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Page 4 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, June 18, 2015 Local Youth Enjoy Adventure At Summer Camp Bell Named Junior College's Best Pitcher HINDS CC'S BELL NJCAA DMSION II PITCHER OF YEAR Randy Bell of Woodville, a sophomore pitcher on the Hinds Community College baseball team in Raymond, was announced as the Spald- ing Baseball/National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday, June 10. The right-hander was also selected to the NJCAA All-American First-Team on Monday, June 8. Bell, who signed with the University of South Alabama in the early signing period in November, 2014, was also recently named to the All- Region and Mississippi As- sociation of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-State first team. Bell finished the 2015 season with a perfect 12-0 record with a 2.37 ERA and a 63/12 strikeout/walk ratio in 79.2 innings, and was the ace of a pitching staff that led Hinds to a 43-7 overall record to go along with the program's eighth MACJC state championship. Bell was an All-State second team recipient as a freshman in 2014 after leading the Eagles in wins (9), innings pitched (81.1) and strikeouts (64), while going 9-4 with two saves and a 4.98 ERA in 25 ap- pearances. His 21 career wins ties him for the school record with former big leaguer Pat Rapp (1986-1987). Bell was also the male re- cipient of the Eagle Award of Hinds, given to the stu- dent-athlete with the highest achievements in the class- room, community and on the playing field. He finished his academic career with a 3.86 GPA and was named to the Presi- dent's & Dean's List, along with being a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Who's Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. Are Invasive Vines Taking Over Your Plants And Yard? submitted by Ann tL Davis, Wilkinson County Extension Co- ordinator/Agent The numerous showers we have been experienc- ing the last several weeks have not only made the grass grow, but have caused an abundance of invasive vines are take over many landscape plants. Maybe you have noticed a favorite flower bed struggling in the clutches of green briar or the claw-like canes of multiflora rose. Has that beautiful bush you planted a few years ago become a whole clump of Vir- ginia Creeper in practically no time ... but what hap- pened to the azalea that used to grow right next to it? If you think controlling or man- aging invasive plants on your property is a daunting task, you're not alone. The basic question for most homeown- ers is simply, "How do I get rid of the invasive plants in my landscape?" Three broad categories of control cover most invasive plants: mechanical, chemical and biological, (mechanical and chemical being the most used). Mechanical control means physically removing plants from the environment through cutting or pulling. Chemical control uses her- bicides to kill plants and inhibit regrowth. Biological controls use plant diseases or insect predators to eradicate the problem. Several tech- niques may be effective, but there is usually one preferred method -- the one that is most resource efficient with minimal impact on non-tar- get species and the environ- ment. Mechanical treatments are relatively simple but can be highly labor intensive. Pull plants by hand or use a digging fork, as shovels can shear off portions of the root system, allowing for rapid regrowth. Suffocation is a mechani- cal treatment that can be used for small seedlings and herbaceous plants. Place double or triple layers of thick UV-stabilized plastic sheeting over the infesta- tion and secure the plastic with stakes or weights. Make sure the plastic extends at least five feet past the edge of infestation on all sides. Leave the plastic in place for at least two years. This technique will kill everything beneath the plastic -- inva- sive and non-invasive plants alike. Once the plastic is re- moved, sow a cover crop such as annual rye to prevent new invasions. Cutting or mowing is best suited for locations you can treat often. To be effective, mow or cut infested areas regularly for several years. The goal is to interrupt the plant's ability to photosyn- thesize by removing as much leafy material as possible. Cut the plants at ground level and remove all result- ing debris from the site. With this treatment, the infesta- tion may actually appear to get worse at first, so you will need to be as persis- tent as the invasive plants themselves. Each time you cut the plants back, the root system gets slightly larger, but must also rely on its energy reserves to push up new growth. Eventually, you will exhaust these reserves and the plants will die. This may take many years, so you have to remain committed to this process once you start; otherwise the treatment can backfire, making the prob- r lem worse. Herbicides are among the most effective and resource- efficient tools to treat in- vasive species. Most of the commonly known invasive plants can be treated with glyphosate; 2,4D; or triclopyr (the active ingredient in Brush-B-Gone, and Garlon ). Glyphosate is non-selective, meaning it kills everything it contacts. Triclopyr is se- lective and does not injure monocots (grasses, orchids, lilies, etc.). 