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i,iim i I i Volume 148 Oldest Paper In Mississippi Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Friday, February 2, 1973 Established In 1824 Number 35  . _ :   iii i i i Illl ill illl i iiillllll ll Nlllltlllllt i illllllll iii iiii I Localisms by Lewis... By a ,rather unusual coinci- dence, we received two clippings Monday of a lengthy article concerning Wilkinson County which ,appeared in the January 91st Issue of The Sunday Ore- gonlan, which we believe is published in Portland, Oregon. One clipping came from our close friend and college class- mate of more years ago than we like ,to count ,up, Jlio B. "Sonny" Pobinson, a Centreville native and longtime resident of Roseburg, Oregon, and the other Srom a local friend, who had received the same clipping from ,an acquaintance in Oregon. The lengthy story, with banner headline is datelined Woodvllle and credited to the LA Times- Washington Post Service. It concerns the much publicized Supreme Court appeal of the Leon Chambers ,murder case conviction which the headline claims "could change evidence law" in these United States. We wili not reproduce the highly vitrollc story which is so flagrantly biased against our community and county that it would only serve ,to raise the blood pressure of our readers Just as it did for this, writer and which also more or less re- hashes an earlier story on `the same subject matter which we ,copied last month from the Washirg'ton Post. We only regret that we do not 'have the name of the out- standing journalist who pre- Pared this blt of "ln depth" reDorting so that we could drop tm a note of congratulations on ,this, monumerLtal piece af ,biased and inflammatory re- porting. This country editor lays no claim to any real skill or com- petence in news reporting, but we do like to think that we eive ,to present facts raher han opinions in the news columns of ,this little weekly mewspaper. In ,contrast, this opus from a "news service" representing two of the nation's largest papers is in our opinion . as deliberately biased and in- sulting ,as anything we have een recently  editorial com- ment much less in so-called - ews stories. We ,have never been able to athom ,the .reason for the enom and hate which so many ot our "big hrothers" of ,the ' aational news servlces ove to heap ,upon, the South, and es- ; r eclally upon Mississippi, but , 'after our best effort at ob- Jective study we ca only sur- , lse tha,t 'there must be at least "i .touch of jealousy involved. Yes, we really think that we have something that these c SOuhbatters unconsciously long 2cr bu't can never attain and hich they thus wish o destroy. ,hy else would they continue ,]to do all in their power to :k,ndermlne .and destroy Southern ;, ,raore, traditions an customs .L,WIle at he same time care- :,',fUlly turning 'their collective a(acks on the many shortcomings L;i,o flagrantly ,Ppren.t in theh" o back yards? $ $ $ It's a shame ,that more anec- dotes abou,t bureaucracy in ac- tln aren't brought to public affection. It would provide a lot of laugh's, and since the bureau- cratie jungle is costing the tax- PYers so much .money, It's too 'bad they, or rather we, don't get ,a little more pleasure out Of the Whole hing. A ,wonderful bureucracy re- Deft comes from the Menvphis, Tenn., .Commercial Apeal. The (Con'tinued on Page 8) SMO Directors To Meet In Liberty Monday The monthly meeting of the B0ard of DirectOrs of "South- Wet Mississippi Opportunity, Fe e., will be held on Monday, buary 5, at 7 p.m, .at the Anlte County Courthouse i  Lberty, From The Files Of The Republican 'Backward, turn backward, Oh Time, in thy flight . . . "' Ilil.l Ill I,1,,1 ll.lllilll#lllll Illlllllllllllllllllllillilllllllllll 25 YEARS AGO Mrs. B. D. Ilgenfritz spent the weekend in Bton Rouge a .the home of Mr. and Mrs. N, S. Catchings, .being joined there by Jimmy Ilgenfrltz, who is located m Shreveport. ,Mrs. Robert Lewis returned home Tuesday afternoon after a week's visit at the home of her daughter, rs. Allen L. Smith, in Bton Rouge. Mrs. Maude Roland of Tal- lulah, La., spent Monday and Tuesday of last week here ,as the guest of Miss Lena Stutz- man. Recent newcomers to Wood- ville are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Blanchard, who moved here last I week from Eunice, La. Mr. Blachard is 'the brother of Messrs. Willie and Vernon Blanchard. Miss Vada Belle Purifoy spent the past weekend in New Or- leans with her sister, returning home V[ond, ay evening. M,r. and Mrs. Joe Fife and Miss Grace Edward,s of Brook- ,haven are expected here for a weekend visit to Mr. and Mrs. Nalon S. 