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Page 2 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, June 4, 2015 MIS$1$SlPPPS OI.DFT NEWSPAPER - tzbllsbed Ht,l ghe 31b00i}ni0000ep.blit00n Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Andrew J. Lewis ....................................... PublisherEditor Lili R. Lewis ...................... Associate Editor/Adv. Manager Frances C. Devening ......................................... Typesetter Kathleen Geter Daly ........................................ Bookkeeper THE WOODVILLE 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 StreeL Woodville, MS 39669. Telephone (601) 888-4293, FAX (601) 888- 6156. Email: Periodicals Post- age Paid at Woodville, MS 39669. POSTMASTER: Send all address changes to THE WOODVILLE REPUBLICAN, P.O. Box 696, Woodville, MS 39669-0696. The individuals' names listed below have paid a fee to have their names listed in this weekly column. The names of candidates who have qualified to run the the Democratic 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 nmning in each race. (I) Incumbent SHERIFF Calvin Gaines Reginald L. Jackson (I) Travis Sharp TAX ASSESSOR JeremyMarmd"Ephion(I) TmvaReid SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION Charles E. Johnson Annette M. Dillon Underwood CIRCUIT CLERK Brian L. Dooley JUSTICE COURT JUDGE EAST DISTRICT Charlie Henley Ernest H. "Ernie" Smith (I) JUSTICE COURT JUDGE 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 SUPERINTENDENT OFEDUCATION Shemekia Lacey-Bailey SUPERVISOR 1ST DIST. Earnest Newman SUPERVISOR 2ND DIST. Mike Quirk TAX ASSESSOR Wevlyn I. "Cookie" James SUPERVISOR 1ST DIST. WU Seal (I) GET A BIT00 SUPERVISOR 3RD DIST. SUPERVISOR 2ND DIST. William "Bill" Bankston (I) , E. Kirk Smith ;.,Ne0n A.?Bbba" McNabb ' A column by Rev. Bobby Thornhill, Pastor CentrevUle & White's Chapel United Methodist Churches "Now I say this, that each of you says, 'I am of Paul,' or 'I am of Apol- los,' or 'I arh of Cephas,' or 'I am of Christ." 1 Corinthians 1:12 (NKJV) The Great Apostle wrote these words as a part of his word of cor- rection to the Corinthians because of the division and contention that had arisen in their midst. Verses 10 and 11 give the reason for the stern tone in this por- tion of Paul's letter and verse 12 brings us to the root cause of their segrega- tion. It was at the time of the letter a new issue in the Church; it has not got- ten better, instead it has become an issue of ever increasing magnitude and division amongst those who call themselves Chris- tians. It has a name today that was not applicable in Paul's day; denomination- alism. Others have said that denominations are of the devil; I disagree, it is much worse than that. De- nominations are the work of man. All denominations are merely the attempts of men to have others view their particular doctrine or Theology as being the only correct school of thought. The real issue is that de- nominations (all denomi- nations) have some portion of their doctrine that does not mesh with God's word. Of necessity, because God is the Creator, we must start with His word as our dogma (A principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovert- ibly true) and understand that to the degree that our denominational doctrine does not agree with God's word it is in error. God is authority, as Creator He is sovereign and therefore always right. It is ours to align ourselves completely with His word, anything less is sin. According To State Officials, County Getting... (Continued From Page 1) On motion by Supervisor Seal and a second by Super- visor Nettles, the board ac- cepted the low finance offer from Concordia Bank with a unanimous vote. Administrator Lewis told the board that the end seems to be near on the saga of getting the county's finances audited for the Fiscal Year 2012. "We should be receiving a final report on the 2012 audit very shortly. It seems like all of the financial ques- tions have been resolved satisfactorily. Once we re- ceive clearance from the State Audit Department, we will be able to move on to the next two yearly au- dits. I have told the auditor we have hired to conduct the 2013 and 2014 audits to get ready to get these done as quickly as possible." On motion by Supervisor Seal and a second by Su- pervisor Jackson, the board voted 5-0 to approve the final closeout of the Roll- ing Hills Subdivision road overlay project in the First District and to approve the payment of the final $60,000 to the contractor. The paperwork is to be sent to the Mississippi Develop- ment Authority. Supervisor Nettles stat- ed that he was not at all pleased with the work be- ing done on the State Aid Patch