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Page 2 ...... ilrl III MISSISSIPPP50LDST NEWSPAPE:R - E*tsb|ished 1824 00h.r N00N00Noublitan Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Andrew O. Lewis ....................................... Publisher/Editor Lili R. Lewis ...................... Associate Editor/Adv. Manager Frances C. Devening ......................................... Typesetter Kathleen Geter Daly ............................... : ........ Bookkeeper The Woodville Republican, Thursday, April 23, 20.15 JUDGE JOHN HUDSON APPOINTED TO ASSIST STATE'S YOUTH COURTS THE WOQDVILLE REPUBLICAN (USPS No. 462-260) is published weekly on Thursdays. Subscriptions: $28.00 per year in Wilkinson County, $30.00 per year outside Wilkinson County & in Miss., and $32.00 per year outside Mississippi. 50 per copy. Office located 425 Depot Street, Woodville, MS 39669. Telephone (601) 888-4293, FAX (601) 888- 6156. Email: wrepublican@beltsouth.net. Periodicals Post- age Paid at Woodville MS 39669. POSTMASTER: Send ail address changes to THE WOODVILLE REPUBLICAN P.O. Box 696, Woodville, MS 39669-0696. t P01itical The individuals' names listed below have paid a fee to have their names listed in this s eekly column. The names of candidates who have qualified to run the the 1)emocratic First Primary Election will ap- pear on the Tuesday, Au- gust 4, 2015 ballot. Ifa run- off is needed, the Second Primary Election will be held three weeks later on Tuesday, August 24, 2015. This column does not nec- essarily indicate these are the only candidates running in each race. (I) Incumbent SHERIFF Reginald L. Jackson (I) Travis Sharp TAX ASSESSOR Jeremy "Jarrod" Ephion (I) Wevlyn I. "Cookie" James Treva Reid i SUPERINTENDENT f)F ! tCATION Shemekia L. Bailey Charles E. Johnson Annette t, r)i!!or, Underwood CIRCUIT CLERK Brian L. Dooley SUPERVISOR 1ST DIST. Earnest Newman SUPERVISOR 2ND DIST. k Mike Quirk r i, SUPERVISOR 3RD DIST. William "Bill" Bankston (I) Venton A. "Bubba" McNabb JUSTICE COURT JUDGE EAST DISTRICT Charlie Henley Ernest H. "Ernie" Smith (I) JUSTICE COURTJUDGE WEST DISTRICT Linda Ferguson Boyd Lee O. Dixon CONSTABLE EAST DIST. Edward M. Arbuthnot, Jr. John R. McKinney The following candi- dates have announced their intention to seek office as independent candidates in the Wilkinson County Gen- eral Election which will be held on Tuesday, Novem- ber 3, 2015. Individuals listed below have paid a fee to be listed in this column. This column does not necessarily indicate these are the only candi- dates running in each race. (I) Incumbent SUPERVISOR 1ST DIST. WilSeal(I) SUPERVISOR 2ND DIST. E. KirkSmith A column by Rev. Bobby Thornhi]l, Pastor Centreville & White's Chapel United Methodist Churches "Be anxious for noth- ing, but in everything by prayer and suppli- cation, with thanksgiv- ing, let your requests be made known to God." Philippians 4:6 (NJKV) This passage begins with the encouragement to "Iejoice," and concludes with the "Peace of God" as our reward for diligent prayer. In the midst is this verse that calls us to pray about "everything" and to give God thanks for answered prayers. I was told a couple of years ago about a message that was preached in which the Preacher said "what if the only thing you had tomorrow was what you had thanked God for to- day?" That question had a tremendous affect on me; it changed the way I pray for my family and for others. What if we always thanked Him for what He has al- ready given us, for those who are so important to us? It seems to me that our prayers are more like let- ters to Santa Claus rather than an honest outpouring of our hearts to the God Who created and sustains us. Should we ask God for blessings? James 4:2 gives us the answer, and verse 3 qualifies our requests, they need to be proper requests, not frivolous wishes or whims. So then, should we not begin our prayers with rejoicing, follow with our requests coupled with thankfulness for what God has already done for us? Having done so; let God's peace that is your relation- ship with Jesus guard and guide you. I think that this passage in Paul's letter to the Philippian church is no less a model for our prayers than is the Lord's example to the disciples. i : i! !i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii,iiiii!iiii!iii;iii :i!1i;z!!i!!iiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ii @i  '1 Pie a s e Do oer 8hre I BNNiilI8 W il kin son utv i  i!i:! (877) 300005 One of