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You are the fo- County Main Street Asso- ciation has released the fol- lowing schedule of upcom- ing events: Saturday, November 21st, 2015: "Dickens-Era Christmas Accessories, Canova's Fine Gifts, High Cotton Graph- ics, Main Street Market, 3 J Fitness, Opposite Ends- Vintage Cafe, Showroom Antiques, Studio 137, Wood- ville Gifts & Flowers and at the Woodville Library." Wilkinson Farmers Co-op. Listen to a dramatic read- ing and imagine the long ago world of Charles Dick- ens. 11:00 a.m. "Home for the Holidays Shopping." Pick up a Shop- Friday, December 4th: "Ladies Night Out" at the Wilkinson Farmers Co-op. 5:30 until ......... Saturday, December 12th, 2015: ping Card at one of these "Stories with Mrs. Claus" Woodville businesses, get at the Woodville Library. 11 Shopping Card stamped a.m. with purchase, at all 11Sunday, December 13th, participating businesses, 2015: and enter a drawing for "Ladies' Holiday Sip & Woodville Shopping Dol- Shop" from 3 p.m, to 5 p.m. lars! Participating busi- at participating Woodville cus as we help you for the holidays. Take this oppor- tunity to fill out your Santa list! Visit Woodville Main Street Facebook page for updated list of participating Businesses). Thursday, December 17th, 2015: "Men's Wrap-It-Up Night" from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Men, this is your op- portunity to stay out of the dog house and wrap up your gift-buying! With purchase, enter a drawing for South of the Border Restaurant gift card. Vis- it Woodville Main Street Facebook page for up- dated list of participating businesses. Thanksgiving Affecting Garbage Pick-Up Waste Management will pick up in Woodville on Monday, November 23, and again on Monday, Novem- ber 30. There will not be any gar- bage collection in Woodville on Thursday, November 26, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Christmas and New Year's holiday schedules will not be affected because Christmas and New Year's Day are both on Fridays. For any questions please call the Woodville Town Hall at 601-888-3338. Richard Hollins Thanks Voters Of Second District To the Citizens Of Wilkinson County District 2 I, Richard L. Hollins, along with my family, would like to THANK each of you for re-electing me as your Supervisor. This vic- tory would not have been possible without God's goodness, and for that I owe him all the praise. I thank both of my competi- tors for respecting the vot- ers' decision, and I wish them well in their future endeavors. Again, thank God, thank all of you, and lastly thank each voter in this county for exercising their right to vote. Always, keep the faith! Richard L. Hollins Dist. 2 Supervisor Kimberly Jackson Than ks Voters First and foremost, giv- ing my humble submissions to our Lord for granting me the blessing to serve others. I want to express my heart- felt gratitude for all the voters of Wilkinson County. Thanks for electing me as your new Superintendent of Education. This has been a truly gratifying experience especially meeting so many genuine citizens across the county. Working on the cam- paign trail has taught me many life lessons. With your trust, I pledge to work diligently on behalf of the students of the Wilkinson County School District and to seek lifelong and sig- nificant enhancements in the quality of education. Not only am I thankful for your support, but also for both the candidates who were also striving to serve our community and lead our students to excellence. Again, I sincerely thank you for the opportunity to be your servant leader. -- Kimberly Jackson ard, Superintendent Annual At tFm monthly meeting of thd Wilkinson County Board' of Education held on Wednesday, November 11, at 5 p.m., the school board members and Superinten- dent Timothy T. Scott re- sponded to questions as to why their salaries were not released in a report listing school district employee sal- aries which was printed in The Woodville Republican on July 30, 2015. School Board President Charlie Floyd stated during the "Public Comments" per- tion of the meeting, "People think school board members make a lot of money, when in fact we don't. The salary of a school board member in Wilkinson County according to state mandate is $200/ month and a gross annual salary of $2,400. The net pay to us after taxes is only $184/ month. The rumors going around are false." Superintendent Scott said that his annual salary based on his eight-year term in of- fice is $96;000. Scott said, "Because I am an elected official and work for Wilkinson County and am not a school district em- ployee, my salary was not in the school district salary report released to Mr. Andy Lewis of The Woodville Re- publican. Mr. Lewis pre- sented the school district with a written public records request for the salaries of all school district employees. That's why the salaries of our district employees were released to the newspaper. Because this is public mon- ey being spent on employee salaries, it i~:~ public record and must,~ade available to the nev~spaper or any in- dividual." Also during "Public Com- ments" Crosby Mayor Wil- liam Hall stated that as an alumni of Wilkinson County High School, he attended a recent WCHS football game in Zachary, La. "Zachary High School has a top notch band that made the WCHS band look like one from a third world coun- try," Mayor Hall commented. He continued, "I am work- ing at contacting all WCHS alumni to financially sup- port our band. We need to develop a first class band, and they need to be dressed like one. We need the sup- port of WCHS alumni and the entire community." Board Pres. Floyd replied, "I have contacted a number of former WCHS gradu- ates, about our band situa- tion, and I am getting lots of promises for support. We as a school district will work hard to buy uniforms and whatever else is needed for our band. We are working closely with the WCHS Band Booster Club." Members of the WCHS Band Booster Club said, "We want to thank all of you who have madedonations to the band so far." Supt. Scott said, "The band director and middle school and high school ad- ministrator need to be asked what the band needs and how many uniforms must be purchased. Let's do the fund raising in the right way." School Board member Linda Boyd commented, "We also have track teams and basketball teams and others who need new uniforms too. We need to budget equally." School Board member Johnny Smallwood said on another matter, "While we were at the meeting with state eduction officials, it was announced that we have one of the