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Volume 148 Oldest Paper In Mississippi Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Friday, March 2, 1973 Established In 1824 Number 39 Localisms by Lewis. We received an interesting letter from a reader this week in which the writer /takes ex- ception vith a couple of previous recent "Letters to .the Editor." Unfortunately, the epistle was not signed, so we are unable to publish it. As we ,have previously stated in this column many times, we carmot publish anonymous let- ters, for reasons which slonld be quite apparent. Once. again may we say that we will gladly withhold the writer's name from publication on request, but We cannot publish any letter to the editor unless we have the name of the writer. In other words, if you wish to air your views on some issue but tre a bit timid about having Your name pu,blished in connec- tion therewith, simply write us a. letter, sign same, but add a note that your name is not to be published. Of course, .all letters carry more interest and weight if the name of the writer is inel, uded, but on .request we will with,hold Your name. $ $ $ We note ,in a news story up- Denying in the daily press that (Continued on Page 5) Draw Jury List For March Term Circuit Court The panel of jurors who will erve during the March term of Circuit Court for Wilkinson County was drawn on Monday morning of this week by Sheriff H. B. McGraw, Chancery Clerk Alonzo Sturgeon, and Circuit Clerk Samuel E. Smith. The court term will convene at the courthouse in Woodvllle on Monday, March 9 a.m. Drawn to serve as jurors dur- ing the first week of the court term were the following 75 per- sons: First District: Rosa Mae Jones, Mary Lee Wilson, Sam Holmes, Thelma Howard, Ike Graves, Abraham A. Weather8poon, WiN lie Gaulden, $ohn E. Williams, Sr., Rosa A. Wilson, Mrs. Julius M. Car,ter, Ernest White, Jr., Marvin Russell Ford, Willie B. Thomas, Emma Zell Knighton, Ray Reid. Second Disbrict: Brenda Walk- er, Teresa Bell, Mrs. Otto Jen- sen, Karthean Taylor, Rufus E. Broiler, Jr., Mary M. Adams, George Turner. Rosa Mae An- drews. Annie E. Gray, W. F. Rosenblatt, Jr., Edward Broad- way, Jr., Fannie Stirgus, Mrs. John K. Sessions, Ben Hunter, Jr., Roosevelt Ferguson. Third District: William M. McCraine, Leroy Wheeler, Char- lie Parker, David Nickel, Mason Vine, (odfrey V. Plait, Aubrey Q. ' Kirktand, Janice Marie Reese, Charles E. McGraw, James M. Templeton, Percy ARCHITECT'S SKETCH OF COURTHOUSE ADDITION Shown above is an architect's sketch of the Wilkinson County Courthouse as it will appear following completion of the addition which is being constructed at the south end of the present building. Work has been underway for several weeks on the prpj- March Welfare Checks, Food Stamps To Be Late Mrs. Bettye Plitt, dh'ector of the Wilkinson County Welfare Department office, announced ect, on which J. A. Russ Construction Company of Natchez is the contractor. The above sketch was prepared and.released by Lynton P. Cooper & Associates, architects for the $750,000 building and remodeling project. Mayor Hetzler Urges Centreville Residents To Check Registration Mayor Fred Hetzler of Cen- Local RMS Office Leads State In Job Placements i Chancery Court Term Memorializes Joy At Release of POWS the The following resolution was on Tuesday of this week that welfare checks for the month of March will 'be a few days late in reaching county clients. She also stated that the Fo,d treville wihes to advise utillty During the past year, customers of the Town of Cen- Rural Manpower Service em-l adopted and placed upon the trevllle that, due to personnel ployment office in Woodville ]minutes of the Chancery Court of Wilkinson County which was shcrtage caused by illness, cur- led the state in placements of]in session at `the courthouse rent utility bills will be on an estimated basis. The bills will job applicants .among offices I be based on last month's con- ,of similar size, according to a I here last week: Whereas, American prisoners sumption and will ,also reflect year-end report recently re- of the Viet Nam War are being the new :ncre ad gas rate of leased by the state Employment released from enemy prisons approximately 10 percent, he Service. During the six months I after years of hitter oonfine- said. period covered by .the report : merit; and The mayor also wishes to take the Wilkinson County offie, .Whereas, during ,those years, George Monroe, Bessie Gibson, Stamps which are scheduled