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Two private and two state prisons have been searched since Feb. 6, with the latest shakedown occurring Fri- day, March 13, at the Mis- sissippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. More than 150 shanks (homemade knives) of varying sizes, tobacco, cell- phones, cellphone chargers and an assortment of oth- er contraband have been found on inmates or in their cells. "This is a public safety issue," said Commissioner Marshall Fisher. "One shank or one cellphone is one too many. Officers routinely do periodic shakedowns unit by unit. But this is a show of force with a large number of officers both in and outside the agency searching units simultaneously." The seized contraband lessens the ability of pris- on gangs, also known as security threat groups, to threaten the safety of offi- cers, fellow inmates and the public, Fisher said. Inmates have used shanks to harm Including officers and fellow inmates and cellphones to harass and threaten crime victims. The shakedowns confirm that work as a correctional officer is dangerous, Fisher said. "The risk undertaken by these officers on a daily basis certainly warrants higher pay than $22,000 a year starting pay," he said. This action is one of many the agency has taken to keep contraband from get- ting into inmates' hands, including installing netting around perimeter fences and using body scanners, hand wand metal detectors and K-9 cell phone detector dogs, "If we suspect someone has violated the law by bringing in contraband, we will refer the individual for prosecution," Fisher said. Introduction of contra- band into a correctional facility is punishable by three to 15 years in prison, a maximum $25,000 fine, or both. Conspiracy to intro- duce contraband carries up to a $5,000 fine, five years imprisonment, or both. Contraband items found at MSP on Friday include 25 shanks, 11 cellular phones, oneMP3 player, nine cellular phone char- gers, and a large amount of what appeared to be mari- juana. The other locations and items found include: South Mississippi Cor- rectional Institution in Greene County, Feb. 20, 36 shanks, 13 cellphones, two cellphone chargers, a tattoo gun, an assortment of pills, two bags of a white powdery substance and two Blue- tooth devices. Wilkinson County Cor- rectional Facility in Wilkin- son Coudty, Feb. 14, more than 60 shanks, razors, watches, medication, a VHS tape and tattoo guns. East Mississippi Cor- rectional Facility in Lauder- dale County, Feb. 6, more than 50 shanks, tobacco products, cellphone batter- ies, tobacco, SIM cards, a small amount of cash, im- provised metal and wooden clubs, a homemade crack pipe, a bag of white crystal substance, suspected pills, jewelry, and tattoo material. Fisher said he appreci- ates assistance from the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol in conducting the shakedowns. The agency is assisting MDOC officers from Institutions and Com- munity Corrections for the first time in years. unman According to a Baton Rouge, La., news release dated Monday, March 9, the man taken into custody and admitted to the hospital af- ter he allegedly fired shots near a chemical plant Fri- day morning, March 6, was being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison where his bond is set at $32,500. Louisiana State Police reported the shooting hap- pened in the parking lot of the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Polyolefins plant on Scenic Highway in north Baton Rouge. Trooper Jared Sandifer with Louisiana State Police said an officer with the De- partment of Public Safety reported seeing a vehicle moving erratically in the road and abruptly stop. He said the officer stated 28-year-old Telvin Henyard, of Woodville, Mississippi, jumped out with a gun in his hand and started firing. He described it as random fire with no specific target. According to Sandifer, the officer saw what he believed was an attempted carjack- ing and called for backup. Henyard allegedly walked to the parking lot of the plant and continued fir- ing into the air. He was arrested at the plant and taken to a Baton Rouge hospital for observa- tion. Upon his release from the hospital, Henyard was booked into the East Ba- ton Rouge Parish Prison on counts of illegal use of a weapon, attempted car- jacking, aggravated as- sault, resisting an officer and disturbing the peace by appearing in public in an intoxicated condition, San- difer said. The Wilkinson County Board of Education re- ceived reports from the ad- ministrators at the various schools, and the news was good -- absenteeism of stu- dents and teachers was in the acceptable range. WCHS Principal Ougrett Brumfield said, "Absentee- ism is not a problem at the high school." These comments came during the portion of the Tuesday, March 11, meeting set aside for comments. Most of the talk by the school administrators cen- tered on the upcoming state tests facing the different schools. Administrators in gen- eral reported that their teachers were doing all they can to get the students pre- pared for these important assessment tests. Wilkinson County Su- perintendent of Education Timothy T. Scott said, "the average daily attendance for the schools in our district was at 94% for all schools combined. And good news also is the fact that student suspensions are way down from past numbers." The school district has advertised for timber sales on two school districts. Bids were opened as follows: Section 17, T2N/R1E: (56 acres) -- Woodhaven Corporation, $101,190; Charles Donald Pulpwood, $72,222; ' and Good Hope Timber, $126,005. On rec- ommendation of County Forester Charles Wellborn, tion on this matter was made by Boyd and seconded by board member Fannie Bateaste. The school district also opened bids on a