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Page 2 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, June 18, 2015 MISSISSIPPI'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER - Ed=bllshed t824 gbe 000000ni00"00Nepnblit00n Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Andrew d. Lewis ....................................... Publisher/Editor 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 Street, Woodville, MS 39669. Telephone (601) 888-4293, FAX (601) 888- 6156. Email: wrepublican @ 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. t 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 running in each race. (I) Incumbent SHERIFF Calvin Gaines Reginald L. Jackson (I) Travis Sharp TAX ASSESSOR Jeremy"Jarrod"Ephion(I) TrevaReid SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION Charles E. Johnson Annette M. Dillon Underwood CHANCERY CLERK Thomas C. Tolliver, Jr. (I) CIRCUIT CLERK Brian L. Dooley SUPERVISOR 1ST DIST. Earnest Newman SUPERVISOR 2ND DIST. Mike Quirk Marvin Tolliver SUPERVISOR 3RD DIST. William "Bill" Bankston (I) Venton A. "Bubba" McNabb 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 OF EDUCATION Shemekia Lacey-Bailey TAX ASSESSOR Wevlyn I. "Cookie" James SUPERVISOR 1ST DIST. Wil Seal (I) SUPERVISOR 2ND DIST. E. Kirk Smith THE FAR CORNER Ft. Adams & Lake Mary by Rhonda Quirk It doesn't look like the high water is going to leave any time soon. We have been beating in and out for three months now. The water is a major delay in planned repair work on Lake Mary Road. However, I have been reassured that as soon as the water falls out, the process to dredge Percy Creek will begin. The plan to dredge the creek has been talked to death, and the BOS has voted on it several times to deal with different setbacks. Hopefully, all of the prob- lems are resolved, and actual work can begin after the high water. Folks around here have contacted just about every agency including the Mis- sissippi National Guard in hopes of finding a solution to repairing Lake Mary Road. The National Guard idea was soon squashed because the Governor would have to declare Lake Mary Road a disaster. Since only a few permanent residents live here and no one is in real danger, it became pointless to try. However, the words "per- manent residence" stuck in my mind and reminded me of a story (Thoughts of the Land) I had read in Bluffs and Bayous magazine writ- ten by our good friend and neighboring farmer, Ross McGhee. Mr. Ross writes a monthly story in the All Out- doors section, and I love his stories! His story contained many family memories, and each one's attachment to the family land and what would happen ff for some reason he suddenly lost the land? Not that he is in jeopardy of that happening. I thought about Lake Mary and Fort Adams and how many families have celebrated weddings, an- niversaries, birthdays and countless holidays at their camps. Camps are an exten- sion of our homes. For gen- erations folks have been en- joying the great outdoors and creating family memories. Many of us caught our first fish here, killed our first deer here or learned how to run a trot line here. It pains me to hear the words, "that's just a camp.., nobody really has to have access right now." My opinion is that you are pay- ing property taxes and coun- ty roads should be accessible at any time, but more im- portantly families are miss- ing out on so many special events, simply because of years of non-maintained roads. High water is a deter- rent, but most folks will beat in and enjoy a weekend at the camp. Impassable roads are the main reason folks can't access their properties. It is just like losing your land until someone comes up with a permanent plan to reconstruct our roads. I don't know how the significant role The Far Comer plays in our lives keeps being overlooked. I understand there aren't many registered voters here, but registered voters from all over the county and state own property here. That may not mean much in a local election but maybe ffwe con- finue to search for resources on a state level, maybe some- body will figure out just how A column by Rev. Bobby Thornhill, Former Pastor CentreviUe & White's Chapel United Methodist Churches "In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes." Judges 17:6, 21:25 (NKJV) What was happening to the nation of Israel some three thousand years ago is very similar to our own plight in the United States today. The Israelites after Joshua gave themselves over to disobedience and idolatry and as a result there was no Godly leader- ship and everyone justified their actions according to their own preferences. God was ignored or counted on- ly the equal of other false gods; the consequence of this behavior was a disin- tegration of morality. In our own nation there are many today who would have us put God away, take Him completely out of our society, and even forbid the mention of His