'McCraine a their home at Whitestown, .Mrs. H. P. McGehee and Mr. H. P. McGehee, Jr., of Pinckney- vitle spent the past weekend in latchez visiting Mr. and Mrs. Fielding MeGehee and family. 50 YEARS AGO We are glad to learn that an ice plant is being erected in Cen,treville which will be ready to distribute ice during the early spring months. This plant will have a capacity of about ten ,tons per day and we under- stand that those behind this enterprise are expecting o furnish ce to the neighboring towns at a very low figure. This sounds good to us, Steve Reed, Sidney Lewis, Jack Stockett and reen Morris, members of .the Boys' Hi-Y of the A. H. School, spen Satur- I day and Sunday in Columbia as representatives the meeting I of the Hi-Y Cluos of this dis- trict. They were accompanied by 'Mr, Roy Cox, agriculturlst of this school. Mr. J, P. Ford of New Orleans is spending a few day this week at his courtry home near Woody]lie on a bird hunting trip. He is accompanied by his friend and business associate, Mr. Fred Bedford. Messrs. W. F. Tucker and Clay B. Tucker spent several hours in Certreville Wednesday afternoon, on business. Mr. Ray Coulter of Old River Island ,passed through Woodville on Sunday ,afternoon on h'is return, from Natchez where he had business. 75 YEARS AGO lWr. Meyer, representing the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, was in town on Thursday and placed' he entire agency of his goods, for khis county, wth Messrs. M. Rothschild & Bro., who ordered large car of his goods. Quite a number of our citizens will leave Monday for a cam hunt on Grand Bay. We wish them good luck. Miss Fannie Lewis, now of Austin, Tex., is vsiting relatives and friends in our town. She is the guest of Mrs. Gem Argue. Mr, M. K. Johmson md family " are now domiciled i their lovely home, which Mr. Johnson has recently erected on the old site of the College, ROBBERY ATTEMPT FOILED BY POLICE EARLY SATURDAY I (By Bill Catchins, Jr.) I Saturday morning ,at three l a.m., Officer Joe Clafborne of the Woody]lie Police arreste@ Columbus Jackson when he came ,upon Jackson attempting to enter Vehna's Iress Shop through the Trent door. Jackson also .admitted break- ing a side window in the office of Treppendahl's Hardware in an attempt to gain entry there. After failing, he went to the front door of Vehna's Iress Shop where .he was apprehended by Officer Claiborne. He was taken to the coun, ty jail where he ,was questioned by Woodvllle Police Chief James Foreman. A preliminary hearing was held by Justice of the Peace Myrtle Wisner ,,on Monday mrn- ing at which time Jackson was placed on $1,009 bond, charged ,with two counts of attempted burglary. The case will be turned over to the Grand Jury in March. Wilkinson In Top 20 In Savings Bond Sales The honr roll of the op 20 counties in Mississippi in the purchase of Savings Bonds in- cluded Wilkinson County, ranked 8th in exceeding its 1972 goal, a report from the Savings Bond division of the Department of 'the Treasury revealed this week. Wilk.inson Countians pur- chased a total of $99,398 in Savings Bonds during 1972, .the report slows, thus exceeding the county's quota of $67200 by 148.4 percent. G. C. Golden of Woodville is county Savings Bond chairman. Assessor To Be In Centreville Next Week Mrs. Betty W, Dawson, tax assessor for Wilkinson County, announces that she will be in Centreville next week for the purpose of aking Homestead VAN McCEARLEY DIES AT HOME FRIDAY Van McCearley, Jr.. a native and lifelong resident of Wilkin- son County, died at his home on Route 1, Gloster. on Friday morning of last week at the age of 73. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon a three o'clock from the Woodville Bap- tist Church with the R, ev. O. B. Beverly and the Rev. Anthony Patterson officiating. