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Volume 148 Oldest Paper In Mississippi Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Friday, February 16, 1973 Established In 1824 Number 37 .................................................................. WORK UNDERWAY ON WCCA GYM Localisms by Lewis... Never again will we question the ability or accuracy of the forecasts of that venerable old weather prophet, Mr. Ground Hog. Last week after the old fellow From The Files Of The Republican "Backward, turn backward, Oh Time, in thy flight . . . "' pIt,tlllltmt ntSt,l,tl |,t |t,t t|Jh,tt tt||t|ttttt tt'tttt't''$'tt'||t'tt|t 25 YEARS AGO Mr. and Mrs. Claude Melson, Jr., of Ferriday, La., spent last Friday afternoon here with her mother, Mrs. A. K. Rabb. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cain mo- had predicted a return to win.try tored up from Baton Rouge the weather on his annual forecast - -- -  ..... *^ ., nay on .-eoruary znu, we naa lher e the temerity ,to queti,on his .#,o o  #oo.i,. . snend- findings' " due to the bright and]inhisweekas'r'::uest a in the balmy days which followed. I m a" ....... horn ^ bro soone,r had the weekly]"'Mrs'"KU:eUPonds'has been issue be mailed than winter re- ' .: ...... -- turned ,with a vengeance, bring-I isPteem:s aaWnulsninahe  l:mge ng sleet, snow and freezing rain] _ _ _ ._  ........... to the ertire area I oI nor orosners, vr. marwn v- . " Graw and Mr Archie McGraw. We herewith humbly ,eat crow I " . ,ad tender our apologies to our" Miss Rosellia Callaghan, Mss oldest and best-known weather Ruth Walling, who is also a forecaster, and we assure the member of ,the faculty of the many readers vho called that library of journalism at Louisi- never again will be be foolish ana State University, .and Miss enough to differ wish Ole /Man Mary Stewart Jones were here Ground Hog. .rom Baton Rouge the past . . , weekend. Pfc. Grady Ruth of Lackland While our thoughts ,are on the weather, may we remind local residents that even ghe Ground Hog agrees that spring vill soon be wi:th us, nd t is thus time to once ag,ain turn our thoughts to the annual s.!cring cleaning urge. The second annual Woodville Pilgrimage will open on March 23rd, and the :time has arrived to make plans and preparations f0,r getting our town spruced up for this annual infl.ux of visitors. We might add ths:t it be- hooves all of our citizens to keep their premises as neat and eleaa as possible, not only at this particular time. bttt also throughout the year. The following editorial on the ncrease of crime in America was relea,ed ,by the Mississippi ,Economic Council -for it,s "People's Business" columr and is well worth consideration by one and all. Regretably, 'it ,takes a tragedy r near-tragedy to wake, up ome people concerning the arming ja, mp in criminal as- saults in this country. The reality of this leap in ,the crime rate struck home With the robbery and .shooting of Mis.zlssippi's Senator John C. Stennis. The Mississippi E c o  o m i c Council is alarmed at FBI re- Ports of rising crime rates in o,tr sate. The Council suggests that one solution is called "getting in- Volved." We cannot sit on our aUrels and continue to expound. n our relatively low crime rate, hile criminal assaults, murders, d robberte.s .plague the rest of our nation. New Equipment For Patrol Car L,o c a 1 Mississippi Highway Patrol Officer H. N. Jensen, Jr., recently had a new ",bar ligh.t" Jaycettes Seek Aid installed on the patrol car he is now usi,ng. The new system is the most up-to-date ever .used by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The "bar light" is part of the "new look" and combines several pieces of equipment into one unit. Besides the lights, this system has an ou.tside public address system speaker, an elec- ,trio siren that wails, yelps, or Ar Base, San Antonio, Texas, gives a high-low sound. It is .and Mr. Hubert Ray Smith and Ithe mos ,highly visible system Mr. Vannoy Downey of Vicks- burg visited last week in the home of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Smith. Mrs. E M. Kee. Jr., was viM- ring Mtss W'rtha Kee at M.S.C.W. and also friends in Columbus this week while Mr. Kee was in Meridian at the Masonic Grand Lodge. Mrs. Alvin Hill and her younger son, Jamle, went to Melville, La., Friday afternoon for a visit to her family there, returning on Sunday with /Mr. till1, who motored over for them. Miss Joyce Smith, who is a student at Mississippi Southern. spent the past weekend at her home at Pond. Mr. ,and Mrs. H. R. Rushing and two children of Poplarville spent the weekend here with her parents, the Roy. and Mrs. S. F. I-Iarkey, at the Methodist parsonage. 