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Volume 148 Oldest Paper In Mississippi Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Friday, March 16, 1973 Established In 1824 Number 41 Localisms by Lewis... We are publishing our first annual Pilgrimage Edition of The Republican next week and since present indications are that it will be about twice the size of our regulmr issues, the coming week promises to be a Particularly ,busy one for our entire staff. Since we must move our dead- lines forward in order to coor- dinate the production of this rather herculean task for our small force, ,we beg the indul- gence and cooperation of all of our orrespondents and adver- tisers in getting copy in to us as early as possible. Our Second Annual Pilgrimage is set to open just one week rom today, and we trust that &apos;all of our citizens will do all they can in the intervening days to clean-up and fix-up their 1oremises. Let's all join toge'ther in a concerted effort to present as pleasing an appearance as Possible to what promises to be a record crowd of visitors to our .town next weekend. B Girl Scouting today is far more dhan cookie sales and handicraft,s. As the nation commemorates Girl Scout Week March ll-17--millims of Girl Scouts will be working in com- munity service programs such . as tutoring younger children. constructing "mini-parks" on vacant city lots, drug abuse pre- )' vention, and ecology, to ,name just a few. GD_A is the world's largest Voluntary organization for girls, With .a members'hip of nearly corn- million girls and 670,000 ,adult leaders. Since its incep- tion in 1912, Girl Scouts of America has instilled in its members the highest ideals of . ch'aracter, service and patriotism so ,that the girls may become ,the wise mothers and leaders 'America needs to grow ,and Prosper. As one organization pamphlet explains, the many worthwhile activities of GA reflect "...the romise of continuous growth and unending service to t'he na- tion and ,the world through he Jhroad scope of Girl Scouting." If any organization deserves DOcial recognition for a job Well .done, it is the Girl Scouts of America. "" $ $ We were struck by some fig- res which we ran. across re- cently relative to' what is ap- Parently becoming a vanishing r  sPecies n New York, the Fun City: citizens wlo pay taxes. . According to ,the figures com- Plied by :some unknown statis- v,tician, a decade ago the city /had 9.'/ taxpayers, for each per- . o on welfare. Today the figure ,.: as dropped to one welfare 'reclpien't to each 2.6 taxpayers. = If khe present trend continues Uch longer, then ,the. poor Verburdened taxpayers may oon ,be outnumbered by the lrones they are forced to sup- L Dart. The only possible bright : !'Spot in such an outlook is that aybe ,then they can claim to be a minority and automatically : . qualify for a tax break or other : ederal aid. @ There are two things some PeOple never seem to get -- all ..^2_ want and all they deserve. The Weather )ate Rain HI Lo ted,, Mar. 7 1.63 81 60 U,, Mar, 8 1,34. 76 54 Mar. 9 .06 74 59 l,ar. 10 ,.05 76 65 Mar. 11 1.97 8{} 66 12 0 84 52 Mar, 13 0 79 67 , ally Readings: Rain,fall 1 p.m Temperatures S p.m. tatistics furnished courtesy of me lIias, Forestry Commission,) From The Files Of The Republican "BaeMward, turn backward, Oh Time, in thy flight . . . "' t||t., i t| ,, IH| |t ,H||4t|H|g0' |14ltlgSt||g|l IH$||I|HI|I|H|III 25 YEARS AGO Miss Lulu McGehee of Jack- son was a weekend visitor to her parents, Rev. and Mrs. H. J. McGehee, at the Rectory. Mr. and Mrs. B, F. Babers of Laurel Hill, Mrs. W. H. Morgan, Mrs. Ernest Dampf and Mrs. E. H. Steger had a pleasant day's trip o New rleans on Thursday. Mrs. W. F. Tucker, Mrs. J. G. Larreu nd, M.vs. J. H. Coon attended the March meeting of the Wilkinson County UDC Chapter ,at the USO center in Centreville the past Tuesday afternoon. Mr. ,and Mrs. Chas. Ventress and their so and younger daug, hter of Jackson were guests Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Ventress. Their older daughter is a student at New- comb College. Mr..and Mrs. J. M. Sessions, Mrs. Dudley Hopson and Mrs. E, E. and were Jackson vis- itors on Thursday of this week. Roy. and Mrs. G. P. McKeown, Mrs. John Davis, Mrs. D. D. Mc- Craine ,and Mrs. G. T. Neill at- tended the zone meeting of the Women's Societies of Christian Service, which was held at the Methodist church in Liberty on Wednesday afternoon. 