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b ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FOUR YEAR, CONTINI/OU, SERVICE TO THE PEOPLE OLDEST NEWSPAPER AND BUSINESS INSTITUTION IN LIBERTY AND AMITE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI 1825 ESTABLISHED AS AMITE DEMOCRAT ESTABLISHED THE SOUTHERN HERALD VOL. 125 USPS505-960 LIBERTY, MISSISSIPPI 13 JULY, 1989 ZIP CODE 39645 1865 NO. i4 ...... h old least Dddior ,ant in Helen Iaxine Lena )Ida of HELEN'S COMMENTS No matter how you slice it, the burning of the American Flag is not freedom of speech. It might When the Amite County Board of Supervisors Approved an $8,000 agreement with Watklns be called freedom of action, but there is no The regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen, met Wednesday, July 5, 1989, at their regular and Cox Architects to draw up plans for repairs to Constitutional Amendment saying so. The lilly- Mayor and Clerk was held Wednesday, July 5, meeting the first item was the destruction of the county courthouse, liverered men that we havein our U. S. Legislative 1989 instead of the first Tuesday becaum of a bridges damaged during recent flooding. Four Accepted a bid from D-B Allen to feed county System haven't get the guts to tell every Tom, holiday. Mayor announced that the Governor's bridges in Amite County received damage. Third prisoners two meals a day for $2.45 per meal, the Dick and Harry minority that we can't burn the office had approved a $499,850.00 CommunRy District Supervisor L. M. Bateman said one lower of two bids. flag. Anyone who feels that they have the freedom Development Block Grant for Liberty to prepare complete bridge had been washed away. Accepted a $22,878 bid from Worldwide to burn the flag should be deported, preferrably to the site of the new Air Cruisers indtmtry. The Six families live at the end of the Pearl-Whtt- Machinery Sales Inc. for a 455e Ford loader/back- a country who can't even feed their own where money will be used to extend water, 8as and tington Road across Birdman Creek in the hoe for District 3, from among four bids. they will starve to death slowly, sewerage service to the 34.acre site just North of Homochitto Forest. The 60 foot long 12 foot wide Accepted a $2,423.84 bid from Scientific HS town hwere the new plant will be lo~tad. Air wooden bridge was their only access to their Telecom for a telephone system for the Chancery This week has been a sad week for us and I feel Cruisers have bought Aerospace and will street a homes. Sunday, as residents watched, the bridge Clerk's office. It was the lower of two bids. sure for most residents of AmRe County. A young 10,000 square foot building on the ~te. Air floated away. The bridge was one of four in Amite Donated $549 to help erect a Mississippi mad, dedicated to service for the County died at Cruisers manufacturers escape chutes for air. County receiving damage or complete destruction. Department of Agriculture and Commerce sign at the young age of 55. The many civic and planes. Aerospace is presently located in the Old The condition of the bridge prompted Amite the intersection of Interstate Highway 55 and community accomplishments that he instigated KeUwood Building on Main Street. County Supervisors to declare a state of Lakeland Drive in Jackson. Advertisement of will be a living memory to William (Billy Joe) Aldermen accepted the $84,800.50 bid from emergency in order to by pass normal business Amite County will be included on the sign.Harvey. He fought a long courageous battle but in Oddee Smith and Sons to improve the property procedures and fix the bridges as quickly as Aprpoved a $85,000 agreement with Thomas the end willing accepted his fate knowing his just before construction. possible. Mr. Bateman stated that it would take at Planning Consultants of Crosby to administer a reward. Billy Joe's passing was followed by our In approving the grant, the Governor said least a week to repair Birdman Creek bridge. Community Development Block Grant for trash good friend BickhamBall, whom we shall all missin "Local officials have worked diligently to bring Another bridge in Mr. Bateman's district damaged disposal, to be paid for from grant funds,this office. Everyone must leave this world as this jobs to Liberty and I am happy to be able to help by the flood was Foster Creek on the Nebo Road. Board of Education informed the Supervisors to is only a stopping place but it is always hard to give witht he award of this grant. Air ~ is a Others were on Wilson Road and whittington advertise for sale of building. Sealed bids open to up those we love. quality business and I know they will be a vitaipart Cemetery Road in District 4. Wiley Barren, anyone. A bright note in Monday's sadness was the of the commuinity." District 4 Supervisor, said the Wilson bridge was School Board budget presented to Board forChamber of Commerce