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) OLDEST NEWSPAPER- Established 1824 p~ @ '# Volume 194 USPS 462-260 50 per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, November 15, 2018 Number 29 Local Main Street Gets Refresher Course iniors' Historic Woodville Lofts & Studios on the courthouse square. MMSATeam Hold day program in August. Street program, along with Refresh Workshops Transformation Strategies Dr. Rachael Carter of MSU were identified through Extension. MMSA met with InTupelo, Woodville market data, a communitycity officials, merchants, engagement survey and property owners and Main New to Mississippi Main tbcus group meetings dur- Street board members to Street Association (MMSA) inn the two-day workshopdiscuss market oppormn# member services this year and include 1)Workers and ties and priorities for this is the Main Street "Re- Residents, 2)Kid-Friendly, community. Transforma- fresh" workshop. Adapte, " amily Selwing, 3) Perfor- tion Strategies identified from a program piloted b ,ance Arts and Supporting were 1) Rural Tourism Ini- the National Main Stree Ecosystem, and 4)Expand-tiatives and 2) Workforce/ Center (NMSC), MMS# mg Retail (on first floor). Entrepreneur Develop- announced a competitiveThe Downtown Tupelo ment. A follow-up report, process earlier this year Main Street board and staff market data and work for one MS Main Street are diligently implement- plans based on these two Community to receive the ing these strategies in their initiatives will guide Wood- first Refresh workshop in current plan of work, and ville Main Street's program Mississippi facilitated by we can't wait to see the re- of work for the community. Matt Wagner, Vice Presi- sults! MMSA will continue to of- dent of Revitalization Pro- The MMSA Team re- fer Refresh workshops for grams for the NMSC. The cently conducted a second Main Street communities NMSC selected Downtown Refresh program in Wood- that apply to the program Tupelo Main Street Asso- ville for the Woodville/ as a benefit and service of ciation to receive the two- Wilkinson County MainMMSA membership. In Utility P ForWoodville ',ores Increase Over The Mississippi Department of Edu- cation released on Thursday, November 8, ACT results for the spring 2018 state- wide administration of the ACT to all high school juniors. The average score among juniors de- creased from 18 in 2017 to 17.8 in 2018. Eight districts achieved an average com- posite of 20.0 or higher compared to 14 in 2017. Since 2015, the Mississippi Legislature has appropriated approximately $1 mil- lion annually for public schools to admin- ister the ACToto all high school juniors. Annual average scores for juniors have ranged from 17.6 to 18.3. ACT scores for the graduating, class of 2018 were re'eased nationally in October, which showedlthe average composite score among Mississippi's graduating class of 2018 remained steady at 18.6 from 2017 to 2018. The national average ACT score for the class of 2018 dropped to 20.8 from 21 in 2017. The percentage of 2018 Mississippi graduates meeting the benchmark scores for all four tested ACT subjects remained flat at 12 percent, and the percentage de- creased among juniors from 10 percent in 2017 to 9 percent in 2018. "The 11th grade ACT administration measures college-readiness at a crucial time in high school when there is still tii e to provide interventions m improve achievement," said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. "ACT research shows that taking certain spe- cific courses in high school substantially increases students' readiness for college level work as well as their readiness for workforce training programs." Students who take four or more years of English and three or more years each of math, social studies and natural science typically outperform their peers who re- port taking fewer courses in these subjects. Through a partnership with the Mis- sissippi Department of Education and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), a group of pilot districts have been offering specialized literacy and math courses to high school seniors on the cusp of meeting the ACT benchmark scores. Starting in the 2018-19 school year, all dis- tricts are required to offer the specialized classes, the Essentials for College Literacy and the Essentials for College Math. The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and Mississippi community col- leges allow students who earn a grade of 80 percent or higher in the specialized classes to enter credit-bearing courses when they start college. The MDE provides districts with train- ing related to analyzing ACT data, evalu- ating course taking patterns and design- ing ACT preparation courses. View school- and district-level ACT re- sults for juniors at https://www.mdek12. org/OPR/Reporting/Assessment/2017-18 Port Gibson High School At the Tuesday, November 6, meeting of the Woodville Mayor and Board of Aldermen, several changes were pro- posed by the utility department concerning fees paid for hook ups. In the absence of Utility Superintendent Nolan Thomp- son, Woodville Water Specialist Trell Longs reported the following to the mayor and board: New customers :need to start paying for sewer hook ups to the town sewer system. The fee suggested was $350. Water and gas meters need to be installed on the cus- tomer's property line and not where the property owner wants them placed. Longs stated, "The town needs to put a policy in place to cover these two issues." Longs also reported that renovation/repair work on the town's main water tank on Moore Street began on Monday, November 5. Street Department Superintendent Donald Carter re- ported that a new aerator has been installed in the sewer system