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Graduates areas fol- lows: Tamera Bateaste, Rodney Boyd, Mary Kath- ryn Doucet, Cheyenne Floyd, Devin Johnson, WCCA Balfour Award Mary Claire McGraw Mary Claire McGraw, Elizabeth McKey, Colton Nettles, Rebecca Olive, Re- becca Revere, Jacob Roark, Jason Robertson, Hayden Patterson, Justin Prevost, Katie Smith, Jacob Van- noy, Haley Whitehead, Ashley Wrice and Winston Woodward. Action Taken On A Number Of Cases In Sixth District Circuit Court A large number of cases saw action in Sixth District Circuit Court of Wilkinson County as reflected in the court minute beck on file in the Wilkinson County Circt Clerk's Office. Sixth District Circuit Judge Lillie Blackmon Sand- ers presided over the matters before the court. The cases included the fol- lowing: • State vs. Kerwin Frank- lin. Order signed by court set- Ling arraignment date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Aggravated As- sault and Count HI Aggra- vated Assault. Bond set at $100,000. • State vs. Frankie Barnes. Order signed by court setting arraignment date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Aggravated As- sault and Count III Aggra- vated ,Assault. Bond set at $100,000. • State vs. Antonio Hud- son. Order signed by court setting arraignment date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Aggravated As- sault and Count III Aggra- vated Assault. Bond set at $1oo,ooo. • State vs. Michael Powell. Order signed by court setting mTmgnment date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Aggravated Assault and Count lit Aggravated Assault. Bond set at $100,000. • State vs. Michael Breed- love. Order signed by court setting arraigtanent date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015,-on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count lI for Aggravated As- sault and Count TIT Aggravated Assault. Bond set at $100,000. • State vs. Phillip Web- ster.' Order signed by court setting arraigrmaent date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Aggravated As- sault and Count HI Aggra- vated Assault. Bond set at $100,000. • State vs. Johnny Thom- as. Order signed by court set- ting arraignment date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as • follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Aggravated As- sault and Count III Aggra- vated Assault. Bond set at $100,000. • State vs. Christopher Huteson. Order signed by court setting arraignment date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Ag- gravated Assault and Count II Aggravated Assault. Bond set at $100,000. • State vs. Cameron Woo- ten. Order signed by court setting arraigmnent date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Aggravated As- sault and Count HI Aggra- vated Assault. Bond set at $1oo,ooo: • State vs. Lance Gadison. Order signed by court set- ting arraignment date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Aggravated As- sault and Count HI Aggra- vated Assault. Bond set at $100,000. • State vs. Undrekus Mays. Order signed by court setting arraignment date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Aggravated As- sault and Count HI Aggra- vated Assault. Bond set at $100,000. • State vs. Demetrius Ma- con. Order signed by court setting arraignment date and bond. Case was scheduled for April 29, 2015, on charges as follows: Count I for Murder, Count II for Aggravated AS- sault and Count HI Aggra- vated Assault. Bond set at $100,000. (Continued on Page 8) TREVA REID RELEASES STATEMENT;RUNNING FOR ASSESSOWCOLLECTOR To the Voters of Wilkin- son County, "I am a candidate for Tax Assessor/Collector for Wilkinson County, and I need your vote and sup- port in the upcoming Demo- cratic primary on August 4, 2015. I believe we need more accountability and ac- curacy in this office in or- der for Wilkinson County to achieve its greatest po- tential and deliver the re- sources required to provide much needed opportunities for advancement for our county residents. "AS Tax Assessor/Col- lector I will maintain.accu- rate records and deposit the funds in the county treasury in a timely manner. You are aware, how detrimental in- complete and/or incorrect re- cord keeping canbe to the progress of our county. In ad- dition, I promise enthusiasm in serving the taxpayer and establishing integrity and professionalism among staff in the office. "For the last four years, I have served Wilkinson Coun- ty on the Board of Trust- ees of Southwest Mississippi Community College-Finance Committee. I am a member of Mississippi Professional Educators, Homochitto Na- tional Forest Resource Ad- visory Committee and the Southwest Mississippi For- estry Association. I have been an educator for thirty- five years in the local school systems, committing myself to helping our young people obtain skills they need to become successful and pro- ductive citizens. My years in education have taught me not only to be attentive to details, but also to be courte- ous to the public I serve, em- phasizing honesty and trust- worthiness to each student I taught. When elected, I will bring these same