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!'S OLDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 #iS Volume 191 USPS 462-260 50’ per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, October 8, 2015 Number 23 ALL EYES ARE ON THE SNAKE -- Saturday, October 10. Lots of inter- "The Snake Guy" Terry Vandeventer, esting displays, vendors, food, music right, will again be a featured at-and the popular Wild Game Cookoff traction at the 8th Annual Woodville will highlight the day. Admission to Deer and Wildlife Festival which will the day-long event is $5 per person. be held in downtown Woodville on --Submitted Photo um Sixth District Circuit Judge I/llie Blackmon Sand- ers has taken action on a number of criminal cases ap- pearing on the local court's docket. According to the official court minutes on file in the Wilkinson County Circuit Clerk's Office, she held hear- ings and took action on the • following cases: • State vs. Quentin Ban- ford. Defendant appeared in court on August 27, 2015, at which time an attorney was appointed to represent him on a charge of Felony Fleeing as charged in a bill of indict- ment. • State vs. Michael Powell. Order setting trial was signed in this case for Tuesday, Octo- ber 13, at 9 a.m. • State vs. Virginia Curry. Order setting trial was mgned in this case for Tuesday, Sel> tember 29, at 9 a.m. • State vs. Gary Long. Or- der setting trial was signed in this case for Wednesday, October 14, at 9 a.m. • State vs. Keith Magee. Order setting trial was signed in this case for Wednesday, October 14, at 9 a.m. • State vs. Julia Riley. Or- der setting trial was signed in this case for Wednesday, October 14, at 9 a.m. • State vs. Ray Abraham. Order setting trial was mgned in this case for Thursday, Oc- tober 15, at 9 a.m. • State vs. LaShonda Jar- vis Lee. Order setting trial was signed in this case for Thursday, October 15, at 9 a.m. • State vs. Darius Carter. Order setting trial was signed in this case for Thursday, Oc- tober 15, at 9 a.m. • State vs. Darrell Lesage. Order setting trial was signed in this case for Thursday, Oc- in this case for Wednesday, tober 15, at 9 a.m. October 28, at 9 a.m. • State vs. Antonio Hud- • State vs. John"Jr" John- son. Order setting trial was son, Jr. Order setting trial signed in this case for Mon- was signed in this case for day, October 19, at 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 28, at • State vs. Quentin Ban- 9 a.m. ford. Order setting trial was • State vs. Phillip Web- signed in this case for Mon- ster. Order setting trial was day, October 19, at 9 a.m. signed in this case for Thurs- • State vs. Daisha Scott. day, October 29, at 9 a.m. Order setting trial was signed • State vs. Christopher in this case for Monday, Octo- Hutcheson. Order setting ber 19, at 9 a.m. trial was signed in this case • State vs. LaShonda for Thursday, October 29, at Roche Ware. Order setting 9 a.m. trial was signed in this case • State vs. Darrell Lesage. for Monday, October 19, at Order for Plea and Sentence 9 a.m. accepted by the court, l_es- • State vs. Melissa Lewis. age was indicted on a felony Order setting trial was signed count of simple assault on a in this case for Monday, Oct~ law enforcement officer. De- ber 19, at 9 a.m. fendant requested and was • State vs. Brittany Sin- allowed to enter a plea to a gleton. Order setting trial lesser misdemeanor charge of was signed in this case for simple assault. Judge Sand- Monday, October 19, at 9 a.m. ers sentenced Lesage to six • State vs. Rochelle Park- months in the countyjail with er. Order setting trial was time suspended. Placed him signed in this case for Mon- on one year of unsupervised day, October 19, at 9 a.m. probation, ordered him to pay • State vs. Undrekus all court costs, to pay a fine Mays. Order setting trial was of $500 and ordered him to signed in this case for Mon- appear on February 8, 2016, day, October 19, at 9 a.m. to show cause, if any, why • State vs. Kentrell any ordered monies have not Gaines. Order setting trial been paid. ~vas signed in this case for • State vs. Willie Smith, Tuesday, October 20, at 9 Devin Lane, Joshua Slack a.m. and John "Jr' Johnson. On • State vs. Caleb Craw-the request of the District ford. Order setting trial was Attorney's Office, an order signed in this case for Tues- continuing the case until day, October 20, at 9 a.m. the next term of court was • State vs. Willie Smith. accepted by and signed by Order setting trial was signed Judge Sanders. in this case for Wednesday, • State vs. Lance Gadi- October 28, at 9 a.m. son. The defendant appeared • State vs. Devin