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)LDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 Volume 190 USPS 462-26O 50¢ per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, April 9, 2015 Number 49 COUNTY RETURNING EQUIPMENT -- Wilkinson Country Fire Coordina- tor Mary Frederick, left, and firefight- er Kardell Adams, right, are pictured standing in front of several pieces of ex- cess fire fighting equipment loaded on an 18-wheeler for return to the Missis- sippi Forestry Commission. Wilkinson County has received numerous trucks and other equipment under the, Fed- eral Excess Property program, but units have to be returned if declared surplus by the county and no longer being used. The return of this "surplus" equipment is a Mississippi Forestry Commission requirement in order for to the county apply for and receive additional equip- ment. -- Submitted Photo Mike Quirk Running For Supervisor Second District Wilkinson County farm manager Mike Quirk has announced that he has qualified to seek election to the office of Supervisor of the Second District of Wilkinson County, and his name will be on the ballot °fDemocratic the Wilkins°nFirst. Primary C°unty Election which will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2015. this "I office, am qualifiedand I willt°be ask -h°ld ing you for your vote and support. "My formal statement to the voters of this district will be released at a later date. "Please go to the polls on election day and cast your ballot if you want a change? Respectfully, Mike Quirk Reginald L. Jackson Seeks Re-Election As County Sheriff Incumbent Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald L. Jackson announces he will seek Re-Election on August 4, 2015, in the Wilkinson County Democratic First Primary Election for Sheriff of Wilkinson County. "As your Sheriff, I have done my best to serve the voters of Wilkinson County by providing honest, de- pendable and fair leader- ship to all citizens. When choosing your Sheriff, vote to Re-Elect Reginald L. Jackson, based on my ex- continuanceandtodedicati°nprovide safe -perience in ty for all of our families. I am humbly asking for your v°te'as I seek Re-Election. supp°rt and prayers "My formal statement to the voters will be published prior to the election. Respectfully, Reginald L. Jackson Wil Seal Is Seeking Re-Election As 1st District Supervisor Incumbent First District Supervisor Wil Seal has an- nounced that he has quali- fied to run for re-election to this important position, and he will run as an inde- pendent candidate in the Wilkinson County General Election which will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015. "I am completing my first term as Supervisor of the First District. I am asking you to go to the polls on November 3, and cast your ballot to re-elect me as your supervisor for another four years. "I will publish my state- ment to the voters prior to the General Election. "I want to thank you for your consideration when you go to vote on election day." Respectfully, Wil Seal Autopsy Shows That Gregory Webster's Cause Of Death Was Gunshot To Chest Wilkinson County Coroner Travis Sharp has reported that he has received the re- sults of the autopsy conducted on the body of a man found in his car on a rural county read recently. Coroner Sharp said that Gregory Bourland Webster, 54, a resident of Main Street in Woodville, died of a fatal gun- shot wound to his chest area. Loc and state law enforce- ment agencies are investi- gating a shooting which took place on Wednesday, March 25, that claimed WebsteFs life. 'WIr. Webster was shot and killed according to the autop- sy," said Sharp. 'm autopsy was ordered to determine ffhe died from being shot or when his car hit an embankment? The coroner said that the Wilkinson County Sheriffs Department received a call from a motorist at just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday reporting a car in the ditch on the Imwer Woodville Road. The shooting took place at the entrance of the now dosed Woodville Dump which is about one and a half miles north of Hwy. 24 West. When officials arrived at the scene they found Webster slumped over on the front seat of his older model Lincoln car with the motor still running. On Friday, March 27, at the request of the Wilkinson County Sheriffs Department, investigators from the Missis- sippi Bureau of Investigations and the State Crime Lab spent most of the day pouring over Webster's car looking for evi- dence. The car was impounded the night of the shooting and locked inside of the Woodville Volunteer Fire Department building on Main Street. Sharp reported that the in- cident is being investigated as a homicide. A telephone call made by The Woodville Republican to Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald L. Jackson on Mon- day morning, April 6, seeking information on the case was not returned. Local Conservation Officer Saves Man From Frigid Mississippi River Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Conservation Officers rescued Louisiana resident James D. White from the treacherous waters of the Mississippi River Friday morning of last week. MDWFP Conservation Of- ricers were working in the river near Wilkinson County when Master Sergeant Gary Crum observed a beat enter the Mississippi River from the Louisiana side. "I was headed downstream at about 35 to 40 mph when I noticed the boat turn violent- ly to one side which ejected White, 65, of Mereauville, Louisiana," reported M/Sgt. Crum. "I was about 60 yards from the boat when it turned and White fell into the frigid water. He was not wearing a personal flotation device and was struggling to stay afloat when I got to him. He was in shock when I got him in the beat." Officials report that the river is 52-feet deep at the point of the incident. White's 17-foot aluminum beat began a tight spin at full throttle narrowly . missing White. M/Sgt. Crum, who was first on the scene, maneuvered his beat between the out of con- trol vessel and White in order to remove him from immedi- ate danger. M/Sgt. Crum radioed for assistance from MDWFP Major Lane Ball, Master Ser- geants Jimmy Hutson and Don McDaniel and Privat Dustin Vanderslice, who were in another boat nearby. The officers in the second boat ar- rived shortly and managed to disable White's vessel. "This is a perfect example of why everyone should wear a life vest at all times when boating," said Officer Crum. 