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December 14, 1973     The Woodville Republican
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December 14, 1973

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Page 4 Behind the closed doors ef a meeting of the joint study committee on highways Thurs- day, a bitter facedown on one crucial issue underscored the transition that is underway over highway construction in MissJs,ippi. It took the votes of the com- mittee chairman, Sen. R. B rector E. L Boeteler i caught in the middle .... torn between the elective promises of .his commissioners and the growing legislative conviction that re- forms are needed. One break in the impasse is a tentatiye agreement on he part of the state's job classi- fication commission to wrk Christmas theme. A buffet din- ner wa.s served with Mrs. John David Pullen and Mrs. France Breedlove assisting. Following dinner, gifts were exchanged by family members and a gift was presented the hostess. The drawing of names was held for nexL year's party, which will take place in Natchez in December at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eidt. Out-of-town guests enjoying this year's gathering were Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Rymer of Pica- yune, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. White of Vicksburg, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eidt of Natchez, and Mr. and Mrs. John Gautheraux of Baton Rouge. A special guest rrdc.v. ecember 74, 1 Sr.. and children. Bennie. Pau- lette and Angola. attended the Saints - Forty-Niners football game Saturday in New Orleans. Mrs. Arbor Wisher and chil- dren David. Earl, Wand`a, and Teresa, cf Jackson. La.. visited Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Forman. Jr.. Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Artis Baxter of Baker. La. and Mr. Virgil Bax- ter of Gloster visited their sis- ter. Mrs. Helen McCurley, Sun- day. Mr. and Mrs. Jo':n Dover and dau:ghter, Cissy, of Woodville and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mur- ray and children, Richard, Jr.. Roxie and Ronda. of Baton Rouge visited Mr. and Mrs. Reeves of McComb, and bhe vice chairman, Rep. Clarence Pierce of Vaiden. to break a deadlock over a recommenda- tion to appoint rather than elect the high,way commis- sioners. This is revealing in that it indicates the general mood of legislative disccntent over the progres of high,way construc- tion. And even though the com- mittee's role is-to study and with the highway department to upgrade salaries in the crit- ical area of qualified draftsmen and agents to negotiate right- of-,way clearances. The department is short in this area, and in spite of leg- recommend, rather than to in- jobs should be let in larger vestlgate, the mere presence of segments for economy a well State Forester Bil Gaddis presents certificate to Mary Simpson in recognition of her five years of service with. the Mississippi Forestry Commission. At left is Wilkinson County Forester Tracy Smith. Mary S!mpson of Wilkinson islation pa,ssed earlier this year County was among 14 Missis- 01oyees representing a combined total of 140 years of continuous to make their jobs easier, the ippi Forestry Commissmn em- service with the Forestry Corn- obtaining of rights-of-way is ployees from the Southwest mission still a major r, oadblock. District receiving awards at the Paul Pittman, editor of the Critics of the highway de- district's Annual Awards Ban- Tylert6wn Times and noted partment complain that the quet held on November 20 at syndicated political columnist, Brookhaven. was the featured speaker. The recipient, operator of More than 80 employees and was Mr. Arthur Smith of Baton Rouge. Mrs. Thomas William Ashley and sons of Baton Rouge and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brabham, Jr., of Gloater visited Mrs. Louise Da,y Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. James Rymer .of Natchez and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Rymer of Centreville were recent guests of their parents, Mr. a.nd Mrs. Gordon Rymer. Mrs. Thomas Felter a.nd son, Tommie, of Woodville and Mr. the issue in the closed meetings of the committee is interesting. Five members of the commit- "tee pushed the appointive idea. They included Rep. Eldon Bol- tcnof Biloxi, Rep. Walter Brown of Natchez, Sen John Corlew of Pascagoula, Rep. Max Kil- patrick of Philadelphia and Sen. Buddy Gresham of Greenville. The Thursday meeting was an all-day affair. And this column has learned that tempers grew short over this and other pe- ripheral issues involving the building of roads in the state. as expediting construction. Contractors complain that they are having difficulty get- ting diesel fuel and gasoline to olcerate their eqmpment. An- other dark cloud on the. horizon is he uncertainty about the amount of gasoline tax revenue that will be generated. Some legislators think that the gas shortage will curtail it con- siderably. All in all, te highway con- struction program which was launched with great expecta- tions, has not lived up to ad- The road program has been vanced billings. a priority item since the ad- ministration of Gtov. John Bell Williams saw a $300 million construction program enacted On top of that, the Waller ad- ministration came back with an ,additional $600 million in road funds. But, in spite o,f this funding, the road .program is mired down. Morale in f;he highway depart- ment is at an all-time low. And. highway department di- Pond Lookout Tow e r. was special guests from the 12- and Mrs. Sonny Brown and a awarded a pin and certificate county district attended. Special friend, of Baton Rouge visited for her five years of "continuous guests included Rep..Neil Smith Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Feltcr. Jr.. and dedicated service." of Tylertown. Sen T. W. Hick- Saturday. State Forester Bill Gaddis of man, Jr.. of B,rookhaven. Sen. Mr. Henry LeBlanc o,f Baton Jackson and Acting District For- [James Caldwell of Crystal Rouge was an overnight gues ester A1 Holmes of Brookhaven i SpringLs, and Sen. John Willia:m of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Smith presented, the awards to 14 era- Powell of Liberty, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pedio and children of Brandon, .and Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Bruce and children Ef Vld`alla Rymer Family Enjoys Rosetta News Mrs. Bernice $oseph Honored On Birthday Mrs. Bernice Joseph was hon- ored. with a ,surprise dinner at Christmas Party On Sunday, December 2. Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Rymer were hosts for the annal Rymer Christmas dinner. The Rymer home was deco- As a result, there is growing her home on Sunday, December sentiment among state legis- 2, in honr of her 65h birthday. lators to enact major reforms A seated dinner was served by in the highway department, her children. Following the din- Gov. Waller% lack of popularity nor gifts were opened and among legislators makes it vir- friends visited to wish her many tually certain that he personally happy returns of the day. rated throughout with Chri'st- won't get control of the high- Those attending the affair man arrangements with a way commission, were Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Kent Christmas tree as the focal But, like the supervisors, the Jef Zachary, La., Mr. and Mrs. point. commission is now- embattled. I John Wesley McCurley and chin Guests. were invited into the And the burden of pnoof and dren and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie living room where several quar- performance is on them. Toler and children of Baker, La.. tet tables Were decorated in the The closer you look, the more confident you'll feel. o, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. J. P. White of Vicksburg visited their cousin, Mrs. Jessie Mac Speights, Sun- day. Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Ryme:r of Picayune were overnight guests of their niece, Mrs. France Breedlove. Sunday, and visited an.other nece, Mrs.. Jessie Mae Speights, Monday. Mr. Ben .Murray of Grenada visited Mrs. Mu.rray and bheir son, Ben Allen, the past week- end. Mr. and Mrs. John Gau- herax and Mr. Arthur Smith of Baton Rouge visited Mr. D. N. Williams and Mrs. Jemie Mac Miss Louisiana, Miss Alabama, Miss Mississippi for: WOODVILLE'S ONLY AUTHORIZED FORD DEALER H & R FORD, Inc. Woodville, Miss. Lloyd Forman Jr.. Sunday. Perrytown News (Continued from page 2) Mrs. Nina Sturdivant, Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Davis Longmire and children. Kavin and Dawn. spent the weekend in Cleveland visiting their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. David Dixon. Mr. Clarence Hazlip of Baton Rouge spent the weekend with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bar- ney Hazlip. Those who visited Mr., and Mrs. Willie Hazlip last weekend' and attended funeral services for Mr Joe Bryant were Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Crum,holt. Mr. and Mrs. Stcven Hays and daugh- ter. Kristi, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Th:emas and little Donise Ber- geron. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Sib- ley and son Jeff. all of Baton Rouge, .and Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Hazlip of Natchez. Mr. Ronnie Kilgarlin of Rouge spent the night F.riY with his grandmother Mrs, Hazel Hazlip, en route tO liS home in Shreveport. La. Even if you have only a few years un- til retirement, a Farm Bureau life insurance prolcram can still help pro- vide extra income for those retire" ment years. Start preparing for your financi needs before it's too late. Call your local Farm Bureau insur- ance agent today about preparing for tomorrow. Richard F.laccomio 888-3661 or 4612 Be 444 Woodvi]le, Miss. - WANTED - Handle Quality ASH, Cherry Bark OAK, and Tight or Lace Bark HICKORY. Highest Prices Paid Speights Sunday .afternoon Mrs. James Livingston of Hammond, La.. visited Monday and Tuesday with her mobher, Contact Mrs. Bob Keller. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Priest and 0. AMES COMPANY child`ren of St. Francisville, La., visited her mother, Mrs. Louise ,.,,, ,,,, .... ... . .., Day, Saturd, ay. =-'none OGO-O,31 WOoClvllle, Miss. ., Mr,.. and Mrs. Paul Forman, keeping you in tooch By R. M. Hardy Natchez Manager Many of you know me, but for those of you who don't, I'm Bob Hardy. I'll be writin'g this column from time to time as another way of keeping in touch with my customers. The telephone company here in Wilkinson and Amite Counties is made up of over 300 local area people who all have at least one thing in common: they're interested in doing a good job for you. As your Commercial Manager, I'm one of these people, and it's my responsibility to work with all other telephone people in providing you with the best telephone service possible. The demand for telephone service is especially great on Christmas Day. Families and friends who can't get together in person usuaJly place more long distance calls at this time than on any other holiday. The operators and equipment serving Southwest Mississippi handled over 10,800 calls last Christmas and expect to handle about 14,000 this year, and probably even more since many people may not be traveling as much this year. So your calls can go through easier and faster, here are several suagestions: 1. Call early during the holiday season if possible, and remember low holiday rates apply throughout Christmas Day and night. Also, rates for one-plus dialed calls are lower every day after 5:00 P.M. ' 2. To avoid oossible delays, have the numbers you'll be callincl riaht at hand orior to Christmas Day so you can dial the calls yourself. 3. If you are informed that all circuits are busy when you 151ace your call, wait a few minutes before trying again. A happy holiday season and a. Merry Christmas from all of us at South Central Bell. We'll be keeping you in touchl South Central Bell Mississippi people keeping you in touch