Michael in court on August 18, 2015, Lane. Order setting trial at which time an attorney was signed in this case for was appointed by the court to Wednesday, October 28, at represent Gadison of felony 9 a.m. charges of Murder and Ag- • State vs. Joshua Slack. gravated Assault as charged Order setting trial was signed in a bill of indictment. As has been the practice of the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors for the past number of years, the group voted 5-0 to bor- row up to $750,000 in a tax anticipation loan to meet fi- nancial obligations between now and the first of the year when property taxes start r61ling in. County Administrator Bruce Lewis told the board that he recommended that they borrow up to $750,000 in two separate notes of $375,000 with both coming due and payable on April 1, 2016. "We need to advertise in the paper for three weeks to borrow the money. This is state law.," said Lewis. "All we are asking for from finan- cial institutions is the inter- est rate they will charge for these loans." Lewis conilnued,"We were able to go further along this year before having to borrow this money. We are authoriz- ing the borrowing of up to $750,000, but in my opinion, we won't have to borrow this much in the long run." The board will open the loan bid offers on Thursday, October 29, and the motion authorized the board presi- dent to sign all documenta- tion to complete the loan process. On motion by Nettles and a second by Hollins, the beard voted 5-0 to approve the two-part loan. Administrator Lewis also reported on the following matters: • Reported that the car- peting damaged by aleak in the roof over the Wilkinson County Com~m has re- sulted in strained and dam- aged carpeting. Administrator Lewis in- formed the board that the carpeting has been re- moved and the concrete floor stained a dark brown to im- prove the looks of the cour~ room. "Once we took out all of the stationary chairs, we were able to pull up the carpeting and clean the concrete floor. Once this was done the con- tractor stained the concrete. We also found out that the brackets holding the rails needed replacing. All of the work has been completed by the contractor, Carl Jack- son," Lewis reported. "The brackets on the rail- ing and thresholds were not included in the original job specifications. Mr. Jackson did not charge us any ad- ditional labor, but he spent $171.99 on brackets and other materials. We need to reimburse him for his out- of-pocket expenses," Lewis added. On motion by Supervisor Jerm Nettles and a second by Supervisor Richard Hol- lins, the reimbursement was approved by 5-0 vote. • Announced that the county had received a check totaling $120,000 from San- chez Oil Company to pay for damages caused by oilwill lease this truck from the exploration trucks traveling Industrial Authority," Lewis on the Pinckneyville Road in said. Supervisor Richard Hollins' Fil%h District Supervi- Second District. On motion sor Nettles announced that by Hollins and a second by he was making a motion to Supervisor Kenyon Jackson, close the Sam Leak Road to the damage payment check the intersection of the Coon's was accepted by the county Mill Road to all heavy traffic. by a 5-0 vote. The reason for the closure, • Informed the board that which will take place at 9:30 the old Wilkinson County a.m. on Saturday, October Jail, located on the corner 10, was to prevent further of Main Street and Natchez damage from heavy truck Street North, has been des- traffic. Nettles said he had ignated by the Mississippi spent $100,000 on the road Heritage Trust as one of the repairing damages caused ten mostendangeredhistori- by oil field traffic. Nettles cal buildings in Mississippi. said that Halcon won't reim- Lewis stated, 'TVhat this burse him for what he has will do is open up all sorts of spent and the closeure was different grant application to prevent further damage. sources. The county needs to Second District resident decide what they want to do John Matthews Selvage ap- with this building." peared before the board to • Informed the beard that complain that the recent he had found a much bet- overlay work on the Pinck- ter option for changing the neyville Road was not done phone and internet service properly. "All over the place at the Wilkinson County when a road has asphalt put Courthouse. He told the down, the contractor always board last month that he had puts down an apron at indi- an offer of $354/Month for a vidual driveways. I live on 5 year lease of telephones, this road and my driveway Lewis stated that he had was not fixed like it