Newspaper Archive of
The Woodville Republican
Woodville, Mississippi
March 14, 2013     The Woodville Republican
PAGE 1     (1 of 8 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
PAGE 1     (1 of 8 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
March 14, 2013

Newspaper Archive of The Woodville Republican produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2020. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.

i ! ) OLDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 I 00pnblican Volume 188 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, March 14, 2013 Number 45 NATURAL GAS LEAK HAMPERS FIREFIGHTERS m A leaking natural gas line at the home of the late Rev- erend Allen Scott of Woodville pre- vented firefighters from the Woodville, Centreville, Buffalo and West Feliciana Parish, La. volunteer fire departments from extinguishing the blaze which leveled the house on Monday afternoon, March 10. Fire- fighters extinguished the blaze once Town of Woodville utility workers shut off the leaking gas line. The frame house was a total loss. Rev. Scott's granddaughter, Jacynthia Scott, and several children were in the house at the time of the blaze but were able to escape without injury. One Centreville VFD firefighter was overcome by smoke, and an ambu- lance was called to the scene to treat the injured fireman, m Woodville Re- publican Photo by Andy J. Lewis Courthouse Architect's Biographer To Speak In Woodville On Monday half of a career in which are reflected many issues and events shaping American ar- chitecture. Situating Gor- don's career, Meister focuses on the public architecture, the pursuit of which took Gordon from San Antonio to Dallas and on to New York (Hackensack) New Jersey; and Cortland County (Cort- land) New York. Other pub- lic buildings are also dis- cussed, including his Ari- zona Territorial Capitol (Phoenix) and the Vicksburg (Mississippi) City Hall. Author Chris Meister Qualification For 2013 Municipal Elections Ends, Candidates Listed The deadline for candi- dates to qualify to run for mayor and boards of alder- men in the Tuesday, May 7, primary elections ended on Friday, March 8, at 5 p.m. Candidates who have qual- ified to run for public office in the Wilkinson County towns of Centreville, Crosby and Woedlle are listed below. Incumbent candidates in the three towns are noted with a (*). C ntreville Ma or Larry Lee* David (Bunny) Owens Centreville Aldermen Ward 1 -- Mary Sanders* Ward 2 -- Dr. Thomas Lo- brano* Ward 3 -- Coach John Moore* Ward 4- Betty D'Aquil- la* At Large -- Mary West** All Centreville candi- dates qualified to run in the Democratic Primary on May 7. there are no independent candidates in the election. Crosbv Mayor James Bateaste William Hall* Crosb_y____ermen Malcolm Anderson Freddie Archie Raymond Bradley* James Griffin Robert Murray* Bernestine Smith* David Smith* All Crosby candidates qualified to run in the Demo- cratic Primary on May 7. There are no independent candidates in the election. Woodviile Mayor Democratic Candidates Billy Joe Jones Kenneth J. Smith Woodville Aldermen Democratic Candidates Earl Dean Anthony* William Carter* Russell Fry* Blake Jensen* Debbie Jones Gene I_fton Vivian Lucas Wood Independent Candidates Gary D'Aquilla Sharon D. Robinson* Only the names of Demo- cratic Party candidates appear on the Democratic Primary elections in Centre- ville, Crosby and WoodviUe. In the Woodville munici- pal elections, the winner of the Tuesday, May 7, Democ- ratic Primary Election be- tween Billy Joe Jones and Kenneth J. Smith will then face the two independent candidates, Gary D'Aquilla and Sharon D. Robinson, in the Woodville Municipal General Election which will be held on Tuesday, June 4. Wilkinson County Homestead Exemption Rules And Guidelines The 2013 Homestead Ex- emption enrollment period end April 1, 2013. If you have never filed homestead or if something has changed (moved, newly married, wid- owed, disabled, or became 65 last year), you need to come to the tax office on or before Monday, April 1, 2013. If you filed on the same residence last year and NO CHANGES have been made, it is NOT necessary to file this year. The Homestead Exemption Law allows you to file on one resi- dence only. If you are married, ty - warranty deeds or quit claims (It has to be a record- ed instrument signed by De- cember 31 of the preceding year and filed by January 7 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 num- bers for you, your spouse and any other joint owners. Birth dates for 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 Janu- ary 1 of the filing year. If you are 100% dis- abled, the award letter from Social Security must be pre- sented and that letter must be dated prior to January 1 of the year in which the en- rollment will occur. If you have any ques- tion's concerning homestead James Reily Gordon, ar- chitect of the Wilkinson County Courthouse, is per- haps the nation's most prolif- ic designer of county court- houses and was recognized during his long career as a leader in the field during the late nineteenth century. Researcher Chris Meister traveled to fifty communities in twelve states to research Gordon's work. Meister pres- ents his findings in a book, "James Reily Gordon: His Courthouses and Other Pub- lic Architecture," published in the fall of 2011 by Texas Tech University Press. The large-format, 334-page book contains 150 black-and- white and 54 color photos, along with a subject and lo- cation index. Though Gordon's Texas courthouses made his repu- 'tation, they represent only Loc00ms by Woodville Republican Publisher Andy J. Lewis We received notice on Wednesday morning that Hwy. 24 East resident Ann Morris had spotted her first hummingbird of 2013. She saw the lone hummer on her feeder just after day- light on Wednesday, March 6. Mrs. Morris reported that in preparation of the arrival of these little birds she had filled her feeders about two weeks ago, but had to wash and refill them again. According to folk lore the arrival of hummingbirds are a sure sign that warmer weather is almost upon us. Next on the list Hill be the arrival of the purple