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Then the whole body of them arose and brought Him (Jesus)
before Pilate. And they began to accuse Him, saying, "We found
this man misleading our nation and forbidding to pay taxes to
Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a King." And Pilate
asked Him, saying, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He
answered him and said, "It is as you say." And Pilate said to the
chief priests and the multitudes, '1 find no guilt in this man."
But they kept on insisting, saying, "He stirs up the people, teach-
ing all over Judea, starting from Galilee, even as far as this place."
Butwhen Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilean.
And when he learned that He belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he
sent Him to Herod, who himself also was in Jerusalem at that time.
Now Herod was very glad when he saw Jesus; for he had wanted
to see Him for a long time, because he had been hearing about Him
and was hoping to see some sign performed by Him. And he ques-
tioned Him at some length; but He answered him nothing.
And the chief priests and the scribes were standing there,
accusing Him vehemently. And Herod with his soldiers, after treat-
ing Him with contempt and mocking Him, dressed Him in a gor-
geous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. Now Herod and Pilate
became friends with one another that very day; for before they had
been at enmity with each other. And Pilate summoned the chief
priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, "You
brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion,
and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt
in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. No,
nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing
deserving death has been done by Him. I will therefore punish Him
and release Him." Now he was obliged to release to them at the
feast one prisoner.
But they cried out all together, saying, "Away with this man, and
release for us Barabbas!" (He was one who had been thrown into
prison for a certain insurrection made in the city, and for murder.)
And Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, but
they kept on calling out, saying, "Crucify, crucify Himr' Luke 23:1-
Below is a summary of recent activity in the Liberty Police
1 possession of Marijuana less than 1 oz in a vehicle; 1 open
container; 1 no tag; 2 noise ordinance loud music & Jake brake;
1 failure to maintain control of vehicle; 1 driving while license
suspended implied consent; 1 DUI 3rd; 2 disregard for traffic
device; 4 domestic; 1 disturbing the peace; 1 no driver's license;
1 possession of paraphernalia; 3 improper equipment; 1 failure
to dim lights; 1 no proof of liability ins.; and 3 child restraint.
The Liberty Police Department investigated 5 accidents with
property damage, assisted unknown amount of motorists,
escorted 4 funeral processions and answered complaint calls.
TOWN & COUNTY COMMITTED TO
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
Although there are many that would have God taken out of
everything, the Town of Liberty and County of Amite, Mississippi
are dedicated God-fearing people that commit to the National
Day of Prayer.
On Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 7:00 a.m. at the Harrison
Building in Liberty, many gathered to observe the National Day
of Prayer with Rev. Alton Foster, Director of Missions Mississippi
Baptist Association, welcoming all who were present. Opening
prayer was given by Rev. George Storm of Liberty Church of
Prayer. Shady Grove Free Will Baptist Church sung. Introduction
of speakers was by Rev. Alton Foster. Dr. Steve Bishop,
President of Southwest Mississippi Community College, deliv-
ered the message. Bethel Baptist Church's children's choir lifted
the audience with a song. Rev. Hilton Taplin of Snow Hill
Missionary Baptist Church delivered the closing prayer.
Also, at 12:00 noon at the Amite County Courthouse in Liberty
National Day of Prayer was held With Rev. Hilton Taplin deliver-
ing the prayer and the ringing of the bells took place.
Many were present at both locations to witness God's power
CHAMBER TO MEET
The regular monthly meeting of the Liberty Area Chamber of
Commerce will be held on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.
at the HARRISON BUILDING in Liberty.
Our guest speaker will be Jean Spring, Founder and
Executive Director of Southwest Mississippi Christian Outreach
Our business of the month is Liberty Drug Store. Mr.
Winbourne Sullivan bought the business April 1, 1965. He ran
the operation until Ronnie and Cheryl Blalock bought it October
31, 2000. Several celebrities have come thru such as Trent Lott
in 1996 and CNN doing a profile on Jerry Clower also in 1996.
They have always had honest and hard working employees.
The coffee shop is the BIG + for them where all the world's prob-
lems are solved. Visit them today to see items such as Hallmark
cards, candles, jewelry, photo machines, and much more.