2,4D is a selec- tive herbicide for broadleaf weeds but can harm shrubs such as azaleas. Please read labels and follow directions precisely because several of the herbicides will also kill your shrubs or plants if not handled properly. Foliar application of her- bicides is usually made us- ing a pump sprayer or small handheld spray bottle. It is an excellent way to treat large monocultures of herba- ceous plants, or to spot-treat individual plants that are difficult to remove mechani- cally. It is also an effective treatment for some woody species, such as multifiora rose or Japanese honeysuck- le. This treatment is most effective when the plants are actively growing, ideally when they are flowering or beginning to form fruit. It has been shown that plants are often more susceptible to this type of treatment if the existing stems are cut off and the regrowth is treated. The target plants should be thor- oughly wetted with the her- bicide on a day when there is no rain in the forecast for the next 24 to 48 hours. There are several differ- ent types of cut stem treat- ments. One of my favorites is Green Light Cut Vine and NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING All interested citizens of the Town of Woodville are invited to attend and comment upon the application of the Town of Woodville for a grant through the U. S. Department of Agriculture. The specific ele- ments of this proposed action are the installation of approximately 4,000 feet of 6" and 2,000 feet of 4" PVC Waterline, Rehabilitation of existing 60,000 and 300,000 gallon elevated tanks and installation of two (2) new aerators and a new 500 GPM water well to serve the existing customers of the system. A public hearing shall be held at the Woodville Municipal Building, 131 Courthouse Street, Woodville, Mississippi at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. /s/Cathy McCurley Cathy McCurley, Clerk WILKINSON COUNTY YOUTH ATTEND TARA WILDLIFE CAMP Pictured above are four Wilkinson County youth who were awarded scholar- ships to attend Conservation Camp at Tara Wildlife north of Vicksburg the week of May 30 through June 4. The camp was funded by the Public Law 106-393 through the Wilkin- son County Board of Super- visors and conducted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Tara's acclaimed Summer Youth Camps are designed to provide today's youth ages 9-15 with both an under- standing and an apprecia- tion of our cherished natural resources and the wise man- agement of those resources. Campers from several coun- ties enjoyed fish and wild- life identification, compass navigation, marksmanship, swimming, fishing, Hunter Safety Education, and other conservation related activi- ties. Tara's guides and staff, MSU-ES agents, outdoor- industry professionals, and environmentally conscious organizations provided in- struction and supervised daffy activities. During the end-of-camp ceremony, awards were pre- sented for Best All-Around Camper, Best Marksman - .22, Best Marksman - Shot- gun/Skeet, Best Marksman - Archery and Safety. Car- son Pritchard, the son of Al- lison and Larry Pritchard, received the Best Marksman - Shotgun Award for excel- lence on the skeet range. Others attending camp were Ada Ashley, daughter of Adriene and Steve Ash- Carson Pritchard Best Marksman - Shotgun ley; Gracie Cavin, daughter of DNella and Neal Cavin; and Tyler McKlemurry, son of Virginia and Brian McKI- emurry. Keep Termite Swarms From Your Home by Bonnie Coblentz MSU Ag Communications Mississippi State Uni- versity entomologist John Guyton actually wears them on special occasions in a tie, and some people collect them for science ex- periments, but homeowners typically want nothing to do with termites. Termites are estimated to cause $40 billion in damage to wooden structures every year. In the U.S., that figure is $2 billion to $3 billion, and several million dollars are lost to termites each year in Mississippi. Guyton, an insect expert with the MSU Extension Service, said the Southeast is