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*,*,: ~DI~ 51~]0 ~i " ~ ~J ] 'C ] -. 16 4 ~; I:~ ;] ?.'i l ::.~Hi!IL ION ~,l;~t ~'~b84"-21~!65 ' ' ! I I ! i i"~ J's'Hdlql'"h'dll,iliIIhuMIh,dh qldd l , LDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 Volume 190 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, April 16,2015 Number 50 WCSD Schools Recognized For Performance SCHOOLS HONORED AT MEETING -- The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Offices of Fed- eral Programs and Special Education recently honored three Wilkinson County schools for showing academic achievement or progress for their efforts to close the academic achievement gap between lower scoring students. Wilkinson County Superintendent Timothy T. Scott recognized the schools and their administrators at the Wednesday, April 8, meeting of the Wilkinson County School Board. They were as follows: Supt. Scott, Finch Elementary School Principal SSaron Robinson, Wilkinson County Elementary School Principal Dr. Regina McCoy and William Winans Middle School Principal Melvin Craige. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis MDE Recognizes 3 Local Schools For Academic Performances The Mississippi Depart- ment of Education (MDE), Offices of Federal Programs and Special Education re- cently honored 57 schools for showing academic achieve- ment or progress for their efforts to close the academic achievement gap. Schools earned the titles of High Progress, High Performing, Exemplary Inclusion and/or Distinguished, under Fed- eral Title I guidelines as "Champions of Change." Three schools in the support, resources and pro- fessional development they needed and the recognition of our schools is a direct re- sult of that effort," said Su- ,perintendent Scott. State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright told award recipients that, "It takes exceptional people with patience, knowledge, experience, and dedication to make schools successful and that school leadership, community partnerships, parental engagement and school building level team- work brought this honor to the schools and districts." Finch Elementary, one of 20 honored schools, re- ceived recognition as a dis- Wilkinson County Schooltinguished school and will District (WCSD) were rec- -receive a check of $23,750 ~n~ ognized for showing High federaldollars. Progress: Finch Elementary, Wilkinson County Elemen- tary and William Winans Middle School. "From central office to the classroom, everyone em- ployed in the WCSD had the same focus: improving stu- dent achievement," said WC- SD Superintendent Timothy Scott. '%Ve have worked hard to provide teachers with the Superintendent Scott ac- knowledged the hard work and dedication of his staff noting that, "I have the privilege of leading a group of dedicated educators who work relentlessly with the parents and community stakeholders to provide the students of this district with high quality educational op- portunities which makes these recognitions possible." State Director of Federal programs Marcus Cheeks said, "Ceremonies of this na- ture highlight the resilient ability of the administrators, teachers, parents, and stu- dents to overcome academic barriers created by poverty." The High Progress status is awarded to schools across the state for demonstrating the greatest gains in clos- ing achievement gaps among students. This award status goes to those that represent the highest 10% of schools that have improved in over- all performance in the past two years and fall w~thin the top quantile of schools in per- formance gains of the lowest 25% subgroup. The I:h~StirtgutshedSehoo~ status is awarded to the top 20 Title I schools for aca- demic student performance in Reading, Language Arts, and Math for two or more consecutive years, while ef- fectively closing the achieve- ment gap between the black and white subgroups. -- Submitted by Eric D. Jack- son, Ed.S, Lead Teacher/ Assistant Principal William Winans Middle School Charlie Henley Running For East Justice Court Judge Charlie Henley, a resi- dent of Wilkinson County, is announcing his candidacy for the office of East Justice Court Judge. He was born and raised in Wilkinson County as well as educated there. Upon graduating from Wilkin- son County High School, he moved to Kansas City, MO, where he attended the University of Kansas. Af- terwards, Charlie worked for General Motors for for- ty-one years, then retired and returned to Wilkinson County. He was a substitute teacher in the Wilkinson County School System for three years. Charlie then became a certified deputy sheriff for Wilkinson Coun- ty for the next four years. Charlie is a Deacon at Macedonia Baptist Church, and an Associate Deacon at Union Baptist Church and Oak Grove Baptist Church. He participates in local activities and is a mentor to the children in his com- munity. He is Determined, Dedi- cated and Dependable. Charlie says, "I am run- ning to support the people who have supported me." So, vote for integrity on August 4, 2015. Vote for Charlie Henley. Travis Sharp Announces Run For Wilkinson Co. Sheriff Longtime