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t OLDEST NEWSPAPER Established 1824 p~ P '4 Volume 191 USPS 462-260 60’ per copy Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Thursday, December 31,2015 Number 35 i j Natchez Democrat AliMetro Player & Coach Of Year WCCA coach, quarterback top list of area honorees Wilkinson County Christian Academy quarterback Caleb Poole, left, is this year's Natchez Democrat All-Metro Player of the Year. His coach, Christopher McGraw, right, is this year's All-Metro Coach of the Year. Poole and McGraw led their team to the MAiS AA State Championship with an 8-7 win over Tri-County Academy in November. -- Photo Courtesy The Natchez Democrat POOLE'S MOVE TO QUARTERBACK PAVED THE ROAD TO TITLE GAME FIRST-YEAR COACH TUNED POTENTIAL IN MAIS AA TITLE GAME WOODVILLE -- Down 14-0 on the road against an undefeated Prairie View team, Wilkinson County Christian Acad- emy head coach Chris McGraw had to make a move. And the move he made, carried the Rams to an eventual state championship. "We just had nothing going and got pinned inside our five on the ensuing kickoff after going down 14-0," McGraw said. "I said we have to run the ball and I put Caleb (Poole) at it. The rest was history." Poole would go on to run for more than 250 yards that game, beginning the Rams' streak for the title. Poole, who began the year as a slot .receiver and also saw time at running back, simply needed the ball in his hands more, McGraw said, and the move to quarterback was the only way to make it happen. "It just makes us more diverse," Mc- Graw said. "He can throw it a little bit, but having it in his hands to start off, people just can't stare at him now be- cause he had the option to hand it off or go somewhere else with it." Poole said the move was one he agreed was best for the team. "It felt good and I was glad to do it," he said. "I think everybody liked the move because from it, we got a 6'4 re- ceiver in Phillip Cutrer and that really helped us passing the ball." Poole quickly gained the respect of his teammates and command of the offense. "A thing I was impressed with was how he honored his linemen," McGraw said. "We give away award stickers for their helmets, and he was giving them to his linemen." Poole would continue to dominate de- fenses weekly, posting multiple 300-yard rushing games. He would finish with 2,122 rushing yards and 30 rushing touchdowns, both of which rank in the top 10 in the state this season. He fin- ished with 40 total touchdowns on the season. But Poole's game wasn't limited to just one side of the ball. He also led the Rams with eight interceptions on defense. "He only played nine games on de- fense because I was worried about of- fense, but when we had the big games, he had to play," McGraw said. Poole said playing quarterback gave him an upper hand on the defensive side of the ball as a safety. "Quarterbacks in the league right now don't work on looking people off, so they take you to where they are going," he said. "You just have to look at their eyes." Poole's season would come full circle in the state championship game. Down to their last down and trailing 7-0, Poole heaved his final pass of the season to- wards the end zone. It was hauled in and run into the end zone, putting WCCA down just one. And on his final carry of the year, WOODVILLE -- Just a few years ago, all eyes were on Wilkinson County Chris- tian Academy as they advanced to a state championship game. However, the attention quickly faded as the Rams won just five games the next two seasons. First year head coach Chris McGraw brought that attention back. McGraw, who just finished his first season as the Rams head man, led WCCA to a 12-2 record, but more importantly, a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools Class A-AA state championship. While others saw a program and a team that could barely win a game, Mc- Graw saw something special. "I knew we had a lot of potential," Mc- Graw said: "Wehad a 10t of good piece~i we just needed to find the right fit for them. I knew coming in, this senior class was hard working, and they just hadn't been pushed like they needed to be." But the push McGraw brought wasn't automatically accepted. "We hated him at first," quarterback Caleb Poole said. "I didn't want him to be here, but I love him now. He is like a father figure to us. He came in here and made us do what we needed to do." It only took McGraw five weeks to be- come a believer that his team had a shot at the title. "I knew we could make a run, but didn't know we could go all the way," he said. "But when we beat Prairie View at Prairie View, I knew we had a chance." After starting the season 2-2, the Rams reeled off 10 straight wins, but McGraw credits a lot of the team's success to much earlier. "The kids bought in to what I thought we needed to do and we started in May," he said. "We took a week off after exams, and then June 1 we were rolling, four days a week from there on." McGraw's journey to the top was made even sweeter because he was able to do it at the school that had given so much to him -- his alma mater. "I was born and raised