name. Our moral character as a nation is fast eroding as we "do what is right in our own eyes" we are spiraling downward at an alarming rate. We should remember the history of this era; God used other nations (often the Philis- tines) to punish the Israel- ites and cause them to cry out to Him for relief from their persecution. We are in danger today of plac- ing ourselves in that same rebellious position where God will respond with His wrath in order to bring us back to obedience. Dur- ing the time of the Judges there were cycles of perse- cution and slavery leading the Israelites to cry out to God. He then provided for them a "judge/king" to lead them out of bondage and into obedience. This resulted in a period of re- covery and prosperity, only to lead them back to self dependence, and soon open rebellion and bond- age again. This cyclic be- havior continued for some 300 years, from a period after Joshua's death until the reign of Saul as their first king. How long will we continue to "do what is right in our own eyes," ignoring God and His infal- lible Word? '!i  i:!.'..:...'.; ........ ii' ii i ,i i i ........... Shirley Mae Bolden Funeral services for Shirley Mae Bolden, 78, of Woodville, were held at noon on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Angola Bap- tist Church near Woodville with the Reverend Larry Andrews officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Rest Cemetery in Wood- viUe. Mrs. Bolden was born in Woodville on June 13, 1936, the daughter of the late Edward and Ella Jen- kins. She died on Monday, June 1, 2015, at Promise Hospital (Ochsner Cam- pus) in Baton Rouge, La. She was baptized at An- gola Baptist Church where she was a member of the Senior Choir, Deaconess Ministry and President of the Angola Baptist Church Willing Workers Club. She was a well-known cook and worked at AJFC Head Start for 35 years as head cook. In 1952 she married John Bolden, and unto this union five children were born. She was preceded in death by her parents; hus- band; five brothers, Robert Jenkins, Willie Jenkins, Edward Jenkins, Levi Jenkins and Robert Cage; and three grandchildren, Thomas Bolden, Geolisha Bland and Tarvis Bolden. Survivors include four sons, John Bolden, Jr., of Illinois, Johnie Bolden and Billy Bolden, both of Wood- ville, and Marcal Bolden of Baton Rouge; a daughter, Diana James of Woodville; two stepdaughters, Lois Augustus of Baton Rouge and Verna Caston of Clovis, New Mexico; a sister, Em- ma Newman of Woodville; 24 grandchildren; 45-great- grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Pallbearers were Johnny Bland, Johnnie Bolden, Gary James, Jr., Kenyon Bland, Pandra Vaughn, Walter Bland, Olrando Newman, Lance Jarvis and Alex Bolden. Honorary pallbearers in- cluded Johnie Bolden, Mar - cal Bolden, John Bolden, Billy Bolden and Billie Bolden. many votes actually do come from here. It is sad that such a paradise has been thrown away because of the lack of registered voters for our ar- ea. It shouldn't come down to number of voters, but that has been a major problem for our area. Spending money for roads and knowing only a few (maybe 5) votes can be e doesn't appear to be politically correct. Yet, on the other hand, the entire county loses revenue because of the horrible road situation. None of this makes sense to me. The greater good of the coun- ty is what every politician (state or local) should be con- cerned about. No one should have to lose "their land" for any amount of time because of a county road. However, that has become common practice for folks here. NOTICE OF PROPOSED AD VALOREM TAX EFFORT WILKINSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT The Wilkinson County School District will hold a public hearing on its proposed school district budget for fiscal year 2016 on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 10:00 o'clock a.m., in the office of the Superintendent of Education. At this meeting, a proposed ad valorem tax effort effort will be considered. The Wilkinson County School District is now operating with a projected total budget revenue of $8,065,157. Of that amount, 24.06 percent or $1,940,532 of such revenue is obtained through ad valor- em taxes. For the next fiscal year, the pro- posed budget has total projected revenue of $8,191,707. Of that amount, 24.90 percent or $2,039,582 is proposed to be financed through a total ad valorem tax levy. For the next fiscal year, the pro- posed increase in ad valorem tax effort by Wilkinson County School District may result in an increase in the ad valorem tax millage rate. Ad valorem taxes are paid on homes, automobile tags, business fixtures and equipment, and rental real property. Any citizen of Wilkinson County School District is invited to attend this public hear- ing on the proposed ad valorem tax effort, and will be allowed to speak for a reason- able amount of time and offer tangible evi- dence before any vote is taken.