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery with the Berryhill Funeral Home in charge. Active pallbearers were Lamkln l2cCearley, Allen Mc- Key, W. B, McKey, Iverson Me- Key, Gone McKey and James Webb, and honorary pallbearers l!ncluded M. D. Treppendahl, A. W, Treppendahl, Harvey Leake, Edward J. Leake, Curtis Locke a,nd Elliott Locke. Mr. McCearley was born in this county on October 19, 1899, the son of the late Stephen Van Allen McCearley and Mrs. Mmry Eugenic Holmes McCearley. He was a retired farmer and cattle- man and was a member of ,the Pioneer Baptist ,Church. He was anarrled zo the frmer Miss Alma McKey on January 19, 1930, and she survives him. n addition o his wife, he is survived by four sons. Jen- nings McCearley of Woodville, Doug McCearley of Natchez. Mullen McCearley of Ft. Rucker, Ala., and Andrew McCearley of Tampa, Fla.; two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth Carter and Mrs. W. O. Kimbriel. both of Route 1, Glostr; three sisters. Mrs. Blanche McKey of Centreville, Mrs Bernice Wright of Natchez, and 'Mrs. Lessie .Huff of Albu- querque, N. Mex.; nd 10 grand- children. Jaycee Light Bulb Sale Set Here Monday Night The Woodville Jayeees will stage their annual light bulb sale next Monday night, Febru- ary 5th, starting ,a 6:80 paa, club officials announced ,this week. A door to door sales cam- paign will ,be staged in the town Exemption applications. Mrs, of Woodville. The J.ayeees will Dawson will be .at the Town]be selling cartons of 6 light am o 4 pm oaly Hall from, " _.: . for a price of $2, withpro- Monday ceeds to go to the clubs com- rrough 2'rlaay, sne stated, munity projects. I South Central Bell I sented Wilkinson County Tax Collector Mrs, Betty Dawson Pays Bici Local Tax Bill ]with a check for $11,281.72 for -- 197 ad valorem taxes on Bell On Monday, South Central Telephone Comp ,ay facilities in Bell Manager Bob Hardy pre- Wilkinson County. Uncle Pete from Percy's Creel( Says DEAR MISTER EDITOR: keeping opinions in the family, and he is to be commended for saying a feller 'that rim a company doing millions of dol- lars wrth of business wi the Guvernment ain't got no busi- ness heading the federal budget. Another matter that come up for discussion was the Equal Rights Amendment to the U. S, Constitu,tion. The fellers was wondering if it had got ap- proved by enuff states ,to git ' ratified. Zeke Grubb said he ls special interested in this cause he riggers it's high `time the menfolks got a fair shake. Zeke said the amendment will make men and wimmen equal in the eyes of the law, and he flggered 'the men are looking at it like rer Rbbit did abou't titling tossed in the briar patch. Wim- men is in for more rights ha they want, was Zeke' words. Personal, Mister Editor, I'm fr turning the country over o the wimmen. They can't do no worse. My old lad. was going through some stuff in he attic last week, and she come sorest a 1953 newspaper. I was half- way through it afore I oticed around him ,that will do what the date, It reported the same he says. If the President lis- crhne, rising prices, wars, Con- toned to ever column writer and gress giveaways we got in 1973. half-baked epert in the coun- I noted a item about men 'try, declared Ed the Guvern- hunting for the Abomable ment would be like the cowboy Snowman, and I see another that jumped on his horse and American expedition is set fer rode off in all drections. But a Snowman ,hunt this year. Let Ed said ,he was worried about lthe wimmen go this time. Be- the way the President is trying I sides, it"-s probable a Snowwoman to do his job and Congress job t anyhow. to, As for Rule, Ed said, he l 'ours truly, I broke the Peago r, ule about] .... :_. Snele Pete _ None of the fellers at the country store Saturday n}ght had heard whatever happened to Gordon Rule, but they give him a unanimous vote of con- fidence anyway. Clem Webster spoke fer all when he said Rule had showed bravery beyond .the call of duty when he said President Nixon ,had made a mistake. It's a sad state of affairs went on Clem, when a man can't speak his mind in this country without having the full weight of the White House on his head. But tht',s the way things are, and they're gifting worse, he said. Anybody that dis'agrees with the Administration, lrom television commentator to th top and bottom of the federal payroll peck older, is going to feel the lash of the Presidential whip, was Clem's words. This dwelling is built on ,the[ Ed Doolittle said he wasn't modern plan and is the most i full agreed with Clem. Ed said