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Joining her were other members of the Field Health System Board of Trustees, Field Health System doctors, Field Health System Administrator Chad Netterville, Field Health System staff, officials from the Mississippi Hospital Association, representa- tives of the lending institutions is involved the financing of the project and a number of area elected officials. The ceremony was followed by tours of the new facility. The brand new, state-of-the-art, 60,000 square foot facility will house the hospital, surgery department, emergency room and doctors' clin- ics and offer the same services as at the Field Memorial Community Hospital except using ,the latest in technology and equipment. The target date for moving patients and staff is Thursday, October 8. Due to its close proximity to Hwy. 24, emergency vehicles will now have an easier time accessing the hospital and emergency room. There is also a helicopter landing pad adja- cent to the building. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis Finch E As students were arriving %Ve have some minor fire. for-el~ses early on Wednesday smoke ~di,waterdamage in morning of last week, a fire Cason Hall, said Robinson. was discovered in Cason Hall '~Ve were able to get all of which forced the faculty and staff to evacuate this build- ing and the adjacent main building at Finch Elementary School in Centreville• School busses were steadily arriving as fire personnel from the Centreville and Woodviile Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the alarm call. At the scene of the fire on Wednesday, September 16, Finch Elementary Principal Sharon Robinson reported that the fire was in a small room where an electric hot wa- ter heater was located. the faculty and students safely out of the buildings and lined up on the perimeter fence," said Principal Robinson. "We have already held about three practice fire drills this year, and things went smoothly and without incident. There were no injuries" v~rflldnson County Superin- tendent of Education Timothy T. Scott reported on Monday, September 21, that Russell Ragsdale, an investigator with the Mississippi Fire Marshal's Office, was sent to the scene to investigate the cause of the Hall "Mr. Ragsdale has told me that he thought that the small fire was caused by the electri- cal service at a hot water heat- er, near the teacher's lounge; Supt. Scott reported• The superintendent also stated, "We are having Cason Hall professionally cleaned by ServePro. Once this is com- pleted we will have an air test conducted to make sure the building is safe before letting our students back into their classrooms• In the meantime students affected by the fire at Cason Hall are in class in the main Finch building. We had a few vacant classrooms that we are using in the interim. Individuals And Teams Sought To Compete In Annual Wild Game Cookoff The 2015 Woodville son or group can enter the Deer & Wildlife Festival Wild Game Cook Off in the calls all\ hu~t~rs indi-categories of venison, wild viduals, ~ teams, hunt- hog, fowl and 0thel- named ing camp teams, church game meal. The cooked groups, clubs -- to the Wild Game Cook Off competi- tion during the 8th annual festival set in downtown Woodville on Saturday, Oc- tober 10. For a fee of $75, a per- meat from this event will be judged by professionals from other areas. Winners in each category will re- ceive trophies and prizes. If you nre interested in participating in this event, please call 601-888-3998 or log on to the website (www~ deerandwildlifefestival. Off Application is posted on the event website, or call Janay Perkins, Wild Game Cook Off Chairman, at 225•247.4747 for an ap- plication. Join the fun during this family community event! Rep. Cockerham Featured Speaker At WCCF Annual Homecomin lanned For Friday, Willdnson County High School will celebrate its an- nual Homecoming on Friday, October 2• The theme for the event is "A Wildcafs Legacy and Beyond." The parade event Will be Friday, October 2, at 1:00 p.m. in downtown Woodville. Any- one who is interested in placing an entry in the parade should contact Wilkinson County High School employees Sharon Beyd, Dora Monroe, LaPonta Jones or Zelma Hayes. The entry fees are cars, $40.00, trucks, $50•00 and floats $60.00. Entry tickets may be obtained from the Wilkinson County High School office personnel. The deadline for paying entry fees is Mon- day, September 30. Once you pay your entry fee you will receive an entry fee number that must be vis- ible before entering the parade• The WCHS gates will open at 7:30 axn. and ALL GATES will be l ked at 11:00 aan. Lost tickets or entering the gate after 11:00 azn. will not be acceptable. NO EXCEP- TIONS! BY ORDER OF THE PARADE LINE-UP COM- MITIF . "Thanks for your coopera- tion in this matter," said the homecoming committee. Two New West Nile