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Volume 148 Oldest Paper In Mississippi Woodville, Mississippi 39669 r ................ Friday, March 30, 1973 Established In 1824 Number 43 Localisms by Lewis. We appreciate the many com- inenls which we have received our Pilgrimage Edition last Week, especially so since most of them were favorable! All of us here at The Repub- lican office were pretty well out after .the big effort, and we had hoped to rest on our 1.aurels this week. In fact, about the best suggestion we had was tha we just send out a note suggesting to each sub- c.riber that 'they go back and finish reading all the material we .threw at them in our last ed#tion. Things just haven't worked out tha.t way, however, d,ue to the amount of both news and advertising that turned up for this week --.the Pilgrimage ''aftermath, a new ind,u#ry for the community, the re,oral- breaking rain.fall and ,re/ulting floods, and other items of in- terest. In reviewing the Pilgrimage, feel that the entire commu- .can take pride in the suc- cess of this second annual event, Which success was brought about by hard work and cooperation on the part of so many indi- Viduals and organized groups. Certainly, most ,of us were dis- appointed in the total a'ttend- once figures for .the three-day Period, but w.ho can control he elemen'ts? The heaviest rainfall or record for the month of March cerbainly cut ttendance severely, but, on ,the other hand, t did little to .dampen the ardor of e:ither 'the dedicated workers ,. or the many vist,tors with whom We %alked. We feel that or.t is due so in'any people for a of the work which- went into preparations for and con ductkzg of the PiN rlrage that we hesitate o ng.le out any. i,ndividaais or groups, for ir so doing some are bound to be omitted. Still, We ould like to oss a bouquet or two for a few of the high which come .to mind,. commendation shoul certainly go to he members of : the committee who spent count- less hours working on the high- plantings .at the 61-24 in- The flowers ave ovely and for several weeks .certainly added a w, arm of welcome to ,all who our town and .to chose ,merely passed by. The me of he Jaycees who two Thursdays picking up along the highway ap- PrOaches to our own as well as .a many of he main streets also to be commended for rdividual effort'. The art commi'ttee that worked so and so efficiently to insure success deserves thanks for effots. There are, of Urse, many more who gave qlllselfishly of heir ime and /lerts  .the Civic Club, ,the hme owners, the hostesses, the es, the pe,rsonael at own . 1, and many, many others. , "  one and all, we extend our thanks and congrau- for a job par excellence. mos admirable aspect of Pllimage, overall, has beer of ao maa te work ,together t monetary gain.. ] $ $ * !g image pictures on hand I lch we had planned to pub- hh this week, but due to space mllitations we must hold most of them until next week. $ $ $ hppy news of the oca- '1Of a new indastry in Wood- wa armuunced .last Thurs- t a Joint meeting of offl- of .the O. Ames Company .' and a group of local busins- ': .aen who .own the new ,building cn'tructed several years ago ..oft he towr nd, ustrial 9ark ; : Uth of town. initial plans vail for mall work force or company officiels a opetions would expanded in the :fu%ure , if raw nd 7 Drown In Flash Flood In Crosby by Bill Catchings, Jr. Seven pem0n,s were drowned lart Saturday afternoon when b.e car in which hey were r.ding was swept from a tea@ by floodwaters from the rain- swollen creeks and streams in Crosby's sawmill quarters. The car. a 1965 Chevrolet driven by Jack Carroll of Olos- ter, talled in .the high waer as Carroll and the. Matthew Bonds family were returfing from Oebb's Grocery. B. K. Greer, ,a crane opera.tor for International laper Co., upon approaching ,the stalled car in his pickup offered to make an attempt o tow it. A tow rope was attached be- tween Greer's truck and Car- roll's car, and Greer .tried to pull the car .from ,the water, which was already bout three feet deep and ,rising. The rope broke and the ear was swept away', carryi,ng wih it the seven members of the Bond family. The orfly survivor o5 the inci- dent was Carroll, who according to repor'ts had gotten out to attach .the tow line. Drowned in the incident were Matthew Bonds, 58; Hattie Bonds 61; Eugenia Bonds, 30; Robert Bonds, 11; 8herfly Bonds, 3; Frank Bonds. 