'Iis could have ended in tragedy, but fortunately this individual was able to spend Easter with his family," said Col. Steve Adcock, MDWFP Chief of Law Enforcement. "I'm proud of our conserva- tion officers who were in the right place at the right time to execute this rescue and prevent loss of life," Adcock added. SUln RoadPervis°rSFundsT°ldFromTheYoil Have& Gas$500axes 000 At the Monday, April 6, meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervi- sors, the mmbers were told der $50,000 in funds as their share of  & Gas Sever- : .Tax.. agye:: ti e arate Road:strict Funds for each of tl five supervisor the beard, i He stated that since the r O&G Tax monies, 50% will go to the county general fund and the other 50% is split equally between the five su- pervisor districts. The reas for the discrep- ancy in  particular 50-50 split of the $626,077 was that some of the money distrib- uted was received prior to January 1, 2015 and there- fore, the general fund's share was greater. Clerk. Tolliver presented the beard members with a detailed report on what they can and cannot do during the last six months of their cur- rent terms of office. Mr. Tolliver reported that he and County Administra- tor Bruce Lewis met with representatives from the University of Southern Mis- sissippi and Vanderbilt Uni- versity last week regard- ing the impact to reads and bridges Caused by heavy equipmen.-,zad oil field traf- fic- especially with the Tus- caloosa Marine Shale explo- ration. "In addition to the college representatives, several en- gineers and attorneys were present during the meeting," said ToUiver. "They are inter- ested in the exploration activ- ity in this part of the state? Administrator Lewis re- ported that he had met with county mapper David Co- thren of Liberty recently. "Mr. Cothren is requesting a 30-day extension to have the new county maps com- pleted. His contract requires that the maps be completed by April 15, but because of changes from the recent redistricting of the county and the extra information required, he wants an exten- sion to May 15," Administra- tor Lewis stated. On motion by Supervisor Wil Seal and a second by Su- pervisor Richard Hollins, the beard voted 4-0 to approve the extension requested by the county mapper. Super- visor Jenn Nettles was not present at the meet/rig and not voting. Administrator Lewis re- ported that he had met with Wilkinson County Sheriff Reginald L. Jackson about the Town of Woodville's re- quest to be allowed to house city prisoners in the county jail. "We met and talked about the inter local agreement presented by the Town of Woodville," said Lewis. "Sher- iff Jackson expressed a desire to obtain inter local agree- ments between other towns and counties. He wants to look at these agreements and see ff there are changes needed in the one the Town of Woodville has presented. I think this is a good idea. We will see what Sheriff Jackson comes up with and discuss the matter again.." Administrator Lewis sug- gested that the beard con- sider changing the way they hold their meetings. "Currently the beard will meet on consecutive Mon- days, and this is a burden to the bookkeeping department when dealing with payroll and the claims docket. The beard always meets the first Monday of the month, ex- cept for holidays, and then we meet again later in the month. Sometimes the sec- ond meeting of a month will only be a week prior to the first Monday of the next month," said Lewis. "I would suggest that the beard con- sider meeting on the first Monday of every month and then the third Tuesday after the first Monday." Chancery Clerk ToUiver added, "I concur with Mr. Lewis' suggestion. This will make things much better for my staff in preparing payroll and claims docket payments." On motion by Seal and a second by Supervisor Ken- yon Jackson, the beard voted 4-0 to change their meeting dates as suggested starting in May, 2015. The vote was 4-0 in approval. Administrator Lewis re- ported, "For the second time since the first of the year the J. R. Hamilton Extension Service building has flooded during heavy rains. We have a crew there right now try- ing to get the water out of the building. We need to do some- thing about improving drain- age at the building." Clerk Tolliver asked Ad- ministrator Lewis, "Will you check on the status of the C- Spire cell phone tower being built on Hwy. 24 West. The tower is in place, but there is no work going on to install the equipment needed to be operational? Administrator Lewis promised to make a call for information. At their prior meeting the beard had tabled action on the purchase of a used trac- ter for the First Supervisor District. The matter was tabled to make sure the unit met or exceeded the county's bid specification. Supervisor Seal stated, "The used Kubeta tractor meets the bid specification, and I make a motion to