home to subterranean, Formosan and drywood ter- mites. All of these species occur in Mississippi, where the most common type is the Eastern subterranean ter- mite. A more recent threat has been the non-native For- mosan termites, which were introduced into the U.S. at New Orleans after World War II. Starting in the spring, termites begin to swarm, looking for places to begin new colonies. "Termite and ant swarms Stump Killer. Apply the her- bicide directly to the cut sur- face as soon as possible after cutting. Delaying the ap- plication will reduce the ef- fectiveness of the treatment. All stems in an infestation should be treated. It is help- ful to mix a dye in with the herbicide solution. The dye will stain the treated sur- face and mark the areas that have been treated, prevent- ing unnecessary reapplica- tion. Again, read and follow all label directions. For more information on control of invasive vines in the landscape or to identify the vine, contact the Wilkin- son County Extension Office at 601-888-3211. look remarkably alike. Both are small, white-winged in- sects flying in swarms and, in the case of termites, often accumulating in windows," Guyton said. "Most people will never see a swarm, but they will see termites ac- cumulating in windows be- cause they fly toward the lit window." Guyton said most ter- mites swarm on warm and sunny mornings, oRen after a shower wet the ground the previous evening. "These swarms can be dense enough to get your undivided attention," Guy- ton said. "Of special inter- est are the Formosans that swarm at night by the thou- sands and can sometimes be seen under street lights. Homeowners in south Mis- sissippi may wish to turn off their exterior lighting if they see swarms under street lights since termites are attracted to light." Termites can be con- fused with ants, but there are telltale physical differ- ences. Termites have long, straight antennae, while ants have bent, or elbowed, antennae. Termite swarm- ers have front and back wings of equal length, while ants have front wings that are longer than the back wings. Those looking for signs of termite presence often search for mud tubes com- ing from the ground up the foundation of a house. "These provide the ter- mites protection from pred- ators while maintaining the high humidity they need," Guyton said. "However, mud tubes are not always present. Termite infesta- tions are actually quite dif- ficult to detect until dam- age becomes obvious, and by this time, repair bills can be costly." In nature, termites per- form the important service of recycling wood, leaf litter, dung and bones into nutri- ents, Guyton said. "Termites exhibit a preference for soft, spring- growth wood and avoid hardwood and chemically treated wood," he said. "They break off and swallow pieces of wood that are then broken down and digested by protozoans, bacteria and enzymes in their hindguts." Termites' favorite foods, by order of preference, are loose cellulose fibers, paper, cardboard, softwood' and hardwood. These food ch0ice:are bad news for wooden struc- tures. Blake Layton, Extension entomologist, said there are several steps homeowners ' can take to avoid or reduce the potential for termites getting into houses. Make sure the building is properly treated for termites, and be sure any additions are also treated. Do not allow mulch or leaves to pile above the slab and against siding, and prevent water leaks and moisture problems in and around the building. '%Ve have several highly effective treatments avail- able for termite control(" Layton said. "The key thing to remember is that ter- mite control is best done preventively, rather than waiting until one has dam- age or an infestation. And termite control is not a do- it-yourself project. You need to hire a professional pest control company to do this work." Termites are often trans- ported to new areas in fire- wood. It is very important that campers not take wood with them to other areas. Instead, they should use wood provided at their des- tination campground. Fire- wood for winter should also be cut and used locally. Find more information about termites and home protection in Extension Publication 2568, "Protect Your House from Termites," available online at msucares.com/pubs. CUni00d , . 1ff, ou t 'K Rell Es00e Gibson RealtV and Land Co. SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI'S LOCAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS timberland hunting land residential commercial recreational www.gibsonrealtyms.com Slade Priest, Melissa Field, Scott Lindsey, REALTOR REALTOR REALTOR, ALC Forester 601-888-0094 601-467-7070 601-248-3561