principles of management to the Tax Assessor/Collector's office. "I am an active member of the Centreville Baptist Church serving my Lord as part of the Worship Team each Sunday. My husband of thirty-eight years, Marlin, is a lifelong resident of Wilkin- son County and this is where we chose to raise our three sons, Kelly, Les, and Daniel. The Reid family has a long- standing record of service in Wilkinson County. Marlin's parents, Mr. Earl and "Miss" Lerene Reid, worked faith- fully to protect and serve Wilkinson County constitu- ents throughout their lives. I intend to continue that same tradition of serving the people in my county and rep- resenting you honorably in this office. "I hope you will join with me in securing the office of Wilkinson County Tax As- sessor/Collecter. "I earnestly ask for your vote and support." Sincerely, Treva P. Reid According To State Officials County Getting O&G Money Chancery Clerk Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr., informed the board of supervisors on Mon- day, June 1, that he met last week with officials from the Mississippi Bureau of Rev- enue and the State Oil & Gas Board relative to the reve- nues representing Wilkinson County's share of Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil exploration in this county. "I verified with them that we are getting what we are due," Clerk Tolliver com- mented. "I can now go online on the state website and see how money is being sent to us. In the near future I ll be able to see the production from each individual well." Board President and Third District Supervisor Bill Banksten asked, "Mr. ToU- iver, are we current now on our oil and gas tax receipts?" To which Mr. Tolliver re- plied, "We are currently one month behind. That's how this works. The state collects the• taxes one month and sends us our share the next month." County Administrator Bruce Lewis said that he had .negotiated better terms on an oil and gas lease on 100 acre@ of minerals which were originally thought to be- long to the Wilkinson County School District. 'Encana offered the school district a lease on these min- erals. When it was discovered that the school didn't own the minerals, Encana never of- fered the county a lease. We received a forced integration letter with low minerals and per-acre lease. I have worked out a 1/5 royalty and $200 per acre lease, and it is my recommendation that the board a Ericana's latest offer." On motion by Fifth Dis- trict Supervisor Jennings Nettles and a second by First District Supervisor Wil Seal, the board voted 5-0 to approve the lease offer from Encana. Administrator Lewis pre- sented the board with a draw- ing of a sign the Wilkinson County Main Street Assoda- tion is proposing to be erected on the Pinckneyville Road at the state line with Louisi- ana. The sign is recognizing the State of Mississippi's Bi- centennial of 1817-2017 and as being the "Birthplace Of America's Music." Mr. Lewis noted that Mis- sissippi Governor Phil Bry- ant has agreed to come to Wilkinson County for the un- veiling of the sign. Lewis said that the Main Street is seeking quote pro- posals from local contrac- tors to install the large sign. Contact Bruce Lewis at the Wilkinson County Court- house or Polly Rosenblatt at the WoodxdlleJWilkinson County Main Street Asso- ciation for sign specifications and to submit quotes. Administrator Lewis re- ported that Sanchez Oil Com- pany has agreed to study the Pinckneyville Read concern- ing the county's claim of dam- ages caused by heavy oil field equipment and trucks. "I gave them our engineer's estimate of the damages done to this county road. At first Sanchez refused to discuss the damages, but now they are having one of their own people do a damage estimate on the road," said Lewis. "I will report my findings to the board." Mr. Lewis reported that he was still working on funding for critical repairs needed to the roof of the Wilkinson County Courthouse. "The county has received a grant from the Mississip- pi Department of Archives and History for $100,000 which has a county match of 25%," said Lewis. "This isn't enough money to do the complete job. We need to ap- ply for additional funding to do the job correctly. We just don't know where it will come from." Administrator Lewis stated, "I am receiving com- plaints from county employ- ees that their social security money is not being credited to their accounts. "One employee says she has been employed by the county since 2001, and no so- cial security payments have been credited to her account according to her latest state- ment," said Lewis. Clerk Tolliver replied, "This is all a bunch of lies making it leek like the money is not being paid to the state. We are sending the money in. It just isn't showing up in our employees' accounts." Wilkinson County Book- keeper Katrina Hunter was summoned to the meeting to answer this question. "The money is being sent along with a report stating whose account is to be cred- ited," said Ms. Hunter. "We are doing what we are sup- posed to be doing. I am check- ing with the Social Security Administration about this