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He finished in Jackson, and his last as- signment was as the south- west Mississippi Inspection Sticker Station officer for Troop M in Brookhaven. "I received numerous awards during my career with the Highway Patrol," Dixon commented. "But I pride myself the most knowing that I treated everyone fairly and with respect during my assign- ments with the MHSP." Dixon said one of the highlights of his career was when he drove then-Gov. Musgrove to Greenwood where he met actor Morgan Freeman at his restaurant. the cadet training acaden/~] ...... in April, 1987, and his first assigfiment shortly there- after was as a patrol troop- er in Wilkinson County. With accrued sick and leave time, Dixon has a total of 31.5 years with the state's highway patrol department. "I spent all of my career assigned to Wilkinson Coun- ty," said M/Sgt. Dixon. "I was a trooper here for 13 years before I took a position as a security driver for for- mer Mississippi Governors Ronnie Musgrove and Haley Barbour." M/Sgt. Dixon also had stints as director of Driver License Services, Director of the MHSP Gun Permit Dept. His~ m0s~ ~ewarding act as a patrol officer came after a car jacking in Nat- chez. "A suspect stole an el- derly woman's car, and I received a radio transmis- sion that the car was pos- sibly headed south on U.S. Hwy. 61," Dixon reported. "I spotted the car and took the man into custody. This lady was happy that I got her car back for her." When asked what he would be doing with his spare time, he said, "My wife, Ruby, has a long list of things for me to do for her." The Dixons have one son, Tavis. EMERGENCY BLOOD DRIVE HELD ~ Wilkinson County Superintendent of Education Timothy T. Scott stopped by on Friday, February 20, to do- nate blood before going to the district basketball tournament at Wilkinson County High School. The Emergency Blood Drive was sponsored by the Wilkinson County Cattlemen's Association at the request of United Blood Services, and held on Friday, February 20. This special drive met its goal of 15 units. Four units were designated for a patient at Tulane Medical Center who is receiving a newly approved treatment for leukemia. Several new local donors were recruited through newspa- per publicity, Facebook and from flyers and post- ers placed around town. Blood drives are planned for later in the spring semester at the JROTC Building at Wilkinson County High School and at WCCA. -- Photo Submitted The deadline to qualify to run for public office was 5 p.m. on Friday, February 27, and activity in the Wilkin- son County Circuit Clerk's office was fast and furious as a number of candidates waited until the final min- utes to submit their paper- work to put their name in the hat to run for the county elections later this year. The first primary election will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, followed in three weeks on Tuesday, August 25, for any runoffs required from the first pri- mary. Candidates repre- senting political parties will face off in the primary elec- tions. The Mississippi Gen- eral Election will be held on Tuesday, November* 3, 2015. In this election party nominees elected in August, 2015, will face off against any independent candi- dates. According to the Missis- sippi Secretary of State's office, state and local offices up for election during 2015 are as follows: Governor Lieutenant Governor Secretary of State Attorney General State Auditor Shemekia L. Bailey Candidate For Supt. Of Education "I, Shemekia Lacey Bai- ley, sincerely announce my candidacy for Superinten- dent of Education of Wilkin- son County in the upcoming General Election to be held on November 3, 2015. As I embark upon my campaign, I will not estab- lish a platform on the basis of political polarized issues and change, instead, I am redirecting the focus of edu- cati6n back to the children of Wilkinson County. As a product of the Wilkinson County School District, I kiaow what the public school system was, and I know what it can become while meeting present day federal and state require- ments and expectations. I have 12 years of experi- ence as an educator, and I possess the qualifications, work ethic, and character of an educational leader who is capable of ensuring the highest quality education for the boys and girls in a safe and supportive learn- ing environment. My vision as Superin- tendent of Education is to cultivate the minds of the children of Wilkinson County to be critical think- ers, challenge seekers, and high achievers. My goals are to ensure that every child graduates being ready for college or career, to meet or exceed state accountabil- ity standards, to involve all stakeholders in the decision making process, to make informed, research-based decisions that are in the best interest of the children and the community, and to support and provide for the professional growth