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The Woodville Republican, Thursday, September 24, 2015 7 by Bernell McGehee I'm planning to have my gall bladder removed this week. Everyone tells me it's no big deal. I even had a doctor laugh and tell me he could take it out with his pocket knife. (I passed on the offer.) I was actually advised to have it removed over 20 years ago, but I declined, ex- plaining my decision at the time to the fact that I felt attached to it. At any rate, I finally decided it was time to end my relationship with the little darling. If I had the same power to simply decide to raise oil prices and return the Tus- caloosa Marine Shale to an active shale play, I wonder if I would do so. These low oil prices have had a lot of positive effects for our coun- try as a whole and for many others not closely associ- ated with the oil production business. I suspect a side benefit of low oil prices has also been a reduction in ter- rorist activities since there is less oil funding available just on a selfish level.'Beyond my personal feelings though, I also see friends and rela- tives who have made a liv- ing from oil production jobs facing struggles right now. Moreover, I think it is rea- sonable to expect the area to receive some very nice divi- dends from TMS activities if/ when this thing really kicks off, which, by the way, it never did. So, all in all, I would likely go with a rise in oil prices and, presumably a return to drilling, fracking and pro- ducing activities here in the TMS. But, I don't have that authority and, as has been the case for months now, the TMS is in survival mode. Go- odrich Petroleum is continu- ing to take steps to shore up its balance sheet for the long haul. Company insiders loaned the company $27.5 million dollars last week as a part of its attempt to do so. And, though there remain four wells to frack in the for such activities. And, of area, it appears the comple- in late July. This well had total production in July of 1,406 barrels of oil. Natural gas produced is being flared. A state test of initial produc- tion occurred on August 8, which should have been at or near the peak production for this well. This report showed 1,016 barrels of oil produced using a 16/64 choke. Cer- tainly not a bad well, but not an outstanding well either when comparing it to more recent completions. The Goodrich T. Lewis 7-38H-1 in south central Amite County starting flow- ing back in early August, so a report on this well should be forthcoming soon. I don't expect a report for the remaining two Ha/con and two Goodrich wells that have not been fracked (1 in Wilkinson County and 3 in Tangipahoa Parish) for sev- eral months. With the spot price for Louisiana Light Sweet Crude (our TMS oil) at the $50 level on Friday, September 18, there is no incentive to even schedule Staggers Winning Awards For Play At .3 EMCC's Allenzae Staggers Named MACJC SpeciaITeams Player Of The Week After Four-Touchdown Effort SCOOBA - For his four: touchdown effort in last week's 69-0 home win over Coahoma, East Mississippi Community College sopho- more Allenzae Staggers has been named the Mis- sissippi Association of Com- munity and Junior Colleges (MACJC) Special Teams Player of the Week. A wide receiver for the seventh-ranked EMCC Li- ons, Staggers amassed 267 all-purpose yards while scoring four times during last Thursday's MACJC North Division opener ver- sus Coahoma. While mak- ing his collegiate punt re- turn debut, the Wilkinson County High School prod- uct ran back six punts for 169 total yards, including returns of 81 and 35 yards for touchdowns. Staggers also had a team-most four catches for 98 receiving yards against the Tigers with scoring grabs of 44 and 41 yards. For the season, Stag- gers leads all EMCC re- ceivers with 12 catches for 155 yards and three course, buying gasoline for tion of these wells continues fracking thesewells for now. touchdowns. In addition to less than $2.00 per gallon is to be delayed in the hope that Despite the slow news on currently leading the Na- something we are all enjoy- oil prices will improve, the TMS, Fll update y'all on tional Junior College Ath- ing at the moment. Before the latest drop in whatever little bit I can mus- letic Association (NJCAA) Still, as someone with oil prices a few wells were ter in about three weeks.., if statistical leaders in punt some mineral and royalty completed during the sum- my gallbladder doesn't throw return average (28.2 yds/ interests in the TMS and mer and are flowing back. too big of a fit over our split ret), he has also returned as someone who personally Among those is the Ha/con up. two kickoffs for 31 yards benefits from oil production Rogers 1H located on the Stay tuned! on the year. activities in my businesses I south side of Hwy. 24 be- Provide feedback for this Joining Staggers for must say I would be tempted tween Centre~lle and Wood- column to bernellmcgehee@ MACJC football honors this to vote for higher oil prices ville, which began producing gmail.com. week were Northwest Mis- sissippi sophomore running back Justin Crawford and Mississippi Gulf Coast fresh- man linebacker Reggio Dean. The trio will now contend for national honors to be an- nounced Wednesday by the NJCAA. The following day after receiving the MACJC Spe- cial Teams Player of the Week award Staggers of seventh-ranked East Mis- sissippi Community College reeled in his second individ- ual accolade by earning NJ- CAA Special Teams Player of the Week honors, as an- nounced recently by the na- tional office headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo- rado. Staggers is a graduate of Wilkinson County High School in Woodville. Water Well Workshop Set In Hazlehurst On Tuesday, October 13 South Mississippi home- owners in small communi- ties and rural areas can learn how to better manage, operate and protect their private wells during an Oc- tober 13 program in Copiah County. "A workshop titled Water understand groundwater ba- sics, well-care best practices and how to find assistance," said Jason R. Barrett, as- sistant professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Center for Gov- erument and Community Development. "The program Quality and Private Wells will teach well owners about will be hem Tuesday, Oc-'~their private wells, how to tober 13, from 6 to 9p.m. to -sample their we~Is, how to help Mississippi well owners interpret