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The owners immediately complied after being notified by the county, and the results are shown above. -- Submitted Photos Centreville Boy Drowns Last Week In West Fork Amite River An 8-year-old Centreville night and into the next Bridge. boy drowned on Wednes- morning before locating the Clark and four other day, April 15, while he was body of Bryce Clark around children were wading in swimming with family 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, the river when the cur- members in the West Fork April 16. rent swept them all away. of the Amite River in the His body was found some Clark's stepfather, Or- Street community in Amite 200 yards downstream lando Thompson of Cent- County. from where the youth went reville, was able to rescue Officials searched that under water near Bachelor four. Woodville Approved For Polk's Meat Market Rehabilitation Grant Mayor Gary D'Aquilla, the ing is located at the corner letter states that Woodville of Main Street and Bos- has been approved for a ton Row on the courthouse Fiscal Year 2015 Certified square of the downtown Local Government grant in business district. the amount of $5,500 for This grant was allocated continued rehabilitation of under the provisions of the Polk's Meat Market. National Historic Preserva- The town-owned build- tionAct. The Town of Woodville has received notification from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History that they have been approved for a grant to make repairs to a town-owned building. Dated April 20, 2015, and addressed to Woodville Politieat 000000uncement Column ] sor of the First District. "My name will be on the First Democratic Primary Election which will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2015. "Please go to the polls that day and cast your bal- lot to elect me to this impor- tant office. "I will publish my statement to the voters in this newspaper at a later date. "Thanking you in ad- vance for your vote and sup- port." Respectfully, Earnest Newman Earnest Newman Seeks Election As Supervisor First Dist. Wilkinson County resi- dent Earnest Newman has announced that he running for election as the Supervi- The Monday, April 20, meeting of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervi- sors was a mite short in at- tendance because Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, -Jr., and Second District Su- pervisor Richard Hollins were absent. Wilkinson County Ad- ministrator Bruce Lewis told the board that he had photo evidence that the county's comprehensive sol- id waste ordinance is work- ing as planned. "I have before and after photos of an illegal dump in this co,unty which show what it looked like covered with all sorts of garbage and other trash," said Lewis. "I also have given you a photo of what it looks like after the landowner volunteered to clean it up. The only cost to the county was a "No Dump- ing' sign erected at the site. We sent them a letter notify- ing them that they needed to clean up the site or face legal action by the county. They chose to clean it up them- selves. This is a prime ex- ample of how the ordinance is supposed to work." Lewis also stated that anyone who has white goods which he described as re- frigerators,, freezers, wash- ers, dryers, stoves, etc., or old furniture including mat- tresses, sofas, chairs, etc, that need disposal, can call the Wilkinson County Solid Waste Department at 601- 888-3436 to request pickup. the Wilkinson County De- partment of Human Ser- vices on Hwy. 61 South is stopped up and needs re- placing. "This is causing wa- ter problems at the build- ing," said Lewis. The administrator an- nounced that the county has received two of the three pieces of equipment which will enable them to repair county road surfaces. "The rock spreader and the tack trailer are here, but the 6,000 gallon tack tank has not arrived yet. It has to be ordered," Lewis reported. He suggested that the first county road to be re- paired once all road repair equipment and materials are here should be Sligo Street. "I would like to see that this project be a countywide effort with all five districts assisting with the work. This will enable all five road dis- trict crews to see what road preparation is needed and how the equipment works. This will be a good learning experience for everyone who will be operating this equip- ment," said Lewis. After a short discussion the four supervisors present agreed with Lewis' recom- mendation. Supervisor Hol- lins, in whose district the street is located, was absent from this meeting. Board President Bill Bankston said, "We need to wait until things dry out be- fore doing this road work." The board took no action at Monday's meeting. Mr. Lewis asked the supervisors to submit names to him for appointment to the hearing beard. The administrator re- ported that almost all of the surplus equipment not in use which has been loaned to the county by the Missis- sippi Forestry Commission, has been returned to the MFC location in Flowood. "e have two more loads that needs to be returned, and that will be all of the equipment we need to re- turn. We can't receive any more surplus equipment un- til the tank trailer, one pump and two generators in our possession are returned." Supervisor Nettles made a motion to approve paying for two more trips to Flo- wood to return these four items no longer in use by the county The motion was seconded by Supervisor Wil Seal and passed with a 4-0 vote. Supervisor Seal asked Administrator Lewis for the status of the completion of the 2012 audit of the county finances. "As of the Thursday be- fore April 15, the county's books were still $200,000 out of balance, and the au- ditor had still not received reconciled bank statements from the Wilkinson County Tax Assessor's Office. Supervisors Nettles and Seal both asked, "What's the Once the call is made, the Mr. Lewis announced that holdup? What can be done to county will go to the indi- work has begun in cleaning force those