project to enlarge, overlay, curb and gutter the parking lot at Finch Elementary School in Centreville. The engineer's estimate for the project was $230,000. The bids were opened in the following order: Southern States Con- struction, Jackson --- Bid $230,956.50 Quality Design & Con- struction, Woodville --- Bid $253,141.90 W. E. Blain & Sons, Nat- chez Bid $276,289.25. On motion by Engineer Doug Wimberly of Jordan, Kaiser and Sessions Firm of Natchez, the beard voted to table the bids to allow time for the engineer to examine the three offers. The school district has bond funds available to pay for the project which the school district will have to re-pay. County Forester Wim- berly requested authori- zation from the beard for service work including tree planting compliance checks on the following school sec- tions: Section 16, T2N/RIW Section 16, T3N/RIE Section 22, TIN/R3W On motion by Boyd and a second by Bateaste, this request was approved by unanimous board vote. The board voted unani- beard voted 5-0 to accept the donated equipment. Supt. Scott requested permission from the board to destroy/dispose of a num- ber of old state assessments in storage. The matter was approved with unanimous board vote. Supt. Scott stated that there were two students who have recently moved to Crosby from Franklin Coun- ty. "Since it is so close to the end of this school term, I am requesting that these two students be allowed to complete this school term in Franklin County," said Supt. Scott. "They will be Wilkinson County School District students next year." On motion by Spiller and a second by Bateaste, the board voted unanimously to approve the request pre- sented by Supt. Scott. Supt. Scott's recommen- dations for the appoint- ment of administrators in the school district was ap- proved by 5-0 board vote. (Continued on Page 7) by Woodvllle Republican Publisher _Andy J. Lewis the high bid of Good Hope- mously to approve a rosolu- was accepted. The motion tion commending longtime We received an email was made by board member school district employee over the past weekend from Billy. Spi!ler and the second Betty Jones Simms for her HighWay 24 East reader was y: oard member Lin- dedicatioli' hnd s ce. This Ann Morrig which stated da Boyd. The vote to accept motion was made by Boyd that she and husband, was 5-0. Section 16, T2N/RIW (68 acres) -- Good Hope Timber was the only bid at $143,998. On recommenda- tion of the county forester, the board voted 5-0 to ac- cept this lone bid. The mo- and seconded by Bateaste. Supt. Scott requested au- thority to accept assorted computers donated to the school district from the State Department of Med- icaid. On motion by Boyd and second by Bateaste, the Lee, were having supper at about 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, when they spot- ted a mature, Ruby-Throat humming bird sitting on their feeder. She said, "I hope he will stay." L i M i i L /? i i/ Linda Ferguson Boyd Seeks Election As West Justice Court Judge office of Wilkinson County Tax Assessor/Collector and will run in the Wilkinson County Democratic First Primary Election which will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. "I am a candidate for this very important county of- rice. In the next months I will be asking you for your vote and support. "I will publish my state- ment to the voters at a later date. "Thanking you in ad- vance for your vote and sup- port." Respectfully, Treva Reid Tuesday, August 4, 2015. "I am running for East District Constable, and will be asking you for your vote on August 4. "I will publish my state- ment to the voters in this newspaper at a later date. Please consider voting for me when you go to the polls." Sincerely, Edward M. Arbuthnot, Jr. Jeremy Ephion Seeks Re-Election As County Tax Collector/Assessor Incumbent Wilkinson "I, Linda Ferguson Boyd, have announced this week that I have qualified to seek election to the position of Justice Court Judge of the West District of Wilkinson County,. My name will be on the Democratic First Pri- mary Election ballot which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2015. "I am running for county West District Justice Court Judge, and I will be asking you for your vote in the pri- mary election. "I will publish my state- ment to the voters as time nears election day. "I want to thank you in advance for your vote and support." Respectfully, Linda F. Boyd Treva Reid Announces; To Run For County Tax Assessor/Collector Treva Reid has autho- rized this newspaper to an- nounce that she has quali- fied to seek election to the E. Kirk Smith Is Seeking Election As 2nd District Supervisor E. Kirk Smith has au- thorized this newspaper to announce that he has quali- fied to run for the office of Supervisor of the Second District of Wilkinson Coun- ty, and as an independent candidate. His name will be on the Wilkinson County General Election ballot on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. "I will publish my state- ment to the voterswas time nears election day. "In the coming months I will be campaigning around the district asking for your vote and supportP Thank you, E. Kirk Smith Edward M. Arbuthnot, Jr. Is Candidate For East District Constable This week, Edward M. Ar- buthnot, Jr., has announced that he is a candidate run- ning for public office in the Wilkinson County Dem cratic First Primary Elec- tion which will be held County Tax Assessor/Col- lector Jeremy "Jarrod" Ephion has announced this week that he is seeking re- election to this important county office. "I am running for re-elec- tion in the Democratic First Primary Election which is scheduled for Tuesday, Au- gust 4, 2015. "Please vote for me when you go to the wpolls. "I will release my formal statemcnt'te the voters at a later date." Thank you, Jeremy Ephion