and Seal Project in his district. "The work they are doing is very rough. I don't like how it is being done," said Nettles. "I agree with Supervisor Nettles, their work is not what I expected. Their hole patching is rough and not smooth like it should be," said Supervisor Banksten. With these complaints Asst. Engineer Wimberly agreed to ride the Mace- donia Road in the Fifth District with Supervisor Nettles to see what needs to be done to correct the prob- lems noted at the meeting. Board Pres. Bankston reported that he was in receipt of a letter from the Mississippi Association of Supervisors (MAS) request- ing a report on the condi- tion of the county's roads. "I have given Mr. Wim- berly the forms to. com- plete,, said the board presi- dent, ."What the MAS is ,trypg to dot s to come up with a comprehensive pro- gram for road repairs to present to the state legisla- ture for funding." Centreville residents Charlie Floyd and David Walker appeared before the board to show their support for the supervisors' plan to study recreation for chil- dren in this county. "I am asking for the board's support to get some recreation in this county," said Mr. Floyd. "This will help cut crime by keeping our kids occupied with rec- reation and thus keep them off the streets and from committing crimes." "We also need to work to see that the kids on the street go to the SMCC Workforce Training Center to learn a trade. They can apply for a Pen grant to pay their tuition and transporta- tion expenses. We need to do what we can to help our kids get an education so they can get a job," Floyd reported. "The county needs to hire a part time recreation direc- tor to oversee the program to make sure it works as planned," Floyd continued. "I have also talked to Wilkinson County Supt. of Education Timothy Scott and other members of the school board, and we are willing to allow the use of school facilities for sum- mer recreational purposes," Floyd added. Supt. Scott said, "We can offer the use of an open area near Finch Elementa- 00United 00Sdh-t?y Re00l Estate Gibson Realty and Land Co. SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI'S LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS timberland • hunting land • residential commercial • recreational • Slade Priest, Melissa Field, Scott Lmdsel, REALTOR REALTOR REALTOR, ALC, Forester 601-888-0094 601-467-7070 601-248-3561 ry School in Centreville or the use of other facilities." David Walker offered to work as hard as he can to promote recreation in Wilkinson County. "I will also serve as the County Veteran Service Officer at no cost to the county," said Walker. "The county can use this money to put into recreation." Board Pres. Bankston said, "I appreciate all of the pledges of support for getting recreation facilities and programs going in this county. We will consider binding for recreation when we put our budget together for Fiscal Year 2016." County resident Con- nie Hollins asked several questions about funding for road repairs in Wilkinson County. She said of the current State Aid Patch and Seal project on the Pinckneyville Road, "For all of the holes that have been filled, there are just as many that haven't been filled in." Asst. Engineer Wimberly stated, "This State Aid repair project is on roads all over the county. We are negotiat- ing with Encana on damage they did to the Pinckneyville Road, so that's why we have put a temporary halt to the work on this read until we see what Encana will agree to pay for damages they have caused." Connie Hollins then asked, "What about the bond issue to pave 50 miles of roads proposed by Su- pervisor Hollins? And to- day, you have talked about a grant to pave 50 miles. Which of these projects will get top priority?" Administrator Lewis re- plied, "We are waiting on the bond attorney to get us more information and come back to one of our meetings. We don't have enough in- formation yet to take any action. Besides, one of these proposals is a bond issue that will take the county 20 years to pay back, and the Tiger Grant is a grant that we don't have to pay back." Several candidates for public office appeared at the board meeting to seek support and to give their campaign platforms. Ap- pearing at the meeting were Darryl Porter, Jr., and Angola Baker-Brooks, can- didates for Senate District 38 which includes Wilkin- son County. Rosemary Spell, Wilkin- son County's commissioner on the Southwest Miss. Mental Health District, spoke and introduced Dr. Steve Ellis, director of SWMH. Dr. Ellis reported that the Mental Health District leases office space at the Wilkinson County Indus- trial Complex. "We have a number of problems at the center in- chiding a