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i~~u~:ii~ii~~~.~,~/~ ~ iii,lhiliii,i:hilhi,,iqiihi i,,.iqi,iiiipiifi!i,iiPi'-liil' OLDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 Pd Volume 191 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, May 7, 2016 Number 1 Dixon Gives Class Hints On Interaction With Officers I II USE COMMON SENSE ~ Retired Mississippi Highway Patrol Officer Lee Dixon, left, is shown talking to a law-related class session at Wilkinson County High School, as class instructor Mary Webb, right, looks on. His central point was to tell students to use common sense and follow commands when coming in contact with a law enforcement officer, whether during a simple traffic stop or in other more serious matters. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis AVOID CONFLICTS WHEN APPROACHED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT On Tuesday, April 28, retired longtime Mississippi Highway Patrol M/Sgt. Lee Dixon was invited by Wilkin- son County High School teacher Mary Webb to come and talk to her law related class about how to interact with law enforcement offi- cers. M]Sgt. Dixon told the 25 students in the class that recent shootings of unarmed individuals by law enforce- ment officers has gotten the attention of many people. "I am here today to tell you what to do and what not to do to avoid a conflict with a law enforcement officer. "During a traffic stop fol- low the officer's commands, keep your hands on the steer- ing wheel, don't make sudden moves, don't talk back to the officer and respond politely to his commands. Don't react angrily and accuse the officer of anything," said Dixon. "If you do this, there won't be any trouble. If you feel that the officer has mistreated you or is wrong, the time to com- plain is at court. YOU be allowed to give your side of the story. Let the judge make the decision on the incident," M/Sgt. Dixon continued, "Always act sensibly and do what is right when coming in contact with a law en- forcement officer. That's the proper thing to do." by Woodville Republican Publisher Andy J. Lewis The Woodville Republican is celebrating another year of existence with this issue of this long-serving, weekly newspaper. The Woodville Republican was founded in late 1823, and has provided service to the readership of this paper almost continuously since January, 1824. The Lewis family pur- chased the paper in 1879, and has been in a leader- ship capacity for 136 years or about 75% of the 191 years in business. The paper was purchased by my great-grandfather and in succession, has been handed down to ,my grand- father and father. I officially came to work with my par- ents at the newspaper in 1975, but as a child I had various weekly duties of stuffing and hand-folding the papers and helping with cleaning the printing press. I was elevated to editor in January, 1981. This gives me 34 years of duty at the helm and a total of 40 years of connection with this com- munity newspaper, but ac- tually, it has been a lifetime of growing up in a newspa- per family, and ultimately taking over the job. By celebrating our birth- day, we ask our readers to look at the date line on Page 1 just beneath the newspa- per name. You will note that on the extreme left end of that line the legend "Vol- ume 191" appears, while on the opposite end of that same line the date of Thurs- day, May 7, 2015, and Num- ber 1 appear. What is the significance of these issue and volume numbers? They signify that this issue which you hold in your hand is the first one of the 191st year of this venerable old weekly newspaper, the oldest in the State of Mississippi. The Woodville Republi- can first saw light of day with a couple of issues back in 1823. But, due to the fact that a number of issues were missed early on, the paper that you hold in your hafid represents the first is- sue of the 191st year of the existence of The Woodville Republican. We are proud to be here for another year and will strive to continue our duty of providing the news to our faithful readers. We want to thank you, dear readers, for your loyal support of our efforts each week. We trust that our hard work to bring a qual- ity newspaper to you each week will warrant your continued loyal support in years to come. ned Amount Of Details are still unclear at this time concerning last week's burglary of Wood- ville's largest business -- Treppendahl Super Foods. Store owner Wettlin Trep- pendahl has confirmed that his store was broken into during the night of Thurs- day, April 30. The retail grocery is locat- ed in full view of the inter- section of U.S. Hwy. 61 and State Hwy. 24 in Woodville. Treppendahl told this newspaper that burglars entered the building after it was closed on Thursday night, April 30, and had va- cated the premises when he entered the locked building early on Friday morning, May 1. An undetermined amount of money was removed from the premises. When contacted on Mon- day, May 4, for details about the incident, Woodville Po- lice Chief Jessie W. Stewart confirmed that the burglary occurred, but was not pre- pared to release any details at this time. "I will give a full report on the burglary for next week's paper," said Chief Stewart. "We