4; and Jacklin Bonds, 11 months, all of Gloster. Over 120 persons who were standing by to assist in the search for the ear f.ter the incident were prevented from working until the war began to subside about 9 p.m. The er was not found until 10 p.m. Four bodies were s'ti,ll in he car, They were taken ,to Ander- son Funeral Home in Goster where a coroner's inquest was conducted by Justice of the Peace Gordon Rymer. The other three .bodies were discovered at midnigh ,and .an inquest was held on the. scene. All he vie- tiros were determined ,to have died from drewing. The onrential rains of Friday ,af,terrmon and Saturday caused flooding in many places n the Crosby .area. A number of homes in the own had water inside and re,any more were only inches out of the water. Unosflcial re- por'ts set Saturday's rain in ,that area at over five inches, with as much as eight inches oal over the weekend. Crosby is lo- cated in a sort of bowl with much run-off coming from the Gloster area. The floods crested rather rapidly in the own and then fell ,almost as quickly. Deadline Nears For Municipal Primaries The deadline for candidates to qualify or Mississippi's mu- niclpal primaries is 30 days be- fore the first primary, or April 7th, it has been announced by election official,s. The first prl- mary election will be hel'd on May 8th, (and a oecer prinmry, if meeded, Will follow on May 15th. The general election or mu- nicipal offices is scheduled for June 5th, and the deadline fr candidates to qualify as inde- pendents for that election is, 40 ,days before, or ADril 26th, i ha been ,announced. Registration deadlines are April 7th for the primary and lay 5tab for the gemer'lielec- tion, the announcement stated. labor prove arguable. Many, many ,local citizens have worked long .hours over the past couple of decades or more in striving to secure new indus,try, and the announcement of Ames' plans ,o ,locate here is a first for the community. We ,all join ,Vogeher in ex- tending a ,hearty welcome to the company on the announcemen of thetr pln,s and also extend congratulations and .thanks to a.e group of local businessmen .who have made the announce- ment possible by their Invest- merit of both time and money in preparing for just uch .a fruition of a long-sought goal o,f so many ,local people. May Fnls announcemert be the first of m, ary more. "The greatest of faults, I soud ay, is o be conscious of none."---7homa Carlyle. ANNOUNCE NEW iNDUSTRY FOR WOODVILLE Carl Memel, vice-president of O. Ames Com- pany of Parkersburg, West Virginia, sign an agreement for the location of a handle manu- facturing plant in Woodville. Shown above are some of the businessmen and public officials who attended the announcement ceremony last Thursday. They are: seated, left to right, Super- One of the n,ation's oldest manufacturing firms has an- nounced plans to open its fir, s't plant in the Deep South in one of Mississippi's most historic eentersthe first new industry to locate in Woodville kn decades. O. Ames Company of Barkers- burg, West Virginia, esablis,hed in 1774, armounced lat Thurs- day .that it will ,occupy a 15,000- square-foot building in his his- toric Wilkinson County center, for the purpose of manufactur- ing handles for shovels and other tools. Carl Memel, vice- president of manufacturing for ,the company, said pr, oduction is visor Tom Ashley; Memel; Mayor Marvin Lewis; Bob Nicolson, manufacturing manager for Ames; and standing, same order, Bert Cantrell, MP&L district nmnager of McComb; E. iV[. Kee, Jr., representing the businessmen's group who own the plant building and site being bought by Ames; and George Wynne, director of area de- velopment for MP&L. :r RECORD RAINFALL HITS AREA ON SATURDAY; DAMAGE IS HEAVY Nearly six inches of rainfall deluged this section of suth[bridge over Percy's Creek. Many Mississippi in just four hours s.ummer camps and house trail- last Saturday afternoon to send rivers and stream,s out of their banks as $lash floods caused extensive damage chnoughout the area. ccording to weather recorder Sonny Clark at the Mississippi Forestry Commission fire tower just east of Woodville. he meas- ors in the Lake Mary area were already flooded by ,that date, and most others were expected to go under before the crest is reached. Otto Jensen. owner of Lake- view Lodge, reported that the water level was 33 incres be- neath the floor of his store on ured 5.97 inches of precipitation Tuesday afternoon, and that the in the four-hour period from ilake trod risen less than .six 1 p.m. ,to 5 p.m. Sa%urd.ay. Added inches during the past 24-hour to the 1.40 inches of rain which I,period. Earlier the water level fell in the preceding 24-hour;jumped by more than two fee period, a .total of 7.37 inches ,between 1 p.m. Saturday and was recorded at the we atherl9 a.m Sunday, he stated. The station from 1 .p.m. Friday to]nearby Lake Mary Lodge build- 5 p.m. Saturday. The normal ling is located on a mound soy- rainfall for this area Cox the