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Page 4 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, April 16, 2015 WCHS's Travion Jones Named Wild Hogs Need To Be Eradicated Democrat Metro "Player Of The Year" by Matt Sigler The Natchez Democrat Travion Jones is deter- mined to be a household name. What makes that unique is he just completed his soph- omore season at Wilkinson County. ~ravion Jones is a spe- cial type of player," Wilkin- son County head coach Julius Anderson said. "He has the drive, is willing to put in the work and takes criticism well. He understands that he is young and has a lot of grow- ing to do, but he is willing to put in the work to do that." Jones had to grow up quickly this past season as he was relied upon heavily to lead the Wildcats. En route to being selected as the 2015 All-Metro Boys Player of the Year, Jones put up big-time numbers, averag- ing 24 points per game and eight rebounds per game. His 24 points per game led all of Class 3A and ranked sixth statewide. "Travion is that type of player that can take over at any time," Anderson said. "It all depends on what our situ- ation is. He can drive, he can shoot, and at the end of the year, he started dunldng on people." Jones, who mainly played power forward this season, barely reaches the 6-foot mark in height, but that didn't discourage him from fighting down low with some of the tallest around. "Size doesn't matter to me," Jones said. "I just play through it." Jones "played through" many opponents this season, including Franklin County, who he highlighted as his career-game. 'hat was the best game I ever played," he said. "i scored my career-high 39 points and had 10-plus rebounds." It was also a moment against Franklin County, this time on the road, that Jones said will stick with him for years to come. "My big moment is when I dunked on Franklin County at their house," Jones said. "It was wild. The crowd reacted and that was the big chang- ing play of the game." WCHS's Travion Jones Named Democrat Metro "Player Of The Year" While Jones' scoring is the all eyes on him all the time, statistic that will open many he never felt much pressure eyes, Anderson said his game during the season. is more wide spread than just "I knew that any one of us that. could step up and be a lead- "He leads the way," An- ing scorer," he said. "It helped derson said. "He is going to having all the players and go out and do what it takes coaches motivating me." to get the team a win. If that While the future for means him scoring 39 points, Wilkinson County, who fin- he~ do it. If that means him ished 9-14 this past season, getting 15 assists, hell do it, appears bright, the potential or 20 rebounds, hffll do it. of Jones is through the roof. Whatever it takes, Travion "I see Travion being able do it." to go into any college program Just like Jones, who began and help them win," Ander- his high school career last son said. "Travion Jones Hill season, Anderson was right make a name for himself. alongside him, taking his first That is one of the main rea- steps as a high school coach, sons he wears No. 24. He He said having a player like looked up to Devin Voorhies J J,es, beth this year and last, last year with number five, i,as been a blessing for a first- and he and I were talking and time coach. I told him I wanted him to "He started his high school make his own name, so that career and I started my is why he went with it." coaching career on the same As for Jones, himself, he day," Anderson said. "So it just wants to do anything he was good for us to grow to- can to get Wilkinson County gether, and that is one reason to the top. why this team and program "I see there is going to be Hill be successful in years to a big change for us," he said. come. Me being able to coach '%Ve are going to step up and him is special, because that do something big for Wilkin- means the program Hill only son County." get better. He accelerates us." Jones is the son of Tonya Jones said despite having and Kenny Jones. THE FAR CORNER Ft. Adams & Lake Mary by Rhonda Quirk Last week I assumed allwrong. The circles and arrows the pink circles and arrows on are actually the beginning of Pinckneyville Road were to de- upcoming road repairs. I be- tour the bicyclists around the lieve the county is about to see many potholes. Well, I will be some drastic changes. Some the first to admit when I am folks believe it is because this HARDWOOD LOGS FOR SALE? BYBY BULK THOUSAND 1-800-343-4577 tn the woods or delivered to mill Call Netterville Lumber Co. IN BUSINESSSINCE 1952 K & L intractors, inc. 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Mississippi Depar~ent of continental U.S.have a breed- "Once a hog gets a little Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks ingpopulationofwildhogs, ei- size on them, its only real (MDWFP) Agent Cliff Cov- ther Eurasian or feral or both. predator is a human being," ington is the agency's south The wild hog populationCovington commented. Mississippi specialist when it has literally exploded in the '%Vild hogs are very de- comes to dealing with wild past 20 years with Florida structive. It is estimated that hogs. and Texas having the largest they cause 1.5 billion in dam- At a seminar held on Thurs- concentrations, ages annually in the U.S " day, April 9, he told the crowd "Wild hogs compete di- said Covington. "Wild hogs ofsome40interestedlandown- rectly with native animals," are known carriers of at least ers that wild pigs are not na- said Covington. '~Especially 45 different parasites and dis- five to North America. Pigs are the whitetail deer. They both eases that pose a threat to an invasive, exotic species that eat the same types of food livestock, pets, wildlife and in "needs to be eradicated." sources." some cases, human health." Covington reported that He reported that in the last 'WIississippi State Univer- pigs arrived with early Ameri- four years in the State of Loni- sity and Louisiana State Uni- can