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q,,. 'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 P~ Volume 189 USPS 462-260 50¢ per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, July 25, 2013 Number 12 COUNTY RECEIVES ANOTHER FIRE TRUCK -- The Wilkinson Coun- ty Volunteer Fire Department added to their fleet of fire fighting units when an additional fire truck ar- rived here on Wednesday, July 17. On recommendation of Larry Barr at the Mississippi Fire Marshal's of- rice, the county purchased this 1989 Ford fire truck from Deep South Fire Equipment in Seminary for $38,000 using a grant and other funding from the fire marshal's office. This truck will be housed at the fire station in Woodville. Pictured with the unit are as follows, from left, Fire Chief Mary Frederick and firemen LaKendrick Grandberry and Ronald Pointe. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis Shots rang out from a number of shooters disturb- ing the Ash Quarters neigh- borhood on Sunday night in Centreville leaving one man dead and another with a gunshot wound, reported Centreville Chief of Police Jimmy Ray Reese. According to Chief Reese lice station. I was on my way home when I got a call that there was a shooting in the area I had just left? The shooting call was re- ceived at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. in the ankle. He underwent surgery for the wound and is in good condition and ex- pected to make a complete recovery, said Chief Reese. "What disturbs me is that we have solid proof that we Due to a shortfall of al- board honor his request," most $200,000 in ad valor- Lewis stated. em tax collections in Wilkin- On motion by Supervisor son County earmarked Seal and second by Super- for the Wilkinson County visor Jennings Nettles, the School District, the Wilkin- board extended the contract son County Board of Su- for a year with a 5-0 vote. peiwisors is now faced with County Extension Service a possible tax millage in- Director Ann Davis reported crease of 3.53 mills to cover that the maintenance con- the income shortfall, tract on the copy machine at By state law a board of her county office was about supervisors cannot refuse to to expire. raise moneys requested by "Mrs. Davis says that the the school board, new four-year contract can The announcement was be renewed for a little less made by Wilkinson County than the current contract," Chancery Clerk Thomas said Lewis. C. Tolliver, Jr., at the Mon- On motion by Nettles and day, July 22, meeting of the second by Seal, the new Wilkinson County Board of contract was approved by Supervisors. unanimous vote. Tolliver reported, "Based Architect Belinda Stew- upon the figures we have on art was in this county re- hand today, it looks like tax- cently looking at the Wilkin- es will have to be increased son County Courthouse to to fulfill the needs of the assess the immediate needs school district? of the historic building. Tolliver said he was still "She says that the roof is waiting on budget requests from several remaining de- partments. "We can't com- plete a budget when we don't know how much mon- ey the various departments need to operate for fiscal year 20147 Lewis added, "We need to be aware that upcoming courthouse work might be disruptive to court sessions. "I have met with Wood- ville Mayor Gary D'Aquilla about using the Woodville Municipal Building Court- room for county court if needed. He agreed with the county using their court- room as needed. I feel that this will do fine for Chan- cery Court, but I don't think the room is large enough for a jury trial in Circuit Court. I will speak to Circuit Court Judge Lillie B.Sanders about this matter. Administrator Lewis re- minded the board of the fact that Circuit Court Judge Sanders had appeared in their prior meeting with a request for financial sup- port for her drug court due to recent cuts in federal and state funding sources. "You need to be mindful of this number one on the list of when you set your budget important needs, followed by the heating boiler in the basement," Lewis reported. "Ms. Stewart is frowning on our attempts to have the roof patched. I am sure her recommendation will be to When officers arrived had three or four shooters ple of letters from area CPA need to get an expert in they found Kevin Laron firing off shots and no one firms expressing interest in that field to make an as- Parker, 19, a resident of 845 is willing to come forward conducting our annual au- sessment of the courthouse for the coming fiscal year. Adams County has agreed to help fund Judge Sanders drug court program in their next fiscal year." Officials at the Wilkin- son County Department of Clerk Tolliver reported replace the shingle and flat Human Services contacted that he had received notice roof surfaces to make sure County Administrator Lew- from the Mississippi Audit that we have an accept-is about the possibility ofex- Department that the county able roof surface that won't panding the size of the cur- audits for the coming two leak. She also stated that rent DHS building. "I have fiscal years will be complet- she isn't qualified to make been trying to meet with ed by