here, gradu- ated from here and coached as an assis- tant here for years," he said. "Our school needed this. I just feel like this is some- thing that will be a great thing for the school overall. Having the kids excited for something is everything. I coached it, but they played it. It is their champion- ship and I'm more proud of them than anything." Poole rumbled in from two yards out on the two-point conversion to give the Rams an 8-7 win and a state champion- ship. "I really didn't believe that it was true when it happened," Poole said. "Then that Saturday it hit me like, 'Man, we just won the state championship.'" Poole will be back again next season, his senior season, and he is bringing some lofty goals along with him. "I just have to rush for more yards next year," he said. "That is my goal." ippi Flag Announce Capitol On January 19th Citizens of the State of Mississippi who support keeping the current flag as the state's official banner have planned a "High Noon Rally" on the south steps of the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson. The event is planned for Tuesday, January 19, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Organizers said, "This rally is for the preservation Organizers are also circu- lating petitions in support of an initiative measure to amend the Mississippi Con- stitution to recognize that the State Flag of Missis- sippi is and shall be the flag adopted by the state legisla- of the State Flag of 1894. ture in 1894, and used con- Speakers are scheduled tinuously since then. throughout the day. Make Petitions are to be pre- your voice heard citizens of sented at the next session of Mississippi." the Mississippi legislature. Sixth District Circuit Judge Lillie Blackmon Sand- ers has taken action on a number of criminal cases ap- pearing on the court's docket. According to court min- utes on file in the Wilkinson County Circuit Clerk's Of- rice, she held hearings and took action on the following cases: • State vs. ~ Richer- son. Order setting arraignment date and bond signed by Judge Sanders. Richerson appeared in Sixth District Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defendant was arraigned on two felony charges of Introduction of Con- traband into a Correctional Fa- cility. Bond was set at $10,000. • State vs. Lakeitl~rick Obrian Montgomery. Order setting arraignment date and bend signed by Judge Sand- ers. Montgomery appeared in Sixth District Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defendant was arraigned on a felony charge of Sexual Battery. Bond was set at $25,000. • State vs. Alexandra Tur- ney. Order setting arraignment date and bond signed by Judge Sanders. Turney appeared in Sixth District Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defendant was arraigned on a felony charges of Count 1: Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility; Count II: Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Sub- stance, Synthetic Marijuana; Count HI: Introduction of Con- traband into a Correctional Fa- cility. Bond was set at $10,000. • State vs. Tekala Jack- sen. Order setting arraignment date and bend signed by Judge Sanders. Jackson appeared in Sixth -Dist 2t Circ t Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defendant was arraigned on a felony charge of Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. Bond was set at $10,000. M| • • • Flood stage on the Mis- sissippi River gauge at Nat- chez is 48 feet, and the river is expected to exceed this level by this Saturday on its way to a 60-foot level, ac- cording to forecasters with the National Weather Ser- vice River Forecast Center. This anticipated river level will approach the all time high which came on May 19, 2011, when the level at the Natchez gauge was recorded at 61.95 feet, or only two feet higher than this current rise is expected to reach. The reason for this his- toric flood is that the un- seasonably warm weather in the Ohio and Mississippi River basins means that the heavy rainfall in the past several weeks has not frozen and is emptying into the rivers and causing a sharp rise in water levels. As of last week the major- ity of the river basins for the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers have not experienced tern- peratures below freezing. This is highly unusual for this time of the year. Until it gets colder and starts to snow instead of rain, the Mississippi River will re- main full with threats of overflowing. On Tuesday morning the river gauge at Natchez was expected to be at about 44.5 feet and continue to rise un- til it reaches the 60-foot lev- el on Monday, January 18. This is not the first flood of the Mississippi to come this year. The Mississippi River flooded western Wilkinson County starting in Febru- cry, 2015, and remained out of its banks and covering a portion of this county until it receded in September. And now, it is back and is expected to have a major im- pact on Wilkinson County. The Lake Mary and Jack- son Point Roads are already under water which cuts off access to these areas and • State vs. Brayajana AI- ford. Order setting arraign- ment date and