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A total of six houses in neighboring Adams County were raided at daylight on Fri- day, March 2. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis And ,Wilkin= Law Ag I Numerous agents and law enforcement officials from local, state and fed- eral levels armed with search warrants conduct. ed simultaneous raids at locations in Adams and Wilkinson Countieson Friday of last week. The raids were part of a lengthy investigation into drug activity in the two counties which might also reach across state lines. Just before dawn agents and officers from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, Missis- sippi Bureau of Narcot- ics, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explo- sives, Drug Enforcement Agency, Adams County Sheriff's Department and Mississippi Depart- ment of Wildlife, Fisher- ies and Parks conducted pre-dawn raids in the two counties. In Wilkinson County agents executed a search warrant and blew open a steel front door of a mobile home on Thelma Lane on Friday, March 2. No one was at home at this location and officials recovered a small amount of drugs and other items. The owner's name has not been made public at this time. In Adams County the agents and officers from the multi-jurisdictional task force raided at least a half-d0zen locations. Items confiscated in the multiple raids include vehicles, a motorcycle, two seater three wheeler, drugs and alarge amount of cash. Officials have not an- nounced any arrests as a result of the raids. onal Officer At For Taking Contraband Into Pri= A correctional officer at the private prison on U.S. Hwy. 61 North of Wood- ville was arrested last week while attempting to bring illegal items into the pri- vate prison which houses Mississippi Department of Corrections inmates. An officer at the Wilkin- son County Correctional Facility was arrested on Friday, February 23, on charges of attempting to in- troduce contraband into the facility. Mary Gardner, 44, of Hammond, La failed to clear a body scanner. Of- ricers later discovered she was carrying tobacco and cell-phone chargers. Gardner, who has been employed at the facility since March, 2017, was sub- sequently arrested by the Wilkinson County Sheriff's Department. She has been placed on administrative leave pend- ing the outcome of the in- vestigation. From Wi kin: $19,000 At the Monday, March 5, meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervi- sors, local attorney David N. Wilkerson and board attorney for the Town of Woodville, appeared to ques- tion the supervisors about a check and limited paper- work the Town of Wood- ville received recently from Wilkinson County Tax As- sessor Jeremy Ephion. "The Town of Woodville has received a check from Tax Assessor Jeremy Ephi- on for $18,735.53 which he states is settlement on prop- erty taxes the county erro- neously collected from resi- dents and property owners in the Town of Woodville," said Attorney Wilkerson. "There are no notes to tell the town what this money is for and who might be due a refund from the county. Tax Assessor Ephion has no au- thority to collect taxes for the Town of Woodville. We have no idea who paid what to his office, and what this check is for." He continued, "I contacted Mr. Ephion after the town re- ceived this check and asked him for a detailed report on what the money was for." "The Town of Woodville needs a detailed report on how the tax assessor arrived at the amount he presented, because the town has no idea what the county tax col- lector's office has done." "Mr. Ephion said he didn't have the information I was requesting," Wilkerson stat- ed. County Administrator Bruce Lewis said,"I have the same documents that Mr. Wilkerson has, and I can't tell what the check suppos- edly represents." Lewis continued, "There is a state law -- Missis- sippi Code 27-73-7 which authorizes tax collectors to refund erroneously as- sessed taxes. This gives our tax assessor the authority to refund all the money he erroneously collected to the individuals who paid their Town of Woodville taxes to the Wilkinson County Tax Assessor's Office." Two telephone calls and an email were sent to Asses- sor Ephion during Monday's meeting requesting his pres- ence at the session to answer questions relative to his col- lection of property taxes without authority for the Town of Woodville and about his plans to refund these monies. Assessor Ephion did not appear at the meeting and did not give a reason for his absence. Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr reported to the board that the Mississip- pi River was rising quickly and has begun to flood roads and land in the western per- tion of Wilkinson County. "People in this area need to move to higher ground as the river is predicted to reach a level of 59 feet at the gauge at Natchez on March 19," he stated. "And un- known rainfall over the next couple of weeks could push this level higher. You need to move now so you won't get trapped." With this information Clerk Tolliver requested that the board declare a "State of Emergency" for the coming flooding. "This will make it easier for the county to respond quickly in ease of an emer- ,gency," said Tolliver. On motion by Supervisor Richard Hollins and a sec- ond by Supervisor W'fl Seal, the beard voted 5-0 to de- clare the state of emergency. Administrator Lewis pre- sented the "board with a number of items as follows: Reperted that a renewal offer for the county's liability policy with the Mississippi Association of Supervisors Insurance Trust has been received which is only $700 more than last year at a to- tal of $125,780. Lewis sug- gested that the supervisors consider purchasing cyber coverage for internet hack- ing of the county's computer system at an additional $795. On motion by Super- visor Bubba McNabb and second by Hollins, the board voted 5-0 to accept the offer and the additional coverage as presented. Supervisor Seal asked about the status of the coun- ty's E911 System. "Aider last week's meet- ing with the Adams County Emergency Management Director and E911 clerk, did we find out if our system is compatible and can we use it properly?" Seal asked. (Continued on Page 3) I pring Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 11 Wilkinson County Homeowners 2018 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION The 2018 Homestead Exemption enrollment period will end March 30, 2018. If you have never filed home- stead or if something has changed (moved, newly mar- ried, widowed, disabled or became 65 last year), you need to come to the tax office on or before Friday, March 30, 2018. If you filed on the same residence last year and NO CHANGES have been made, it is NOT neces- sary to file this year. The Homestead Exemption Law allows you to file on one residence only. If you are mar- ried, your and your spouse's name must both be on the homestead application. You must be living in the resi- dence January 1 of the year in which you are filing. Below are the requirements for enrollment: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MUST BE PRESENTED All deeds to the property -- warranty deeds or quit claims (It has to be a recorded instrument signed by December 31st of the preceding year and filed by Janu- ary 7th of the enrollment year -- NOT a Deed of Trust.) Car tag numbers for all vehicles owned by you or in your possession. (If you have tags other than Wilkinson County, please bring in tag(s) numbers.) Social Security numbers for you, your spouse and any. other joint owners. Birthdates for you, your spouse, or any joint owners. Purchase price of home. Purchase price of land, if purchased separately from the home. If you built your own home, we need to know what it cost you to build. If you live in a mobile home on your property, you must bring your mobile home certificate. If you are 65 years of age or older, you need proof of age, such as a driver's license or birth certificate. You must have become 65 before January 1st of the filing year. If you are 100% disabled, the award letter from So- cial Security must be presented and that letter must be dated prior to January 1st of the year in which the enrollment will occur. If you have any question's concerning homestead exemption or application, please call the Wilkinson County Tax Assessor/Collector Office at 601-888-4562. Our office is open Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Thank you, Jeremy J. Ephion Wilkinson County Tax Assessor/Collector by Woodville Republican Publisher Andy J. Lewis One of our readers, Mrs. Daisy Fry, a resident of the Coon's Mill Road between Centreville and Woodville, called this office on Mon- day morning, March 5, to report that she spotted a pair of hummingbirds at her home on Saturday morning, March 3. "It was a male and fe- male," she commented. In folk lore it is a com- mon belief that the ar- rival of hummingbirds and purple martins is the harbinger of spring-like weather. Mrs. Fry also said that her daughter, Kay McKey of Centreville, was awak- ened on Saturday morn- ing, at about 4 a.m. by the sound of geese honking as they passed over her house. The geese were prob- ably headed back to cooler climates up north to get away from the approach- ing warmer spring tem- peratures. Highway 24 East resi- dent Ann Morris reports that she put out her hum- mingbird feeders on Sat- urday, March 3, and had two hummingbird visitors at her feeders on Tuesday morning, March 6. ILLEGAL DUMP CLEANED UP FOR FIFTH TIME --An illegal dump site on the Lower Woodville Road in the Fourth District has been a major problem for a number of years. In- dividuals are using the entrance to the closed county dump as a dump site. The site was cleaned up this past week and the two photos show the area before the cleanup and afterwards. Fourth District Super- visor Kenyon Jackson said, "Please quit dumping trash, furniture, ap- pliances and other items at this location. This is an illegal dump. I have placed a dumpster at this lo- cation for disposal of garbage and trash. Use the dumpster, and don't throw your garbage on the ground." -- Submitted Photos