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The Woodville Republican, Thursday, February 5, 2015 Page 3 g To D (Continued from Page 1) Le Mardi Club ]anuary Meeting Held At Morris Home On Tuesday, January 13, Le Mardi Club mem- bers gathered at the home of Mrs Pamela Leak for their monthly meeting. Mrs. Ann Morris welcomed everyone. She announced the Febru- ary meeting would be held at the Woodville Baptist Church with Courtney McGraw serv- ing as hostess and Mrs. Silva Waites program chairman. Upon conclusion of tlie busi- ness aspect, the meeting was turned over to Mrs. Bettye Plitt, program chairman for the afternoon. preserve and protect the oaks that are not less than a hun- dred years old. This society originally known as the Lou- isiana Live Oak Society, is currently the Live Oak Soci- ety. It began with forty three members chosen by Dr. Ste- phens and now boasts seven thousand five hundred eighty two members from fourteen states. The first tree to be selected as president was the ~e Breaux Oak in Taft, Louisi- ana. The oak succumbed to chemical plant contamination Adjacent landowner Grady Melancon was pres- ent at the meeting and of- fered for his company, SLC, LLC to pay for the survey. He also asked for easement access across the property in question to his son's house. On motion by Seal and second by Nettles, the board voted 5-0 to allow SLC, LLC to pay for a survey of the property and to grant the temporary easement as re- quested. On motion by Nettles and a second by Hollins, the board voted 5-0 to offer Verizon a 10-foot right of way, rather than a 30-foot right of way, with the agree- ment that Verizon must pay for the clearing of an over- grown fence row and pay for the right of way and for an appraisal. Supervisor Jackson made portion of the gravel road. I suggest that the county consider adopting the other half a mile past the gate to the cemetery." County Assistant Engi- neer Doug Wimberly con- firmed that county records show that the first .5 mile is public, and everything past there is private road. Supervisor Nettles read a document which listed sev- ern state laws which man- date that a county must maintain any public or pri- vate roads leading to an old cemetery. "This is still an active cemetery with over 100 graves," Nettles reported. '~qe need to take over the road to this cemetery so family members can bury their dead and have access to keep the cemetery clean." Administrator Lewis stated, "With this new in- Mrs. Plitt gave a very en- lightening and informative presentation regarding the culture and strength of live oak trees through the work of Mr. William Guion and his photography. Mr. Guion has photographed the land- scape and oak trees of the south and the west for more than thirty years. In 1934 Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens, the first President of the Univer- sity of Louisiana at Lafayette, published an article in which he explored the idea of the Louisiana live oak tree be- ing a symbolic reflection of characteristics of the people that settled in that area. He felt the trees shared the resi- dents' strength, forbearance, longevity and hearty nature. Dr. Stephens eventually created an organization to and died in 1996. The next a motion that the county oak chosen to be president examine the possibility and was the Seven Sisters Oak in process of setting up an of- Lewisburg, Louisiana. There rice in the courthouse and are currently four vice presi- finding a representative to dents from across the south, service the benefit needs of Upon conclusion of her program, Mrs. Plitt shared photographs and pichn~ that she had collected from Lafay- ette, Hammond, Baton Rouge, New Orleans and St. Francis- ville as well as Woodville. It is remarkable to know that the live oak tree has retained her beauty, majesty and strength, some for more than twelve hundred years, withstanding all to which man and nature have ex- posed them. Mrs. Leak served baklaa- va with assorted beverages for refreshments to the club members. -- Club Secretary Junior Irwin Russell Club Met In January At Vintage Cafe The Junior Irwin Russell Club's monthly meeting was held on Friday, January 9, at the Vintage Cafe located inside Opposite Ends. Host- esses were Mrs. Bran Daw- son, Mrs. Jennings Owens, Mrs. David McGraw, Mrs. Charlie Netterville and Mrs. Scott Wesberry. Upon arrival the ladies