bend signed by Judge Sanders. Afford ap- peared in Sixth District Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defen- dant was arraigned on five felony charges of Introduction of Contraband into a Correc- tional Facility. Bond was set at $10,00o. • State vs. Calvin Walker. Order setting arraignment date and bend signed by Judge Sanders. Walker appeared in Sixth District Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defendant was arraigned on three felony charges of Aggravated Assault. Bond was set at $20,000. • State vs. Warren Boat- ner. Order setting arraignment date and bend signed by Judge Sanders. Boamer appeared in Sixth District Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defendant was arraigned on a felony charge of Aggravated Assault. Bond was set at $20,000. • State vs. John Lee Da- vis. Order setting arraignment date and bend signed by Judge Sanders. Davis appeared in Sixth District Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defendant was arraigned on felony charges of Count I: Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon; Count H: Possession of a Stolen Firearm; Count HI: Possession of Stolen Property (Habitual). Bond was set at $10,000. • State vs. Michael John- son. Order setting arraignment date and bend signed by Judge Sanders. Johnson appeared in Sixth District Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defendant was arraigned on felony of Count I: Burglary of a Store- house; Count H: Failure to Reg- ister as a Sex Offender. Bond was set at $20,000. • State vs. Tarvis Williams. Order setting arraignment date and bond signed by Judge Sanders. Williams appeared in Sixth District Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defendant was arraigned on felony charges of Count I: Murder; Count H: Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felor Bond was set at $100,000. • State vs. Darrius Kfl- bourn. Order setting arraign ment date and bend signed by Judge Sanders. Kilbeurn ap- peared in Sixth District Circuit Court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defen- dant was arraigned on felony charges of Count I: Murder. Bond was set at $100,000. • State vs. Warren Boatner. Order of Arraignment. The defendant appeared in court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time he entered a plea of not gnilty to a charge of Ag- gravated Assault. • State vs. Calvin Walker. Order of Arraignment. The defendant appeared in court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time he entered a plea of not guilty to three ~ of Aggravated Assault. • State vs. Lakeithrick Obrian Montgomery. Order of Arraignment. The defendant appeared in court on Tuesday, ber 15, at which time he entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of Sexual Battery. • State vs. Leah Richer- son. Order of Arraignment. The defendant appeared in court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time she entered a plea of not guilty to charges of Count I & II: Introduction of Contraband into a Correc- tional Facility. • State vs. Tekala Jackson. Order of Arraignment. The defendant appeared in court on Tuesday, December 15, at which time the defendant entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of Introduction of Contraband into a Correctional Facility. (Continued on Page 3) includes Pecan Grove, Loch Leven Plantation and Lake Mary Planting Company. At approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 26, a Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association utility pole with trans- former broke and disrupted service to between 50 and 60 customers. SWMEPA of- ficials have announced that the pole will not be repaired at this time since electric service is shut off during Mississippi River flooding in this area. The Ft. Adams commu- nity, located at the end of Mississippi Hwy. 24, will be flooded at the 60-foot level with water getting into a number of structures. Small businesses in west- ern Wilkinson County are hit hard by flooding since hunters and fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts stay away during high water. How long will this flood remain? No one knows at this time. The prior Mis- sissippi River flood lasted some seven months. , :i !i'ΈΈ i +:i i;:ii:ii'iil ::;~Lh ;i , ,iiΈ ' !~i!? BROKEN POWER POLE CUTS SERVICE -- A South- west Mississippi Electric Power Association utility pole broke at about 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 26, north of the old Lake Mary Lodge site on the banks of Lake Mary. EPA officials have reported that they have no plans to replace this downed pole at this time because electric service will have to be •hut off due to anticipated flood waters from the Mississippi River. A total of 54 customers are now without elec- tric service on the Lake Mary Road, Jackson Point Road, Pecan Grove, Loch Leven and Lake Mary Planting Company. The National Weather Service River Forecast Center on Monday afternoon, De- cember 28, revised their prediction to show that the Mississippi River will rise to 60.0 feet at the Natchez gauge on January 18, 2016. Flood stage at Natchez is 48 feet.-- Photo Submitted