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,DEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 Volume 190 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, July 31, 2014 Number 13 MAKING ROAD SAFER -- Fifth Dis- trict Supervisor Jennings Nettles, left, negotiated with Halcon Resourc- es to pay to widen the Sam Leake Road near Hwy. 61 for safety rea- sons. "This road was too narrow to safely allow for large oilfield trucks to negotiate the road," said Supervi- sor Nettles. "Halcon agreed to pay for some .3 miles at the beginning of the Sam Leake Road." Also pictured above at center is Lucas Miller, own- er of Monster Movers of Rayne, La., whose company was hired to move a number of trees and dirt to make the road safer. At right is Shawn Guillo- ry, dozer operator for Monster Mov- ers. Completed road work is shown in the background. Monster Movers also widened a .7 mile section on the east end of this county roadway, also paid for by Halcon Resources. "I also want to thank Wyatt Norman and Gary Gilbert of Halcon for work- ing with Wilkinson County on this project," said Nettles. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis County Public Schools Set To Open On Wednesday, Aug. 6 All schools in the Wilkin- son County School District are slated to open their doors for registration for the 2014-2015 school term on Wednesday, August 6, beginning at 8 a.m. Students in pre-kinder- garten through twelfth grade are to register on this date according to Wilkinson County Superintendent of Education Timothy T. Scott. Superintendent Scott states that all teachers and assistant teachers are reporting for staff develop- ment workshops on August 1 and 4. "We would like all new students in pre-kinder- garten through twelfth grade to pre-register before Wednesday, August 6, at the school they are expecting to attend," said Supt. Scott. Uniforms are required for all grades in the WCSD. Schools in the district are as follows: Finch Elementary in Centreville: Pre-K - 5 Wilkinson County El- ementary School in Wood- ville: Pre-K - 5 William Winans Middle School in Centreville: 6-8 Wilkinson County High School in Woodville: 9-12. I Tusca|oosa 00aLr00Ne I Sha|e News by Bernell McGehee The classic Charles Dickens line from a Tale of Two Cities, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," easily ap- plies to what is happen- ing here in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. No better example of this came in the form of a news release this past Wednesday from Sanchez Energy reading, in part.: "Our first TMS well, the Dry Fork East #2H, in Wilkinson County, Missis- sippi was spud in late May and reached total depth earlier this month within the planned time-frame. During clean out prior to running production cas- ing, the drill string parted due to defects in the drill pipe: The news release went on to explain how Sanchez Energy planned to drill the lateral again and hoped to finish anew in a couple of weeks. No delay explanations have been forthcoming from Goodrich or Halcon, but it is obvious there are issues on several wells. Also, Encana, and pos- sibly Halcon, appear to be changing the company used for fracturing op- erations, likely as a re- sult of repeated delays in fracturing wells. FTS International, also known as "Frac Tech," is the re- placement company frac- turing the Encana Lyons 35H-2. These various issues are like horseflies at a swimming hole. They hurt like the devil and annoy you to the point of scream- ing sometimes, but, really, they don't kill you. Still, you feel like it's the worst of times when they bite. Meanwhile, Encana management reported this week that they were pleased with the improve- ment in drilling times and lateral lengths reached on recent wells. In fact, Trinidad Rig #124 has drilled back to back later- als over 8,000 foot, only the 2nd and 3rd laterals over 8,000 foot drilled in the TMS, so far. These two wells, Lewis 7-18H-1 and Pintard 28H-2, are in the "sweet spot" of the play and are expected to be excellent producers. In fact, based strictly off of persistent rumors, the Encana Mathis 29- 32H-1 and Encana Lewis 7-18H-1, the newest En- cana wells to be complet- ed, are flowing back at stellar rates. Meanwhile, Goodrich SLC, Inc. 81H-1 has begun flow back in West Feliciana Parish and Halcon Blackstone 4H-1 should begin flow back by early August. These two wells are also expected to be good ones. Early on in this play I was told it would be de- clared commercial when 10-12 wells in a row could be successfully completed. We keep starting the count improved. Plug drill out problems associated with the formation are seem- ingly over. Human caused issues haven't been elimi- nated and never will be completely, but are being addressed. No. About the only thing that can stop the TMS from being commer- cial is for the price of oil to drop to $80 or less per barrel. So, if you are a Tuscaloosa Marine Shale fan, this is clearly the best of times. But, for now, here's the known status of prepro- duction wells as of July 25. Drilling or Moving on: Wilkinson, Sanchez Dry Fork East, Halcon S D Smith 1H, Halcon