private CPAfirms. a determination about the a state official about this "We have received a cou- boiler system. She says we request, but he has had to cancel our meetings at the last minute? Lewis reported that the he and Officer Glenn Watson Mangum Street, Centreville, to report what they saw. dits," he stated, boiler, and report their find- legal problems continue were on patrol in the neigh- lying on the ground with one As a result of this problem, After a year-long pro- ings." in the county's acquisi- borhood when they stopped gunshot wound to his head. we have no arrests at this cess the Wilkinson County Lewis told the board that and visited with guests He wastransportedtoField time," Reese stated. '%Ve do Comprehensive Emergen- it was his recommendation Memorial Community Hos- have a couple of names and cy Management Plan has that the county get someone pital. He was pronounced are running down all leads been completed, according to look at the boiler. "This de~a ~hj°u~:~me lt~t:rshoot- dnethc; c~stl~:tihav~hna~ t~e te~elerknT~ll~Ve:a;h°t?So~ ~ieedSbeca~'~:'~3~ew:::~nr ing melee was an innocent dead man had any connec- County Emergency Man- is coming, and the building tion to the wedding recep- tion. We just don't know why he was shot and killed? Anyone with information about this shooting incident, please call the Centreville Police Department at 601- 645-5917. at a wedding reception in the area of Third, Fourth and Fort streets in the Ash Quarters. ~: "Things were quiet at the party -- there were people having a good time, mind- ing their own business and bystander who was a guest at the wedding reception. "He happened to be in the no loud music," said Reese. wrong place at the wrong "They even invited myself time," Reese commented. and Officer Watson to join Justin Louis Gaulden, 23, them at the reception. We of 2081 Louis Gaulden Road, declined and drove to the po- Centreville, was shot once Before you take off for your family vacation or tim in the sun closer to home, United Blood Services encourages you to stop by the Wilkinson County Blood Drive, sponsored by the Wilkinson County Cattlemen's Extension Service Building lo- cated at 982 Second Street in Woedville. All donors will re- ceive a free bar-b-que beef sand- wich and a free t-shirt, courtesy of the WiUdnson County Cattle- men's Association and the Mis- Association and Beef Council, to give your sum- mer donation. Eligible donors are encouraged to give blood three times a year - especially once in the summer - to keep hospital shelves stocked with lifesaving blood. The blood drive will be held on Friday, July 26, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the J. R. Hamilton agement Director. "I had 20 copies of the 200-page report printed. I now have it ready for the members of the board of su- pervisors to examine," said Tolliver. Wilkinson County Board Attorney and County Ad- miuistrator Bruce Lewis stated that he had met with county mapper David Co- thren. "Mr. Cothren has request- ed a one-year extension of his contract at the current rate of $27,000, and it is my recommendation that the The Mississippi Depart- ment of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will soon begin outreach to landown- ers in Wilkinson County re- garding permissible water withdrawals. In the past withdrawals from Foster's Lake have affected the lake's level, and the agency wants to prevent future issues. Any pumping or diverting of water out of lakes, riv- will be needing heat in just a couple of months? Lewis reported that he had met with Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller about funding for courthouse renovations. "Chief Justice Waller said his funding was not for courthouse renovations. Justice Waller did agree to accompany me to the Mis- sissippi Department of Ar- chives and History to look into possible funding for much-need work on the Wilkinson County Court- house? ers, or streams requires a permit from MDEQ. Appli- cants must submit a com- pleted application for each separate withdrawal or di- version point. Where mobile pumps are proposed for use in the diversion of surface water, a separate permit is required for each quarter- quarter section from which water is diverted. The maximum volume of tion of the building and land currently owned by the Ft. Adams Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy. 24 West. "We haven't been able to locate the minutes or a list of officers of the FA- VFD. Our next step will be to hold a public hearing to try and determine the group's leadership so we can begin the legal work to transfer the property and building into the owner- ship of Wilkinson County. "The FAVFD is in default on their loan to Rural De- velopment. We are trying to get the property in the county's name so we can pay off the debt and take ownership." (Continued on Page 2) water requested, estimated dates for withdrawal of the water, and estimated with- drawal rates must be fur- nished to MDEQ who will then perform an analysis on what volume and rate can be safely withdrawn. For additional informa- tion or for questions check MDEQ's website at www. or call 601- 961-5269. Me reward program. Save time, go online! You can now complete the health history questionnaire online the DAY of your dona- tion at www.UnitedBloodSer- Print and bring your Fast Track Donation Ticket to the blood drive. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height] weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a par- ent or guardian. Mississippi sissippi Beef Council. Donors will also receive a free t-shirt from United Blood Services. Make your appointment to give blood at www.bloodhero. com using sponsor code wilkin- soncattle or by calling 601- 888-321L With each donation, donors receive a free total cho- lesteret test and earn points in United Blood Services' Here in Entergy Mississippi Officials Warn Customers Of Current Scam Efforts In Neighboring States Customers in Louisiana, Arkansas targeted; Mississippi couM be next There have been numer- ous reports of a scam tar- geting Entergy customers in Louisiana. The con artist calls and says that your elec- tric bill payment is past due, and that your service will be disconnected within the hour if you don't pay up. Then you are directed to transfer funds electronically, sometimes through a system known as "MoneyPak." A similar scam was reported in Arkansas in May. Although there haven't been any reports of this hap- pening in Mississippi, it does appear that scammers may be working their way through the Entergy service territory. Entergy Mississippi doesn't want customers to fall victim to this scam and reminds ev- eryone: While the company does place courtesy calls if you are at risk for disconnection, these are recorded calls, and are not calls from live cus- tomer service representa- tives. Entergy NEVER de- mands immediate payment. While you may pay your Entergy bill by phone or cred- it card, it is ONLY through BillMatrix, a third-party ven- dor we use for this purpose. You should never give your personal information to strangers. If a call sounds suspicious, call 1-800-EN- TERGY (1-800-368-3749) to speak with an Entergy cus- temer service representative. Also, you can manage your Entergy account and review account alert options to stay better informed by download- ing the free Entergy smart phone app or visiting entergy. corn to register for myAccount. You should only use autho- rized methods and legitimate banking information to pay your Entergy bill. We offer several convenient ways: s Pay online - For no ad- ditional charge, you may se- curely log in to myAccount at to conveniently pay your bill online. • Pay by phone - You may pay your bill by credit card, debit card or electronic check by calling Entergfs pay-by- phone provider, BillMatrix, at 1-800-584-1241. BillMatrix charges a $2.95 service fee. • Walk-in payment centers - Want to pay in person? You may pay your bill by cash, check or money order at an authorized Quick Payment Center in your community. A convenience fee may apply. Locate payment centers here: agent_reference/qpc.aspx • Bank draft -You can av°idyour Entergylate feeSpaymentbY havingau- tematically deducted from your checking account each month. Entergy ~ mail a monthly billing statement to you for your records, show- ing the bill amount and bank draft date. • Pay by mail - You can send a check by U.S. Marl to the remittance address shown on your bill. If you believe you are a vic- tim of this scam, you should n°tifYsuch asthethePr°perlocalauth°ritieS'pelice or theEntergyOffice.StateIfaccount hasYOuatt°rneYbelievegeneral'SbeenYOUraf- fected, call 1-800-ENTERGY (1-800-368-3749) to speak with an Entergy customer service representative. Native Ti Former Trinity Episcopal star receiver Tip McKenzie, ~O [e~dyn to ~ f N::~h~e ,a ~.d among four Vanderbilt Uni- fromVersitYthePlayerSfootballdismissedteam for an incident last month that is being investigated by po- lice as a possible sex crime.. Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin released a state- ment Monday, July 15, saying McKenzie, defen- sive back Brandon Banks, safety Cory Batey and tight end Brandon Vandenburg are no longer on the roster after violating team rules. Vanderbilt dismissed Junethe players29 andfr°mkickedthe teamthem being°ff campUsMetr° NashvilleinVestigatedf°r anpoliceincidentby De.the partment's sex crimes unit, but university officials had not identified them. Franklin had not corn- mented on the incident or the dismissals until Mon- day when he said playing at Vanderbilt is a privilege and not a right. "We insist on high stan- I dards of personal respon- sibility and integrity, and there are consequences when those standards are not met," Franklin said. The sex crimes unit of the Nashville Police De- partment opened an in-. vestigation June 26 after being notified by campus police about "a matter that is alleged to have occurred at a Vanderbilt University dormitory" on June 23. Evidence was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of In- vestigation's crime lab for testing. McKenzie redshirted in 2012, but the 5-foot-8 re- ceiver had four catches for 83 yards in the Commo- dores' spring game -- the most yards receiving in the game. His attorney, Jodie Bell, did not immediately return a message request- ing comment on the mat- ter.