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This Wilkinson County plantation mansion, believed to have been built in the 1830's, may have begun its existence as a simple, rather primitive "dog-trot" structure, a style common to the early Southern frontier. Then, as settlers be came more prosperous, they enclosed the hallways, added long front porche,s, and covered the 10g walls with clap- boards. Records reveal that Forest Home Plantation was extensively remod- eled in 1849. During its most prosperous years the plantation was thought to have included 6,000 acres. The house, which was on the National Register of Historic Places, and 825 acres were purchased in the late 1980's by Boatner and Daisy Howell of Baton Rouge, La., and they began extensive restoration of the plantation. Even after her husband's death, Mrs. Howell kept the plan- tation in pristine condition. Mrs. Howell and her dog were alone upstairs at the home at the time of the fire, and she reported an electrical outage just before she noticed smoke. She and her dog exited the house unharmed. Fire trucks and crews from Centreville, We,odville and several Louisiana depart- ments responded to fight the fire, but eventually lost the battle. -- Woodville Republican Photos by Andy J. Lewis 00ent Brian L. Dooley Seeks Election As County Circuit Clerk Brian L. Dooley has met all qualification guidelines to run for the office of Cir- cuit Clerk of Wilkinson County. His name will appear on the ballot for the Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Democratic First Primary Election. "By announcing my in- tent to run for public office in this county, I will be ask- ing for the vote and support of the people of this county," the candidate stated. "I will issue my state- ment to the voters of this county at a later date," he added. Sincerely, Brian L. Dooley * * * Lee O. Dixon Running For Justice Court Judge -- West District Lee O. Dixon has autho- rized this newspaper to announce that :he is a can- didate to run fi3r the office of Wilkinson County Justice Court Judge fbr the West District. "I have filed my qualifi- cation papers l;o have my name on the ballot for this important office," the candi- date stated. "I 'will wait un- til a little closer to election day to issue my statement to the voters." "Please consider voting for me when you go to the polls on Tuesday, August 4," Dixon added. Thank You, Lee O. Dixon * * Venton A. McNabb, Jr. Running For Supervisor Of The Third District Venton A. "Bubba" McNabb, Jr., of Centreville has announced that he has qualified to run as a candi- date for the office of Super- visor of the Third District of Wilkinson County. "My name will be on the ballot in the Tuesday, Au- gust 4, 2015, Democratic First Primary Election," said McNabb. "I am an- nouncing my candidacy at this time, and I will release my formal statement to the voters as time nears for the election." "I am asking for your vote and support," he added. Respectfully, Venton A. "Bubba" McNabb Candidates Have-Requirements To Meet For County Elections The 2015 Candidate Qualifying Guide avail- able on the Mississippi Secretary of State's web- site gives much valuable information for those run- ning for office during the 2015 Primary and Gen- eral Election. All candidates seeking offices in the 2015 Pri- mary and General Elec- tion must file a State- ment of Economic Inter- est with the Mississippi Ethics Commission within 15 days of qualifying. All necessary forms may be obtained directly from the Mississippi Ethics Com- mission or online at Candidates also must file campaign finance disclosure reports as re- quired by Mississippi law. More information on cam- paign disclosure is avail- able at the Secretary of State's office or online at un- der the Elections-Voting heading. Town Of Woodville Annual Audit Shows "No Issues" The Woodville Mayor and Woodville on Wednesday, that if the sign is already Board of Aldermen were and I will take him and there and he is replacing given the results of their show him the aerators and it with a smaller sign, then annual audit of finances, ask him for his recommen- the ordinance needs to be The report was presented dation." changed to allow what he at the Tuesday, March 3, Woodville Zoning Com- is requesting. I also plan meeting ofthe group, mittee and Historic Pres- on approaching the zoning Timothy J. Byrd, CPA, ervation Committee Chair- committee to approve Mr. from Silas Simmons, LLP man Jim Derbes gave Treppendhal's request." in Natchez, stated during his monthly report to the "I will report my findings his report, "This year's au- board, on these matters at a later dit is the most efficient that "The board hired zon- board meeting," Derbes I have seen since I have ing specialist Rusty Lewis commented. been at Silas Simmons. of Natchez on a trial basis At this point Dr. Lewis It is very 9bvious that the of three months to handle took the podium and gave Woodville Town Hall staff zoning matters for the the mayor and board a prepared well for the audit Town of Woodville. His con- summary of what his inten- this year. It is all good with tract runs through March, tions were for land he has the Town of Woodville." and the board needs to owned for many years. The auditor went over consider extending his con- "This zoning change is a summary of the lengthy tract. We haven't had much huge for Woodville. Things audit report, and answered activity concerning the zon- are very different from numerous questions from ing ordinance, but we are what we have done for Mayor Gary D'Aquilla and proceeding ahead." years," Dr. Lewis stated. members of the board. Derbes reported that Dr. "We have a very success- On motion by Alderman and Mrs. Bob Lewis had ful business here in Wood- Earl Dead Anthony and a presented an application to ville that is paying taxes second by Alderman Will change the designation of and putting people to work. Carter, the board voted 4-0 property they own located McCants Mobile Homes to accept the audit report between College Street and wants to expand and grow, as presented. Moore Street from residen- but this ordinance says he During the session on tial to light commercial, can't do what he wants. employee reports, Alder- The meeting that was to The zoning ordinance man Gene Lofton present- hear their petition request says he