 26, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and attractive environ- may be assessed to include Administrator Lewis, ment in which to live and cost for cleanup and/or res- acting on instruction of do business, toration of property. These the board, started work on In the penalty section penalties are in addition drawing up the ordinance of the document, all cases to any penalties that may early last year. After sev- developed for violations be enforced and levied for eral changes, a draft of the of the new ordinance will violation of state or federal document was sent to the be handled in Wilkinson law. Mississippi Department County Justice Court. of Environmental Quality Fines for violations range (Continued on Page 4) Tip McKenzie Testifies Against Former Teammates In Vanderbilt Rape Case An ex-Vanderbilt football player charged with rape testified against his former teammates Tuesday, Janu- ary 20, telling jurors that one was "amped" when he got an unconscious coed in his dorm room. Former Woodville resi- dent and current Alcorn State University player Ja- r borian "Tip" McKenzie testi: fled that Brandon Vanden- burg passed out condoms, encouraging players to have sex with the woman who was lying on a floor. "He was like amped, de- manding," McKenzie told jurors of Vandenburg's de- meanor. "He Was hyper, like burg. Their lives intersect- he was able to recover imag- he was coaching us to do ed in June, 2013, outside es and videos even though whatever." a dorm when Vandenburg they had been deleted from McKenzie testified that told other players that he three cellphones. Vandenburg even tried to needed help carrying his Under cross-examination, wake up his roommate, date, who had passed out. McKenzie was questioned who was sleeping on the McKenzie told jurors that about why he repeatedly top bunk in a dorm room, to he, Banks and Batey had changed his story to police. participate, been drinking in his dorm Defense attorneys have The roommate never got room earlier in the evening warned jurors that McKen- up, but McKenzie testified and continued to drink at zie and Banks are testifying how his two best friends another dorm. with hopes of cutting a good violated the female student. McKenzie told jurors deal. He said the alleged attack that he didn't touch the One of Vandenburg's ended with Cory Batey uri- woman but took pictures defense attorneys asked hating on the woman, of her. Prosecutors have whether Vandenburg had Vandenburg and Batey said that players used their touched or had sex with the are being tried for rape. cellphones to take pictures woman. McKenzie said Van- McKenzie and Brandon and shoot video during the denburg had not. Banks are also charged. All alleged attack. Jurors have He also testified that Bat- have pleaded not guilty, seen sexually explicit still ey and Vandenburg were McKenzie told jurors that images and graphic videos the drunkest out of the four. he, Batey and Banks were that police have recovered The coed rape trial in the best of friends and that off cellphones and a laptop. Nashville is continuing this he barely knew Vanden- A police detective testified week.- AP Story