responsible to get vidual's location and pick up the Ft. Adams Volunteer their financial information J up the aPifliance or furTni'#:.,Fire Department build- and bank statements com- J ture frolhtri roadsice i  ing wh/ch the county took -' p|etetlt-flaldton  ......... haul it away at no cost to the caller. Lewis announced that at the instruction of the board he had contacted Amite County to discuss the possi- bility of sharing a Veterans Affairs Officer between the two counties. "Amite County has a very good officer who is already trained, but we will have to see if he wants to work in Wilkinson County too. Fourth District Supervi- sor and veteran Kenyon Jackson said, '%Ve need to find out what Amite County pays their veterans affairs officer and see how many days a month he works. We need to hire an officer from this county to serve the needs of veterans living in this county." Lewis agreed to contact Amite County again and garner the information Su- pervisor Jackson has re- quested. The administrator stated that he had contacted C- Spire Telecommunications about the status of the new cell tower the company has erected on Hwy. 24 West at the intersection of the Lake Mary Road. "They told me late last week that the cell tower should be in service within the next two weeks," said Lewis. Mr. Lewis reported that the J. R. Hamilton Exten- sion Service building had flooded several weeks ago during a very heavy thun- derstorm. "Several county employ- ees went to the building and helped clean up the rain wa- ter. This resulted in several hundred square feet of the carpeting in the building getting wet, and it now has to be replaced. I am work- ing on getting two quotes," said Lewis. "Our employees did a good job cleaning up the water and trying to stop the water from flooding the building again." Lewis explained that a culvert at the entrance to possession of a number of months ago. The plan is to get the building in good condition and to re-activate the fire department. The county has also named the FAVFD building as the new voting location for the Second District Ft. Adams Voting Precinct. '%Ve have done some clean up and repairs to the build- ing. We still have some roof leaks. The water and elec- tricity have been turned on. We still have to change all the locks at the build- ing so we can secure it. We have also requested that the phone service from the old Ft. Adams voting precinct be moved to the new loca- tion," Lewis reported. At their April 6 meeting the board discussed a truck located in Crosby as to whether it belonged to the county or not. "The truck has a Wilkin- son County sticker on it, and we still have the title. I do see a board order where the county loaned the truck to the Town of Crosby, but no order transferring own- ership to them." Fifth District Supervisor Jennings Nettles said, "It was my understanding that we gave Crosby the truck a number of years ago, but if it isn't theirs, I make a mo- tion to transfer ownership of the 1998 International truck to the Town of Crosby. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Jackson and passed with a 4-0 vote. Mr. Lewis informed the board of their need to ap- point a Solid Waste Hearing Board to hear complaints about garbage collections in the county. "I would suggest that this be a three-person beard to hear complaints from garbage customers," said Lewis. "We have two or three individuals who have already requested a hearing as allowed under our Solid Waste Ordinance. Sdpervisor Nettles said, "Until these people get what the auditor has requested , our hands are tied. We can't apply for any more grant money." The county has been cut off from a number of fimd- ing sources because the county has not completed audits for 2012, 2013 and 2014, and until they are up to date, the county cannot apply for any funding tied to federal sources. Assistant County Engi- neer Doug Wimberly pre- sented two matters to the board for approval as fol- lows: Final acceptance of the bridge replacement project on the Possum Corner Road in the Fourth District. The bridge has been replaced with a concrete box calvert. Right of Way acquisi- tion on the Turkey Creek Road in the Fifth District. Wimberly stated, "The beard approved this before, but the paperwork has been lost by the Mississippi State Aid Department." Both matters were ap- proved by unanimous vote. After going into executive session the board returned to open door session and took the following action: .-Passed an order to en- gage an attorney to repre- sent the county in a possible lawsuit against the county's former health insurance provider for money owed the county which paid for the insurance and never re- ceived a policy. The provider never paid any claims on be- half of the county. Voted to authorize the issuance of a revised loan with Concordia Bank for the purchase of three pieces of road repair equipment. The next regularly sched- uled meeting of the Wilkin- son County Board of Super- visors will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 4, at the Supervisor Board Room in the Wilkinson County Courthouse. NEW RIVER IN TOWN? -- During one of the many downpours last -week in Woodville, Depot Street in front of The Woodville Republican office flooded from curb to curb to make the roadway look like a fast-flowing river. Once the rain slacked off, the rainwater quickly drained away. -- Photo by The Woodville Republican Trial In Woman's Oil Well Site Death Slated For September 15 A September 15 trial date Court on charges of tam- 2014, at oil well locations in has been set for a Liberty man charged in connection with the bizarre death of a Lincoln County woman. Justin Whittington was arraigned Thursday, April 16, in Amite County Circuit pering with physical evi- Wilkinson andAmiteCoun- dence and desecration of a ties. corpse. Amite County Circuit The charges are in con- Clerk Debbie Kirkland nection with the death of said Attorney Nelson Est- Brittany Gill, 26, whose ess is representing Whit- body was found October 27, tington.