We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone that helped
make our Heritage Days a very successful event!!
Please plan to attend and support our Chamber of
Meal provided for $8.00. Please RSVP - Jacob Poole @
601-657-4375, Juanita Bates @ 225-235-8279 or Melissa
Jackson @ 601-657-8035
AMITE COUNTY CRIME REPORT
Below is a round-up of recent crimes and/or arrests made in
the Amite County Area:
• Pearline Bland, 25, of Amite County, and Theresa Bland, of
Amite County, were charged with aggravated assault following a
confrontation between the two Wednesday of last week. Both
bonded out the same day.
• Edward Lavelle Arnold, 58, of Gloster, was charged with
aggravated assault in the shooting of Charles S. Saucier, 43, of
Gloster. Arnold allegedly fired two or three shots with a .45-cal-
iber semiautomatic pistol, where the bullets went through
Saucier's windshield and one stuck Saucier in his forearm.
Gloster Police Department was assisted by Liberty and
Centreville Police Departments and the Amite County Sheriff's
Office in the arrest.
Saturday, May 12th, from
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. old pic-
tures of places, people and
scenes from Amite County will
be scanned at the Little Red
School House in Liberty. We
encourage you to bring yours
out so they can be included.
The North Central Fire
Department will be sponsoring
a "Cow Patty Drop" fundraiser
May 19, 2012 at 5:00 p.m at
the Fire House located on
Pecan Road. Tickets are
$10.00 per square for a
chance to win $200.00 cash.
We will also be offering
Pastayla plates for a donation.
NO MONEY ON
David Cothren, County
Engineer, talked to the Amite
County Board of Supervisors
about the funds not being allo-
cated by legislation for bridge
repairs. The Board discussed
how they would be able to fix
bridges without these funds.
Programs that are already
in Jackson waiting for approval
may be funded, but new ones
will not at this time.
The County is trying to
reseal nine miles in each dis-
trict at a cost of $2,114,628.00,
if the state approves to pay
projects aleady in place in
The Board approved to
enter a local agreement
between the Amite County
Sheriff's Office and Franklin
County on housing inmates for
Franklin County at a price set
by the state.
The Sheriff is sending
Anthony Reed to the Field
Sobriety Test School in
Also, the Sheriff is sending
Ray Lofton and Angle
Leahman to Jail Certification
The Sheriff placed
Dewayne Weaver as part-time
jailer at $7.50 an hour to work
less than 20 hours per week.
The Board approved to
send Helen Wells and Carolyn
Patterson to the recertification
seminar in Jackson, which is
required by the state.
The Board approved the
purchase of a chess compres-
sion system to be used on the
ambulance service at a cost of
TOWN REJECTS BID
The Town had published an
advertisement for bids on 5.2
acres on Highway 24. Only
one bid was submitted by
Evergreen Industries for
$4,010.00. The bid was reject-
ed, for the Board felt that that
bid was too low.
In other business, the
• Approved to pay the dues
for the Municipal Judge
Association at $25.00.
They also approved travel
reimbursement for the
Municipal Court Judge semi-
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HERITAGE DAYS FESTIVAL A BLAST!
Liberty celebrated Heritage Days this year on May 4-5, 2012, where many vendors
came out to participate. From items of clothing to fresh made jams and jellies, there was
something for everyone. An antique/classic car show, book signings, tours of the Liberty
Red School House, Walk/Run, and wrestling.
Liberty Has Talent consisted of many children, teens and adults performing. They
danced, sang, and brought their talent to the table.
Fortunately, the weather was beautiful and the rains held off long enough for the much
anticipated street dance to end the festival Saturday night featuring Ghost Town.
Every year there's something new added at some point or another. We look forward
to next year's festival and hope to see you there!
Amite County Miss Hospitality Savanna Leigh Smith poses for the
camera at Heritge Days.
Tami Hottard-Strittmatter holds a booksigning at the Liberty Library.
Wrestler Reggie stands on the ropes after winning his match.
asslc ne up to s many peop e enjoy
the pureness of what once was and still is...