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I ,"SP HFLIH iM!lilqi,H !!li,iqqi.li,!q.zii.li i!i'"i"' q. OLDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 Volume 193 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, March 22, 2018 Number 47 FLOOD WATERS ON HWY. 24 -- Wa- ter from the flooded Mississippi River covered the end of State Highway 24 West as the river crested at the Nat- chez gauge of 57.07 feet on Monday, March 19. Backwater from the flood is shown covering the end of Hwy. 24 at Ft. Adams. Sunday services at the Ft. Adams Baptist Church, shown at extreme left, had to be moved to another location because the water covered the majority of the parking lot. The Mississippi Department of Transportation truck at right was at the location as local MDOT crew members checked on conditions of the flooded state highway. Several buildings in the community of Ft. Ad- ams were also flooded at this point. -- Submitted Photo m, iSSlSSmp l au There is some good news for Wilkinson Coun- ty which is the announce- ment that the Mississippi River is no longer rising. The Mississippi River in fact crested at the gauge located in Natchez at 57.07 feet on Monday, March 19, a total of nine feet above the flood stage at this location of 48 feet. According to the latest available report released on Monday afternoon, March 19, the river was expected to begin a slow fall beginning with an anticipated level of 56.70 feet on Tuesday, March 20. Last year on this date the level was at 38.86, and the historic normal stage is 36.00 feet. The National Weather Service's (NWS) lower Mississippi river 5-day forecast released for to- day's date (March 19) shows the river is expect- ed to fall to 54.7 feet by Saturday, February 24. The 28-day forecast for the Mississippi River at Natchez predicts a level of 39.3 on April 15. According to the NWS a major flood is declared when the Natchez gauge is at 57 feet or above: Ac- cording to NWS records which date back to the turn of the century, the Natchez gauge has either reached a major flood stage or come within a quarter of an inch of that mark, four times since 2008. Prior record crests at Natchez are as follows in descending order: 61.95 feet on May 19, 2011; 58.04 feet on February 21, 1927; and 57.03 feet on April 23, 2008. Recent crests at the Natchez gauge according to NWS records are as follows: 54.91 on May 26, 2017; 44.81 on October 17, 2016; 51.24 on March 20, 2016; 56.75 on Janu- ary 17, 2016; and 52.71 on July 27, 2015. With a goodly portion of western Wilkinson Coun- ty covered by Mississippi River floodwaters, reced- ing water is good news for property owners in this portion of the county. When the river is at this stage a number of buildings in the Fort Ad- ams and Lake Mary areas are damaged by floodwa- ters. Church services on Sunday, March 18, at the Fort Adams Baptist Church had to be moved due to the flooding of the church's parking lot. an me According to a news re- port in the Thursday, March 15, edition of The Natchez Democrat, three Wilkinson County residents have been arrested after a Centreville man was reportedly shot and killed in his driveway on Monday night, March 12. The three individuals ar- rested have been identified by officials as Keshonne N. Johnson, who is charged with murder, Revon L. Mc- Donald was arrested on a charge of accessory to mur- der and Quinetta Moore was arrested on a charge of accessory after the fact to murder in connection to the shooting death of 24-year- old Gerald Minor. According to the news story Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald L. Jackson said Johnson allegedly shot that deputies discovered Minor at least twice in the that Johnson had given the upper body before 9 p.m. gun reportedly used to kill on Monday at Minor's resi- Minor to Moore and asked dence at 189 Rolling Hill her to hide the weapon. Drive nearCentreville. Jackson said that one Jackson stated that the more arrest is likely to come shooting apparently re- in the case, but would not sulted from an altercation provide any more details concerning a small amount of money Minor owed John- son. Jackson said Minor's mother was inside the house at the time of the al- tercation and ran outside after she heard gunshots. Minor's mother was able to positively identify the two men which resulted in the arrest of Johnson and Mc- Wilkinson County Coro- ner Nolan Thompson said Minor's body was found in the driveway of his resi- dence. Thompson said he sent Minor's body to the Missis- sippi Crime Lab for an au- topsy. Johnson is being held in the Wilkinson County Jail on a bond of $500,000, Donald the following day on while McDonald and Moore Tuesday, March 13. are being held on bonds of Upon further investiga- $75,000 each. tion Sheriff Jackson said Juvenl" The Woodville Police De- partment received a call on Friday night, March 16, from a homeowner report- ing that an individual with his face covered was walk- ing through their yard, and after this incident was in- vestigated, a juvenile was taken into custody for sev- eral auto burglaries, report- ed Woodville Police Chief Jessie W. Stewart. "We received a call on 911 at about 11:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, reporting the trespassing incident. WPD Officer~Carl Cage, Jr and Wilkinson County urg rles Sheriff