should." met recently with represen- County Assistant Engi- tatives of C-Spire Commu- neer DougWimberly replied, nications. "They have made "We put all the money we us a much better offer for had into asphalting as much phone and interuet service, road mileage as we could. We and it will end up costing us did not include the asphalt- about $100/month less than ing of entrances to all of the what we are currently pay- driveways along the county ing." Lewis stated. "C-Spire roads which received as- will have to run high speed phalt overlay. We tried to get fiber optic cable to the court- as much for our money as we house, and this should take could." about three months. Once Chancery Clerk Thomas we get this our internet will C. Tolliver, Jr., announced be much faster and more that he had received a letter stable. They will give us which stated that Southern phones to use at no cost, and Packaging Pallet Plant has replace them for free if they been approved for accep- break. Service calls will also tance into the Mississippi be free of cost to the county." Growth and Prosperity Pro- On motion by Nettles and a gram. The program helps second by Jackson, the board businesses with job creation accepted the C-Spire offer by and industrial development. a 5-0 board vote. "I'm not really sure what Supervisor Seal stated, the program does, but it will "Good job Bruce. I appreciate probably include tax incen- your hard work in getting us tives such as their release more and better services for from paying sales taxes," less money." said Tolliver. No action was • Informed the board that taken on this matter. the county's grant applica- Supervisor Jackson said tion for courthouse roof re- he had received many placement binding has been thanks and compliments submitted to the Mississippi for the work done recently Department of Archives improving five roads in his and History in Jackson. "We district. should know in a month or "I have also received a two if our application has number of complaints about been approved," Lewis said. people driving too fast on the • Announced that the new, smooth surface roads, Wilkinson County Industrial especially on the Ford's Development Authority has Creek Road," said Jackson. purchased a truck mounted "Motorists need to use cau- with a tack (tar) tank, heat- tion when driving these er and disbursement system newly re-surfaced roads. for a total of $72,000 which They are in residential areas will be used to repair roads where children are at play. in Wilkinson County. The To slow traffic down, I plan truck was purchased in Al- on installing speed bumps in exandria, La., and will be these areas." picked up later this week or early next week. "The county (Continued on Page 7) Two Men htWith Methamphetaminq Two men, one from Cros- by and the other from Rox- ie, were arrested in Wood- ville on Friday, October 2, on a number of drug charg- es including possession of crystal methamphetamine, reported Woodville Police Chief Jessie W. Stewart. Chief Stewart said he was on routine patrol on Friday, October 2, at about 10 a.m. when he stopped a car on Hwy. 61 for a traffic violation. During the stop Chief Stewart discovered a num- ber of suspicious items and arrested the two men on several drug-related charg- es. Chief Stewart, the arrest- ing officer in this case, has identified the two men and listed the charges lodged against them as follows: • Daniel E. Perry, 31, of 1887 Silver Creek Road, Crosby. Perry has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of crystal methamphetamine while operating a motor vehicle. Woodville Municipal Judge David S. Crawford set Per- ry's bond on Monday, OCto- ber 5, at $10,000. • Jerry Wayne Brownell, Jr., 35, of 2356 North Seal Lane, Roxie. Brownell has been charged with posses- sion of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and possession of crystal methamphetamine. Judge Crawford set the bond for Brownell at $20,000. Both men are scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing in the case. The court date is Monday, Octo- ber 26, at 6 p.m. "In my long career in law enforcement in Woodville I have never seen crystal methamphetamine here," Chief Stewart commented. SPRUCING UP WILKINSON COUNTY COURT- ROOM -- Workers with Carl Jackson Construction Company are shown staining the concrete floor in the main courtroom of the Wilkinson County • Courthouse. Years of roof leaks damaged and stained the carpeting in the room. The audience chairs and the carpeting have been removed to make way for staining the concrete floor and the installation of new chairs. -- Submitted Photo