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"00LDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 .:: .; $ ,, .#., * '.4 '::. :4.: * '.4.: *. '. *. * '.4'. * !;.i: i. p " '! 15 i (..5 .... ........ 4" lh,lhllill,hhllhl,,lllqhul'llh'11h11hUl: 00uuu Volume 190 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, February 12, 2015 Number 41 STATE PRESS ASSOCIATION OFFI- CIALS, UM JOURNALISM DEPART- MENT DEAN, VISIT THE WOOD- VILLE REPUBLICAN-- On Thursday afternoon, February 5, three officials with ties to journalism in Mississippi were guests at The Woodville Republi- can, Mississippi's Oldest Newspaper. Over the past year the three have been to visit almost 70 of the newspa- pers across the State of Mississippi. Pictured above at the state historic marker in front of The Republican of- rice, are as follows, from left to right: Woodville Republican Publisher Andy J. Lewis, Mississippi Press Associa- tion Executive Director Layne Bruce, University of Mississippi Dean of Journalism Will Norton and current Mississippi Press Association Presi- dent Joel McNeece. -- Woodville Re- publican Photo Woodville Board Votes 3-0 To Renew Solid Waste Collection Contract Three representatives of Waste Management Com: pany of Natchez were in attendance at the Tuesday, February 3, meeting of the Woodville mayor and board of aldermen to request an extension of the contract with the solid waste collec- tion company and the town. The contract is up for renewal on March 1, 2015, and the company is asking to activate the two-year ex- tension clause in the con- tract. Terry Smith of Waste Management stated, "We are asking for the town to consider extending our con- tract from March 1, 2015 through March 1, 2017. Woodville Board Attor- ney Amy Ryan stated to the board, "You are allowed to do this by law. It is up to you to pass a board order autho- rizing this extension." Before voting, Alderman Gene Loffon asked Mr. Smith, "Several Woodville businesses have asked me to get a price from Waste Management. for heavy commercial customers." Smith replied, "Our con- tract in place is only for residential and light com- mercial customers. We don't have a rate for heavy com- mercial pickup in the Town of Woodville. They can call us directly, and we will be glad to work with them. But, this cannot be done through our contract with the town." Following this discus- sion Alderman Earl Dean Anthony made a motion to extend the contract two more years. The motion was seconded by Alderman Will Carter and passed unani- mously by a 3-0 vote. Alder- man Russell Fry was ab- sent from the meeting and not voting. Woodville resident Charles E. Johnson ap- peared before the board to request permission to erect a sign to commemorate the memory of Johnson High School and Rosenwald School. The memorial will be placed on town property on Gaylord Street across from Pleasant Green Baptist Church. This location was the site of the two schools. Woodville Planning and Preservation Commission President Jim Derbes stat- ed that per Woodville ordi- nance a permit application must be completed prior to anything being built or renovated within the city limits of Woodville. The town took no action on this request pending ap- plication for a permit. Woodville Mayor Gary D'Aquilla recommended to the beard that the town purchase an advertisement in the Wilkinson County School District's student annual. On motion by An- thony and a second by Carter, the board voted 3-0 to purchase a full page at a cost of $100. After a discussion on parade/event permits, the board voted 3-0 to mandate that applicants for a permit must do so by the first of the month prior to the month the event is to be held in or- der to be considered by the board. Mayor D'Aquilla said he had spoken with officials at several area towns. "They charge for parade permits, and I think we need to do this too." Alderman Lofton made a motion that all entities be charged a permit fee of $300. "We need to do this to help cover our costs for security and cleanup after parades and other events held in the town." The al- derman's motion failed due to the lack of a second. Aldermen Anthony and Carter wanted Alderman Loon's motion to exclude charging schools for parade permits. Alderman Lofton asked Chief Jessie W. Stewart if his department couldn't step up patrols for loud music. "I have had a num- ber of people call me with complaints about loud mu- sic coming from cars and trucks in the city limits," said Lofton. Chief Stewart replied, "We only have one officer on duty, and they are on patrol each day. If these people can take down a tag number, we will be glad to investigate and find out who is playing the loud music." Street Superintendent Donald Carter announced that city workers had re- cently replaced a broken valve at the town sewer lagoon on the Jackson La. Road at a cost of $4,200. %Ve had to get this valve replaced or face a fine from the DEQ," said Carter. On motion by Carter and sec- ond by Anthony, the ex- pense was approved 3-0. Planning Commission Pres. Derbes announced that the Town of Woodville was a Certified Local Gov- ernment Community, and he represented the town at a recent meeting held in Port Gibson where the discussion centered on