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) f I QUILTERS DISPLAY SKILLS -- On Thursday, March 20, motorists stopping at the Wilkinson County Welcome Station on U. S. Hwy. 61 in Wood- ville were greeted by local quilters who were on hand to display their skills in the intricate pro- cess of hand-sewing a quilt. Pictured above at the center were from left to right: Dionessa Dawson, Edith Magruder and Dorothea Hoffman. -- Wood- ville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis Irwin Russell Club March Meeting At Sturgeon Home The home of Mrs. Holmes conversations with her. Hu- Sturgeon was the setting on' guette Clark was heiress • Friday, March fourteenth, to the estate of her father, !"•- when she was hostess for W. A. Clark, a self-made the monthly meeting of the copper industrialist, a con- ' Irwin Russell Club. troversial senator, railroad During the brief business builder, and founder of Las session, there was discus- Vegas. • sion concerning the Cre- The Clark family story ative Writing Award pre- spans nearly all of Ameri- i .: sented annually by the club. can history in three gen- : ' Mrs. Nanette Carter gave erations, from a log cabin " • each member a phamplet in Pennsylvania to mining on Imahara's Botanical camps in the Montana gold Garden in St. Francisville rush, from backdoor politics which will be the location of in Washington to a distress the April eleventh meeting call from an elegant Fifth • for which she will serve as Avenue apartment. Illus- trated with more than sev- enty photographs, Empty Mansions: is a. captivating story of an eccentric of the highest ordeT, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms. Following the program the ladies were invited into the dining room where the tea table held a variety of teas, party sandwiches, an assortment of cookies and The W0odville Repdbl dan, Thursday MarCh 27, BOE Member ,Want00 ers Graded !  !,: J,',"’, 'I,, #  ooo • . . ! , Mr. Smallwood announced ’e want test scores and other.[ district's mileage rennburse- hostess. Mrs. Larry Calvert pre- sented a review of the'n0n fiction book Empty Man- sions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great Ameri- can Fortune. The book was written by Bill Dedmon, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, in collaboration with Paul Clark Newell, Jr., a cousin of Huguette that the 25th annual Wordy Hicks Relays would be held at Wilkinson County High School on Saturday, March 22. The preceding day on Friday night, March 21, former ath- letes and alumni who trained under the late Coach Wordy Hicks were to be honored and recognized at a reception. Mr. Smallwood continued with a request that staff and the community donate money for $500 scholarships to be giv- en to worthy WCHS students at graduation. "I am asking for money from the school district's principals, school beard members and the private sector," Smallwood stated. 'These scholarships will not involve any school dis- trict fimds." Board president Charlie Floyd presented the school beard members with a recent copy of the Jackson Clarion- Ledger newspaper which con- tained a very detailed artide entitled "Judging Your School Board." Floyd said, "This article is great. It tells school board members what is expected of them. We need to do what we can as a board to improve and to get organized to improve our school district. Our num- ber one priority is educating the school district's girls and boys." Interim Finch Elemen- tary Principal gave a school improvement report for the school and detailed the steps the school is taking to get out of school improvement des- ignation for low test perfor- mance. Following this report beard member Smallwood stated, data about school performanqe presented to this board bd !a regular basis and not just once a year. We need information from all our district schools, not just one or two." : i report was made that th'e Federal Programs department in the district had received-an additional $17,290 which is to be spent in the most needy area. The district opened [rids on two school districts as follows: Section 15, T3N/RlW (60 Acres). Lump sum bid, , • Woodhaven of Natchez $131,500 • Hardly Able -- $148,000 • Good Hops of Natchez, $164,950. On the recommendation of County Forester Charles Wellborn, board member Billy Spiller made the motion to ac- cept the high bid of Good Hope. The motion was seconded by board member Smallwood and passed by a 4-0 vote. School Board member Linda Boyd was absent from the meeting and not voting. Section 27, T4N/R1E (61 Acres). This is a pay-as-cut sale. Bidders included the fol- lowing: • Charles Donald, Vicks- burg • Darden Timber of Cent- reville • Good Hope of Natchez. After examining the three detailed bid offers, Forester Wellborn recommended the high bid of Darden Timber be