of dis- trict employees. Continued on Page 7) State Treasurer Commissioner of Insur- ance Commissioner of Ag. & Commerce State Senators State Representatives Transportation Commis- sioners CIRCUIT CLERK J. Lynn Tolliver-Delaney (I) Brian L. Dooley Lavern Allen-Poole SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION Kimberly Jackson Annette M. Dillon Under- Public Service Commis-, wood sioners District Attorneys Sheriffs Chancery Clerks Circuit Clerks Tax Assessors Tax Collectors Coroners Superintendents of Edu- cation County Attorneys Surveyors Supervisors Justice Court Judges Constables In Wilkinson County the following individuals have qualified to run for offices as follows: (I) Denoted incumbent SHERIFF Reginald L. Jackson (I) Calvin Gaines Eli Whitaker Travis Sharp CHANCERY CLERK Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr. (I) Henria Jolla-Carr (Inde- pendent) Shemekia Lacey-Bailey (Independent) Charles E. Johnson Timothy T. Scott, (I), In- dependent CORONER N01an Thompson, Jr. Emerson "Trae" Delaney, III TAX ASSESSOR Jeremy "Jarrod" Ephion (I) Russell H. Ford Treva P. Reid Wevlyn "Cookie" James (Independent) COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY Holmes Sturgeon (I) 1ST DISTRICT SUPERVISOR Wil Seal (I), (Indepen- dent) Carlos Lee (Independent) Earnest Newman, Jr. M. C. Adams, Jr. 2ND DISTRICT SUPERVISOR Marvin Tolliver E. Kirk Smith (Indepen- dent) Richard Hollins, (I), (In-. dependent Michael "Mike" Quirk John Matthews Selvage 3RD DISTRICT SUPERVISOR Venton "Bubba" McNabb William "Bill" Bankston (I) 4TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR Robert Morgan Kenyon Jackson (I), (In- dependent) 5TH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR L. C. Clark Jenn Nettles (I) Damon McKenzie (Inde- pendent) EAST JUSTICE COURT JUDGE Charlie Henley Ernie Smith (I) WEST JUSTICE COURT JUDGE Marketta Clark-Coleman Lee Dixon Ronnie Fisher (Indepen- dent) Linda Boyd ' CONSTABLE (EAST) Edward Arbuthnot, Jn John McKinney Johnny Clark CONSTABLE (WEST) Chilly Willy Thompson (I) Quinette "Tay" Anthony Wevlyn "Cookie" James Candidate For County Tax Asse or/Collector through this medium, to a brief list of minimal ask for your vote and sup- changes I plan to fulfill as port in my efforts to beadministrative leader of elected to the Office of Su- this spectacular county. perintendent 0f Educa~i0n .F~cellent: !eadership is during the upcoming Demo- cratic Primary to be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. "My formal announce- ment will be released at a later date. Sincerely Yours, Charles E. Johnson * * * Wflldnson County resident Wevlyn "Cookie" James has announced that she has quali- fied to seek election to the of- floe of V~rfildnson County Tax Assessor/Collector and will run as an inde ~endent candi- date in the Wilkinson County General Election which will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015. "I am running for county Tax Assessor/collector, and will be asking you for your vote on Tuesday, November 3. "I will publish my official statement as election day nears. '~hanking you in advance for your vote and support." Respectfully, Wevlyn James * * * CharlesE. Johnson Candidate For County Supt. Of Education Dear Citizens And Parents of Wilkinson, RE: Position: Superin- tendent Candidate 2015 My name is Dr. An. nette M. Dillon/Under- wood. This is an official announcement of my plans seeking the posi- tion of Superintendent, Wilkinson County School District. Below you find my philosophy and not an accident! It is em- bedded in long-term mor- als and knowledge which produce true integrity and change for the bet- terment of ALL. Philosophy: I believe all students are a precious gi~ to the world, country, state, and city entangled and aligned with our world to be taught, nurtured, encour- aged, and directed to the best use of their talents, skills, and callings ultimately mak- ing their impact on society for good and the gratification of their posterity. Priorities as Superin- tendent: 1. Permeate the curricu- lum with additional mate- rials relating to K-12 test objectives required at each. grade level starting at Pre-K. 2. Incentives for Reading Comp. and strong Writing Skills across the district. 3. Exposure to the Out- side World with field trips, University/CoUege/Technical School visits. Library Con- nections with age appro- priate reading, and on-line Learning opportunities. 4. Built-in check-points of %vhere we are' and %vhere we" are going' in terms of the com- ponents of tests with abun- dance of information and explanations of requirements. 5. Continuing Education Classes and Credits for ad- ministrators, teachers, and staff members license re- newal. 6. Cellular phones for all bus drivers FOR the safe transport of children enroute to and transit from learning facilities. (Continued on Page 7) Forward! To The Voters Of Wilkinson County "I take this opportunity,