beautiful residence in this lthe President is elected to run county. Mr. John T. Smi,th, the]the job, and he , ,to .do architect, has shown excellent[thins his way. Fathermare, Ed taste in the consuction of ]allowed, ,hes got to have people hiS building, and is to be con- gratulated. Messrs, Walsh & Wilson make known to the people of this county, through the column of our paper, that they are pre- pared, to do all kind of brick work and masonry. They have ,had many years eperlence .in this business and ,any one wantir work done in the line wll do well to call on these gememen. COURTHOUSE WORK got underway this week as a crew from J. A. Russ Construction Company arrived here Tuesday to make peparations for begnning the $755,000 addition to and remodeling of the present building. The first order of business was removal of the liveoak tree shown above, before and after it was cut down that day. The tree, located south of the present building, was some 30 inches in diameter at the stump and was about 35 years old. The Jefferson Davis Oak, located just west of the removed tree, viii not be disturbed, the workmen said, although the two-story nnex which will be added to the south end of the present building will extend out very near the spreading branches of the historic old tree. R. E. Steen, Former Local Educator, Dies Saturday In Jackson Robert Ernest Steen, 82, a retired educator and former )rincipal of the old Wilkinson .County A. H. School in WoocN ville, died at .a nursing home h Jackson early last Saturday. Funeral services were held on Monday from Wright & Ferg,u- son Funeral Chapel in Jackson with the Rev. B. K ,Hardin of- ficiating, and interment was in Lakewood Memorlal Park there. A native of Florence, Mr. Steen graduated from Mfllsaps College and received his masters from Peabody College in Mem- phis. A veteran of World War I, he had held teaching posi,tlons in Anguilla, Cleveland, Florence, Pelahatchie, Brandon, Woodville and Jackson. He was later as- s.oclated with the State Depart- men of Education and with the Veterans &dministration, where he organized the first vocation,al training school for Negro vet- erans. Mr. Steen served as principal of Wilkinson County Agricul- tural High School here for hree years, from ,the fall of 1924 to the summer of 1927. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Margie Williams Steen; two sons. Harold Williams Steen of Sacramento, Calif., and Wil- liam Cade Steen of Houston, Tex.; a daugh.ter, Mrs. Carroll Weisell of Ranul, Ill.; and eight grandchildren and one grea-grandchild. Unemployment Shows Decrease in Area The current TaSte of unem- ployment for the three-county area of Adams, Jefferson and Wilkinson at mid-December was estimated at 3.4V2, according to a labor survey by he Natchez office of the Mississippi State Employment Service. This fig- ure shows a decrease when com- pared .to an estimated 4.3/z the prior month and 4.4% in De- cember 1971. On the other hand, the total civilian labor force in the three- county area is estimated at 91,280 as of mid -December, which reflected a 250 decrease from the prior mon'th and 120 less than ,the 21,400 estimate for the same period a year ago. The report set the unemployed labor force at 730 for December 1972. as compared with 920 the prior ,month and 930 in Decem- ber 1971. Manufacturing employment in mid-December was reported as 5,260, wlth non-manufacturing Earl W. Spillman Hurt In Highway Accident Saturday Earl Wayne Spillman. Wood- ville farmer and cattleman, was seriously injured in a wo- car collisior which ,took place at a rral crossroad near Ethel, La., on Saturday nlgh't. He has since been under treatment at Baton Rouge General Hospital where he was still in the inten- sive care unit on Wednesday morning. Injtrles included a broken hip, broken aloulder and sevexe concussion. The accident took place about 11 p.m. Saturday while Mr. Spiliman was en route home from Zachary, where he had visi`ted his father. His pickup collided with another vehicle operated by a fifteen year old Munson youth of Clinton, La.. at a crossroad on a country road in the vicinity of Ethel. Mrs. Wisner Explains J. P. Fine System; Other Court Work (By Bill Catehings, Jr.) If you have ever had o pay a traffic fine, you've probably wondered where the money you paid Went. And if you have ever