mon'th of March is 5.85 inches. with 6.5 inches being the great- est on record in a 24-hour period for .the month. The Wilkinson Coun'ty board of supervisors met i,n emergency session Tuesday to assess dam- ages to county roads and ridges oral feet higher than most structures in the area and was ,expected to e,scape .the flood wa,ters observers predicted Some 17 families, mostly resi- de,nts of the Lake Mary area, had been evacuated by the first of .the week, according to G. C. Golden. who has been working and to make pl,a.ns for t mmedl- as Red Cross disaster chairma,n. ate repmrs. They reported that[Most have moved in With rela- although no bridges were on-]tires or friends, he stated, al- tirely destroyed, some 15 to 20though a few were temporarily apans were extensively dam- aged, while others auffered .minor damage. Officials esti- mated that at least $5'0.000 would. he required to repair damaged bridges, with .this figure not including loss to roadways. T,he supervisors stated 'that no emer- gency funds were awailable for the work, al'though some Reve- nue Sharing fund's were on hand and could be diverted to this usage. A number of cable were re- housed, in the Neighborhood I Youth Facility here. Red Cross and Salvation Army mobile can- 'zeen3 we,re reported working in Ithe .area early this week. In a published release on Ma:rch 23, the U. S, Corps of I Engineers stated that predicted .[hIg'h water levels may make it I"necessary to us? the Morganza !Floodway and the Lower Atcha,f- l alaya Basin Floodway in order to safely pa(ss e.cess river flood- waters to the ulf of Mexico." All persons having livestock and expected o start in early The new factory, representing a $300.'0()0 investment, is located on a 10-acre site in the new in- d,ustFial park es.tabli,he by the Town of Woodvflle some two miles sou,th of the town. The building to be oocupled by the new facMity was erected some time ,ago by a group of eight local businessmen, who sold the structure and he 10-acre site to Ames. The official said tentative plans call for operating two shi.fts of 15 employees each. The plant wilt use native aah, at the rate of 5,{}00 board feet per day, and later is expected to be ex- panded ,o .use .hickory and oak. Plans for the new ,plant were announced ,at a meeting of local leaders, Ames officials, md rep- resentatives of Mississippi Power & Lght Company, which worked wth the industry i working ou,t plans to locate within the state. "This is a day Woodville has been looking forward to for many years," Mayor Marvin Lewis of Woodvllle told the group. "We are confident loca- ,tion of this new plart is ,the beginning of a new vra of de- velopment. We al pleased tha our first new industry in dec- ades is of such high calibre. Our community pledges its coopera- tion in every way in helping this fine company locate in our midst. We welcome this an- nouncemen,t." Mr. Memel expressed appre- ciation for .the cooperation of the local leadership, and MP&L, in bringing the possibilities for the new plant to the attention of Ames officials. "We looked at a good many -Iported drowned ir ,the flash floods which struck ,the Buffalo equipmert in 'the floodmays were and Homochitto River water- given five days in which to re- Ames Company offlclals and local business and civic leaders ]sheds ' as well as on Percy's move their belongings. arc shown as th toured the new plant site which Ames Will!cree k an a some other smaller Health Department Warning S ervtsr Leon flooding we have een requested , [ported was by up areas in a number of states,' Ramblers Win Two, Cavin, who had 22 head of by the State. Board of Heal,th Mr. Memel sad" "and we found [ he r in to release the followng in,rot cattle swept away by ag g ...... the group that location of the plant represents a new mile- stone in the tong b2story of Woodville, and predic'ted that the plant will .be a valuable asset for further development in the area. Bob Nicolson. mnufcttring During Week The WCCA Ramblers split a double header baseball game with Silliman Institute here last Monday and nosed out the Franklin Academy Wildca 1-0 here the following aalght. in Woodville what we are con- kose ] fident to be the positive factors favoring a piofitable arid satis- factory operation, which will be mutually beneficial to both the communi.ty and our corn,pony. You are to be commended for your aggressive and cooperative apF r, oach." In Mon,day',s action, WCCtA George Wynne, director of downed Si]Jliman 8-6 in the area development for MPL. told opener of a ,twi-nigh't header. Shannon Day was the winning pitcher, giving up 5 hits an, d walking 1. The loser, K. Ktine, was touched for 9 hi a.n walked 7 Ramblers. Ronne