for James S. Barker Mrs. John F. Rollins, Tina Byrd, mailing on March 1st will also Beatrice Smi,th. Dies In Centrevi,JJe Fourth Disbrict: James L. be a few days late. James "Jim" Scott Barker, 76- Woodslde, J. C. Williams, John Year-,Gld native of Copiah Court-JR. Bounds. Dennis Elmo San- Vo-Tech Offers ty and a 'resident of Centrevllle] ders' Gerald Day Bradley, Her- for approximately 60 years, died/bert Ford, Jr., I. A. Cazter, Tuesday night at the .Field Me-]Wy, att Battles, Que Dunbar, Auto Emission rnorial Community Hospital in] Hardie Leak, Peter Audrey Centreville. Trask,. O'Neil Jarvis, Odell C. Control Course Mr. Barker was a veteran of Floyd, Tllomas Jones, Edward World War I and a member of Conrad. A course in Auto Emission the Centrevilte Baptist Church. Fifth District: Mary Ella Conbrol Devices, sponsored ,by Funeral services were to be Brown, Gall ,Nettles, Betty C. the Vocational Technical Dlvi- conducted on Thunsday at 11 Morris, Louis J. Robinson, Gur- sl,on of the State Department of a.m. at ,the Newman Funeral vis Ashley, Rogers Y. McGraw, Education. Manpower Develop- 'Home Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Lee Gordon, Janet `Holt, merit and Training Service, will Donald O'Qun officiating and J, eanette Faye Davis, W. G. be conducted at 7 p.m. on March rith burial in Oaklawn Ceme- Johnson, Stella Felter, Gene A. 8th at the Wilkinson CoUnty ery in Centrevllle. Arnold, Ellen Winfield, Bobble Vocational Technical School. Survivors include his wi.fe, Ashley, Fannie Mae Davis. The course is designed ,to up- Mrs. Margaret McKey Barker; Should a second week of She date .and sharpen skills of me- one daughter, Mrs. Edward court trm ,be requir'ed, the fol- chanlcs and others working with (Geneva,) Smith, Babon Rouge; lowing persons willbe urmnoned I automobiles in the latest tech- one son, Edward Barker, Den- for d,uty: Inlques of servicing and testing (Continued on Page 5) , emission control devices on to- 'am Spring, La.; two sisters, lts. WiM Thompson Of U, ttca ................ - -- N ....... and Mrs. Lee McKey of Certre- Ville;nebrther'JakBarker U ] P f P 'sC kS of Colllnston, La., ,and fou00 nc e ete rom ercy roe aye randchlldren. . .................. _ _,,_,,,..=,.=,,, `the ClancelJor and Attorney's at .the Bar of this Court have been fully cognizant of and deeply sympathetic toward the unhappy condition of the wal- l, an,t, du,tlfl and patriotic service-men who for so long sacrificed their freedom in ,the service of our country; and Whereas, the said officers of this Court are most happy, thankful and grateful that said former prisoners are new re- gaining their freedom and being returned to the dear ones from whom they have so long been separated; and Whereas, it is .he wish and desire of said Ohancellor and Attorneys m memorialize their feeling of lappiness, joy nd thanksgiving on this occasion . and, as Amercan citizens, to express to said former prisoners of war their reat admiration and deep grat/Itude for the sacrifices made by these men nd by their families in the New Funeral Home Sets Formal Opening Here On March 3rd ', . The ormal opening of Welts and Wells Funeral Parlor ks , announced in an advertisement he opportunity o remind the residents of Centreltle that they should check hetr voer registration with .the City Clerk to make certain that they are registered on the city poll books. The town had a re-registration some year or more ago and many people .have not re-regis- tered, the mayor said. In order to vote in the on-coming city 61ection, reside'ts sho.uld be ce,rtaln they are properly regis- tered, he said. day's automobiles. Sytstems to be covered are: air injection systems; engine modification; f ue 1 diaphrm distributors; ported vacuu m switches; evaporative systems; transmission control spark sys- tem; Dist-O-Vac system; com- bination emission control; trans- missmn regulated 'spark. There is no charge and it is open to any mechanic who lives found jobs for 721 persons, the ,report reealed. Taking second place honors i'n"%ofl plcemen vas the office in Collins, with 699. Dtring the period covered by the repent the local office had 573 new applicants and 50 re- newals from the prior year. Thirteen new jobs were devel- oped and 725 referrals were made during the period. The Wilkinson County em- ployment office is now open all day, from 8:30 a.m. o 4 p.m. Mrs. Betty F, ord conducts nter- views m the morning hours, and Mrs. Joy Dale in the after- noon. R.O. McWitliams is