explorer HernandoDesoto siana there have been more versity are studying the use of in about 1539. The pigs were wild hogs killed than deer. a food preservative -- sodium brought along as a good meat "This is a very disturbing nitrite -- to kill hogs. This source, fact," said Covington. chemical is deadly to hogs In 1912 the first pure Eur- "You can't shoot, hunt with in the right doses and not to asian wild boar was intro- dogs or use small traps to get any other known animal. The duced into the U.S. in a high rid of hogs," said Covington. study is looking at possible fence enclosure at Hooper "You can only manage them problems from using this on a Bald, North Carolina. From this way. Hogs need to be widespread basis. This might this point, wild hogs were killed and populations wiped be our only hope in ridding shipped to a number of areas out. They eat 3-5% of their this country of the wild hogs," of the U.S and first arrived body weight each year."Covington said. "We need help in this state in Copiah County Hogs are very adept at '. and need it now." in 1967. growing their populations. A The program was spen- Covington said that there hog can sexually mature at sored by Mississippi State and are two kinds of wild hogs 6-7 months. Some have two the Wilkinson County Exten- -- escaped Eurasian and es- litters a year, but mostly just sion Service. is an election year. Personally, I don't. There may be some improvements due to the elec- tion but many long term goals are finally becoming financially obtainable. I have attended so many BOS meetings in the Creek. I know Jackson Point past years, and the one thing Road won't receive all the fund- I have learned is nothing hap- ing that was allocated for it pens overnight. Administrator in the beginning, but at this Lewis and others are work- point all of the flood areas are ing hard to resolve decade old in dire need of repairs because problems, and solutions to very little was done after the these problems don't happen "big" flood of 2011. I feel that overnight. Some o'four supervi- if these critical areas had b~n sors are serving their first term addressed then, when all the and inherited many problems monies were available, The Far that were not actually caused Corner wouldn't be so problem- by any slack on their part, and atic. Sure, we would have some of course, the "stressed budget" issues when the river recedes is a major issue for both super- from our roads, but not to the visors and the county admin- extent things are now. Howev- istmtor. The $100,000.00 loan er, I am very optimistic about for road repair equipment to be the future of Lake Mary and used and paid for between the Fort Adams because county of- 5 districts is a major factor in fidals are seeking grants and improving many roads county- exploring every avenue to find wide. I am sure the oil and funding te improve our current gas taxes that are now being conditions. Actually, I feel con- divided among the 5 districts fident about the entire county will also play an important because many of the long term role. The addition of these new goals and plans are becoming resources is certainly a step for- a reality. ward. I believe it took the past The high water creates ma- few years to reach a point ofre- ny problems for me. Even writ- covering frem past tribulations ing this column is challeng- and new Wilkinson County is ing. Normally, I try to research seeing some light at the end of everything but at the camp the tunnel. I don't have internet or cable Lake Mary Road, Jackson television. Phone service is fair. Point Road and Fort Adams Usually at home I work on my will always have problems be- column daffy. Now myroutine cause of the rising ~ppi is all out of whadd Time is River. Many of the problems another issue. Last week, Iwas we are facing should have been excited to got to home for a g~v resolved after the flood of 2011. nights. I got to spend one night. I still have hopes that the origi- The water dropped dramati- nal amount of $450,000 that cally overnight so in order to was allocated for the flooded get back to our truck (on Lake areas will surface, but we are Mary Road) we had to go. I love thanlfful that $175,000 from being at the camp and getting MEMA has reappeared. I am to visit with so many folks but hoping that the NRCS ap- I miss Ix~ Leven. Spring is proves fimding for Lake Mary beautififl on the farm. I love to Road in order to dredge Percy watch all the little critters that Natchez Salvage & Parts, Inc. Why new when used will d0? USED AUTO & TRUCK PARTS Bay Here! Pay Here! USED AUTOS 601-442-3626 or Toll Free 1-800-759-0631 And Girls Track The: William Winans shaWilliams. KeAndre Hayes, Keshonne Middle School boys and girls "Through this medium, Johnson, Jacquan Tickles, track teams won the South- we would like to congratu- Treveion Miles, Keldrin west JuniorHighConference late beth teams and their Thompson, Drequan Cage, Track Championship which coaches for bringing home Tremorrion Mealey. was held on Tuesday, April both championship tro- Girls Track Team 2014- 7, in Natchez. phies,"WWMS officials 2015: Keizjah Bateaste, Ke- The boys have won the stated. Asia Johnson, Charnecia championship for two consec- Boys Track Team 2014- Smith, Dashana Winding, utive years. The boys' head 2015: Terrell Coleman, Ja- Corneshia Whiting, Keunta coach is Tyrone Perry, and damian Horton, KeyondraDavis, Aaronecia Bickllam, the girls' head coach is Lata- Mealey, Freddie Byrd, II, Kelsie Washington. the high water forces to high give me, the high water is very ground, well most of them. I stressful. It may be a while could do without the wild hogs before the water recedes and and water moccasins. I will I can go back home. For now, continue to do my best when I am off to bum my neighbors writing this column, but if I WIFI to send in this week's got off track a little, please for- column! CONCORDIA METALiNC, OPEN MONDAY. FRIDAY 7:30 A.M 4:30 P.M, Ahminum:. 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