were treated to a cup of wmzn apple cider, and the Club members were then seated for refreshments at tables adorned with Mardi Gras themed decor. Festive beads surrounding white bud vases holding yellow roses and purple and green accents served as centerpieces. The ladies enjoyed mini-pimento and cheese croissants paired with a cup of shrimp and corn soup, a salad wedge and sweet tea to drink. A des- the county's veterans. The motion was seconded by Seal and passed with a 5-0 vote. Supervisor Nettles stres- sed the need to get some- thing done on repairing a portion of the Macedonia Road in the Fifth District. "-We need to do something and do it now. The road is being destroyed by truck traffic, especially by Corn- stock Oil Company and its contract haulers. The road is a danger to motorists," Nettles stated. Administrator Lewis re- plied,"I have sent Comstock a letter informing them of this matter. As of today, I formation, I will need time to investigate this and re- port back to the board on my findings." Second District resident Mary Walters appeared be- fore the board to ask ques- tions about the poor condi- tion of the Woodstock and Pinckneyville Roads. She asked, "Who is re- sponsible for damage caused to a vehicle caused by the poor condition of a county road?" Administrator Lewis re- plied, "Tort law in Missis- sippi says the county is not responsible for these dam- ages." Waiters said, "The wash- outs and potholes on the Woodstock and Pinckney- ville Roads have caused damage to my vehicle. There is no gravel on the road, and they get worse have not received a reply. will check into this for you." "We have to get some- thing done on this road. It is a mess and getting worse each day," Nettles added. Supervisor Nettles com- mented on the matter dis- cussed at the board's Janu- ary 26 meeting relative to a gate which has been erected on the Vine Hollow Road which is now blocking access to private lands and the Wesberry Family Cem- etery. Nettles stated, "County records show that the Vine I with each rain." "I'm sorry, but there is no help for your damages," Lewis stated. Former Fifth District School Board member John- ny Smallwood appeared be- fore the board to ask how he was moved from the Fifth to the Fourth District as a re- sult of the recent redistrict- ing of the county. "First of all I am not here to blame anyone. I am not mad at Circuit Clerk Lynn Delaney or any member of this board," said Small- wood. "I am here to find out meeting was called to order, sert of warm baked brown- The guest, speglger ~ :!~ topped with ~i decadent Hollow Road is a public ...... . road for the first ....... half a Mile Mr. Jason~Daup~.:~A~::~awbe~ ~ setvced L.~d i.q lacate~l i~-;t:~:~ resenta~Ve~'~frSi~ IITO~~ ~ ~ out,abe- ~'~strict: I ......... measured* ........... the Compassus located out of afternoon, road last week and found NIcComb and Natchez. He The next meeting will bethat the gate is .6 mile from gave a very enlightening talk Friday, February 13, at 3:30 the Ford's Creek Road in- on the purposes and services at the home of Mrs. Bruce tersection or past the public that Hospice provides. Lewis. -- Club Reporter " how this mistake happened., The inforo~ation used to dr~w:,up, the new maps has me living at 778 Old Hwy. 61. I don't live there and have never lived there. My correct address is 703 Old Hwy. 61. The new district line is the center of Old Hwy. 61. With the new map the houses on the right side of the road coming from the Silver Creek Road are in the Fifth District. The ones on the left are now in the Fourth District. My house is on the left side and now in the Fourth District." Smallwood continued, "I have served on the board of education for 10 years. I am there to help better the education for the children of this county. I love what I am doing and want to continue. I have the children of this county at heart." Administrator Lewis stated, "The changes in dis- trict lines were a result of the 2010 Census. We have to balance populations be- tween the districts every 10 years. The census is done by the federal government and not by the state or county. We did what was required of the county. We instructed our redistricting consultant to not move any elected offi- cials to another district. The address we were provided had you at 778 and not at 703 Old Hwy. 61. We made sure that 778 was left in the Fifth District. We