supervisor of .the Wilkinson and Jefferson county offices. During .he cunrent cout- house renovation program, the local employment office has been moved to the old Woodville Attendance Certter grammar school .building at the corrter of DEA MISTER EDrlX:: here the FA won't approve em fer non-military use %il the or works in Mississippi. Moore and Depot Streets. The fellers at ,he country company inspects era, and the store studied it 'up one side and company is finding plenty FIRE DESTROYS PLANER MILL AT CROSBY down the other Saturday night, wrong with all em. So the police and they was ,agreed that good is having to buy news ones at ............................................... ew' is like compliments. A 10 times the cost. little now .and then perks a Actual, broke in Ed Doolittle, i: feller up, but ,a steady diet is the'se little deals .has been as bad as ,all cake and no meat repoted all along, but the COURT VOIDS CONVICTION OF LEON CHAMBERS The United States Supreme Courg has overturned the mur- der conviction of Leon Chum- bers. accused slayer of Woodvflle Policeman Aaron Liberty. The ruling by the nation's highest court was announced late last week. Chambers was convicted fn Amlte C,ourty in connection with the shooting death of Liberty in June of 1969. The Mississippi supreme court had upheld this verdict, which last week was voided by the high com. The slaying of Liberty, a wholesale gocery employee and a part-time policeman, took place in Woodville on the night of June 14, 1969, as Liberty and Policeman James t- tempted to arrest C. C. Jackson in a hostile crowd in front of Hays' Care. In the melee which took place when the officer's attempted to take Jackson into custody, Liberty was shot four times, Deputy Sheriff Waldo Welch was wounded in the leg, and Chambers was struck in the head and neck by several buck- shot pellets fm a police riot gun allegedly fired .'by Liberty after he was wounded. Policeman Liberty died en route to the hospital, and Chambers was la.ter arrested and charged with the crime. Gable McDonald. who was alleged to have been involved in the melee, signed a statement confessing the fatal shooting of the police- man, bu! later repudiated h'is statemem efGre Justice of the Peace Jessie Moore. Chambers was indicted by the Wilkinsc County grand jury on a charge of murder in October, 1969, and during the santo court term the defendant was allowed  a sanity hearing a,t the tate hospital a Whitf.ield. After he was adjudged sane, chambers' defense counsel asked for .and was granted, a change of venue on the plea that a fair and impartial trial could nor, be hed in Wlikinsm .County because of press coverage given in the ma.tter in The Woodville Repub- lican and .the ltchez Demo- c rat. The case was heard before a jury in Amite County during the last week of October, 1970, and a verdict of guilty of murder was returned. The 'state upreme court 'upheld the lower court finding. The reversal last week of the lower court findings, as can- rained in a decision written by Justice Lewis J. Powell, was based on a decision by the Jus- tices that in the Chambers case Mississippi's evidence laws de-' nied Chamber's a fair trial. The reversal stenmed from the state's refusal to allow the de- fense to cross examine a de- fense witness, Gable McDonald, the man who first admitted to the murder, then, denied Trial judge James A. held that since McDonald was ev. James E. Wells. The grand opening will be eld on March 3rd beginnlrtg at 2 pan. The one hour program 'beginning at that ime will fen- speakers and Sunerat all- .from other .citie's, .and pu,blic i Invited oo 'attend. will be 'served. The new funeial home ls lo- ,:teated in Kaigler's Bottom in WOodvlle and will offer corn- . 91ete 24-hour ervice. 'Further 'Information may be obtained by Calling 888-2571, Woodville: aPPearing elsewhere in this is- and potaters. Sue. Owners and operators of Everbody was happy when ' is new ,business or Woodville otr boys started coming home ere Rev. W. M. Wells aa,d son, from Vitnam, said Zeke Grubb, Date Wed., Feb 21 hu., Feb. 2 ri., Feb. 23 at, Feb. 24 Bun., Feb. 25 .12 63 50 iIon, Feb, 26 0 73 1 Feb. 0 66 47 ily Readings:, Rainfall 1 p.m Temperaturas  v.m furnis,hed courtesy of and w, hen they 'turned our ,prisoners loose and they come home to their folks our cups of good news runneth over. Zeke said he had been reading all %his happy news til he had started %o wonder wasn'.t nothing else going on in the world. Zeke said he allus had heard tha the hardest ,things to do was ,to climb a "fence leaning towards you, kiss a gal leaning away from you and live up to your compliments. 