Reginald L. Jackson later," said the police chief. arrived on the scene about The 14-year-old juvenile five minutes after the call has been charged with four was received. One of the counts of auto burglary. Due witnesses was. able to give to the suspect's age, he is us a good description of not being identified. the individual. He had on a light colored shirt which he had pulled up over his face. The witness also re- ported that several cars on the block had just been vandalized," Chief Stewart reported. "I arrived on the scene a short while later, and with this information I knew The youth appeared in Juvenile Court on Monday, March 16, for a detention hearing in the case. "I want to thank WPD Of- ricer Cage, Sheriff Jackson and WCSO Deputy Lemo Rutledge for their help that night which resulted in us quickly solving the burglar- ies and apprehending the who it was. We picked him suspect," said Chief Stew- up at his home a short while art. Public On Centreville Earlier this month Community Development the Southwest Mississippi Wilkinson County an- Block Grant (CDBG) in Planning andDevelopment nounced that a public the amount of $600,000 for District released a notice hearing would be held at sewer improvements near that this public hearing has 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March Centreville. been canceled. 27, to discuss plans for the On Thursday, March No other information First District to apply for a 15, Lynette Smith West of was provided. Arre For A Carthage resident was arrested recently for allegedly attempting to introduce contraband into the Wilkinson County Cor- rectional Facility in Wood- ville. The private prison is located on U.S. Hwy. 61 north of Woodville and is operated by Management and Training Corporation. As the suspect was mon- itored by security staff on her way to visit an inmate on Saturday, March 10, of- ricers discovered she was carrying 33 grams of syn- thetic marijuana and 52 grams of ICE. Officers lat- er discovered 102 grams of marijuana in the suspect's vehicle: "We are aggressive in our search for contra- band," says WCCF Warden Jody Bradley. "Contra- band, in any form, poses a security risk, disrupts the normal operations of the prison and reduces an inmate's opportunity for rehabilitation. Our fight against contraband is right in line with Opera- tion Zero Tolerance, which is the Mississippi Depart- ment of Corrections' ag- gressive campaign to com- bat contraband in all state prisons." The MTC public infor- mation officer refused to identify the suspect ar- rested in this case. Fire Marshall Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Chaney today warned Mis- sissippians of phone scams in which callers request donations for members of the fire service. The State Fire Marshal's Of- rice has received numerous re- ports of phone solicitations for the Fallen Firefighters Associa- tion and the Mississippi Fire- righters Association. The State Fire Academy has also received reports of someone contacting fire departments seeking dona- tions for the Mississippi State Fire Academy. ' lhese organizations and the State Fire Academy do not raise funds in this man- ner; these calls are most oiten scams operating in our state. Do not give out any personal information via phone or email to anyone who calls you about a donation like this" Chaney said. Anyone who receives such a call can report the number to the Consumer Division of the Attorney General's Office at 601-359-4230 or 1-800-281- 4418, Restoring Faith, in con- junction with the USDA Natural Resources Conser- vation Service, is sponsor- inga Small Farm Outdoor Demonstration Workshop on Thursday, March 29, in Wilkinson County. The event will be held at the Wilkinson County Park Facility, 3200 U.S. Highway 61 North, Woodville. March 29 This field day will pro- vide farmers, landowners and others with tools and information to help improve their land and/or farm en- terprise and identify ways to maximize their resources. Specific information will be provided on a variety of topics to include Timber Management, Feral (Wild) Hog Management, USDA Programs and Services, Leasing Land for Multiple Recreational Uses and other topics that will help you manage your land and farming operation. Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 29, at 8:30 a.m for this great event. For more information contact C.E. Peters at 601- 572-5378. COMMUNITY CLEANUP CAMPAIGN -- A huge Thank You to Odell Wy- att, LaDarrius Johnson, Russell Fry, Rhonda Quirk and Tyquan Lacey for helping with our inaugural Com- munity Beautification Campaign Event!!!!!, said event organizer Leah Webster. Also a huge shout out to Wettlin Treppendahl of Treppen- dahl's Stiper Foods for supplying us with garbage bags! The trash shown above is only a partial amount of what we eventually picked up! We will be having another trash pick- up event in two weeks on Satur- day, April 7, at 7:30 a.m. Please join us! We aren't able to cover all of Woodville in one day much less the whole county, but we have started!i!! We encourage all citizens to "PLEASE DO NOT LITTER!" and report it when you see someone lit- tering! This is an all VOLUNTEER Campaign! We are citizens simply trying to clean up OUR hometown!!! Please do your part! Be part of the SOLUTION and not the PROBLEM!!! -- Submitted Photo