accepted. On motion by Small- wood and a second by Spiller, the bid was accepted by 4-0 vote. The board discussed whether or not to change the ment rate which :is currently at .46’ per mile.The state rate is currently .56’ per mile. On motion by Smallwood and sec- ond by Spiller, the unanimous board vote increased the rate to the state's level. Supt. Scott recommended that the school board table this vote and to hold the matter for possible change in the next school fiscal year. The board agreed and withdrew the mo- tion on the mileage reimburse- ment increase. Supt. Scott recommended that the board approve En- cana Oil Company's donation of six computers to Finch Ele- mentary School in Centreville. On motion by Spiller and sec- ond by board member Fannie Bateaste, the motion passed unanimously. After a long discussion for alternatives, the board reluc- tantly voted 4-0 to approve the transfer of up to $315,000 from the district's Sixteenth Section Fund to District Maintenance, Vocational Education and School Building and Improve- ment. The motion was made by Spiller and seconded by Smallwood. The school board voted 4-0 on the following items on the agenda: • Approve adding $9,160 to the budget from a K-3 Univer- sal Screener Grant. • Approved both the school district and central office calendars for the 2014-2015 school term. • To approve a long list of broken or out-dated items from the school district's fixed assets list. • To accept three letters of retirement from longtime 2014 Page 3A (Continued from Page 1) school district employees. • Approved Supt. Scott's recommendation for hiring of Carrie Stewart, a teacher from Louisiana with 25 years teach- ing experience, to work as a teacher at Wilkinson County Elementary School. The school board also approved other hir- ing recommendations of bus drivers, tutors and a teacher. The school beard presented Supt. Scott with a detailed calendar which listed their ex- pectations of him for the school year. '’Ihis tells you what we want you to do and when it needs to be done," school beard members stated. The board discussed the implementation of the 'TIover To Learn" exercise program in the elementary schools of the district. The program will have the students and teachers get- ring up and exercising in their classroom five minutes in the morning and five minutes in the afternoon. The program is designed to cut stress and pent-up energy and make kids more eager to learn and teachers more ea- ger to teach. It is a proven fact that healthy kids do better in school. Board Pres. Floyd stated, '%Ve expect our teachers to lead by example and do these exercises with the students." On motion by Smallwood and a second by Spiller, the board voted 4-0 to implement the program at WCES and Finch Elementary, The board went into closed door session to discuss person- nel matters. The next regular school beard meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Writers Group To Have Open Mike Night March 27 Area writers will read ex- cerpts from their works during "Open Mike Night' Thursday, Mamh 27, at the Natchez Cof- fee Company, 509 Franklin Street, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Natchez Area Chap- ter of the Mississippi Writers Guild, and is free and open to the public. ']is is an open invitation to all who wish to read from their published or unpublished works, amateurs or profession- als," said G. Mark LaFrancis, head of the local Writers Guild chapter. "Of course, we invite those who just want tO come and listen." Chapter members  be offering their books for auto- graph and sale, as well. LaFrancis said the "Open Mike Night" will be in a re- laxed "coffee house" style at- mosphere. Beverages will be available for purchase. Non-chapter members also may bring their works to mad. Wilkinson County Calendar Of Events To add events please call 601-888-4293 6'r email wrepublican@bellsouth.net by noon Friday The Natchez chapter is free be available. The chapter meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at Nat- chez Coffee Company. Most recently the chapter, along with the Mississippi Writers Guild, sponsored the Richard Wright Symposium: The Man and His Legacy" at the Natchez Museum of Af- rican-American History and Culture. The chapter also will assist with the Natchez Literary and Cinema Cel- ebration. There is no registration for "Open Mike Night," but individuals interested in reading may contact LaF- rancis at 601-442-0980 or gmarklafrancis@hotmail. com. Readers also may show up that night with their ma- terial. Whitaker Eye Clinic 625 Main Street • Woodville • 601-888-686R Clark and one of the few cupcakes decorated in a St. relatives who had frequent Patrick's Day theme, to join, and membership forms 8-April 8 3O NEED CASH? 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