best busi- ness managers in the state. We were told that we need to keep Nakia Stewart on our staiT. She's that good." Board Pres. Floyd said, "I want to commend the WCHS Wildcat football team for making the second round of the 3A playoffs. We are all proud of them, and wish them the best of luck against No. 1 ranked Collins High School." Supt. Scott received board permission to advertise for official depositories for Wilkinson County School District Funds. "We do this every year," said the super- intendent. The board heard a report of a family's request for per- mission to use a road across School Section 22 on the Crooked Creek Road. "The family has land be- hind the school section and is asking for permission to cross the school section to gain access. They are also asking for permission to insl~!l two electric service poles along the roadway; said Supt. Scot*.. On motion by Boyd and a second by Smallwood, the board voted 5-0 to approve the two requests. Supt. Scott asked and re- ceived permission to salvage four old computers and to re- move them from the school district's fixed assets list. The vote on this matter was unanimous. Supt. Scott presented the school board with a "Food Service Handbook" for their approval. "The book lists the rules and job descriptions for school food service em- ployees and director" said Scott. On motion by Board Member Billy Spiller and a second by Board Member Fannie Bateaste, the matter was passed by a 5-0 vote. School District Federal Programs Director Lee Dix- on reported that the Missis- sippi Department of Edu- cation visited his office on Friday, November 6, for an on-site visit, and presented him with a list of policies that required minor updates to be current with Federal Program standards. Director Dixon read the list of policies that required updates, and on motion by Board Member Billy Spiller and a second by Boyd, the board voted 5-0 to approve the updated policies. Dixon reported, "The WCSD Federal Programs office and the WCSD were both found to be in compli- ance." Supt. Scott announced that William Winans Mid- dle School Principal Melvin Craige had announced his retirement from the WCSD after 9.5 years of service. "Mr. Craige told me in June, 2015, that he wanted to retire, and I talked him out of it. He told me three weeks ago that he is now ready to retire effective on November 30, 2015." Mr. Craige said, "I want to thank the school board, school district and the coun- ty for taking me in and mak- ing me feel at home" said Craige. "I have a total of 41 years in education as a prin- cipal, assistant principal and in the classroom. It is time for me to retire." Supt. Scott said, "Mr. Craige has served the dis- trict with distinction. He brought WWMS from a F- Failing School to close to be- ing a B status. He also was instrumental in getting the gym built at the school. He got us to support the new building." Supt. Scott reported that he would draw up a reso- lution commending Mr. Craige for all he has done for the WCSD. The entire school board joined in by saying, "We want to thank you for your service to the children of the WCSD." The school board voted 5-0 to accept Mr. Craige's retirement and the reso- lution commending him for all he has done for the WCSD. Supt. Scott also an- nounced the retirement of school district payroll offi- cer Cheryl Lee, effective on December 18, 2015, after 34 years of service in the district. The school board voted 5-0 to accept her resigna- tion and to draw up a reso- lution commending her on her faithful service to the WCSD. Supt. Scott read a list of recommendations for employment which were approved by unanimous board vote. Finch Elementary Prin- cipal Sharon Robinson announced that $7,655 in playground equipment has been approved for her school. The equipment is being purchased as part of a grant totaling $45,000 for three schools in the dis- trict -- Finch Elementary, Wilkinson County Elemen- tary School and William Winans Middle School. The board went into ex- ecutive session to discuss personnel matters. No in- formation was available. The next regular school board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9. Corps Of Engineers To Hold Camp Van Dorn Public Hearing The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in part- nership with the Mississippi Department of Environmen- tal Quality, will conduct a public information session on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, at the Centreville Communi- ty Center, 147 Main Street, Centreville, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This public infor- mation session will provide information on the planned investigation to be con- ducted at the former Camp Van Dorn. The former Camp Van Dorn was a Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) in southwest Mississippi. Those living on or those who own land in this area are en- couraged to attend. (Continued on Page 9) WCCA EARNS BERTH IN MAIS 2A STATE TITLE CONTEST -- By virtue of a nail-biting 21-20 win over the Benton Academy Raiders on Fri- day night, November 13, first year Head Coach Christopher McGraw, right, and the Wilkinson County Christian Academy Rams are headed to the MAIS 2A State Championship to be held at Millsaps College in Jackson at 1 p.m. on Thurs- day, November 19. The No. 1 ranked Rams, (11- 2), will face No. 7 ranked Tri-County Academy (11-2) for the state championship. Three years ago in 2013, the same two teams met for the state championship, and the Tri-County Rebels won the game in overtime by a 13-10 score. In the playoffs the Rams have defeated Greenville Christian 60-30, Prentiss Christian 16-0 and Benton Academy 21-20. Tri-County's wins in the playoffs came against Oak Hill Academy 42-14, Prairie View 33-12 and Canton Academy 27-24. WCCA will dismiss school at 11 a.m. on Thurs- day, November 19, so students and fans can make the trek to Jackson to support the Rams in their drive for the MAIS 2A trophy. -- Woodville Republican Photo by Andy J. Lewis The Wilkinson County Parade Committee would like to invite businesses, groups or clubs to partici- pate in this year's Woodville Christmas Parade. The parade will take place on Saturday, Decem- ber 12, at 1:00 p.m. "We welcome walking groups, vehicles and floats. Use your imagination and , 12 let's make this the best pa- rade ever," said Parade Or- ganizer Jeremy Ephion. All participants are asked to be present for lineup by 11:45 a.m. All entry forms must be returned on or before Fri- day, November 27. "We look forward to hav- ing you in our 2015 Christ- mas Parade," said Ephion.