Cases Confirmed WCCF Warden Jody Bradley, left, is shown talking with Mississippi Rep. Angela Cockerham during a meeting held at the prison on Hwy. 61 North of Woodville recently. Rep. Cockerham was the speaker at the lunch time meeting. -- Submitted Photo In Mississippi, Case Total Now At 27 On September 21, the Mis- sissippi State Department of Health (MSDH) confirmed two new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV), bringing the tetal for 2015 to 27 cases. The cases were reported in Lauderdale and Marion counties. So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, At- tala, Covington, Forrest (2), Hinds (6), Lauderdale, Madi- son (4), Marion, Montgomer:~, Ranldn (5), Simpson (2), Wash- ington, and Yazoo counties. One death has been mperted in At- tala County The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2014, Mississippi had 43 WNV cases and seven deaths. Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include I Political o cement Column Ronnie Fisher Is Independent Candidate For JCJ West District Woodville resident Ron- nie Fisher has announced that he will run for the of- fice of West District Justice Court Judge as an inde- pendent candidate, and his name will appear on the Wilkinson County General Election ballot on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. "I am running for West District Justice Court Judge, and I will making rounds of the district to ask you for your vote on Tues- day, November 3. "I will publish my state- ment to the voters as time nears election day. "I want to thank you in advance and ask for your support in the November election•" Respectfully, Ronnie Fisher fever, headache, nausea, vomit- ing, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes• In a small number of cases, infec- tion can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death• The MSDH suggests the following precautions to pro- tect yourself and your envi- ronment from mosquito-berne illnesses: • Use a recommended mos- quite repellent that contains DEET while you are outdoors. Remove all sources of standing water around your home and yard to prevent mos- quite breeding. • Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors. • Avoid areas where mosqui- toes are prevalent. For more information on mosquito-berne illnesses, visit the MSDH website at www. Follow MSDH by email and social media at HealthyMS. com/counect. REP. COCKERHAM VISITS PRIVATE PRISON IN WOODVILLE Calls for more volunteers in corrections. State Rep. Angela Cock- erham, D-Magnolia, issued a call for volunteer service during a recent meeting of the Woodville Ministe- rial Alliance (WMA) held at Wilkinson County Cor- rectional Facility (WCCF) in Woodville. "There are so many churches in Wilkinson Coun- ty" with so much talent," said Cockerham, who served as guest speaker for the event. "There is some area where you can give of your time. Believe me, someone needs you... I encourage you to go out and serve, serve, and serve." Cockerham represents House District 96, which in- dudes Adams, Pike, Amite and Wilkinson counties. In addition to being the Chair- man of the House Energy Committee, she is also the Subcommittee Chair of Cor- rections for the Appropria- tions Committee. The meeting of the minis- terial alliance was the sec- ond one hosted this year by WCCF. It included a meal and tour of the facility. More than 50 people attended. During her presentation, Cockerham cited Scripture and shared colorfifl anecdotes about volunteer service. She said that as the prisoners listened to Paul and Silas in the Bible, they will also listen today to the volunteers who pray and worship God. The representative noted several areas in which vol- unteers may serve in cor- rectional facilities: education, substance abuse, religion and recreation• Cockerham stated she was inspired by a friend in volun- teer service who said, '~Whfle I'm here, I must make a dif- ference. If I can reach one person, I can make a differ- ence. We must go wherever God leads•" ROb Muncy, WMA Pres- ident and paster of Wood- ville Baptist Church, said he was very pleased with Cockerham's presentation• Jody Bradley, WCCF's new warden, echoed that senti- ment: '%Ve were honored to have her and we thoroughly enjoyed her message on vol- unteer service." Alan Chapman, WCCF's new Deputy Warden of Pro- grams, shared the closing remarks for the meeting. Speaking of volunteer ser- vice, he said, '~ou do this to affect the offenders. They need a strong shoulder to cry on and a strong arm to lead them." Other participants in the day's program included Larry Lee, MDOC Monitor and mayor of Centreville, presented the Invocation; Keith O'Banion, WCCF Human Resource Man- ager, served as Program Coordinator; Ina Walker, WCCF Buyer, shared the greetings; Roscoe Barnes III, WCCF Chaplain, intro- duced the speaker; and the Rev. Nolan Thompson, gave the closing prayer.