Shuck- row 10H-l, Goodrich CMR Foster Creek 24-13H-1, Goodrich CMR/Foster 31- 22H-1; Amite, Encana Ash 13-1, Encana Sabine 12H-l, Goodrich Spears 31-6H-1. Fracturing or awaiting to be fractured: Wilkin- son, Encana Pintard 28H- 2, Halcon Fassman 9H-l; Amite, Goodric h Denk- mann 33-28H, Encana Ly- ons 35H-2, Goodrich Bates 25-24H-1. Awaiting plugs to be over, but the numbers of drilled out or drilled out successful wells in a row are growing and appear to be interrupted by fewer non-commercial level pro- ducers. Further, the dril- ling issues seem to remain mechanical in nature. The Tuscaloosa Marine shale is, in fact, without question a prolific produc- er of oil. The knowledge of how to drill it has been repeatedly demonstrated. The knowledge of how to fracture has been proven, and is continuing to be and flowing: Wilkinson, Halcon Blackstone 4H-1; Amite County, En- cana Mathis 29-32H-1 Encana Lewis 7-18H-11 West Felicana, Goodrich SLC, Inc. Note that during this past weekend the H&P Flex Rig 623 moved from the Halcon Fassman 9H site to Halcon Shuckrow 10H site. Provide feedback for this column to bernellmc- gehee@gmail.com. Tax Assessment Rolls Fall For Second Year In A Row For the second year in a row the assessment rolls of personal property located in Wilkinson County showed a dramatic drop in value based on documentation presented to the board by Wilkinson County Tax As- sessor Jeremy Ephion. Wilkinson County Chan- cery Clerk Thomas C. Toll- iver, Jr., informed the board of supervisors at their Mon- day, July 28, meeting that the assessed value of per- sonal property -- mainly cars and mobile homes -- dropped between $3 and $4 million dollars, according to Assessor Ephion's report to the board. "With assessments down it will mean that tax mill- age will have to go up to keep the tax receipts at the same level as last year. If mills are left at the same level as last year, the county will receive less tax money to operate on. This is a significant drop," said Clerk Tolliver. "We must know the anticipated tax income in order to set the budget for Fiscal Year 2015 which starts on October 1, 2014." Tolliver continued, "The management and setting of the county budget falls on the shoulders of the board of supervisors." Supervisors Wil Seal, Bill Bankston and Jennings Nettles all asked, "We don't see how our assessments are down for the second year in a row. We need to talk to Herring Appraisals about this. They have the contract to conduct the an- num appraisals of all coun- ty property. Our county is growing and our assessed values are dropping." CT Tolliver said, "It is the duty of Herring Ap- praisal to handle the ap- praisal of all county prop- erty each year." Two years ago the coun- ty's assessed value was $58 million. Last year it was $56 million, and this year the assessed value is down to $53 million. "I can't see how personal property values are going down each year while our county is growing," said Su- pervisor Seal. After the meeting was over, Assessor Ephion re- ported to County Adminis- trator Bruce Lewis that the missing $3 million dollars was due m missing infor- mation. The estimated $3 million was for the assessed value of utility service lines in the county that were not on the report to the supervi- sors. "That will make our over- all assessment come in at about the same level as last year," Administrator Lewis stated. Clerk Tolliver said that he was transferring an old garbage truck from the Solid Waste Department to the County Wide Depart- ment. This truck chassis is now mounted with a Dura- patcher road patching unit which was purchased by the Wilkinson County Indus- trial Development District and donated to the county. The transfer was approved by board vote of 5-0. Clerk Tolliver asked Ad- ministrator Lewis if county first responders such as volunteer firefighters were covered under the county's health insurance policy. One of the fire fighters was injured recently and was treated at Field Memo- rial Community Hospital. The cost of the treatment was $918.00. Lewis stated, "Send the bill to our health adminis- trator for them to negoti- ate." Administrator Lewis told the board that the re- districting of the county as a result of the population count from the 2010 Census has been completed. "The new maps and legal description of the county district lines have been sent to the Mississippi Secretary of State's office as required by law," said Lewis. He continued, "State law requires that the county publish the legal descrip- tion of the new lines in the local newspaper. There is a Mississippi Attorney Gen- eral's opinion which states that the county can publish a summary of the meets and bounds of each district. It is my recommendation that the board pass an order to publish the summary of the legal description in The Woodville Republican for the required three weeks." On motion by Seal and a second by Supervisor Ke- nyon Jackson, the board voted 5-0 to approve the matter. Mr. Lewis said that he had spoken with repre- sentatives of the Attorney General's office who report- ed that a number of com- plaints had been filed for the poor condition