leaking roof and a missing lavatory in one of the restrooms; said Dr. Ellis. Wqe also need a copy of our cur- rent lease with the county." He reported that Wilkin- son County has the lowest financial report in the nine- county district and is the third highest in the number of clients served. Supt. of Education Scott told the board, "We are hav- ing a problem with illegal dumping on school property on the Lower Woodville Road. People are dump- ing in front of the gate on the road leading into the county property. What is the county's plan to stop this problem? People need a place to dump big items. Is there a location for this?" Administrator Lewis replied, '5Ne have a plan in place. All people have to do is call the Wilkinson County Solid Waste office and request a pickup. We will come to their homes and pick up items from the roadside. We can pick up large pieces of furniture, re- frigerators, freezers, wash- ers, dryers and other items. And the service, is free to the caller. We have a grant that pays for this service." "People are not aware that the county will come out and pick up large items," said Supt. Scott. Supervisor Jackson sug- gested that the county send out this information with bills sent from the Solid Waste Department. "That way the people paying the bill will know that we will pick up these things," said Jackson. Circuit Clerk Lynn Del- aney appeared before the board with three matters as follows: • Announced that Mon- day, June 22, is the first day that in-house voting will be conducted for upcoming elections in August, 2015. • Asked all supervisors to have their voting precincts in safe condition and handi- cap accessible. • Reported a possible problem with the new lights being installed on the exterior of the courthouse. "I was told by the electri- cian that these lights could cause a problem and shut down service to parts of the courthouse including myof- rice." Administrator Lewis said of the electrical question, "I will make sure that this does not happen." Asst. Engineer Wimber- ly said that the easement deeds for the two bridge replacement projects on the Turkey Creek Road in the Fifth District need to be recorded in the court- house and filed copies sent to the Federal Department of Transportation. On motion by Supervi- sor Bankston and a second by Supervisor Jackson, the board voted unanimously to approve the final closure of the bridge replacement project on the Cane Creek Road in the Third District. The motion also approved the payment of the final $60,000 to the contractor. On motion by Supervi- sor Jackson and a second by Supervisor Hollins, the board voted unanimously to approve and accept the lone bid from Dickerson and Bowen Contractors in the amount of $28,500. The project calls for chip and seal repair of half a mile of the Ford's Creek Road in the Fourth District. The area slated for the work begins at the road's intersection with First West Street North. Supervisor Jackson also made a motion to authorize Board Pres. Bankston to sign a grant application for proposed work in Westside Heights Subdivision. The motion was seconded by Supervisor Seal and passed with a 5-0 vote. Due to a conflict with the supervisors being out of the county attending the Mississippi Association of Supervisors' Convention at the Gulf Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, the board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, has been moved to Monday, June 15, with start time set at 9:30 a.m. POSITIONS ANNOUNCED The Wilkinson County School District is seeking qualified applicants to fill the following positions: • Elementary/Middle School Principal • Elementary Education Teachers • Special Education Teachers - 1-12 • English Teacher - 7-12 • Biology Teacher • Math Teachers - 7-12 • Band Director • Head Football Coach • Head Baseball Coach • Bus Drivers School Principal applicants must have a Masters of Administration/Supervision and a minimum of an AAin School Administration. Teacher and Band Director applicants for aforementioned positions must hold a valid Mississippi teaching certificate in the area applying for, be a good disciplinarian, and be well-versed in subject area. Head Football and Baseball Coach applicants must hold a valid Mississippi teaching certificate and have prior experience coaching. Applications may be obtained from the Wilkinson County School District, Office of Superintendent, 488 Main Street, Woodville, MS 39669, or on the District website www.wilkinson.kl Wilkinson County School Board does not offer interim/ emergency certificates. Wilkinson County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, or disability, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.