are conducting a full investigation at this time." rlsons Mississippi Department of Corrections Commis- sioner Marshall Fisher an- nounced early this week that lockdowns at the Cen- tral Mississippi Correction- al Facility, Unit 29 at the Mississippi State Peniten- tiary at Parchman and the four private prisons have been lifted. Visitation and commis- sary privileges are now re- instated at the state-run and ' privately-operated sites where movement had been limited starting Tues- day, April 21. The four private pris- ons affected were Marshall County Correctional Facil- ity, East Mississippi Cor- rectional Facility, Walnut Grove Correctional Facil- ity and Wilkinson County Correctional Facility near Woodville. "Facilities will be locked down again whenever we experience similar behavior regarding the introduction of contraband into MDOC institutions and assaults on staff," Fisher said. Additionally, Fisher said any inmate who assaults staff will face criminal charges and will lose com- missary privileges. Meanwhile, the lock- downs will continue at Unit 30 at MSP and the South Mississippi Correctional In- stitution (SMCI) until fur- ther notice. At the Monday, May 4, said Lewis. trucking," said Lewis. "We meeting of the Wilkinson The administrator an- could close the Sam Leake County Board of Supervi- nounced that local Attor- Road due to soft conditions sors, the same old story was ney David Wilkerson hasif you want to. It is my sug- told, "The 2012 audit is still been hired to conduct a title gestion that we issue three- incomplete at this time," search on the land current- month road use permits said Wilkinson County Ad- ly occupied by Field Memo- instead of annual permits. ministrator Bruce Lewis. rial Community Hospital. That will give us even more "I spoke to the auditor on "Attorney Wilkerson hascontrol by being able: to - Friday, May 1, and he still does not have the informa- tion he needs to complete the audit. He wants us to set aside two days for him to meet with Wilkinson County bookkeeper Katrina Hunter," said Lewis. The administrato: asked Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr., to meet with the bookkeeper.to schedule two days to conference with auditor Scott Neiman and another of his employees. "The county's books are still way out of balance at about $200,000, we still don't have all the infor- mation we need from the Wilkinson County Tax As- sessor including his recon- ciled bank statements and several other county de- partments are not in com- pliance." said Lewis. "We cannot complete the audit until these departments get their books in order and give what is: needed to the auditor. We 6an't apply for any federal grants or fund- ing until the 2012 audit is' c~mplett~o d o ~p~et e C~l 3n:v~: 2014 audits? Clerk Tolliver reported that he had a resolution from Southwest Mississippi Planning and Development which needed board ap- proval and :the signature of Boar ' resident Bill Bankston. Tolliver said that SWMP- DD had presented the county with the resolution authorizing the organiza- tion to apply for a Small Municipality and Limited Population Grant for street and infrastructure im- provements. On motion by Supervisor Kenyon Jackson and a second by Supervisor Jenn Nettles, the matter was approved with a 5-0 board vote. On motion by Supervi- sor Wil Seal and a second by Nettles, the board voted unanimously to renew the computer maintenance con- tract between the county and BeneCom. Clerk Tolliver presented Board President Bankston with a title to a 1997 In- ternational truck which is being transferred from the county to the Town of Crosby. At the prior board meet- ing Administrator Lewis asked the supervisors to come lip with names of in- dividuals who will agree to serve on the Wilkinson County Solid Waste Com- plaint Committee. The group is being set up to hold hearings concerning com- plaints about the county's garbage collection system. None of the supervisors submitted a name for con- sideration. '. "Gentlemen, we need to get this committee in place," said Lewis. "I need names from you at our next meeting. We have people with complaints that have requested a hearing to state their problems." Lewis announced that the county's trackhoe now has a "thumb" welded on it which will make the machine more useful when clearing up debris and cleaning up illegal dump sites. Lewis announced that the county has applied for a grant from the Missis- sippi Department of Envi- ronmental Quality in the amount of $23,500. The money is to be used to help cover the county's costs in cleaning up illegal dump sites. Lewis stressed to the board members that they must keep up with their labor and fuel costs when cleaning up dump sites. "We have to have detailed information to submit to MDEQ so we can get reim- bursed for our expenses," uncovered two judgement have four times a year to liens against the county for review permits." employment taxes which Supervisor Richard Hol: were not submitted or paid lins reported that his road on time," said Lewis. "One crew was replacing a cul- was in 2011 for $3,620.12 vert on the Hayes Road and the other came in 2012 when they cut an AT&T for $8,143.03 for a total phone cable. of $11,763.15 owed by the "We had no indication in penalties and interest so far. We can't do anything with any county property until these liens are paid? County employee Erica Jackson stated, "I talked with Circuit Clerk Lynn Delaney, and she tells me that these liens have been paid." "No one has told me any- thing about this prior to now. I have called and the liens are still in place at the state, and until they send us a formal release, we are still stuck with them? (EDITOR'S NOTE: On Tuesday morning, May 5, the county received a letter from the Mississippi De- board toask permission to ~a:t~.