of three roads as follows: Jackson Paintand Lake Mary Roads in the Second District, and the Woodlawn Road in the Fourth District. "However, I want to re- port that the Woodlawn Road has been repaired by private individuals and is now in good condition," said Administrator Lewis. Another complaint was a report that the box culvert over the Narrows on the north end of Lake Mary had collapsed and was no longer passable. "The box culvert and road serves property in Adams County," said Lewis. "It was built as a State Aid Proj- ect by the Adams County Board of Supervisors, and they have the responsibility of maintaining the projec t . Wilkinson County is not in any way involved in this maintenance/repair proj - ect." Administrator Lewis advised the board that he was setting up a meeting with U.S. Congressman Greg Harper concerning problems on the Lake Mary Road. "The only problem with applying for federal grants is that they take too long." Mr. Lewis announced that he and Supervisor Seal had made a trip to Jackson where they met with the governor's office and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The purpose of the meet- ing was to discuss the possi- bility of building a pipeline from Lake Mary to provide oil companies with water to frack Tuscaloosa Marine Shale wells. Approximately 3.8 mil- lion gallons of water fows over the Sam Field Spillway each and every day. Lewis stated, "The av- erage TMS fracking uses 500,000 gallons of water, so the lake would provide the needs of almost eight wells a day. This water is leav- ing the county and going into the Mississippi River, and the pipeline would not adversely affect the level of the lake." The MDEQ was very in- terested in this proposal as it is against water wells and the pulling of water from smaller area streams. And, if the oil companies operating in Wilkinson County agree to build the pipeline, they have stated that they would rebuild the Lake Mary Road and install limestone and soil cement the road. "This would go a long way in solving the road prob- lems at Lake Mary," Lewis stated. "A preliminary es- timate for the 7.5 miles of road from the Percy Creek Bridge to the gate on the Homochitto River will cost about $1.2 million." When talking of Lake Mary, Administrator Lewis said, "The grant money we have to pay to raise the level of the Sam Field Spillway goes out in Janu- ary, 2015, so we need to act now or we will lose this money." After a short discussion the board voted to hold a special meeting and pub- lic hearing to discuss the Sam Field Spillway height. The session will be held on Wednesday, August 6, at 6 p.m. at the Wilkinson Coun- ty Park Facility on Hwy. 61 North of Woodville. The public is invited to attend and comment on this spe- cific matter. On another matter Ad- ministrator Lewis said the county has cancelled their current employee health in- surance plan effective Octo- ber 1, 2014. "We are moving the insurance to another company with hopes of a huge savings in premium dollars. We still have a lot of work to do before I can report back to the board," Lewis commented. Lewis announced that the county had been awarded a grant in the amount of $100,000 for the purpose of repairing the roof of the Wilkinson County Courthouse. The 20% matching grant was received from the Missis- sippi Department of Ar- chives and History. Mr. Lewis requested the permission of the board to consult with a roofing spe- cialist about the courthouse roof. "We need to get exact job specifications so we can ad- vertise for bids. This com- pany can do this for us. I will get a cost and report back to the board," said Lewis. The board approved this request concerning the courthouse roof replace- ment. (Continued on Page 6) Compulsory School Attendance Is State Law For County Students As the new school year September 1. begins, the Mississippi De- Children who have at- partment of Education, Of- tained or will attain the age fice of Compulsory School At- of five (5) years on or be- tendance Enforcement would fore September 1 and have like to remind area parents enrolled in a full-day public about the law governing kindergarten will be under school attendance, the Compulsory School At- Under the Mississippi tendance Law. Compulsory School Atten- dance Law, parents and guardians are required to en- roll their children in a public, private or home school. This law applies to children who have reached the age of six (6) and have not exceeded the age of seventeen (17) by Parents interested in teaching their children at home (home school) are re- quired to complete a Certifi- cate of Enrollment Card. Any parent or guardian who fails to comply with the compulsory school atten- dance law may be punished in a court of law. Chronic illness state- ments should be re-submit- ted each school term for office use. Wilkinson County School Policy states: "Up- on returning to school, the student has three (3) days to present an explanation (oth- er than suspension), in writ- ing from the parent or guard- ian explaining the reason(s) for the absence. For more information, call Edward Anthony, School Attendance Officer, at (601) 888-4381.