50 YEARS AGO Mr. and Mrs. Lee C. Schloss etertained at supper on last Friday evening in honor of Mr; and /Mrs. J. W. Tarbull, and Mrs. ldhead entertained on Wednesday evening at supper in honor of the same couple. Mrs. T. W. Woods and Mr. and Mrs. John Whitaker and two children of Turnbull Station were vsitors to Woodville on Thursday afternoon. iVr. and Mrs. D. H. Wallace spent Sunday in .New Orleans with their daugh.ters, Misses Lucie and Virginia Wallace, re- turning tmme the same evening. Mrs. M. P. Scott left Tesday morning for Canton on a visit, of a few days to her sister, Mrs. Dr. George Benson To Speak At Corinth Church On March 11 Dr. George S. Benson, presi- dent of th.e National Ed,ucation Program and retired president of Harding College, Searcy, &r- .kansas, will be a special guest speaker at Corinth Church of ] I Christ at Wilkinson on Sunday nmrning, March 11. at the eleven o'clock service. Dr. Benson is a widely known educatar and writer whose column, "I.oking Ahead," has appeared at inter- vals in this newspaper for a number Of years. T.h,e public is invited to attend Corinth Church and hear Dr. Benson's messmate on March 11. - The robbery and ben,ring of-an S. G. Pitchford. el.dey mart in New York, the lVr, and Mrs. F. E. James are l riminal assault of a young girl pending this week at Reserve, I in Chicago, or the shooting of La., on a visit to his brother, I , a distinguished 'U. S. Sen.tor in Mr. 'C. I. James. l the nation's capital ,affect us Supervisor I). W. ,Huff of the all. third district was a business The answer is strict enforce- en,t of ,the law. We need to Start ,by teaching our children i to respec,t the law. We need to Upport our policemen who, n One moment write those annoy- !: ![ng traffic tickets, and, in the gx offer their lives in fight- t dangerous criminal. We need a system whereby ,those who break ,the law ae luRished by that same law. If our level of violence con- tinues to the poirt tha our citizens are afraid .o walk the atreets alone st night and begin (Continued on Page 4) in use and provide,s a much better warnirg system for work- ing wrecks and traffic, accorc- ing to Patrolman Jonson. Homochitto Valley Historical Society To Meet Feb. 24th A meeting of the Homochitto Valley Historical Society will be held on February 24th at 7:30 p.m. at the Shamrock Inn in Crosby, it was nnounced this .week by Melvin Brunn, di.rector. Ernesto Caldeira of Woodville will be 'the feattred speaker for .the n'meting and will presen a program on the restoration of .Rosemont Plantation. Mr. Brunn issued an invita- tion to the public, with the re- quest that reservations be made by contacting him at Crosby. Deadline For Signing Homesteads Is April 1 Mrs. Betty W, Dawson, county assessor and tax collector, re- minded Wilkinson County home- owners this week ,that home- stead exemption applications ae now ready for signing in her office in the courthouse. Deadline for signing homestead exemptions is April 1. For Little Girl Facing Heart Surgery She's as happy, pretty and loving as any little three-year- old girl you know -- but there the resemblance stops. For little Sharron Sharree Thornton, daughter of /Mr. and Mrs. Donald Tharnton of Smith- dale, will enter a Birmingham, Ala., hospital Feb. 19 in a final effort o save her life. This needed heart surgery will cost the Thornton family $12.000. Earlier hospitalization and treatment have already cost them $8200. Thorn,ton. a farm- er, obviously cannot afford the surgery. But obviously he cannot let the child die. Mrs. B:obbie Taylor Dyess of Rt 3. Smithdale, grew up with the child's rhother, Mrs. Dyess is spear, heading a drive in this area to collect money ,to help the Thorntons