taken time to ,bring it up In casual conversation, you've prob- ably gotten varied answers, be- cause everyone thinks they know. According to fourth distMct Justice of ,the Peace Myrtle Wisher, part of the fifteen dol- lars that is now the minimum fine goes into the County Gen- eral Fund and part of the ine goes to the State Treasury. Also added nto every traffic fine is a two dollar fee or a special drivers' education fund. This I makes the minimum ira,flit fine[ in the State of Mississippi sev-[ enteen dollars. In Mrs. Wlsner s-'-" district the fines average be-I Vween 800 and 1000 dollars a' mon'th. The old story about the Justice of 'the Peace getting a share of the traffic fines is largely false. Mrs. Wisner is paid five dollars for every ease she handles, a are all Justices of the Peace in Mississippi. This amotmt is paid no matter how the case goes, so it has very little ,to do with the court's decision. "All people connected with the case are paid by the state or county," said Mrs. Wis- nor, "including the officer that wrltez the ticket." The record books of the Justice of the Peace are checked twice a month by ,the Chancery clerk ad two or three times a year by the state auditor. As a Justice of the Peace, Mrs. Wisher also handles violations of the Fish and Game egula- tions. The minimum fine in these cases s 25 dollars. Head- lighting deer carries a mini- mum of a jail sentence, confis- cation of all equipmen,t, nd a fine of 250 dollars. Mrs. Wisher also ,has to rule on civil cases such as repossessions and col- lee'lions. She also hms to act as coroner in her district. The pay is always the same-- five dollars. "I've gone out ,t,o examine the evidence before in cases where foul play was pos- sible." said Mrs. Wisher. Being a Justice of the Peace is o get-rich-quick scheme as some people would have you believe and even though they are em- ployed by ,the state or county, the Justice of the Peace is not ,allowed social security, she pointed  out. i employment set at 10,90 for the period. Centreville, T.J. Win Roxie Cage Tourney The Centreville Academy girls and Thomas Jefferson boys won ,the Franklin Christian Academy Invitational Basketball Tourna- ment ,titles in Roxie Saturday night. The Centreville downed Franklin Christia 37-27 to take the title in a game which saw Susie Robertson hit for 16 points for he winners. Thomas Jefferson gained the title with a 63-54 victory over host Franklin for the,r 21st wl of the year. In consolation play, Citizen's School of Vicksburg downed the T.J. girls 41-34, vhile the Ce- treville boys trounced Vll.k- son county Christian ACademy 7.7-18 with Sid Brian and Ronnie Peele bucketing 18 point each for the Tigers. Named to the boys' all-tourna- ment team wore: Tim Gonda, WCCA; David McKey, Centre- ville: Greg Easterling and Ke- ny Jackson, T.J.; .and Lyn Posey, Franklin Christian. Members of the girls' all- tournament team included Susie .Robertson and Debra Housley, Centreville: Liz Carlisle and Traeey Orosby Citizen's School; Beverly Mayers, T.J.; and Pam Smith, Franklin. IRS Begins Saturday Telephone Assistance Jackson -- Taxpayers w h o work or cannot get to Internal Revenue Service offices during regular business 'hours can ob- tair telephone help rom the IRS on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. beginning January 27th. Thi service will be of- fered each Saturday through April 14th. Also. during the week of January 29th, telephone service will be ava,ilable to 7:45 p.m. on Monday through Friday. This service is in add'itio to I the normal telephone service available to taxpayers Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The telephone number lor in- come tax assistance in the Jack- son area 'is 948-4500, The tele- phone number for tapas'ers in other areas of the state is the state-wide toll-free nmrber 1- 800-222-8070 Taxpayers who have ques- tions or problems with filling  out their returns should call the IRS office for help. Free 'income ax assistance is no farther away 'than yotr telephone. Give the IRS a call. The Week's Weather Oate Rain m* Lo" Wed., Jan. 24 62 34 Thu,, Jan. 25 'tr. fig 39 Frt,, Jan,. 26 .58 55 4 Sat.. Jan. 27 65 39 Sun., Jan. 28 .31 60 38 Men., Jan., 29 44 28 Dally Readings: Rainfall 1 p.m. Temperatures 5D.m. ! 1 (Statistics furnished courtesy of the Mts, Forestry 0ommission,l