50 YEARS AGO Mr. and Mrs. Loui Herman of Boulder, Colorado, stopped over here Thursday evening on a visit .to Mr. and Mrs. Lee C. Schloss while en route to Florida on a stay of a few weeks. This is M,r. Herman's first visit to Woocville, but Mrs. Herman made. many friends here during a former vtsl't, a il of whom are ad to welcome her back again. 75 YEARS AGO 'Mr. Julius Picard was among the Wednesday evening amrivIs, and while here was the guest of the Cohen House. Mrs. Ralph Gunst and her ,three interesting children ar- rived on Wednesday's train and are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Sandman. To Relocate H'way 61 At Doloroso Slide Steps will be .taken this mon2a by the Mississippi State High- way Department to correct the infamous "Doloraso slide" on Highway 61 south of Natchez. According to Highway Com- miioner W. H. "Shag'.' pyma, a contract o relocate a 1.2 mile .section to an upgraded four-lane status in he area of he slide is scheduled to be avarded on March 27 during the I;Iighvay Department s r e g u 1,a r letg session. The design will conform to the forthcoming four-lane cor- ridor program, said ,the com- missioner, who explained that the new sets of lanes will i- volve a great deal of dirt work. He further stated ,that although both sets of lnes will be con- structed ,through the grade and dain stage, only one set of two lanes will be paved under pro- visions of this contract. Chief reason for the decision was that ,there is no need ,to pave two lanes that can't be used until ,the big four-Inning program is implemented. Con- ,sequently, this month's sched- uled project will call for con- necting two of the new lanes with the existing lanes after by-passing the slide area. The involved pject, empeeted cost over a million .dollars, will ,be constructed on the east side of the existing roadway, or slide area, The north .(or Natchez side} starting point will be approxi- mately one mile souh of the Doloroso iutensection, while ,the 'southern - most project - ending point will be more than 'two ml sou,th of Doloroso. The en'tire project is ooated in WILl - kinson County. Charged wih coordinating contractual obligations for the Highway Departanent will be he force Six Hurt In Auto Accidents Shown above is the Richard Corkern car in which four members af that family were iajured in a one-car accident near here last ]?hmsday. Four members of a local amily were injured in a one- car accident around noon last Thursday on Highway 6'1 near DoloroJo when an automobile driven by Richard V. Corkern left the highway, stxuck a tree, .and rolled down an embank- ment. Corkern was attempting to pass another vehicle when he lost control of his own car on he rain-slick highway. Corkern was the most seri- ously in,jred in the accident, suffering severe back injuries. Also hurt were his wife. whose leg was broken, and two of their children, four-year-old Steven and four-month-old Stefanie, who suffered cuts and brui,ses. All were taken 'to Jefferson Davis Hospital in Natchez, and Crkern was later transferred to University Hospital in Jack- son where he underwent surgery the following day. Mrs. Corkern, the farmer Helen Jenkins, older ,daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Jenkins,, is still under treat- ment in Natchez, while the two ch, ildren have been r.elemsed from the hospital. I This newspaper has been re- 'quested to announce that 'the Woodville Jaycettes are accept- ing donations for the Corkern family. Anyone wishing to con- tribute is urged to contact Mrs. Karen Cage or Mr.s.M.H. Mc- Gehee. ,or to deposit to the fund opened in their name at the Commercial Bank. Miller, project engineer. District responsibility will be that of District Seven engineers based in McComb. Clay Tucker Hurt In Traffic Accident by Bill Catchings, Jr. Clay B. Tucker, a prominent longtime local attorney, was in- jured about noon last Thursday when the vehicle in which he was riding skidded on wet pave- mcnt, ,was struck ,by a truck. nd slid off into a ditch west of Centreville. According to Patrolman Rob- art Dunn of the Mississippi Highway Patrol the accident occurred as Tucker and a client, David Aldridge, o Baton Rouge, were returning from court in Liberty in's pick-up truck. Just west of Centreville on Highway 24, a vehicle Aldridge had been ollowing began mak- ing a trn. When Aldridge ap- plied his brakes, his truck went out of control anti skidded i.nto the opposite tane ab which ,time it was. struck by a truck owned by ,the Bryan Memt