had no in- formation that you lived at 703." Smallwood responded, "When I filled out a new voter registration form I gave my address at 703. I could have used 778, but that's not where I live." "The board was not aware of this problem when they approved the redistricting plan. We specifically told our consultant to not move any elected officials. The records we had showed you at 778. There was no intent whatsoever to move you from one district to anoth- er," Lewis stressed. Supervisor Nettles said, "We all apologize for this mistake. We were not aware of the error in your resi- dence address." Clerk Delaney stated, "The Board of Education has not and cannot come to a decision on an interim replacement for Mr. Small- wood. The matter will be on the Tuesday, November 3, General Election." Administrator Lewis was asked to look at the law and see if the supervisors can appoint an interim member and a second by Nettles, the board voted 5-0 to write a letter of support of Mr. Smallwood being appointed back to his seat as Fifth District representative on the school board, and to send it to the school district. A unanimous vote ap- proved the placement of a full page ad in the Wilkin- son County High School annual at a cost of $100. Board President Banks- ton announced he had re- ceived a letter from the hospital board announc- ing that the new hospital is about 75% complete at this time. "It's looking really good," said Bankston. At the request of Asst. Engineer Wimberly, the board voted 5-0 to autho- rize Board Pres. Bankston to sign a memorandum of agreement for two bridges to be placed in the Federal Lands Access Prograw (FLAP) for federal fund- ing. Mr. Wimberly requested that the board approve the programming of Bridge No. 114 on the Perrytown Road for replacement. On motion by Nettles and a second by Seal, the matter was approved with unani- mous vote. Clerk Delaney said that she and one of the county election commissioners were working on voter roll changes to meet the new line changes for the Wilkinson County East/ West districts for justice court and constable seats. "We have a lot of work to do, and I am requesting that the board approve up to five days of extra work needed to make these ex- tensive changes. The rate will be at $84 per day," said the clerk. On motion by Jackson and a second by Seal, the board voted 5-0 to approve the extra day request for five days of pay. At the request of Asst. Engineer Wimberly, the board voted 5-0 to approve all of the invoices and pay- ment estimates associated with the recent repair work completed on the Jackson Point Road. "We need this motion in order to disburse the $70,000 in grant money since the board 6fdducation' allocated for the project," cannot make a decision, said Wimberly. "I don' think we have any The next regular meet- jurisdiction in this matter, ing of the Wilkinson Coun- but I will look into it," said ty Board of Supervisors Lewis. will be held on Monday, On motion by Jackson February 23. One Local Student Named To Honor Roll At Ole Miss THE FAR CORNER -- Fort Adams & Lake Mary One student from Wilkin- son County is among those who have been named to the University of Mississippi Chancellor's List for the Fall Semester, 2014, according to a written news release. Undergraduate students who earn a semester GPA of 3.75-4.00 will be listed on the Chancellor's Honor Roll. To be eligible for honor roll designation, a student must have completed at least 12 graded hours for the semes- ter and may not be on aca- demic probation during the semester. Named to the Chancel- by Rhonda M. Quirk I attended last week's BOS meeting so I have a lot to gripe about this week. I am lor's List for this grading pe- go'mg to begin with Waste riod was Michael Calhoun Pro. Litter is becoming a Wilkerson of Woodville. He major problem in Wilkinson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. County. I know lots of folks David N. Wilkerson of Wood- litter and assume convicts ville and the late Gay Wilk- will pick up their trash, but erson. Sheriff Jackson only has so Maki.g A 0lea. Sweept Fashions Are ALSO... lots of li 's for your Vale .d Unique gifts, jewelry, clothes & candles The Better Hall Gilts & Accessories 367 Hwy. 61 Woodville 601-431-0588 Flow 980 U. S. Hwy. 61 Woodville 601-888-6053 Licensed in MS & LA -- Trane Dealer -- We Accept P, redff Wilkinson County Calendar Of