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i" ,4 t UNFORGETTABLE BLUES MAN -- Those individuals who grew up, visit- ed or owned a camp in the Lake Mary area of Wilkinson County in the early to mid 20th century will have very fond memories of the famed blues singer and expert fishing guide Scott Dunbar. This newspaper editor has rich memories of the wonderful days and nights spent sitting around Lake Mary or at a weekend party, listening to the chords and notes and strong voice of this wonderful entertainer. An old friend sent this photo of Scott wearing a suit and tie while playing his electric guitar and entertaining onlookers at a party on Lake Mary in the late 1960's or early 1970's with his unique style of music and lyr- ics. Born July 1, 1904, on Deer Park Plantation, west of Woodville and south of Natchez, he died on October 1, 1994, in Centreville. If you never heard him perform, it is definitely your loss. -- Photo Submitted SMCC President Dr. Steve Bishop Appointed To State Workforce Development Board Governor Phil Bryant re- cently appointed Southwest Mississippi Community College President Dr. Steve Bishop to the State Work- force Investment Board representing the Southcen- tral Workforce Investment Area. The State Workforce In- vestment Board (SWIB) is a business-led organiza- tion; most of its representa- tives are regional-business leaders and heads of public agencies involved with edu- cation, occupational skill training, and economic de- HARDWOOD LOGS FOR SALE? BY or delivered THOUSAND to mill Call 1-800-343-4577 Netterville Lumber Co. IN BUSINESS SINCE 1952 Flow Control Service 980 U. S. Hwy, 61 Woodville ......... ....... 601-888-6053 Licensed in MS & LA -- Trane Dealer -- We Accept Credff Cards! ELECTRICAL HEATING & COOLING REFRIGERATION * PLUMBING Stand=By Generator TaakleJ" Watertteatera" Appliance Repair Technicians: Charles Smith Brian McKlemurry & Mark Sanders velopment. The primary mission of SWIB is to develop and implement.., strategies." that maxamlze resources m sup- port of education and occu- pational skill development to improve quality of life for all Mississippians. SlLAS S I M M 1:3 N SLLP CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS and ADVISORS Accepting new clients Referrals welcome and appreciated Charles W. Caldwell, Jr., CPA/PFS Bennett M. Jeansonne, CPA/ABV, CVA William Wes Gore, CPA Sim McRae Mosby, CPA/PFS Nancy M. Kennedy, CPA, CGMA Peyton C. Cavin, CPA Leigh M. Ford, CPA Myles Hopkins, CPA Andy Montgomery, CPA Anka Cannon, CPA Carr Hammond, CPA Denise Scale, CPA Ginga MacLaughlin, CPA Melody Francez, CPA Max Halley, CPA Moses Ard, CPA Scott Adams, CPA Tim Byrd, CPA 209 North Commerce Street Natchez, MS 39120 Telephone: 601-442-7411 Fax: 601-442-8551 Balanced Advice. Proven Results. Since 1932 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, January 29, 2015 Page 3 illIiIIIIIII liliiIiiiiiIiiiiii ,' THE FAR CORNER ,' ! ! I Ft. Adams & Lake Maw I This has been an excit- ing week on Jackson Point Road. A convoy of gravel trucks is not something we are used to seeing. In order to meet grant requirements, lots of bad spots had to be patched in order to get the trucks to the farthest point first, which is the Narrows or box pipe. Limestone has been placed over the mud bog and many improvements have been made on the entire road. Second district super- visor Richard Hollins was notified of the road project but denied any use of county equipment or employees to assist in it. I still can't get it! Lake Mary and Fort Adams are in the second district! The entire county depends on the tax dollars from The Far Comer, yet we are still begging for help: I can't say it enough. Improvements to Lake Mary and Fort Adams benefit the entire county. We are making strides in the right direction, but there is still much to be done. The state deadline could not have been met without the gener- osity of private individuals. I would like to thank county administrator Bruce Lewis and Mr. Marlin Reid for co- ordinating the project. There were lots of folks who made this possible. Kirk Smith do- nated the use of his motor grader even though the sec- ond district has two motor graders. Ross McGee and Sal Piazza donated labor, equip- ment and fuel. Mike Quirk, George Griffin and Ross Mc- Gee worked from daylight to past dark in order to meet the deadline and many oth- ers donated money to help pay for fuel. I would like to thank everyone who contrib- uted to making this project a success. Wilkinson County doesn't have any major plants or in- dustries to provide revenues to support the local econo- my. Louisiana State Peni- tentiary at Angola, Louisi- ana, employs lots of folks from Wilkinson County. Yet, both Pickneyville and Mile Hill roads are always in de- plorable condition. The two roads are major roadways to Angola, unless you want to drive extra miles to Highway 61 to St. Francisville. These roads should be a priority. The bridge on Sand Road has been dosed for years and folks are starting to realize that it may stay closed be- cause of funding. I am hoping that the audits are in place and grants will be made available to aid in the recon- struction of all our roads. I have explained the di- vision