the needs for standards on new construction and renova- tions. '%Ve plan to implement these same standards in Woodville," Derbes com- mented. He continued, "Atten- dance has been very good at the meetings of the Zoning and Preservation Commis- sions. We have one permit pending for a request to change property from resi- dential zoning to light com- mercial. We also are aware of several other pending ap- plications." Mayor D'Aquilla an- swered, "We appreciate the hard work you and your board are doing to help Woodville." Woodville Police Officer Johnny Clark told the mayor and board that they need to give serious thought to rais- ing the hourly rate being paid to officers of the WPD. "I know that we are going to lose two of our police of- ricers to other jobs because of the town's low pay scale. Pay raises will help us keep certified police officers on the local force." Mayor D'Aquilla com- mented, "This is the first I have heard of policemen leaving our police depart- ment." Alr a lengthy discussion with Alderman Carter sug- gesting a pay raise of $1.50! hour, no action was taken. City Clerk Cathy McCur- Icy said she had received a parade permit application from Jeremy Ephion re- questing permission to hold a Mardi Gras parade in the downtown section of Wood- ville on Saturday, February 14, beginning at 1 p.m. The board approved the permit request with a 3-0 vote. Clerk McCurley an- nounced that the town had borrowed $70,000 last year against anticipated revenue to be received from property taxes. The money was used to meet financial obliga- tions including employee payroll and benefits. (Continued on Page 3) Circuit Court Takes Action On A Number Of Cases Sixth District Circuit Judge IAllie Blackmon Sanders has taken action on a number of criminal cases appearing on the local court's docket. According to court minutes on file in the Wilkinson Coun- ty Circuit Clerk's Office, she held hearings and took action on the following cases: State vs. Harlie Wheeler. Sentencing Order signed by Judge Sanders in which defen- dant entered a plea ofguilty to two felony counts of Burglary of a Dwelling. Wheeler was sentenced to serve 25 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, said sentence was suspended and the defendant was placed on five years probation. He was ordered to pay court costs of $421.50, a prosecution fee of $200 and restitution in the amount of $3,633.50. He was placed on supervised proba- tion for five years. State vs. William Till- man. Sentencing Order signed by Judge Sanders in which defendant entered a plea of guilty to two felony counts of Burglary of a Dwelling. Till- man was sentenced to serve 25 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrdons, said sentence was suspended and the defen- dant was placed on five years probation. He was ordered to pay court costs of $421.50, a prosecution fee of $200 and restitution in the amount of $3,633.50. He was placed on supervised probation for five years. Ste vs. Marcus A. James. OC Probation Of- ricer Cdn Gaines filed an affidavit with the court stating that . lefendant has violat- ed the.to-ms of his probation. On October 15, 2014, James was sentenced to five years in the custody of the  on a charge of Possession of Co- caine. Said sentence was sus- pended and James was placed on five years probation. The affidavit states that James was arrested on December 10, 2014, by the Woodville Po- lice Department on a charge of Possession of Cocaine with Intent. A warrant has been issued for James' arrest. State vs. Phenecia Shu- nae Hoskins. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Wednes- day, February 11, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County Courthouse. State vs. Montes M. Gary. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Wednes- day, February 11, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County Courthouse. State vs. Zakedia Ephi- on. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Thursday, Feb- ruary 12, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County Court- house. State vs. Lakendrick Washington. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Tues- day, February 10, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County McKenzie Elected FMCH Chief Of Staff For 2015 Trinity Jack McKen- zie, M.D., has been elected Field Memorial Community Hospital (FMCH) Chief of Staff for 2015. Currently, Dr. McKenzie sees patients full-time at the FMCH Lib- erty Clinic and provides a full range of medical ser- vices for all age groups. Dr. McKenzie joined Field Memorial Community Hos- pital's team of medical pro- fessionals August 1, 2007. A native of Amite County and Liberty, Dr. McKenzie received his bachelors de- gree in Biology at Millsaps College. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University Of Missis- sippi School of Medicine in 2004. His postgraduate work included a three year Family Medicine internship and residency program with North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Dr. McK- enzie's professional mem- berships include the Ameri- can Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Mississippi Association of Family Practitioners. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and also serves as Chairman of the FMCH Quality Committee. Courthouse. State vs. Paul Armstead. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Wednesday, Febru- ary 11, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County Court- house. State vs. Calvin Walker. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkin- sen County Courthouse. State vs. Tia Groom. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Thursday, Feb- mary 12, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County Court- house. State vs. Kelvin James. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Thursday, Feb- ruary 12, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County Court- house. State vs. Roman Gaul- den. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County Court- house. State vs. Rankall New- ell. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Wednesday, Feb- mary 11, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County Court- house. State vs. Andrew Collins. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 9 axa. in the Wilkin- son County Courthouse. State vs. Brandon Mc- Coy. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this cas for Wednes- day, February 11, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County Courthouse. State vs. Laterria Hen- yard. Judge Sanders has signed an order setting the trial for this case for Thurs- day, February 12, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the Wilkinson County Courthouse. State vs. Michael Terrell Johnson. MDOC Probation Officer Calvin Gaines filed an affidavit with the court stating that the defendant has violated the terms of his probation. On October 10, 2014, Johnson was sentenced to five years in the custody of the MDOC on a charge of Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon. Said sentence was suspended and Johnson was placed on five years probation. The affidavit states that James has failed to report to tus probation of- ricer as directed, has been ar- restedby the WCSO on a charge of grand larceny, has failed to pay court fees and has failed to register as a Sex Offender. A warrant has been issued for James' arrest. State vs. Adam Whitting- ton. MDOC Probation Officer Calvin Gaines filed an affida- vit with the court stating that the defendant has violated the terms of his probation. On Oc- tober 10, 2014, Wtttington was sentenced to five years in the custody of the MDOC on a charge of Felony Mali- cious Mischief. Said sentence was suspended and Whitting- ton was placed on rive years post release Supervision. The affidavit states that Whit- tington has failed to report to his probation officer, has been arrested in Magnolia and charged with Uttering a Forg- ery, other charges are pending in Kentwood, La., and he has tested positive for cocaine. A warrant has been issued for James' arrest. SUPT. SCOTT ATTENDS CONFERENCE MEETS WITH GOV. BRYANT AT WINTER MASS CONFERENCE Wflldason County Superin- tendent Timothy T. Scott was one of several superintendents to attend the Winter MASS Conference. The four-day con- ference, which began January 25 and concluded January 28, was held in Jackson at the downtown Marriot Hotel. The conference is an annu- al gathering among the states' appointed and elected superin- tendents to be informed of the current trends in education. This yeas conference focused mostly on Common Core, the new accountability model, New Accreditations Start- dards, Standards for College and Career Readiness as well as Safe & Orderly Schools. There were morning and evening sessions held with several speakers including Dr. Carey Wright, State Supe- tendent of Education, as well as current Governor Phil Bry- ant. Governor Bryant spoke to superintendents about current legislative items that are being in the 2015 legisla- tive session that will eventu- ally affect public education. Governor Bryant and Su- perintendent Scott talked about Initiative #42, which would protect each child's tim_ damental right to educational opportunity through the 12th grade by amending Section 201 of the Mississippi Con- stitution to require that the State must provide and the legislature must fired an ad- equate and efficient system of free public schools. This initia- tive would also authorize the chancery .courts of this State to enforce this section with ap- propriate injunctive relie Superintendent Scott and Governor Bryant discussed at length the dismantling of the PARCC assessment. Scott and Bryant differed on the PARCC, which is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Whereas Superintendent Scott is for The PARCC assessment, Governor Bryant is for dismantling it. Superintendent Scott said he thoroughly enjoyed speaking with the Governor about the current trends in education. Scott, who's in his eighth year as superintendent, told Governor Bryant that he likes the idea he shared in reference to utilizing the ACT as an exit exam for seniors instead of the current exit exams that are used for all High School seniors in the State of Mississippi. Superintendent Scott is a member of the Mississippi Association of School Superin- tendents (MASS) and says he looks forward to sharing the in- formation acquired at the con- ference with his com_munity.