Backing Company. The Aldridge vehicle then wen off into the ditch al,ongside the road. Mr. Tucker was taken to Field Memorial Hospital, as was Aldridge. Aldridge received four bxoken ribs in he accident but was released the ,same day after treatment. Mr. Tucker suffered seven broken ribs. ,a broken collar ,bone. and slight head in- juries. He remains under treat- ment at Feld Hospital, where he is reported to be recuperating satisfactorily. Uncle Pete from Percy's Creek Says DE,A MISTER EDITOR: their favorite recip to clip- Spring is fixing to spring, Mister Editor, you can bank on that. The sap ain't rising and the "birds ain't siging, but my mailbox s ,bulging. The Guv- erment has launched the spring offensive, as they say, and ,the flood of pamflets, circulars and plain junk from the farm agen- cies has come to tell us onct agin that 1the farmer and rancher ain't suposed to have nothing to do this time of year but read. How it got .in the latest ship- ment that told me how to build a grape arbor and go into the catfish farming business I don't know, 'but last week I got this notice in the mail about the Oongressional Record being 100 year old this month. I was in- ,terra'ted, cause it jest hadn't occured to me to wonder how old the Congressional Record is. I use to subscribe to chat book till I realized it was like trying to read a Reader's Digest ever night after supper, and afore the reading material or the sup- per was digested. Mister Editor, they call he Smithsonian In- sit,ration America's attic, so we ,ought to name the Congres- sional Record America's scrap- book. Bu't this piece said the Record now has jest 4,000 paid sub- .scribens, which means a heap of folks feel like I do or they got more freeloaders on the .mailings,, list ,than the Postal Service would let any country paper git by with. I rigger the truth is, nobody reads the Rec- ord but the Congressmen that fill from pings from the papers back home. At a cost of $7 million a year to print, Mister Editor, that old scrapbook is costing he axpayers a whopping $165 a page. I was thinking of that report on the Congressional Record's 1,00 years Saturday night at the country stere when the fellers got ,to talkirg about the cost of ".paper Ipollution." Josh Clod- hopper had read this iem where the Guvernment spends $18 "billion a year to print, process and store its own paper- work, and Josh told ,the fellers he figgered at least $16 billion of that was used up in endorsing memos, letters and blank' farms from one agency to another., And I reckon what's left over at the end of each working day they stick in the Congressional Record the next morning. G e n e r a 1 speaking, allowed Clam Webster, about the only thing Washington ain't poilu,ted with is efficiency. The new Con,- gress has ,been in business not much over a ,month, said Clem, and all the Congressmen has already spent at least two weeks at home. There's somepun that hits him sideways, declared Clam, about a Congressman that leaves his office in a $200 million office building to ride a $9,000 Guv- ernment limosine to where he catches a $20 million airplane to come home and give a speech on the need far greater economy in. Guvernment. Yours truly, Pete Mrs. Undine Ferguson Buried Here Monday Mrs. Undine Fortenberry Fer- guson. 68-year-old Tyle:rtwn native and longtime Wa0dville resident, died at Field Memo- rial Community Hospital in Centrevllle on Sunday .afternoon at five o clock following a long period of declining health. Funeral services were held on Monday at 3 p.m. from Woodville Baptist Church with the Ray. Town Elections Set This Summer This is an election year for the Town of Wodville, and on June 5th the voters of the mu- nicipality will go to the polls to sele,t the various city cials in the general election. A emocratic primary on May 8th will precede the general elec- tion. The election commissioners O. B. Beverly officiating, assisted, who will conduct ,the general by the Ray. J. H. Cameron. lelection as well as ,purge the Interment was in Evergreen registration books of the town Cemetery with Berryhiil Fune-Iwere appointed ,by the Mayor rat I-me in charge and wlth I H. B. :Mcgraw, Jerry Johnston, I Charles, G. C. Golden, Mason Lessley, David Bramlette, Richard Flaccomio, and H. N. 