'He said he would add being satisfied reading good news to that list. s udd e n ,run on good news pushed em way back in the papers and they had to really stink to catch the public nose. That's the reason fer news, declared Ed, .to .gi,t a feller thinking positive. In this day and time. said Ed, positive thinking means find out what ,the trouble is, then try to flxi.t. Bug ookum said he hadn't give it much thought, but he had saw where the papers had reported that a cold car seat on a winter morning can cause everthing from kidney trouble to rumatism. Bug figgered we must be hard up fer bad news to run stuff like that. And good news must of been behind word ,that the North Carolina As glad as ,he was to see the The prisoners ottt and all the boys legislature is debating whether 00eather 00omo, Zeke allowed, he te name the honeybee the state /rgg' S found hlsself breathing a lttle i, nsect. A cold car seat probable easier when he run acrost some of the usual news. He sav by the I slll beats walking in the cold. Rain Hi* Lo papers, for instant, where the lBUg said, ,and the b'ee is better 0 5g 37 Federal Avi'ation. Ad-jthan a lot of bugsa state could 0 57 35 ministration has worked out .a honor. Which goes to show, .13 00 40 deal with .the big companies broke in Ed, that we has got in .02 59 41 that mke .helicopters, fer the the habit of .making all news good news. military. The police im is Like that feller th, at broke a country heeds helicopters, and mirror over his wlf, e s head. He them coming back from Vitnam .old the judge if he was in fer Is in good shape and they could seven years of bad luck he at ,be sold cheap as surplus to the I least, got some benefit out of it. tmlice. But that ,would mean the companies wculdn'.t sell many[ Yours truly, Forestry ,Commission.) new helicopters, so ,they fixed i I Uncle Pete }3 A fire which broke out before dawn on Wednesday morning of last week completely.destroyed the Hood Lumber Company planer mill at Crosby. Night guard Junior Dixol turned in the alarm about 2;31) a.m, when the blaze was first discovered. Totally destroyed in the blaze 'was the entire planer mill and all but one of the dry kilns. No ecact estimate of the damage was available from company officials, but the lass was ex- pected ,to be substantial. F}re tucks ,from Goster, Cen- [ tevlllel al Wood, IRe were sent to the scene .to aid in extin- guishing the blaze which rav- aged the mill. .Hood Lumber Company is a subsidiary of Masonite Corpo- ration. Some 35 to 40 men were employed in the planer mill operation and company officials stated tat they would be given employ,ment elsewhere in the extensive s a wm il 1 operation ending replacement of the de- stroyed section. The 'planer mill is used to dress down or smooth the rough lumber produced by 'the main s,awmi ,1L not ran adverse witness, the de- fense' could not attempt ,to im- peach the testimony of its own witness. The high court further held that the trial Judge pre- wented he Introduction of, heresay testimony from three persons to whom McDonald al- legedly admitted shooting Lib, erty. The overturning of the con- viction by the U>,S. Supreme Court will result in the return- ing of the case to the Missis- sippi Supreme Court, which in turn will ,doubtless return the case to the Amite County circuit court, where ,the original con- viction was obtained. It is pre- sumed `that the court there wilt retry Chambers on the same murder c:harge. The Hood mill is. ,the c.hief Chambers was sentenced to source of employment for the life imprisonment in the state town f Crosby and surrounding penitenitary following the orlg- community. Previously known as ina] conviction and served time Stephenson when $he u large lthere before being released on. sawmill there was operated bY lbon d when the cae was apt the-Foster Creek Lumber Corn- pealed to the U. S. Supreme puny many years ago, the name of the town was changed when the mill was :taken over by the Crosby family in the early 1930s. Later: the awmill and property of the Crosby interests were bougtt by Warren A. Hood and Mississlppi Industries, who in .runt several years ago merged operttloRs with Maoni.te. Court. service of our coun,try: Now, Be It Resolved. that t copy hereof be spread upon :the Minutes of this Court in token of the sentiments herein expressed, Curtis L. Collins