Wilkinson County Coroner Travis Sharp has announced that he has met qualifications to run for Sheriff in the Wilkinson County Demo- cratic Party First Primary Election which will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2015. "I will be campaigning all over the county for the next several months asking you to consider voting for me as the next sheriff of this county. "I will publish my state- ment to the voters prior to the August 4 election. "Thanking you in ad- vance for your vote and sup- port." Respectfully, Travis Sharp Drill And l For Funding nstall A New Well At the Tuesday, April 7, meeting of the Wood- ville Mayor and Board of Aldermen, the group cast a unanimous 4-0 vote to authorize the submission of an application to USDA Rural Development and for SRE funding to drill a new water well. Woodville Water Spe- cialist Trell Longs told the board that the town is currently producing water from two very old wells. Longs reported, "Well No. 2 is 68 years old and Well No. 3 is 51 years old. We need to look at drill- ing a new well before the town gets into trouble when one of these wells fails. We are skating on thin ice right now." The board discussed a continuing problem deal- ing with former Woodville Police Officer Demond Turner. When Turner went to work for the Wood- ville Police Depart~ment he signed a contract which stipulated that if he failed to work for the town for two years after he completed the Law Enforcement Offi- cers Training Academy, he would agree to reim- burse the town for the expenses of sending him to the academy. Turner failed to hold up his end of the contract and owes the town for the training academy ex- pense. (Continued on Page 7) The Wednesday, April 8, meeting of the Wilkinson County. Board of Education saw S&cond District board member Linda Boyd com- plain that the Wilkinson County: High School track uniforms didn't have the school's name or logo on them. : "Lastyear our track team won the state champion- ship. I went to a track meet this past weekend, and our track teams had on uni- forms but they didn't say who they were or where they are from. This hurts our school and school dis- trict. We need to have this problem corrected immedi- ately. We are proud of who we are and want athletic uniforms to tell who our athletes are representing." Board President Charlie Floyd responded, "This is not a matter for this board to handle. This is the athlet- ic dire~or's responsibility." Boyd~nswered, "Then, he needs tO be reprimanded for this." Boar~l member Johnny Smallwood answered, "Last year when our girls' track team won the state title, they didn't even have warm up suit~?' Floyd added, "I have 40 years experience as a track coach, "and I am telling you that the athletic direc- tor is responsible for these things." On motion by Boyd and a secor~d by Smallwood, the board voted 5-0 on a motion to make sure all athletic uniforms have the school's name oh them. Board Pres. Floyd fol- lowed with the following 99gnne~k,~Wge ~eed. a-band director"for our school We need to do what it takes to get one including building this into our budget. Lots of people are complaining that we don't have a band direc- tor. Board member Billy Spiller added, "Our kids want a band, and if we had a good band director, this would give them a chance to receive a band scholarship." Mr. Smallwood comment- ed, "I want to thank all of the supporters and alumni who came out and support- ed the annual Wordy Hicks Relays track meet. It was a good day, but we need to do a better job of promoting the meet. We are not getting the word out properly, and if we did, we would have better attendance and support." Superintendent of Edu- cation Timothy T. Scott an- nounced that Wilkinson County High School sopho- more Travion Jones has been selected as The Nat- chez Democrat's All-Metro Basketball player of the year. "He is an exceptional ath- lete on the basketball court, but also runs track and plays basetball," said Scott. "We are all very proud of his recent honor." Jones is the son of Tonya and Kenny Jones. Supt. Scott announced that the school district and three county schools -- Finch Elementary, Wilkin- son County Elementary School and William Winans Middle School, were recent- ly honored for outstanding achievement. The Mississippi Depart- ment of Education (MDE), Offices of Federal Programs and Special Education re- cently honored 57 schools for showing academic achievement or progress for their efforts to close the aca- demic achievement gap in- cluding the three from the Wilkinson County School District. At last week's meeting Supt. Scott recognized the administrators from the three schools as follows: * Finch Elementary School -- Sharon Robinson, principal Wilkinson County El- ementary School -- Dr. Re- gina McCoy, principal William Winans Middle School -- Melvin Craige, principal. Each administrator showed off the framed certificates their schools had received. They each thanked their staff for all of their hard work to make improvements at their re- spective schools. Finch Elementary re- ceived Distinguished School designation and was