'Jensen, Jr., serving as pall- bearers. Mrs. Ferguson was born on November 3, 1904. in Tylertown, the daughter of the lte William Do,rt Fortenbarry and Mrs. Ger- trude Pittman Fortenberry. She was married to Mr. Oscar Kil- gore Fergusn here on May 7, 1933, and he pased away on March 12, 1941. Survivors include two sons, A. J. (Pap) Ferguson of Natchez and O. K. Ferguson of Wood- ville; two daughters, Mrs. John B. '{Betty) Dawson of Wood- villa and Mrs. W.L. (Sister) Smith of Monroe, La.; five sis- ters. Mrs. Lawrence Vinz of 'Jackson, Mrs. Cletus McCurley of Gloater. Mrs. Eugene Whitten of Fort Pierce, Fla., Miss Matt I Lee of Magnolia, and Mrs. Eddie I Rushing of Jackson; and twelve grandchildren. Another Animal, Vehicle Collision Recorded In County by Bill Catehings, Jr. Last Tuescay n.ight at ap- proximately 8 o'clock a pickup truck driven by Clayton Gibson of Natchez struck and kliled a cow on Highway 24 west of Lessley. Gibson, owner f Carpet World in latchez, was driving a 1969 Chewrolet truck owned ,by that firm. According to Gibson, he was driving about 45 mph when a large blck cow ,ran from the side of the road into he path of his truck. The cow, which cmrried no Iden,tifying markings, smashed in he front end and left side of the truck. "It sure is terrible down here with. all these cows loose on the roads," Gibson said. "That one was 'black, and I never would have seen her if she hadn't looked at me." On Monday of last week, the Wilkinson County Board. of Su- pervisors ,at their regular meet- ing reiterated their support of Mississippi's Closed Stock Law and appealed to livestock owners of the county to keep their animals off the public highways and roads. To point up the seriousness of the problem, Highway Patrol- man H. N. Jensen, Jr., released I some s t a t i s,t i c s concerning animal - vehicle collisions as compiled by the State Depart- ment of Public Safety. In Patrol District 9. of which Wilkinson County i,.s a part. there were 59 accident reports that involved animals. 47 of these caused only property damage, but in the other 12 a total of 20 people were injured. In ,the state of Mississippi, there were 396 'accidents involv- ing animals in 1972. Four of these accidents killed four peo- ple, while 44 of ,the accident, s injured V4 people. The remain- lng 348 accidents involved prop- erty damage. and Board of Aldermen at their regular meeting on March 6th. The commissioners named at that time are W. J. Miller, chair- man, Mrs. Margo P. Ferguson, and L. Q. Henderson. Supervising the Democratic primary will be the members of the Town xecutive Committee who were elected four years ago at the same time ,as other town officials. They include James E. Wilkerson, Jr., chairman, A. W. Treppendahl, Joe C. Leake, and Charles Plitt. Following is the schedule of important dates pertaining to the forthcoming town elections.: April 6: Deadline for candi- dates, to qualify for DemocraVlc primary. April 26: Deadline for can- didates 'to qualify as Independ- ent candidates in general elec- tion. I May 8: Date of Democratic primary election. May 15: Date of second Dem- ocratic primary, if needed. i June 5: Date of general elec- tion. Candidates for the Democratic primary election qualify with ,the municipal executive com- mittee, while Independent can- didates qua.l.ify with the election commission, officials stated, Mamie Linker, Natchez; brother, George Phipps, l querque, New Mexico; and I grandchildren. Ramblers Split Pair In Local Baseball Opener Funeral Services ......... For Ray Phipps Held March 9th Funeral services for Ray C. Phipps, 60, were conducted from Irown Funeral Home Chapel in, Gloster on Friday, March 9, at 2 p.m. with Bro. Bernard Waites, the Rev. H Ray Quick, and the Rev. Charles Duncan officiating. Interment was in Oaklawn Cem- etery in Centreville. Mr. Phipps, a native of Wil- kinson County and a resident of Centrevllle for the past 34 years, died .on Wednesday, March 7, at 5:50 p.m. following a lingering lllness. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bessie Mae Phipps, Centre- ville; one daughter, Mrs. Annette Maher, Centreville; one son, Charles Ray Phipps, Clinton, La.; wo sisters, lrs. Mazie Nettervtlle, Woodville, ,nd Mrs. one Albu- three  Centreville Girl On USM Top Honor List Ha ttiesburg -- The President's List; top academic honor roll at the University of Southern Mis- sissippi, has been released for the winter quarter. To make this lis't. a student must have a 4.0 scholastic aver- .age (all A's) on a minimum study load of 10 semester hours work. Included on the list is: iVary L Jury Dismissed; Two Trials Set For Second Week No jury trials were held. nor