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% OLDEST NEWSPAPER - Established 1824 pd Volume 194 USPS 462-26O 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, May i 7, 2018 Number 3 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT NEAR COM- PLETION -- The project to remove an old wooden bridge with a large culvert is underway and work is expected to be complete by the end of this week, county officials reported on Monday after- n+c: hl May 14. The county purchased a 10' x 49' railroad tank car culvert from The Railroad Yard, Inc in Stillwater, OK, at a delivered cost of just over $11,000. Carter Dozer Service was the low bidder at $41,000 and was awarded the contract. Concrete for rip-rap for erosion control at the site was donated by Grady Melancon, and the Wilkinson County Industrial Development District donated the $41,000 for the bridge replacement cost and the $11,000 used to purchase the tank CarculvertCUlvert. The toPin place in theph t shows the treatedcreek bed, while the lowersteel' photo shows red clay gravel being dumped on the new road bed in place over the culvert. This is the second new culvert to be installed on this road which will now allow the county to re-open this closed road for all traffic. -- Submitted Photos ! Localisrns L by Woodville Republican Publisher d. Le s I just heard on Monday (IRS) and stated that Chief morning, May 14, that law Stewart owed back taxes. officials are not immune to The call went on to say that scamcallers, a lawsuit has been filed Woodville Police Chief against him, and he needed Jessie W. Stewart played a recorded telephone call to the writer of this column earlier today. The electronic voice on the phone stated the caller was representing the In- ternal Revenue Service to call a telephone number to prevent further action. It is the same type of scam call which has been mentioned in this column in recent months. When commenting on the call, Chief Stewart said, "Even officers of the law receive scam calls. Don't respond and don't give out any information. These people are only after your money." It seems foolish to try and scam an officer of the law, but these dishonest callers are ruthless and persistent. It is most important that you just hang up. Don't call them back either. Insu To Buy , Busi The 2018 hurricane season is less than 30 days away, it is time for everyone to review their insurance needs and purchase flood insur- ance, Mississippi's Com- missioner of Insurance Mike Chaney stressed last week. "The time to check if you have proper flood insurance is now before hurricane season begins. It's not the number of storms, but the intensity of any one storm that makes the difference. Just one storm can cause significant damage and flooding. Don't wait too late; contact your agent about flood insurance today," Chaney said. As of May 3, 2018, + there are only 64,041 flood insurance policies in force in Mississippi with $15,686,227,900 in cover- age. Charley also warns Mis- sissippians not to become complacent about the lack of a major storm in recent years along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The 2018 hur- ricane season begins June 1 with forecasters project- ing a normal to above nor- mal season. He added that everyone needs to be aware that it takes 30 days for a flood policy to take effect. "Preparation should be the same every year regard- less of how many storms are predicted, and a key compo- nent to preparation is hav- ing proper flood insurance," Chaney said. The Mississippi Insur- ance Department (MID) does not regulate the NFIP, approve its rates or changes or have any authority over the program. However. the department encourages all citizens to determine their flood insurance needs to protect their homes and property. Coastal residents now have more options when purchasing flood insurance with the addition of five new private companies of- fering flood insurance along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Many residents across the U.S. still lack adequate insur- ance protection against flood damage causing them to absorb signifi- cant financial losses on their own or seek limit- ed funding from other sources to rebuild or repair after a storm. Some remain unaware that their homeowner's policy does not cover flooding, a lesson many learned last year af- ter the devastating flooding following Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Most everyone -- renters, business owners, and home- owners -- can purchase flood insurance. In moder- ate-to low-risk areas, home- owners and businesses can purchase low-cost Preferred Risk Policies (PRPs). Learn more about your flood risk at or by calling 1-800-427-2419, or your local insurance agent. Consultants from two dif- ferent companies who have been working within the Wilkinson County School District (WCSD) reported that district employees are not implementing recom- mendations given them to improve teaching levels. These comments were made at the Wedaesday, May 9, meeting of the Wilkinson County School Board. The WCSD has retained the services of Bailey Con- sulting and Leading 2 Lead to assist the county teach- ers and administrators in improving test scores and overall learning within the WCSD. For the past two years the Wilkinson County School District has been rated as an "F" School District. The rating is based on school district test scores and oth- er parameters. The Bailey Consulting representative reported that they have closely ex- amined the WCSD's Eng- lish Language Arts and Math teaching and test re- sults. '%Ve nbted the district's strengthS, concerns and made recommendations based on:.what was noted in the report," said the repre- sentative. Board member Frederick Anderson asked, "Do you do follow-ups on your recom- mendations? The response from Bailey was, "Yes we do? Board member Billy Spiller followed with, "You are giving recommenda- tions to our staff, then why do we score so low on tests?" The Bailey representa- ommendations and amount of time we have spent in the district. If problems are recurring, then this means that our recommendations are not being implemented by WCSD teachers? Board member Spiller stated, %Ve are spending lots of money, but we are not seeing very good results. In the past I have blamed the consultants, but it is appar- ently not their fault. Plans and recommendations are not being implemented by our teachers? The Bailey representa- tive responded, "One major problem too was the late approval of funds to pay for your consulting. This was an issue with the state department of education and not within the school district. "-We didn't get to the district until late in the school year." Leading 2 Lead officials said another problem is teacher turnover and get- ting new teachers in place and getting them trained. Leading 2 Lead officials stated, "-We spent only 41 days in the school district, and this just isn't enough time to do what is needed. We are trying to make