sample results, ~ii~,~i~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii THE FAR CORII EI Ft. Adams & Lake Mary by Rhonda Quirk and what they can do to pro- tect their wells and source water from contamination." garbage truck came barrel- Information about the ing down the road Saturday workshop and registration morning. It was like a UFO is available at http://gcd..,had landed at Lake Mary. msucares.condreoster: The Folks were scrambling about to get their garbage to the Temple Heights, ca. 1837 program will be at the Copi- ah County Extension office in Hazlehurst. Additional information is available by calling 662-325-3141. Joining Barrett in pre- Sat., Oct. 3, 2015 9:00 a.m. at the beautiful Prentiss Club Downtown Natchez, MS Open House will be on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 10 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Offered at public auction is a fantastic collection of 19th Century antique furnish- ings from five estates, including Temple Heights, ca. 1837, at Columbus, Missis- sippi, One of the highlights of this auction is the original gouache/pencil of the iconic Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol. This auction includes furniture by J.H. Belter, J & J.W. Meeks, A. Roux and R.J. Homer. Also a large collection of bril- liant cut glass, early lighting, fine hand painted porcelains, antique clocks, sterling silver and china. We will also be selling handmade Persian rugs, primitives, giant Victorian over the mantle mirrors, bronze castings plus many other rare pieces of Southern finery. Visit our website at www'stevensauctin'cm" The Prentiss Club is for sale by the owner, who will be present at open house and on auction day, to answer any questions about this historic building. For information not found online or in our brochure, please call our office at (662) 369-2200 or e-mail us at stevensauction@bellsouth.net. Phone bids are always welcome with advanced arrangements. You can bid live via internet in the comfort of your home with www.liveauctioneers.com. Individuals interested in bidding live must register twelve hours prior to the start of the auction. ~:~' AUCTION COMPANY "~2~. 662-369-2200 www.stevensauction.com P. O. Box 58 Aberdeen, MS 39730 John Dwight Stevens, Auctioneer Member of MS and National Auctioneers Associations MS A, L//349 TN A,L, #~042, ALA, L #1855 SELLING THE SOUTH'S FINEST ANTIQUES Lots of Lake Mary camp mud pit for nobody, eighteen owners were faught by sur- wheeler or not! I have had prise when the Waste-Pro enough of being stuck and road. Then they would rush and call .t~eir neighl~9~.~o they could be prepar~L.for~ the', rare., phendmenon ~.that was actually happening on Lake Mary Road. Hopefiflly, they will continue to pick up garbage on Lake Mary Road. I don't know if folks on Pecan Grove were lucky enough to encounter the same experi- ence. However, I can tell you that Jackson Point Road is in much better shape, except for the Narrows, than Lake Mary Road, so if they don't receive the same service, it cannot be blamed on road conditions. It seems like we just can't catch a break back here on Jackson Point Road, before we are faced with another ordeal. Soon log trucks will begin to travel Jackson Point Road. Why is this an ordeal to me? Many stretches on our road are one lane. There isn't any room for two normal sized trucks to pass much less a log truck. The area once referred to as the "Mud Bog" is just one of many plac- es that does not allow two lane traffic. When it rains the area on the sides of the road become boggy, and here we go again! Stuck in the mud. I understand these loggers will be logging Six- teenth Section land, and they have been waiting a while to get to it because of the bad roads and high water, but what about our safety? I for one will not pull over into a senting the workshop will be Steve Wilson, a ground- water hydrologist with the Illinois State Water Survey, and Clinton Dunn, a well construction technology in- structor with Southwest Mississippi Community Col- tearing up trucks. Our old, green, paid for, Ford truck has been retired to the farm because of damages inflicted to it during the mud bog situation, and it has been replaced by a newer Chevy Z71 with a high dollar note attached. I have no intention of paying a note while it Sets in Jr.'s Shop in Woodville for repairs caused by this road. I try very hard to discourage folks from joy riding through the mud and creating "situa- tions" that are unnecessary. I won't willingly create a "situ- ation" for myself. I know it is necessary for the loggers to do their job, but, it should also be necessary for our read to be safely passable for two motorists. Hunting season is near and hunters are really start- ing to flock in. I am hoping this will be another reason to keep our roads navigable. It still baffles me that some SEPTEMBER 25, 26, & 27 RICHTON, MS ON W1NGATE RI) AT FU LMER'S FARMSTEAD folks cannot grasp the con- cept that the outdoor indus- try is growing in Wilkinson County, and we need to act on it. When folks thought the oil industry was coming here, everybody was trying to ac- commedate it. The "oil ship" sailed away. However, the sportsman's paradise that exists here is wa" ;ng to be capitalized upon. Last year, G~vernor Phil~Bry~t signed Senate Bill 2425 which is an annual tax free holiday beginning on the first Friday of September and ending a~ midnight the follo~ng Sun- day. This should be a major clue to how important the outdoor industry has become to the state. Recently, the baiting law was amended and baiting deer is no longer illegal in Mississippi. This also increase the number of hunters to Mississippi. We have to use the resources we have, and in my opinion, the only lasting resources we have here are the natural ones. lege. Southwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Illinois are partnering with MSU Ex- tension to help private well owners learn more about managing their water sup- plies. "The majority of Mis- sissippians get their water from municipal supplies or rural water associations, but there are thousands of homes in rural areas that depend on private wells," Barrett said. "In fact, an av- erage of 14 percent of house- holds in the state's 82 coun- ties rely on private wells. In four of those counties, more than 40 percent of homes have private wells." 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