scheduled, for the first week of ,the March 'term of Circuit Court for Wilkinson County, which convened at the Courthouse here Monday morning. The petit jury for the first week f court was released Monday after only one day of .service. The grand jury spent Monday in session and, then recessed until Friday of thi week, at which time 'they are expected to make a final report. Two jury trials have been scheduled for the second week of the court term. The first, a civil case in which Jessie Hidalgo sueing L. R. White and Steele Motors f,or damages arising from n auto .accident, s set for trial on Tuesday of next week. The murder trial of Elmer Braswell, which had been con- tinued, for the past two terms, is scheduled for t]eaming before a jury on Thursday morning of next week. Action on the criminal docket up to Wednesday of this week included the following: ..; Otis Adams, who was charged with manslaughter, was allowed to withdraw a prior plea of not guilty and enter a plea of guilty. He Yeas given a 5-year sus- pended .penitentiary sentence, was placed on probation for 3 yemrs, and was fined $500 and costs. Adams was indicted last year in connectim] with the traffic death of James Booker. , :' Columbus Jackson ,was in- dicted by the March, grand jury on a charge of attempted bur- glary of Velma's Dress ShOp and C. M. Treppendrahl & Sons. He : was arraigned Tuesday, pled not guilty, and the case was passed until Friday. ..... k,:.. < ' -''tbn Uark, 'lII, was in-' " ...... :,.:..': dicted by the March grand just ,on a charge of burglary He wms arraigned Tuesday pled not guilty to the charge, and was allowed to plead guilty to a charge of malicious trespass. He was sentenced tea 6-month sus- ::' pended jail term and wa ined /i $150 and costs. Two other cases on the crim- inal docket, a murder charge against Mary Ethel Hill and a burglary charge against Marvin Davis,. ere continued until the % next term due to the hospitali- zation with traffic accident In- juries of defense counsel Clay B. Tucker. On the civil docket one. un- usual case was heard during the week, hich attorneys said set something of a precedent. The Deposit Guaranty National Bank obtained a Writ of Replevin in 4th District Justice Cotrt on an automobile owned by John. E Dorsey. Due to a question of justice court jurisdiction because of a value of more than $200, a wr,t of inquiry was entered in which a value of $475 was' placed on the vehicle. A new Writ of replevin will be granted. Other civil court action in,- eluded: ] Seven Day Co. vs. H. I. Reese [d/b/a Reese Fruit Stand. Open The Wilkinson County Chris-[account. Passed to inactive file, ian Academy Ramblers split a l Farmers Exchange Bgtlk vs. double - header with Thomas Jefferson of Natchez here Tues- day in the season opener on Van ,,aton Park. The Iamblers :took the opener 4-0 and dropped he nighteap 0-4. ! Donald Enis was the winning l pitcher in the first ,game, while I,, ' I Rickey Herrlngton was the loser. ] I BoVh pitchers gave up 3 hits..] [Rnnie Arnold .had 2 hits for] I.the Ramblers, while Bobby Jan- I sen added the other. In the nightcap, Mickey Boyd threw ,a 1-hi'tier at WCCA, with Charles England's single in he fifth ,the only safety for the. Ramblers. Losing pitcher Tim Gonda gave up 4 runs on 4 hits. On Friday of this week WCC will host Valley Forge Academy here for ,another double-header, with games at 2:30 and 5 p.m. Roy K. Moore, Special Agent in Charge of the Jackson office of the Federal Bureau of In- vestigation, will be he guest speaker at the reg, ular March meeting of the Southwest Mis- sissippi Peace Officers Associa- Water Well tion o be held at the Glostonian Johason. on, 19 7 George Hampton. Note. Passed to inactive file. Deposit Guaranty National Bank vs. Thelma Lanus Mealy & Lee Andrew Slan. Note. Passed to inactive file. Billups Western Petroleum Co. w. W. N. Netterville. Open account. Passed to inactive file, J. B. Brunt vs. Ellis Rogillio, Jr. Note. Passed to inactive file. Deposit Guaranty NationM Bank vs. Charles Hollins. Note, "i Dismissed. Deposit Guaranty- Natimaal Bank d/b/a Bank Americard Center vs. Jerry Lanier Box. Open account Default Judg- ment. Deposit Guaranty National Bank vs. Max Simmons. Gar- nishment. Dismissed. Deposit Guaranty National ' Bank vs. I-loward Bell. Note. De- fault judgment. Deposit Guaranty National Bank vs. Edna Lee Harrison & Betty Jean Corley. Note. Default judgment. Donald Rayborn d/b/a Griner Service ,as. Ival account. Non-