Events To add events please call 601-888-4293 6r email by noon Friday ELECTRICAL HEATING & COOLING REFRIGERATION * PLUMBING S and-t?y Cenera ors Tank/e ; TM WazerHeaters Appliance Repair Technicians: Charles Smith Brian McKlemurry & Mark Sanders many inmates, and with the new garbage ordinance you could become one ff you are found guilty of a violation. However, I believe ff Waste- Pro provided the service that they are being paid to do in an efficient manner, it would cut down on some of the litter problems. Waste-Pro obtained the garbage contract in July of last year and has never once picked up on Pecan Grove. I would like to thank Supervisor Kenyon Jack- son for volunteering to call Waste-Pro on behalf of Pe- can Grove. We are trying very hard to attract more prospective landowners, which would provide more tax revenue for the county. The fact that we have to maintain the county road makes it very difficult to entice folks, and coupled with the fact you also have to haul your garbage back McComb, MS HUNTING LAND NEEDED!!! Have qualified buyers looking for hunting land. Several 40ac- 100ac clients, 500ac- 1000ac clients, and many in between. Call Alan 601-249-8436 or email: alan@ home, even though you are required to pay a garbage fee, makes it almost impos- sible. Many residents all over the county have legitimate complaints about Waste-Pro. It may become mandated that everyone use garbage cans with lids. This may help, but critters can find ways into enclosed cans, especially when left overnight or for days waiting to be picked up. Waste-Pro's defense is lack of employees. That isn't our problem. So once again, I will ask you to call Waste-Pro at 1-866-724-6523. The Jackson Point Road is an on-going project.We are trying to find a few more culverts. It appears mainte- nance will be provided as private funding allows. Taxpayers are paying for a new motor grader and county employee's salaries, take note of the total disre- Many folks from Mile Hill gard by Supervisor Hollins in and Sand Creek Road (just to the reconstruction of Jackson name a few) are fed up with. Point Road. In my opinion, poorly maintained roads. I this is not the actions of a supervisor who really cares about improving his district or raising more tax monies for the county. The Jackson Point and Lake Mary Roads are not the only roads in our com- munity suffering from ne- glect. I don't know all the roads in the Second District, but some members of our community have started a complaint sheet in order to draw attention to their distress. If you would like to sign the Second District complaint list, they are available at Bubba's One Stop, Sportsman's Stop, Sonny's Bait Shop and The Far Corner Resale & Gift Shop. You are also welcome to sign the list if you have a yet are denied any access good road and would like for to either. Everyone needs to me to acknowledge it. will present the list to the BOS and maybe when state aid is available, funding will be provided for your road. The Jackson Point Road was just before the point of no return, when the miraculous surplus of grant funding was provided. I want to encourage folks to attend BOS meet- ings, even if you don't have anything to complain about. In the past few meetings I have attended four out of the five, and the supervisors are working on different projects to improve their districts. You should consider your- selves lucky and let these men know their efforts are appreciated. I guess the Sec- ond District will just have to depend on County Admin- istrator Bruce Lewis to find another miracle. 558 First South Street Woodville, 601-888-7944 Board Certified Physical Therapist Virginia Lewis Whetstone, DPT 3 4 8 8 9 11 12 15 15 28 FEBRUARY Mt. Olive BC, Mt. Olive Burial Assoc. Meeting, 4 pm Open AA Meeting, Woodville Municipal Building, 6 pm Nathaniel BC, Pastor Robert Scott's 5th Year Anniversary, Guest Pastor Mark Litt, 2 pm Bleakhouse BC, Deacon Program, Rev. Reginald L. Jackson, pastor, 2 pm TRIAD-S.A.L.T. Meeting, Wilk. Co. Sheriffs Complex, Hwy. 61 S., 10 am Open AA Meeting, Woodville Municipal Building, 6 pm Hwy. PatroI-Dnvers Licenses/IDs, J.R. Hamilton Bldg., 8:30 am-4:00 pm Bleakhouse BC, Ordination Of Three Deacons, Rev. Reginald L. Jackson, 2 pm Mt. Olive BC/United Ministries Of Faith, Black History Month Celebration, 5 pm St. Luke #1 BC, Youth Program for All Youth, Rev. Charles Bell, 6 pm