Mississippi's meat experienced juvenile court judges has become an advis- er to Youth Courts statewide. John N. Hudson of Nat- chez, who retired in Decem- ber alter 31 years as Adams County Court and Youth Court Judge, became Jurist in Residence April 1. His job is to assist Youth Courts across the state in dealing with abused, neglected and delinquent children. "I will be a resource person for all Youth Court judges," he said. "The purpose is to help bring some uniform practices to the way children are treat- SCHOOL RECEIVES RECOGNITION The Finch Elementary staff was recognized by the Mississippi De- partment of Education (MDE) for showing Academic Achievement in the areas of High Progress and Distinguished School. As part of this achievement Finch Elementary received a check in the amount of $23,750 in federal funds. Wilkinson County Super- intendent of Education Timothy T. Scott, the Wilkinson County Board of Education and Finch Principal Sharon Robinson would like to thank the parents, stu- dents and entire staff for their dedication and hard work in con- tinuing to "Strive for Excellence." Photo Submitted tegic consultant for Casey Family Programs in Missis- sippi, said, "Certainly our intent is to have a longer support for this capacity. Our intent is to continue to sup- pert what we feel is a very strong strategy." Blanco said Judge Hud- son's extensive work in the past on juvenile justice im- provement initiatives makes him ideally suited to become Council 2000 through 2014. Recently, he led efforts to de- velop alternatives to deten- tion for juveniles including a local community service pro- gram, intensive supervision and GPS tracking. He served as chair of the Juvenile De- tention Alternatives Initia- tive Task Force for the state of Mississippi. The task force developed alternatives to de- tention for juveniles state- Letter To The Editor Attention Readers: Searching for descen- dants of George W. and Ra- chel Harris Brown (early 1800's) of Wilkinson County, MS. A reunion is planned for May 15, 16, 2015, to be held in Wilkinson County. For more information email brownfamreunionl5@ATT. net or call 225-636- 0641. ed in the courts throughout the state's first Jurist in the state," Judge Hudson: Residence. He has extensive said. "My priority is to be a experience and is well re- resource to help local Youth spected. "He is an invaluable Courts become more effective reurce," she said. and efficient." Judge Hudson has been It is hoped that the Jurist in Residence can assist Youth Courts to achieve quicker permanency for children who come into the custody of the Department of Human Ser- vices, and to ensure better outcomes for children. Judge Hudson hopes to serve as a mentor, help with training in best practices, and to locate and access com- munity and other resources to assist Youth Courts. The Jurist in Residence position is patterned after a similar program ,ated by the Texas Supreme Court to assist its juvenile courts. Judge Hudson will visit a Texas Jurist in Residence in May to learn more:about that state's program. ) rma firm believer in reiiCa things that work  of wasting a lot of time and creating: things that may or may not worK" he said. Mississippi's Youtii: Court structure, staffing and re- sources vary greatly across the state. In the 21 counties which have a County Court, those judges oversee the Youth Court. The Chancery. Courts have jurisdiction :over Youth Court in 61 counties which do not have a County Court. Chancellors appoint local attorneys as part-tie Youth Court referees to pre- side over Youth Court mat- ters. Rankin County Court and Youth Court Judge Thom- as Broome, Chairman of the Council of Youth Court Judges, said havg the Ju- rist in Residance be an excellent opty roger some expertise veloped in areas of the statewhi may be lacking." The position of Jurist in Residence was the Commission on Justice, co-chaired with Court Justice The Commission's December 2013 report called for, among other things, establishment of a state position of Resi-.i dent Jurist to assist the . sissippi Supreme Court in performing its supervisory role with respect to effective administration of justice in Youth Courts, serve as a liai- son to the Department of Hu- man Services and other state agencies involved in child protection, and provide train- ing to Youth Court judges. Justice Pierce said, I am extremely pleased that Judge Hudson will be Mississippi's first Jurist in Residence.,.. Judge Hudson