of tax monies many times in the past but it seems that some officials still don't grasp the concept. All of the tax dollars are split evenly between the 5 districts. Lake Mary and Fort Adams are major contributors of that tax money. The more taxes collected here the more ev- ery district benefits. That's about as plain as I can make it. I am not.boasting on the amount of revenues that are generated here. I am simply trying to explain the impor- tance of maintaining Lake Mary and Fort Adams in order to benefit the county as a whole. Public officials are supposed to be public servants, each one takes an oath to serve the pub- lic. The best interest for the county should be the goal. However, that simply isn't the case here. Taxpayers pay their taxes and are forced to provide road maintenance in order to access their prop- erty in a reasonable man- ner. How can we attract more potential landowners with that type of reputation? Wilkinson County needs ev- ery available space on Lake Mary and Fort Adams to be occupied. Hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation are the only real industry that exists in Wilkinson County. The outdoor industry is very real. Cabella's, Academy Sporting Goods and Bass Pro Shop are just a few ma- jor vendors that cater to the outdoor industry. However, the second district is home to Lake Mary, Foster Lake, Homochitto River, Buffalo Landing, Stamps Lake, Ar- tonish Lake and the Mighty Mississippi River and all have been ignored for far too long. BOE Makes No Decision... (Continued from page l) Fourth DistriCt Election now have to hold a special them and how easy it was to Commissioner Denise A. election to select an inter- work with them during the Poole was present at the im representative to serve state's visit." meeting and informed the until a permanent board On the recommendation board that the county will member could be elected in of Supt. Scott, the school November, 2015. board unanimously ap- Superintendent of Edu- proved the donation of $500 Thimbles & Threads cation Timothy T. Scott sug- made to the school district Hold January Meeting gested that the board ask by Wettlin Treppendahl and the board attorney to check Treppendahl Super Foods. all state laws relating to "Mr. Treppendahl do- When Thimbles and this matter to make sure nares $1,000 per year to the Threads met on Thursday, things are done legally, district," said the superin- January 22, there was a In other action at the tendent. smaller crowd than usual. January 21 meeting, Supt. Supt. Scott's request for Phyllis Dawson was cel- Scott announced that the permission to apply for a ebrating her birthday, and county had received a good Nontraditional Service Re- members enjoyed a delicious preliminary report follow- imbursement Grant for the birthday cake and punch ing the state's recent visit MLK Career and Technical provided by her danghter-in- to the local school district. Center was approved by 4-0 law, Dionessia Dawson. Board Pres. Floyd stated, vote. Our new challenge fabric "I want the board to know Supt. Scott also received was pasd out by our presi- that we received a good board approval to apply for dent, Dionessia Dawson. The report on Supt. Scott and an E-Rate Funds Grant fo completed blocks are due at Business Manger Nakia the 2015-2016 school year. the April meeting. Stewart. They spoke well of The vote was unanimous. Dues were collected at this meeting. We had a visitor, Beth Miller, who is Jane Ann Ves- CLASSIFIED ADS berry's sister. We hope to see more WORK members at the February meeting on Thursday, Feb- ruary26, at 9:00 a.m. -- Club Only $12 per issue Reporter CALL 601-888-4293 March Of Dimes Place and pay by noon Fridays Charity Masquerade Ball Sat,, Feb. 7 The March of Dimes Whitaker Eye Clinic Charity Masquerade Ball 625 Main St. * Woodville * 601-888-6868 will be held on Saturday, February 7, at 8 p.m. at the "Nothing is more precious than your eyesight." Wilkinson County Park. Purchase your tickets now Dr, Dick Whitaker from a March of Dimes Wilkinson County member Optometrist by calling 817-683-2816. Masks are welcome at the Comprehensive Eye Exams black tie affair. Tickets are Specialty Contact Lens Fits $35 per person for an eve- Designer Eyewear ning which will include din- Diagnosis & Treatment ner, an auction, a raffle and live entertainment by a disc of Eye Diseases jockey and a comedian. Medicare f, Medicaid/lal All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes efforts Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm at "working together for Closed Thursday stronger, healthier babies." You 28 31 3 4 8 9 11 12 15 JANUARY Open AA Meeting, Woodville Municipal Building, 6 pm Embrew BC, Buffalo Community, Pre-Super Bowl Gospel Fest, Veal Bros., 6 pm FEBRUARY Mt. Olive BC, Mt. Olive Burial Assoc. Meeting, 4 pm Open AA Meeting, Woodville Municipal Building, 6 pm Pleasant Grove BC, Christian Around The Clock, Rev. Harold Smith, 3 pm TRIAD-S.A.LT. Meeting, Wilk. Co. Sheriffs Complex, Hwy. 61 S., 10 am Open AA Meeting, Woodville Municipal Building, 6 pm Hwy. Patrol-Drivers Licensee/IDs, J.R. Hamilton Bldg., 8:30 am-4:00 pm Winans CME Church, Family & Friends Day, Guest/Flev. Robert Hill, 1 pm MARCH