~yt Enmc~n~Yn~n~ t:Po~::h~:untaY e~PlbO[:~ the conditions of the liens available supplemental in- had been satisfied and the county released from fur- ther obligation in this mat- ter.) The administrator in- formed the board that the county is receiving a bill each month from Blanken- stein's in Natchez for the rental of an oxygen bottle used in welding. "We have been billed for this tafik rental for years, but as far as I can find out, Wilkinson County does not even own a cutting torch," said Lewis Supervisor Nettles re- sponded, "Back in 2012, I contacted Blankenstein and thought we had this sorted out. You need to call them again. This has been paid in full. We don't owe them for the bottle or the rental? Mr. Lewis announced that the county was sent a letter from the Mississippi Development Authority an- nouncing that representa- tives will come to the coun- ty Thursday, June 4, at 10 a.m. to conduct a complete audit of the county's records related to the county's $1 million grant to rebuild the Sam Field Spillway at Lake Mary. Clerk Tolliver an- nounced that Allen Laird with SWMPDD handled the grant application. "He should have all of the pa- perwork in his possession to assist with audit compli- ance? Supervisor Jackson an- nounced that The Blane Company should begin work on road repairs in the Hyde Park area of his dis- trict on Monday, May 11. "I want the residents to be aware of what is going on," said Jackson. Supervisor Nettles asked Administrator Lewis to con- tact Brian Heath with Com- stock to find out why the oil company has not responded to the county's letter con- cerning damage done to the Macedonia Road in the Fifth District by heavy oil field traffic. Nettles also announced that he was having prob- lems keeping the Sam Leake Road in good condi- tion. "Due to all of the recent rains and between the oil field trucks and a logging operation using the road, I am having a problem keeping the road in good condition. Folks are having trouble getting to St. Luke Baptist Church," said Net- tles. "We need to get better control of heavy truck traf- fic." "We have the road use ordinance which gives us some control over heavy and the cable location was not marked. AT&T has now sent me a bill for $1,600 for repairs? Mr. Tolliver stated, "We need to start getting ready for the budget prepara- tion process which starts on June .1, 2015, for Fiscal Year 2016. Because this ~r e?o mlee ?pn ~:here~ , tions placed Oh' incumbent : supervisors running for re-election who have oppo- : sition, and all of you have :' opponents? Anthony Short of Colo- nial Life Insurance from Crosby appeared before the surance coverages. The board unanimously agreed to approve Short's request. Mr. Tolliver announced that the Mississippi De- partment of Corrections was changing its way of operating some programs and would be sending more prisoners to the Wilkinson County Community Work Center. "The MDOC is closing down a program which for years has allowed the state to place state inmates in county jails on a per-day fee basis," said Tolliver. "The MDOC will now place these inmates in the state's com- munity work centers and not in county jails" The Wilkinson County Jail on Hwy. 61 South does not house state in- mates and is not affected by this change. However, the Wilkinson CWC on the Jackson La. Road will see an influx in the population of state inmates held there. Fifth District Election Commissioner Mary Ann McCurley appeared before the board with several mat- ters which needed their at- tention. Com. McCurley asked Administrator Lewis the status of the lease on a building on Hwy. 33 South to house the First Centrev- ille Voting Precinct. The current location has been deemed as being no longer suitable as a voting precinct due to the poor, un- safe conditions of the build- ing. The current and proposed buildings are located adja- cent to each other. "We need to know some- thing quickly so we can get notification cards sent out to the registered vot- ers informing them of the precinct change of location,!' said McCurley. Mr. Lewis reported that he had sent the lease to the property owner, but had not received it back as of meet- ing time. (The signed lease was received in the mail later on Monday, May 4, and delivered to the current building lease holder for their signature.) Com. McCurley also stat- ed that the election commis- sioners were having recur- ring problems with Circuit Clerk Lynn Delaney chang- ing voters' addresses which result in these voters being moved to different voting precincts. "In two instances these changes were requested by members of the board of supervisors," McCurley stated.ww (Continued on Page 7)