martins, another harbinger of early spring weather arrival. City as he secured commis- sions in nine states. ong the courthouses featured in the book are those in Fayette County (La Grange), Texas; Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas; Ellis County (Waxa- hachie), Texas; Harrison County (Marshall), Texas; Garrett County (Oakland), Maryland; Bergen County plans a lecture and book you and your spouse names signingin Woodville Monday, nust both be on the home- March 18, at 5:30 p.m. lie will lecture at the court- house, and his talk will be followed by a book signing. Mr. Meister  then travel to Copiah County, and to Vicksburg where two other James Refly Gordon' public buildings Hill be the subjects of his talk. Stead application. You must be living in the residence Jan- uary 1 of the year in which you are filing. Below are the require- ments for enrollment: All of'the following must be presented: All deeds to the proper- your spouse, or any joint owners. lLrc price ofhome " 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 exemption or application, please call the Wilkinson County Tax Assessor/Collec- tor 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 Woodville BOA Discussies Applying For Grant Funds The Tuesday, March 5, meeting of the Woodville Mayor and Board of Alder- men began with the group discussing the feasibility of applying for fimding for sev- eral projects including a sewer system upgrade and a recreational trail. Mattie Cushman of Community Development Partners appeared before the board to provide infor- mation on the application process. "From what I have been told there is a great need for improvements to the town's sewer system and with drainage problems," said Cushman. 'he application must be submitted between May 13 and May 17, so we need to start the application process now. A public hear- ing on this matter must also be held before the applica- tion can be submitted." On motion by Alderman Earl DeanAnthony and sec- ond by Alderman Will Carter, the board voted 4-0 to authorize Ms. Cushman to begin preparations for this application. "I understand that the town wants to apply for a grant which will require no matching funding," Cush- man added. She also discussed appli- cation for a Recreational Trails grant to establish a walkway throughout Woodville which will guide tourists and visitors to high- lights in the town's historic district and other areas within the city limits. "This grant will be a 50/50 match meaning that the town must put up half of the funding for the applica- tion to "be approved," said Cushman. "The Recreation- al Trails will pay for a scenic walkway, sidewalks, sig- nage, etc." Mayor Sharon Robinson said, "The problem with ap- plying for this grant is that we don't have the funds at this time to pay the 50/50 match." Cemetery Department Superintendent Sammie Cotton was told by City Clerk Cathy McCurley that she had received several complaints about damage to the road system in the old Evergreen Cemetery. "I fixed the road today," said Cotton. "It is in good shape at this time." Water Specialist Trell Longs gave the board a re- port on a flow problem with one of the water wells at the Corrections Corporation of America prison on Hwy. 61 North. The town is under contract to maintain and re- pair the private prison's wa- ter system with CCA paying the costs. "When we tried to pull the pipe out of the well, we ran into a lot of problems," Longs reported. "It was real- ly hard to pull the pipe. The contractor has reported that it will be best to go back with a submersible pump -- it will be cheaper and easier. This will put the pump un- derground instead of above ground as it is now." Mayor Robinson stated, 'Tee need to contact CCA of- ficials and let them know what we have found with this well." Clerk McCurley replied, "We have already contacted CCA about the problems. We are working with them on getting the well back in service." Street Superintendent Donald Carter appeared be- fore the board, and Mayor Robinson asked him if he was aware of an erosion problem on the Ford's Creek Road. "I have received a com- plaint that a large ditch is causing an erosion prob- lem," said the mayor. "The owner states that it is the town's problem and not her's." Carter said, "I am not aware of what you are re- porting." Carter and Mayor Robin- son made arrangements to meet at the problem site to see if the town can correct the problem. Alderman Anthony asked Supt. Carter, "When are you going to start fixing all the potholes on our streets?" Carter reported, "We are out of asphalt at this time. I am trying to wait until the asphalt plant in Natchez gets going so we can go and buy a truckload of asphalt. The asphalt we buy in bags is really expensive, and as- phalt is cheaper by the truck load. I will call the Natchez plant to see if they have started making as- phalt, and if they have, we will go and get some to get started on filling potholes." Carter also reported, "At the board's request, we went and inspected the erosion problem on F. J. Johnson Street where a culvert drains under the street. It wasn't a problem with our culvert -- it was wide open. The problem was that sev- eral private culverts were stopped up and causing the erosion. We cleaned them out, and think we have cor- rected the problem." Utility Superintendent Nolan Thompson reported, "The town has received a letter from David Bramlette asking why the fire plug didn't work the night that a fire destroyed a rent house he owned across Hwy. 61 from his residence." (Continued on Page 3) WCSO MAKES DRUG BUST -- Agents with the Wilkinson County Sheriff's Office Task Force seized 700 grams of Syn- thetic Marijuana, cash and a small scale used to weigh the drug. On Monday night, March 11, WCSO agents stopped a ve- hicle on U.S. Highway 61 North in Woodville for a traffic viola- Jarvis Kelly Romanz tion and discovered 700 grams of synthetic marijuana inside the vehicle. The suspect, Jarvis Kelly Romanz, 29, of 756 Winn Street, Jackson, was charged and booked into the Wilkinson County Jail, reported Deputy Chris James of the Wilkinson County Sheriff's Office. m Submitted Photos