award- ed a check for $23,750.05 in recognition of this achieve- ment. The Distinguished School status is awarded to the top 20 Title I schools for aca- demic student performance, in Reading, Language Arts, and Math for two or more consecutive years, while effectively closing the achievement gap between the black and white sub- groups. Supt. Scott stated, "The WCSD is doing great things at this time with improved scores. We are getting plaques made for each school in recognition of their honors. The board of education and I are proud of your achievements." The board opened bids for a timber sale on 62/~cres in Section 18, T2N/R1E. Bids were submitted by Darden Timber, Good Hope and Georgia Pacific. Stewart Sellars with the Mississippi Forestry Com- mission looked over the bids and recommended to the school district that the high bid of Georgia Pacific be accepted. On motion by Spiller and a second by Smallwood, the board voted 5-0 to accept the bid as recommended. Sandy Tidmore, a repre- sentative of Screen Team Student Health Screening appeared before the board to offer to bring their ser- vices to the WCSD. Tidmore stated that the company provides a num- ber of important services at no cost to the students or the school district. They include the following: Annual physicals for athletes Provide flu shots to stu- dents and teachers Work at local schools Diagnose minor ail- ments Must have parental consent to screen and treat students. Following the presenta- tion, board member Spiller made a motion to allow the program in the WCSD. The motion was seconded by Smallwood and passed with a 5-0 vote. The program will be available for the next school year. Franklinetta Dillon, rep- resenting TNT Football, a junior football league sponsor, requested that the WCSD allow the group to use the football facility at WCHS for league foot- ball games involving local teams. "There are currently over 30 teams in the league," said Dillon. "The teams are for kids 6-12 years old. We have a $75 fee to be paid by the parent or guardian, and for this fee we will pro- vide the uniforms for the athletes to wear. The team will play home and away games." (Continued on Page 7) According to a story in the Sunday, April 12, edition of the McComb Enterprise- Journal, a Canadian oil com- pany is paying an $18,000 environmental fine and giv- ing $54,000 to two school districts to buy buses. Encana Corp. agreed with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality , to pay the $72,000 in penal- ties. In an order published March 19, the department cited 11 ~olations of how Encana was supposed to control pollution, keep re- cords and flare natural gas at its Horseshoe Hill 10H-1 well in Wilkinson County. Based in Calgary, Al- berta, Encana has drilled a number of wells in the Tus- caloosa Marine Shale oil re- gion of southwest Mississip- pi and southeast Louisiana. Horseshoe Hill was one of the first wells the company drilled in Mississippi. Encana spokesman Doug Hock said the com- pany found in 2013 that a combustor unit at the Horseshoe Hill well wasn't working properly for about a month, causing gas that was supposed to be con- trolled to instead be vented. The company then reported the violation to Missis- sippi authorities, and Hock said Encana is now using an electronic system that tracks equipment and re- minds people to maintain and inspect wells. "This system has been successfully implemented and used in other Encana operating areas and recti- fied the root cause of the non-compliance issue," Hock wrote in an email. In addition to the $18,000 that Encana will pay the state, it agreed to pay $36,000 to the Amite County school district and $18,000 to the Wilkinson County school district. Amite County will use the money to buy two buses with lower diesel emissions, while Wilkinson County will buy one. Colin Cowie, Encana's manager of southern op- erations, signed the order March 9, waiving hearing rights and agreeing to pay the fine. It's the second major en- vironmental fine assessed by Mississippi against an oil company in the state's portion of the Tuscaloosa shale. Earlier this year, Halc6n Resources agreed to pay a $60,000 fine for withdraw- ing water from a Wilkinson County stream without a permit. Environmental regula- tors said Texas-based Hal- c6n withdrew about 7.5 mil- lion gallons over a nine-day period from a site near the confluence of the Buffalo and the Little Buffalo River northwest of Centreville. Drilling has nearly come to a stop in the region in recent months because of drastically decreased oil prices. Representative Cockerham Hosting Appreciation Day In Woodville April 18 Mississippi Represen- tative Angela Cockerham, House Energy Chairman representing District 96, is hosting an "Appre- ciation Day" for Amite, Wilkinson, Pike and Ad- ams Counties in Wilkin- son County on Saturday, April 1'8, on the Town Square in Woodville. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. "Come and have an af- ternoon of food, fun and fellowship, with special live musical guest art- ist Willie Clayton," Rep. Cockerham said. "Ev- eryone is welcome to at- tend."