with medical costs. "They ,have gried funds such as the Heart Fund but these agencies are not able ,to help them," says /Mrs. Dyess. "And they are unable to get medical insurance since the child was born w,ith a heart defect." Friends and neighbors irt Auburn community have srted a fund for Sharron, and any contributions can be mailed .o Mrs. Dyess. at. 3. Smithdale, or to Rev. Riley Burton, pastor of Adams Methodist Church, at. 2, Summit. A pretty little gh'l with laugh- ing brown eyes will never forget you for your gift. -- Wilkamite Record. The Woodville Jayeettes are collecting funds for Shrron, and you may make a donation by contacting any member of this local organization. Uncle Pete from Percy's Creek Says DEAR MISTER EDITOR: some of his offspring he found One of the fellers at the running things now. country store Saturday aight Clem Webster allowed th,em wanted to know what come of plans to celebrate the country's 200th birthday. He said he rcalled r e a d i n g about a committee being nmed to work on it, but he ain't seen anything about what .the committee is . W'eeFs The question got dlscttssion going among the fellers, and i.t give Ed Doolittle a chanct to git n a ew wrds for Abe Lincoln. Bug Hookum was of a mind the bicentennial committee still is alive, but it wasn't doing anything exciting enuf'f .to make Weather was harsh words eomirg Srom Republican Ed, but they hold ,true all across the political scene today. Clem said the other feller that has a birthday this month was the daddy of the whole country, and if he could see what we has managed to git into in 2.00 year he'd prob- able be as shamed, as he was amazed. One of the first things George would recommend, declared Clem. would be to change the name of the capital. To call the city by the same name you call the man that coudn't tell a lie Jest wouldn't '" ,Date Rain Hi" Lo , VCed., ,Feb. 7 Tr 73 50 ' "Phu., Feb. 8 .76 68 3 " l1., leb. 9 .95 32 25 Bt., Feb. 10 Tr 4(/ 20 un., Feb. 11 0 54 20 1VIon,, 'Te., Feb. 13 visitor to Woodvllle on Thurs-Idoing ' day morrting for a few hours. iVr. W. O. ,McLaln, a promi- nent lawyer of Gloster and a candidate for district attorney of this district, spent a few hours in Woodville Wednesday monlng on professional busi- ness. 75 YEARS AGO the papers. Bug said it's hard to git folks worked up over someptm three year olf when they is so much being done to em now. This was special true in a national electiOn year, went ]on Bug, when voters had a hard time jest seeing ,beyond the promises of the politicians. When Bug was catching ,his breath, Ed, that carries a picture of Honest Abe in the back of his watch, said he wonder6d how Abe would of handled some of lie problems we got in this country today. Fer instant, said Ed, if Abe ws in charge now, deals like the breaking Jn at Democratic headquarters and p a y i n g col],ege boys to spy on The telephone wives on last Sunday evening about 6:30 o'- clock brought the news thst the Compress at Bayou Sara, LR., was then in flames and rapidly being consumed with no pros- peers whatever Of staying the fire fiends work. This was in- deed sad news to many of our citizens ,who aad shares in the enterprise, also to those few of otr people who had cogton stored!, therein. The latter loss however will amount  nothing as nearly all of the cotton save excepting about 60 bales was insured. To the sharehold- ers ,he loss will be ,perhaps the heaviest as he plant was only i set well. with George, allowed Clem. Feb. 12 0 60 33 insured for about one-half of Democratic candidates would .10 67 5. its yah, e. There is no dottbt go a long way toward gitting rid ally Readin,gs: Rainall 1 p.m however btt that the compress of the "honest' in front of his , Temperatures 5 D.m will be rebuilt and in time for name. Ed said Abe wa's the furnished courtesy of ,te next Crop. The orlgn of the I daddy of the Republican Party, Forestry Commission,) fire i unknovn up to  time, lbut he wouldn t be to proud of Work got underway recently on a new combination gymnasium- auditorium building for Wilkinson County Christian Academy here. The 90 by 150 foot prefabricated steel building is being con- structed by Greer and