can't display mo- ed the board with a letter was cancelled and never tor homes and expensive from the Mississippi De- held. travel trailers on this land partment of Health which "They have pulled their that is located between his states that the aerator sys- application for a zoning current location and an- tem at the Woodville Water change, and they are ask- other commercial opera- Plant was in "extremely ing for a refund of their tion. With the town's dire poor condition" and both permit fee," said Derbes. "I financial situation why do aerators need replacing, plan on submitting this re- we want to put a stop to a Woodville Water Special- quest to the zoning commit- business' financial growth. ist Trell Longs reported, tee for their approval." I am asking for a reconsid- "The current aerators are Mr. Derbes continued, eration of the Board of A1- made of wood, and they are "We have run across a prob- derman and plan to appeal in bad shape. We need to lem with the zoning ordi- to you to allow this request look at replacing them with nance. Treppendahl Super to occur." PVC, aluminum or stain- Foods submitted a permit Mayor D'Aquilla asked less steel aerators. These request to change the sign Street Department Super- will cost more but last much on the front of their store ......... . ... , . . ._  ._ , , . _ lnenuen uonalu arer Longer. we neea o ge me rrommecurrenonewmcn , ., . . ,, , . ,. . ...  . .. wnen me-sree crew coum town s engineer, ee oones,, covers zoz square reef w]rn st-- utt" out as h It in to lookathe aerators arid a new sign that will:'be ' 'p- tag ..... [P.a ............... ......  the man/p6tholffsm :mi'n' "" :'" gwe us h]s opmmn.' 142 square feet. Currently --wn "r " ' , o s eels Mayor D Aquilla replied, the ordinance does not al- "Mr. Lee Jones is coming to low him to do this. I think (Continued on Page ?) Woodville Man In Custody After Firing Shots At Baton Rouge Plant Gunshots in the parking the vehicle stopped, a pas- woman, said in a statement. lot of an ExxonMobil chemi- cal plant north of Baton Rouge caused a brief scare Friday morning, March 13, before the suspected shooter was arrested by authorities. No one was injured when the shots were fired by 28-year-old Telvin Henyard of Woodville, said Louisiana State Police, and investiga- tors do not believe the poly- olefins plant was targeted in the incident. "We don't believe Exxon was targeted by any means," said Trooper 1st Class Jar- ed Sandifer, a State Police spokesman. "We believe it was a random, isolated in- cident." The ordeal began at about 10:15 a.m. Friday when a Department of Pub- lic Safety officer saw a car being driven erratically on Scenic Highway just north of the chemical plant. When senger stepped out of it and fired several shots into the air with a handgun, Sandi- fer said. The shooter, identified by police as Henyard, then ran south on Scenic Highway toward the plant, attempt- ing to carjack at least one vehicle along the way, San- difer said. Henyard eventually made it to the plant's main gates at 12875 Scenic Highway. After passing through the gates, he allegedly fired some more shots into the air before entering the foy- er of a building on the plant grounds. Sandifer said the man could not get further into the building because of security measures in place at the plant. "The security measures at the plant worked as planned," Stephanie Carg- ile, an ExxonMobil spokes- "The suspect was not able to gain access to secure areas, and there were no injuries." Henyard eventually ex- ited the building on his own accord. He was taken into custody in the plant's park- ing lot by authorities, San- difer said, and later taken to Baton Rouge General Medical Center at Mid City for an evaluation. "We do not believe the suspect was connected to ExxonMobil in any way," Cargile said. Upon his release from the hospital, Henyard was scheduled to be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of illegal use of a weapon, at- tempted carjacking, aggra- vated assault, resisting an officer and disturbing the peace by appearing in pub- lic in an intoxicated condi- tion, Sandifer said. , Localisms | .,oca[isrrts by Woodville Republican Publisher Andy J. Lewis _Southern folk lore says that the spotting of a hum- ming bird at this time of the year is a sure sign that spring weather is just around the corner. We think that last week's sighting, though well con- firmed, might have been by a confused lithe bird. Our longtime reader and avid birding enthusiast, Emma Zell Knighton of Centreville, called all ex- cited at just after 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, to re- port the sighting of a male Ruby-Throat Humming- bird. We are as confused as we suspect the little bird might be. The reason for our statement is that while the bird was seen perched on a feeder at Mrs. Knigh- ton's home, that's fine, but what was going on at the time goes against southern folk lore. "I put up my humming- bird feeder about a week ago, and right now I have a humming bird perched on it, and it is snowing right now," she said. "The flakes are small, but it is snowing." If these little feathered birds are supposed to an- nounce spring is near, why would this one show up dur- ing a rare south Mississippi event -- snow? A few facts about this little visitor. When you see a flash of green and red, it is from the Ruby-throated Hummingbird which is eastern North America's sole breeding humming- bird. These brilliant, tiny, precision-flying creatures glitter like jewels in the full sun, then vanish with a zip toward the next nec- tar source. Feeders and flower gardens are great ways to attract these birds, and some people turn their yards into buzzing clouds of hummingbirds each sum- mer. They seem to prefer red and orange flowers the most, but will visit other colors. Enjoy them while they're around; by early fall they're bound for Central America, with many cross- ing the Gulf of Mexico in a single flight. The wings of the Ruby- throat hummingbird beat at an incredible speed of 53 beats a minute, so it takes a lot of sugar to give these little bird enough energy to keep their little wings beat- ing this fast. By the way, Mrs. Knigh- ton was the first caller to report the sighting of a hummingbird. Most folks hope that his arrival does indicate that spring is al'- most upon us.