pur- chase the tractor and to be allowed to seek financing on the unit, ..On. motion by Seal and a second by Hollins, the matter was approved with a 4-0 vote. Lewis commented, "The beard considered the possibil- ity of selling the long, narrow strip of land at the County Industrial Park to an adja- cent landowner. "The strip is about 10ft wide by 1,500' long and contains just over 3 acres. The shape makes it hard to use for much of any- thing. What does the beard suggest that I do if anythingT Supervisor Jackson stated, '%Ve need to get an appraisal and look at selling it." The board authorized Ad- ministrater Lewis to obtain an appraisal and report back to the board with his find- ings. Mr. Lewis reported, "I spoke with Scott Neiman with Neiman and Associates of McComb about the status of the 2012 audit he is con- duct/rig, and he reported that he has still not received all the information he needed to complete the audit? Lewis reported the follow- ing holdups with the audit: • Still waiting on financial information and accounting records from the WiLkinson County Tax Assessor's Office. Lewis stated that the county bookkeeper is working with the TAC to try and get the information the auditor is re- questing. • The auditor is still wait- ing on financial information from the Wilkinson County Circuit Clerk's Office dealing with an account which was closed and the money trans- ferred to a new account. • The auditor reported that the county finances are about $200,000 out of balance. The auditor needs an explanation on this discrepancy. The administrator report- ed that the county's invento- ry of vehicles and equipment is way out of compliance. "I have asked Marlin Reid to look into the inventory discrepancies, and he has come up with a number of problems," said Administra- tor Lewis. 'le first example concerns a 1998 Interna- tional truck with dump body that has county decals on it which was on the 2014 coun- ty inventory and is not on the 2015 inventory. The truck is now being claimed by the Town of Crosby. We can find no record of it being trans- ferred to the Town of CrosbyY The beard requested that Mr. Reid contact the mayor of Crosby to see what he has to say about this truck. Mr. Lewis reported, "I have a list of 16 vehicles compiled by Marlin Reid that we be- lieve that the county does not own or has already disposed of them. We need to take these trucks offour inventory and take them off our insur- ance policies. This is wasting money by paying insurance on these vehicles? On motion by Jackson and a second by Hollins, the beard voted 4-0 to delete these vehicles off the inven- tory and from the county's vehicle insurance policy. Administrator Lewis re- ported, "Mr. Reid has been going over the county equip- ment inventory and meeting with various department heads in an attempt to locate each and every truck, trac- tor, trailer and four-wheeler on the inventory. During his search Mr. Reid located three county four wheelers at a residence just west of Woodville. The person who is supposed to have had posses- sion of these four wheelers, Herbert Poole, Jr., doesn't even live there any more, and he isn't a county employee. The four wheelers are in re- ally bad shape. The tires are worn out and the seats are all tern up. We don't even know if they run or ff they are worth repairing. We have photos showing the three four wheelers, and one has a deer head sitting on it. We need to find out why these four wheelers have been tern up and why they are not in county possession? Clerk Tolliver said, 'Nee found out about this matter last Thursday, and I have sent word for this person to return the four wheelers to me as Cotmty Director,of ...... Emergency Management. ..... This individual is an Emer-, gency Management volun- teer who has done a good job in helping in emergency situations. I don't want this to create any detrimental feelings towards him. He has done a lot for the county." Air this report the beard voted to approve the Wilkin- son County Industrial Com- plex (old Fruit of the Loom) as a secure place to house the county's inventory of four wheelers and lawn equip- menL This motion was made by Jackson and seconded by Seal and passed unanimous- ly. At 10 a.m. Clerk Tolliver opened the lone bid received for financing a note in the amount of $100,000 which is to be used to purchase three pieces of road repair equip- ment which will allow the county to work on improving county paved roads. The used equipment includes a rock spreader, a tar spreader and a tar storage tank. The only bid offer came from Concordia Bank and Trust which offered a five- year agreement to be paid in five installments at an inter- est rate of 3.25%. Administrator Lewis stat- ed, "That's about what we. planned for: I would recom- mend that the beard vote to approve the offer. Payment of the note will be made by each of the five supervisor districts. The monthly cost to each district will be about $380? On motion by Hollins and a second by Seal, the beard unanimously approved the financing offer. Administrator Lewis re- ported that he had met re- cently with Wesley Berry who is a member of the Ma- sonic Imdge No. 63 F&AM on Main Street in Woodville. "Mr. Berry reports that the local lodge is the only lodge in the state being forced to pay ad valorem taxes," said Lewis. "I have done some research and Masonic Lodges can be tax exempt if they do not rent out space in the building or derive income from their lodge: Since the ground floor of the building is rented out as commercial space, then this must be taxed, but the second floor where the ledge is located can be exempted from taxes. (Continued on Page 3)