Holland, building contractors of Natchez, and is located immediately west of the elementary building. The concrete foundation for the structure was poured two weeks ago, apd the steel girders are now in place. Inclement weather of the past week has made further progress quite slow. Completion date is set for two or three months hence depending on the weather, the contractor said. Mrs. Sallie White Hays Dies Feb. 12 In Zachary Funeral serwces for Mrs. Sallie White Hays, 80, were conducted from Newman Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, February 13..with her grandson, the Rev. Burton Blair, officiating assisted by the Rev. Riley E. Burton. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery. Ms. Hays, a ntive and life- long resident of Centreville, died ,on Monday, February 12. at Lane Memorial Hospital in Zachary, La. She was .a .member of the Methodist Church. She is urvived by two daugh- ters, Mrs. Hazel Johnson of Run- ton, La., and Mrs. Mae Ph.flllps of Centrevllle; one son, Burton White, Fernwood; one sister, Mrs. Phalba McMillan, Pica- yune; one brother, Clarence Courthouse, Post Office Closing Monday The Wilkinson County Court- house, the Woodville Postoffice, and other local federal offices will be closed for the day next Monday, February 19, in observ- ance of the birthday of George Washington. His birth date February 22, falls on Thursday this year, but under new federal statutes the observance is moved to Monday to provide another long holiday weekend for fed- erai and state employees. Chancery Clerk Alonzo Stur- geon stated that even ,thottgh offices in the courthouse will be closed. Chancery Court will meet in regular session Monday. Btalock, Centreville; and eight grandchildren and nine great- grandchildren. LOOSE LIVESTOCK HAZARD TO MOTORISTS CATTLE ROAM LOCAL ROADS AND HIGHWAYS -- The two cows in the above photo taken on the Lower Natchez Road north of Woodville are typical of many area roads where livestock present a hazard to motorists. by Bill Catchings, Jr. cattle, Anyone may impound Whetter some of the cattle stock on their own property ad raisers in Wilkinson County collect the fee. krmw it or not, Mississippi is under a Closed Stock Law. This After waiting five days, the means that cattle are supposed county may run a otice of sale to be kept fenced in. and off in the newspaper covering that the public highways and roads, part of the county. Not tess than In many parts of the county, five nor more than twelve days this law has been ignored pri- after the notice of sale is run, marily because the county could the impounded stock may be not afford to enforce the law. sold in public auction. According to .the old law which Of course, one problem has has been on the books for many been that it would cost more. General speaking, said, Zeke years, an ndividual can be ap- to collect and hold the cattle Grubb, history is a one-sided pointed by the coun,ty to pick than the fines would provide in report no matter who gits it up. up loose cattle found on public most counties. The cost of equip- Abe and George had some roads. The animals can be ira- men,, plus the cost of paying rough scrapes in their day, he pounded in a private or public someone to collect, the animals said, and he was of a mind they pen, and after a certain length and take cadre of them far out- wouldn't be all .that surprised by of time. sold if no one has distanced the money coming in anything they found. They ain't claimed them. even from the sale of unclaimed a whole lot new in politics since The pick up fee is five dollars animals. Ceezer "had ,that little mixp a head for haviag the stock with Brutus. wa.s Zeke's words, loose, This sum goes to the in- Politics has been called the dividual impounding the stock. art of .the possible, declared A $2.50 per-head-per-day fee is Zeke, and whuther a politician also charged for the care and is dealing with $10 and 10 votes feeding of the animals ira- or 100 million of each jest meas pounded. $1.50 of this fee, if collected, goes into the County you have the same problems with less and more choices with General Fund. A dollar of the more. After 200 year, declared impoundment fee ges