it easy for teachers to under- stand and implement our recommendations. We train teachers to learn from our recommendations in devel- oping their lesson plans." Leading 2 Lead contin- ued, "Another curriculum is coming soon. The state is adding science for the next school year." The WCSD advertised for bids for a "clear-cut timber sale" on Section 27, T4N/R1E on approximately 99 acres. Only one bid offer was received, and this was from Good Hope Timber of Nat- chez. The county forester ex- amined the bid and recom- mended that the WCSD vote to approve the offer. The county forester also recommended that the board re-advertise for tim- ber sales on two sections which had been offered for sale but received no bids. The sections are as fol- lows: Section 16, T2N/R2W, clear cut Section 27, T4N/R1E, clear cut. On motion by Billy Spill- er and second by Fannie Bateaste, the board voted 5-0 to approve the two mat- ters on the recommendation of the county forester. The WCSD recognized a number of students for their academic achieve- ments from five different areas including Business Fundamental Class, Early Childhood Education, Con- struction and Carpentry, Health Science I and II and Robotics. Another student was recognized for making a 22 on her ACT. Board President Linda Boyd and Superintendent Kimberly Jackson both thanked the students and parents for working hard to achieve a high degree of education. The next portion at the meeting was a report from the principals of the dis- Finchtrict's tW Elern -i ar j/fi dfailing sch lSwil -- liam Winans Middle School. Finch Principal Sharon Robinson stated, "One main problem we are having at Finch is high employee ab- senteeism, especially during the month of April. These were due to family deaths and illnesses? She continued, "I am also seeing mental issues with students. We are working to keep these kids from being dysfunctional? Robinson also gave the board members a detailed report on what the school was doing to improve test- ing scores. W-W~IS Principal Jason Hamilton also gave the board members a print-out on his plan for success at the school. Hamilton announced that the testing for ELA and Math were complete, and science testing was next. Current hunting and fish- ing lease holder Jim Inner exercised his right to match a higher bid on Section 30, T4N/R3W. He matched the other bid and paid 1 more per acre. The offer was ap- proved with a 5-0 board vote. School Business Manager Audrey Veal recommended that the school board adjust the minimum bid limits on two school sections that did not receive bids for hunting and fishing rights. She reported the follow- ing: Section 37, T2N/R3W. Current minimum bid amount is $38 per acre. The average per-acre amount paid over the past 20 years was $26/acre. Section 23, T2N/ R4W. Current minimum bid amount is $40.04 per acre. The average per-acre amount paid over the past 20 years was $34/acre. On motion by Anderson and second by board mem- ber Johnny Smallwood, the minimum bid was set at $28/acre on Section 37. On motion by Spiller and second by board member Smallwood, the minimum bid was set at $34/acre on Section 23. The votes on both sec- tions were unanimous. On motion by Anderson and a second by Spiller, the board voted 5-0 to increase the district's mileage reim- bursement from .46 per mile to the Federal rate of .545 mile. The board also took ac- tion to change the date of release from employment contract from July 1 to June 1. Smallwood made the mo- tion and Spiller gave the second. The vote was 5-0. The board again dis- cussed the matter of two rental dwellings owned by the district and located ad- jacent to WWMS in Cent- reville. At the last meeting the board instructed Board At- torney Nathaniel Armstead to draw up a lease for board approval. Attorney Armstead said, "These dwellings are in such bad condition that I think it would be a liability to lease them to anyone. The board might want to look at the cost of bringing them to safe living condition." Board Pres. Boyd said, -"We++have someone living in one of these dwellings. They don't have a lease and are not paying any rent. It is my opinion that the board attorney needs to take ac- tion to evict this person, and give them 30-days no- tice to leave? No board action was tak- en on this matter. Supt. Jackson recom- mended one student for transfer from the WCSD to another district. The matter was unanimously approved. Former bus driver Carol Wells Doherty died recently, and the board voted to rec- ognize her two years of ser- vice to the district by pass- ing a resolution and placing the document in the official minutes. The family will also receive a copy of the commendation document. One resignation letter from a WCES teacher was received and approved by unanimous vote. Supt. Jackson read a long list of employees being rec- ommended for hire for the 2018-2019 school year. All were passed except for one which involved naming Jean Jones as Transporta- tion Director. The question concerned whether she was being hired as a full time or part time employee. This matter was moved to closed door session for further dis- cussion. The next regularly sched- uled board meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 13, at 5 p.m. at the WCSD Main Office on Main Street in Woodville. As Weather Heats Up, So Do SummerTime Contracting Scams It is getting hot as sum- mer approaches Mississippi. Unfortunately the home improvement scams and fly-by-night contractors will be just as hot. In the past, BBB serving Mississippi has received reports of contrac- tors luring victims with great deals on driveway paving, mulch and extra building supplies only to stick them with a stiff bill. "We have had reports throughout our state with different door to door contractor scares," says John O'Hara CEO BBB serv- ing Mississippi. "Good news is that we have had calls from savvy consumers alert- ing us to this activity." "But, we have also had a few fall victim to these scares," says OTIara. How the Scare Works: You answer the door, and it's a construction contractor. He says he has just complet- ed a job down the street and he has a truck of leftover as- phalt, landscape material, or other construction supplies. Rather than take a loss on the supplies, he claims that he's offering to do the work at a cheap price. He quotes you a rate, and it's far below what the job typically costs. This sounds like a great deal, but don't fall for it. Once they start working, these scammers will "find" an issue that causes them to signifi- cantly raise the price. If you object, the con artists may threaten to walk away from the job, leaving you with a half-finished driveway, land- scaped yard or other unfin- ished home improvement projects. In another version, the scammer accepts an up- front payment and then nev- er returns to complete the job. Homeowners have also been approached with these techniques involving roofing, painting and other scams. (Continued on Page 2)