will be an as- set to our Youth Courts and to the Supreme Court as we ensure the best possible out- comes for Mississippi's chil- dren. I also want to fimak Casey Family Programs for: a leader and innovator in Youth Court reform. On the state level, he played a signifi- cant role in the expansion of community services to meet the educational, emotional and physical needs of delin- quent, abused and neglected children in the community and in the improvement of the juvenile justice systems. In Natchez, he developed one of the first five adolescent of_ fender programs in Missis- sippi, the first juvenile drug court in the state, one of the two first family drug courts, a regienal family first resource center providing parenting and character resources to children and their families, a . GED program located in the youth court building for indi- duals ,involved in the court system, a Court Appointed Special Advocacy, CASA, pro- gram for abused and neglect- et children, and provisions for educational instruction of youth in detention. :: He served as chair of the sippi Council of Youth Court Judges 1993-2000, and as legislative liaison for the wide and developed licens- ing standards for all juvenile detention centers to ensure that detained youth are held in appropriate facilities. At Jefferson Street United Methodist Church, he has served as coordinator of youth for more than 30 years, helping to develop a full an- nual program of spiritual development, missions and fellowship. He is state coor- dinator for United Methodist youth ministry. He volun- teers at Habitat for Human- ity, the Community Stew Pot and other local and national philanthropic organizations particularly associated with children and youth. Judge Hudson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and law degree from the Univer- sity of Mississippi. He prac- ticed law in Natchez from 1975 until 1983, serving as public defender and city prosecutor as well as a trust- ee in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. In July 1983, Governor William Winter appointed him to serve as Adams Coun- ty Court Judge. He retired from the County Court bench in December 2014. Judge Hudson is a life- long resident of Natchez. He .will continue to live in Natchez, but will travel and Slade Priest, REALTOR 601-888-0094 Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center Rural Health Outreach The G.V. (Sonny) Mont- gomery VA Medical Cen- ter's Mobile Health Clinic will be in Liberty to provide enrollment and health care information to Veterans in the area on Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Liberty Day Festival at the Town Hall located on Clinic Street in Liberty. Services available will in- clude the following: Eligibil- ity Determination, Registra- tion, Benefits Information, OEF/OIF/OND Infornmtion, Physical Exams, Female Veterans Information, Sui- cide Prevention Information, Compensation & Pension, My HealtheVet. Please bring your DD214. For additional informa- tion contact James Sterling at 601-657-4197. visit courts across the state in his new job as Jurist in Residence. He is married to the for- mer Susan Smither of Wood- ville. fimding this posion for a: year and for Caseys ct, ment to our children." ' Seattle-based Casey Fam- ily Programs has' ommi t- ted to providing $60,000 to fund the Misaiasippi Jurist in Residence positea for a year, with the tion : of providing fu)din..: Casey Family -:i:!: the nation's l,!iVat foundation focused)eiy:: on fostex care aad  the child welfaresltel! .'; ):: Isabel Blanco of ;: senior director and lead tra- Gibson Realty and Land Co, SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI'S LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS timberland hunting land residential commercial recreational www.gibsonrealtyms.com Melissa Field, Scott Lindsey, REALTOR REALTOR, ALC, Forester 601-467-7070 601-248-3561 ,Ik I 2015 tKELAY FOP, LIFE OF NVILK-AIHTE RELAY FOR LIFE Ethel Vance Park - Liberty, MS April 24, 2015 4:45 - 10:45 pm Cancer Survivors' Reception Opening Ceremony Welcome Opening Prayer National Anthem Recognition of Sponsors Survivors' Lap Survivor/Caregiver Lap/Team Lap Crowns of Hope Winners Three Legged Lap Stick Pony Lap Luminaria Service Sky Lantern Release Awards and Closing Ceremony 4:45 - 6:00 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm' 7:30 pm " :i 18:15 pm 9:00 pm 9:30 pm " 10:30 pm t@'( pe ................. :: ........ :; _: ,,iL: .....