problem." Administrator Lewis re- ported that the county is being required to take new aerial photos of the county starting in 2016. "We are being asked to approve the work and the $18,000 cost. The work is to be done in January and Feb- ruary, 2016, when most of the leaves are off the trees. We need to include this expendi- ture in our Fiscal Year 2016 budget." No action was taken on this matter. Assistant Wilkinson Coun- ty Engineer Doug Wimberly reported that Jordan, Kaiser and Sessions Engineering Firm in Natchez had filed a pre-application for federal funding through the Trans- portation Investment Gener- ating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Discretionary Grant program. TIGER grants are a sup- plementary discretionary grant program included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The legislation provided $1.5 billion for a National Surface Transportation System "to be awarded on a competitive ba- sis for capital investments in surface transportation proj- ects." Asst. Engineer Wimberly said that the pre-application was filed jointly for Adams and Wilkinson Counties for a total of $24 million to be split 2/3 for Wilkinson County and 1/3 for Adams County. Wqe are looking at replac- ing 18 bridges and overlaying a total of 50 miles of roads in Wilkinson County with their share of the money," said Wimberly. "I need the county to adopt and sign a resolution from the county and to get letters of support from state and fed -• eral legislators," Wimberly added. Administrator Lewis said he had contacted State Rep- resentative Angela Cocker- ham and asked her to obtain a letter from State Senator Kelvin Butler. Mr. Lewis is also seeking support letters from federal legislators. • : On motion by Fourth District Supervisor Ken- yon Jackson and a second by Supervisor Nettles, the board voted unanimously to approve the TIGER grant application and supporting resolution. At 10 a.m. Monday when bids were supposed to be opened, it was announced that the county had not re- ceived a single bid for the purchase of a used tractor for the Fifth District. The county did, however, receive two quote offers to fi- nance the purchase of a trac- tor for $35,000 for use by the First Supervisor District. The bid offers were as fol- lows: • Concordia Bank and Trust -- Bid a rate of 2.95% with a maturity date of De- cember 15, 2015. • United Mississippi Bank -- Bid a rate of 3.25% with a maturity date of December 15, 2015. (Continued on Page 2) Florida Woman Returned To Woodville To Face Counterfeit Charge A Florida woman has been extradited from Loui- siana to Woodville to face a charge of passing coun- terfeit money at a store on Hwy. 61 last month, said Woodville Police Chief Jes- sie W. Stewart. Three individuals, a wom- an and two men, who are suspects in passing coun- terfeit $100 bills at a local store, were arrested and are being held in a south Loui- siana jail in conjunction with a drug raid. The woman, Regianna La'Shonta Jones, 24, of 1714 West Palm Meadow Avenue, Tampa, Florida, was wanted for passing five fake $100 bills for a pre- paid credit card at a local store on Friday, April 10. She and her two male companions then passed fake $100s at a store in St. Francisville, La. Several days later officials in Morgan City, La., con- ducted a drug raid and con- fiscated drugs and counter- feit money which matched the serial numbers of those bills passed in Woodville " and St. Francisville. A copy of the surveillance film from the incident in Woodville was sent to Mor- gan City authorities. Once Jones saw her image on the tape, she admitted that it was her, said Chief Stewart. On May 11, WPD Assis- tant Chief Johnny Clark and WPD Officer Karen Brown went to Morgan City and returned with Jones in custody. Weedville Municipal Judge David S. Crawford held a bond hearing for Jones that same day, May 11, and set her bond at $5,000. Jones posted bond on Wednesday, May 20, and has been released from custody. She is scheduled to return to Woodville on Monday, June • 8, for a preliminary hearing on the passing counterfeit bills charge lodged against her. New Scam Reported In Wilkinson Co. A Wilkinson County res- ident has reported that he has received several post cards in the mail attempt- ing to entice him to give out his credit card infor- mation. The printed card he re- ceived recently announces that a parcel is being held in his name which contains jewelry valued at $50.00. The card is addressed from UMC, EO. Box 780, Westbrook, ME 04098. The rear of the card gives the recipient directions on how to claim the package. It states: This office is at- tempting to reach you. To claim this parcel, you must telephone the number be- low immediately and ar- range for delivery. The item is prepaid, but a processing and delivery fee of $8.95 must be remitted. The fee can be paid only by tele- phone and only with a credit card (VISA or MasterCard). THIS IS YOUR ONLY NO- TIFICATION. At the bottom of the card is the phone number the card recipient is advised to call. Don't fall for scams like this. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.