Ar- nold and David Smith of WCCA ,hit home runs n the opening innin g. manager for Ames, ,also ex- I In, the second game ,the vis- p.resed ,his appreciation for the li,ting Wildcats slmt ott he assistance of local leaders and i Ramblers 3-0 behind, the 3-hit MP&L in locating the plant in[pitching of Sharp. Losing hurler Woodville. He pred'icted a suc-lTimmy Gonda was touched for cessful operation in the .area. 15 hits. 23he Ram,biers made 4 O. Ames Company is a divl-lerrors, and the game's ony sion of McDonough Corpora,tion, also located in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Ames is report- edly the mtion's largest manu- facturer of shovels, producing over 250 types. McDormugh had sales in 1972 of $213,276,000. April 1 Is Deadline For Homestead Applications County home ovners were re- minded this week by Mrs. Bert walk was given up y Sharp. Arnold, Smith and Day garnered the Ramblers' 3 his. Tuesday night WCOA shut ou Franklin Academy 1-0 behind the 1-hit pi,tohing of Donald Bnis. The Ramblers scored the only run of the ght in the opening inning. Loser Kenay Holland was touched, for 2 hits, one each by Charles ;ngland and Rmmie Arnold. Enis struck out 13 of the 23 ba,tters he faced, while Holland whiffed 11 of 25. The Ramblers are scheduled to play ,Pine Hills here Friday nigh and enter the Prkiane tournamen Saturday. W. Dawson, tax ,aasessor, ,tha applica.tions for homestead ex- emptions must ,be signed by April 1st. The w00ev, Weathe00 Oate Rain HI Lo" Wed., Mar. 21 0 65 48 Thu. Mar..22 0 70 41 Fri., Muir. 28 0 73 47 Sat., Mar. 24 1.40 66 54 Sun., Mar. 25 5.97 68 49 Mon.. Mar. 26 0 67 51 Tue., Mar. 27 O 65 41 I Dally Readings: Rainfall 1 p.m. ] Temperatures 5 D.m I (StattstMs furnished courtesy of the Mias. Forestr Commiion.) Mrs. Charles Jacobs. left center, and Mrs. Owen Roberts headed the irst bus loa, d of visitors co rrive here for the lllgrimage last Friday morning. The group included 45 DR members from Bcokhaveh. With the visitors are their guides, Miss Victori,a 'Willi, at left, rmt Mias Ella Rkh Butler, rig,t. :,il waters ,of Buffalo near the matlon: bridge on Highw, ay 61. The crest of the flash flood i,n .that area topped by some 13 to 14 inches the previous record high water mark reached during the after- math of Hurricane Hilda sere- erat years ago, Cavin reported. A short distance upstream on Buffalo, record levels were also reached in the Wilkinson com- munity where water more than a foot deep flooded the home of Mrs. C. T. Netterville. West of Woodville, Highway 24 was closed in at least three placed daring ,the height of the fl'a'sh floods ,as Percy's Creek and Mtlhrook Creek covered the ,hghway with several feet of Water. Mississippi Rising The torrential rains through- out the lower MiSsissippi valley swelled the already raging Mis- sissippi River flood waters, which passed the 8-foo't flood stage reading in Natchez on Monday of this week. forecasts Latest unofficial available to this office on Tues- day indicated that the Missis- sippi should, crest on the Natch- ez ,gauge about ',April 44h. hen a crest of about 52 feet is fore- cast. The Lake Mary Road went under water last week, and by Tuesday of this week boats were being launched in the road ca'st of the Tommy Hod,ges store, a short distance west of the iron Germs of all types are pres- ent in flood waters, arid if your well or spring has been flooded, it is aimas,t certain that some of .,the flood water as seeped into tle system ,making the water unsafe to use. The State Board of Hea.l,h'$ Sanitary Engineering Divl, son has some suggestions for deal- ing with this situation. Joe D, Brown; division .rec,tor, sa'ys that these treatment method are strongly advised "If you are forced to use ,water tha has been contaminated," Boiling the water. for one full minu'te .to kill germs is the best solu,kion. ever, if boiling is in'cnvenien or impossible, disinfect the wa- ter with chlorime (bleach). The - ::i label on the bleach wil,1 giye 2,,,: the percentage of chlorine ad the following quantities are d-, vised for ,the procedure: 1% chlorine - 10 drops per quar of water 4%-6% chlorine - 2 drops per qurt of water. I 7%-10% chlorlne - 1 drop per ,quart of water. I Let th water s%and for minutes. T1]e Health Department ( additional instructions in dis- infecting all wells mad spring. that trove been flooded.. "This treatment is rather de- tailed." said Brown, "and we suggest that you contact your local health office for advice." Flooded camps at Lake Mary are sh0wr above as the rapidly rising vters Of the Missisippi mixed with local .f, lood frora torrential rains to inundate much Of he loW-lying land in the weara part of Wi, l,kian County last %veekend,