at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. He also reported that one of the street department's p!ckups, a 2005 Ford F250, was down and needed a num- ber of repairs which will cost the town $4,461.17. The truck was at Centreville Motor Company waiting for the board's approval of the repair estimate. On motion by Alderman Meagan Tolliver and a second by Alderman Russell Fry, the board voted 3-0 to approve the repairs to the 2005 pickup. Alderman Will Carter was absent from the meeting and not voting. Supt. Carter also reported that the town's lot on First West Street was burglarized over the prior weekend. "Someone cut the chain on the gate and left their bolt cutters there," said Carter. He reported that the thieves then broke into a build- ing and made away with a number of pieces of equipment including power saws, pole saws, generator, power washer and other items. ,'They also hot-wired a town-owned 2006 Ford F250 pickup along with the power equipment. We have reported the burglary to the Woodville Police Department," said Carter. "We need to look into filing a claim with our insur- ance company for payment of the stolen truck and power equipment." Chief Jessie W. Stewart thanked the maym; board of al- dermen and everyone who worked to make his "40-Year Appreciation Party" a big success. The event was held on Friday, October 26. After reading his departments offense report, he stated that the fence at the town lot has a large hole in it that needs to be covered up. Anyone can get into the lot through this hole. Chief Stewart said, "Since the department has been shorthanded all year, I have not been able, nor will I be able, to take my vacation time. I am asking that the board pay me for the three weeks of vacation time that I am due." On motion of Tolliver and a second by Alderman Earl Dean Anthony, the board voted to approve Chief Stewart's vacation pay request. Leah Webster, representing the Woodville Zoning and Preservation Committee, reported that an application has been submitted and approved for the renovation of the old Jitney Building and old Fern Theater on Main Street just west of First West Street. "I have been told that this will be an antique store," Webster said. She also reported that the group was working on a job description so they can hire a new Zoning Administrator. "By not having a zoning administrator, members of the zoning committee are having to handle the duties which include going to sites where applications have been filed for renovations and new construction. Woodville City Attorney Adam Perry stated, "I will be assisting the zoning committee with coming up with the job description." Ms. Webster reported, "A new structure is being built behind a house on the south side of Main Street behind the old Carl D'Aquilla residence. It was first reported to be a storage building, but now it appears to be being built as an apartment. This location is in the historic district, and they should have applied for an application prior to start- ing construction. Mayor Ford stated, "At the last meeting the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to have Uncle Buck's Mobile Kitchen trailer, owned by Derek Ward, moved from its cur- rent location in front of the Wilkinson County Museum by October 15. "It has not been moved as of today (November 6)," said Mayor Ford. "We asked the Zoning Committee to file crimi- nal charges against Mr. Ward at the last meeting. What is going on?" Ms. Webster responded, "I was not at the last meeting so I don't know." (Continued on Page 2) Complete and Official Results! Summary For /egistered Voters 6477 - Cards Cast 2846 Senate Election Summary Report General Election Wilkinson County, Mississippi Ttiesday, November 6, 2018 Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races 43.94% :Num. Report Precinct 9 - Num. Reporthlg 9 ~, District 4 Position 2 i~il: Total ~ Number of Precincts 9 ~i Precincts Reporting 9. 100.0 % iii Times Counted 2908/6477 44.9 %! Total Votes 2832 David Baria 64.37%: Roger F. Wicker R 950 33.55%i Danny Bedwell L 34 1.20% Shawn O'Hara REF 24 0 85% Writ,-in Votes 1 0.04% 100.00~ t T;tal ti Number of P~ecincts Number of Precincts 9 lili Precincts Reporting Precincts Reporting 9 100.0 % Times Counted Times Counted 2908/6477 44.9 %;[Ii! Total Voles Total Votes 2747 ll'i : Oeorge Ward otes Mike Espy 1597 58.T4!%[I Cindy Hyde-Smith 600 21. 4%[ii: i Circuit Court, District Chris McDartiel 406 14.78%.[! I Write-in Votes 4 0; i:~9~iI Number of Precincts Byron Carter NP 533 22.39% David McCarty NP 1424 59.83% IeffWeill, Sr. NP 418 17.56% Total 9 9 100,0 % 2894/647744.7 % 2183 NP 2177 99.73% 6 0.27% Total 9 Precincts Reporting 9 100,0 % Number of Precincts 910o.0 % t11 3rd Congressional District Precincts Reporting Times Counted 2909/6477 44.9 %: i~. Total Vote, S 2849 .--- --,!;~!i 8 Michael Ted Evans D 1859 65.25 ~ i i Michael Guest R 962 33.77% i} Matthew Holland REF 27 0.95%~i! 2312 I NP 2291 99:09'/, | 2899/6477 44.8 % Times Counted Total Votes anders Write-in Votes 2 ! 0,9i % ~School Board 3 Total Number of Precincts 1 Precincts Reporting 1 100.0 % Times Counted 564/1 t20 50.4 % Total Votes 511 Oary~I~|:~ Anderson Fannie Mac Bateaste T0t " Write-in Votes 9 100.0 %!i;, "' : ": ,= 2895/6477 44 7 1955 ' :til Board 4 ---- f 1 78 99.64 Ii Number of Precincts 0.36%I!i Supreme Court District 2(Southern) Position I Number of Precincts Precincts Reporting Times Counted Total Votes David M. Ishee NP Write-in Votes Total 2 Precincts Reporting 2 100.0 % Times Counted 606/1377 44.0 % Total Votes 522 Billy J Spiller 522 100.00% Write-in Votes 0 0.00% 256 50.10% 253 49.51% 2 0.39% . . . . Tomi Number of Precincts 9 Precincts Reporting 9 100.0 % Times Counted 2901/6477 44.8 % Total Votes 2380