to the i private individual if he im- Zeke, we've jest tittered more pounds the cattle. ways to pull the same wool owr[ The state is not responsible more eyes. " I for any injury ,to the cattle and Yours truly, the owner is responsible for any Unole Pete  dm.ges caused .by his loose A bill that has just passed one house of the legislature may provide some assistance to the county. The bill calls for the increasing of both the pick up and the impounding fee. Under the new bill, ,the fine vould be increased from five to ten don lars nd the impounding fee would he increased from $2.50 to $3.00. While such legislation may not solve the problem en- tirely: it s a step in the right Fire Destroys WCTS Classroom Early Friday An early morning fire last Friday completely destroyed a portable classroom on the cam- pus o$ Wilkinson County Train- ing School west of Woodv:llle. According to Fire Chief Pat Cavin, the fire is believed to have been started in the roof of the structure by electricity. The blaze is thought to have ,broken out about 3 a.m., some thirty minutes before the Wood- ville Fire Department was called. The structure was enveloped in flames w,hen local firemen ar- rived on the scene and was a otal loss. Valued at some $7.000, the loss was .covered by insur- ance, officials said. The Woodville Fire Depart- ment also answered three other during the eek. Sunday, a fire damaged the home of Woodrow McFarland. The fire is believed to have started about seven p.m. in the kitchen area. According to Woodvllle Fire Chief Pat Cavin, an electric oven may have been the .source of the fire. The kitchen was totally destroyed but the rest of the house received only some smoke and water damage. The third and fourth calls were made to the same loca- tion, Laurel Hill Lumber Com- pany. A trash pile at the mill flamed up twice Monday eve- ning. On both occasions the fire clepartment answered the call .and quickly put out the blae. No damage was reported,. Harris Jones Dies In Centreville Tuesday Harris D. Jones, well-known Centreville resident, died at his home there at 6:15 p.m. Tues- day. He was 59 yeas old, a ntive of Amite County and a resident of Centrevllle for the past 40 year. He was a member and deacon of Centeville Bap- tist Church. Funeral services, were sched- uled Ior T, hursday morning at 11 o'clock from Centreville Bap- tist Church with the Roy. Don- ald O'Quin officiating assisted by the Rev, Mel Craft and the Rev, Larry Mills. Interment was to be in Oaklawn Cemetery with Newman Funeral Home in charge. Named as active lll- bearers were Jack Rogers, Allen Rollins, John Rollins, Billy Mc- Gregor, Emerson Pe.rki,ns, Elliot Cavin. Clyde Lindsey, and Don- nie Nutt, and as honorary pall- bearers, R. M. Duck, M. E. Causey, W. B. Smiley, Earl Hills, W. B Tarver. V. S. Mulkey, Jack Johnson, O. L. Kirby, Elmo Me- Key, Thad Powell, John Edgar, Ossie Reese, Mason Vine, and Iverson McKey. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Calender Jones. Cen- hrevilte; a daughter, Mrs. Bobby {Donna Rae} Payne, Cen,'e- ville: a son, Dale Jones. Baton Rouge; a sister, Mrs. Arlis Bax- ter, Baker, La.; two brothers, Bryant and Edgar Jones, both of Liberty; and two grandhil- dren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Joaa Dtma- way. U. S. Engineers Set River Flood Exercise A flood fight  exercise will be held February 20-21 along ,the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans. The exercise, which will directed by the Lower Missis- sippi Valley Division headluar- tered in Vicksburg, is to ,test flood control techniques and emergency communications net- works. Major General C. C. Noble, who is both Division Engineer and president of the Mississippi River Commission, points out that the exercise is being held following a period o unusually high stages. "During the month of Decem- ber." he notes, "the mean: stage at St. Louis was 5 feet 1,lgher than normal, and at Cairo the mean stage was hi,her than during the December preceding the 1927 and 1937 floods. At both Vicksburg and New Orleans, the direction ,towards ending one of mean .stages were the hll the many aza'rds to the Mis- recorded for the sisslppl irlver, 1919,"