presenting a resolution Mayor Miller stated that the bid was the lowest in the most desperate need of repairs, inspection, honoring Joe Carr for his 40-years in Liberty as of the six received. In other business, supervisors: Motion made and ccarried to pay Roduey owner and operator of Liberty Dry Cleaners. The The Board of Aldermen agreed to issue a bid to Authorized Circuit Clerk Ruth Dixon to attend a Thomas for filing block grant application in the resolution firmly depicts the personality of Mr. borrow $85,000.00 from whichever bank submits Circuit Clerks Association meeting in Greenwood amount of $4,000.00. This $4,000 will come out of Cart. the lowest bid. The bank receiving the bid must August 9-12. the grant money, offer five years to pay it back. Motion was made and carried to opoa a separate Two Hundred POLICE REPORT GEORGIA-PACIFIC =count for the Comm ty Birthday Celebration When Wilkinson County was formed in ~sian Fields was already established 1902~ settlement. Elysian Fields ("Seat of Delight"), established during the period 1781-1789 later became Amite County Courthouse. Subsequently, this settlement was moved to the railroad and then became known as Centreville in 1884. The settlement, Elysian Fields was under the Spanish rule until 1798. During the time 1781-1789 the Spanish in order to keep their territory gave settlers large grants of land. Many settlers came from Maryland, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. A celebration of the events during this early period will be held in Centreville on September 80, 1989. The day long event sponsored by the Centreviile Arts Council will feature historical displays, an art show, craft fair and continous entertainemnt. All interested residents and former residents are urged to attend a meeting at the Kevin Van Cleave Library on July 18, 1989 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone's participation is needed to make this a great celebration. For information you may Mike Stewart at 6014 5-5 or Annette Me.Daniel at 601-645-5190. Any correspondence Concerning this event can be addressed to the Centreville Arts Council, Post Office Box 1002, Centreville, Mississippi 39631. Aldridge Attends Golf Camp at Ole Miss i Dave Aldridge, the 15 year~ld son of Mr. and ~'s. Billy Aldridge of Centreville recently attended a week-long geff Camp at the University of Mississippi. The University of Mississippi Golf "~ourse was used for the 2"/boys and girls who t attended this camp. This course is a championship I layout with a large practice area, putting green, Lpractice sand traps are indoor teaching areas. The ~01fers received professional instruction in all "hasos of golf including chipping, putting, sand shots, iron play, wood play, speciality shots and l~ame management. The Ole Miss Staff gave !l~dividual instruction to each golfer, teaching ! ! { ~eing fundamentals, bask golf principles, rules of =: 1~ golf etiquette, self improvement drills and ]~ises for toning and strensthening muscles. .... 1 ~of the highlights of the camp was playing night tion of as al.o f Rural 8tokes with "glow sticks" inserted in special balls. At the close of the camp, Larry Slone, Head held an Awards Ceremony st which time gelfer received a certificate and a group Dave received an award for winning let Plo e in an Individual tournament. Dave is an avid a lfer and is following up his camp instructions private lessons given by Benny Boil. I.ODGE MEETING The liberty Lodge #37 F&A&M will confer the ~4aater Degree at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 1M9 and the E. A. Degree Monday night, July 17, 1909 at 7:00. All members are and eligible guests are v ed. MONTH OF UNE, 1989 DUI 2 Driving on wrong side of road 2 Ran Stop Sign 1 Driving while license suspended 2 No Drivers Lioness 1 Disturbing the peace 2 Improper Passing 4 Improper Tag 1 Shoplifting 2 Reckless Driving 1 TOTAL 18 Total miles traveled month of June, 1989 2814 Total hours worked month of June, 1969 645 The Liberty Police Department inveetigatad two (2) accidents with property damage only, unlocked five (5) vehicle doors, assisted eleven (11) ambulance calls, assisted with five (5) funeral processions, assisted twenty-eight (28) motorists, and answered twenty-one (21) complaint calls. This completes the Liberty Police Report for the month of June, 1989. CLAUDE FREEMAN Chtefof Poilca AMITE DROWNING DURING 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY Drowning victim in Amite County was James L. Johnson, 25, of Route I, Slaughter. SbeKff's deputies said he drowned in a flooded area near the Comite River in Amite County, a short distance from the Louisiana line. However, two other men and one juvenile who remained in the truck were unhurt. The truck went off the Bill Trash Road between 9:30 and 10 p.m., the spokesman said. He said he didn't know how high the water was in the area or whether Mr. Johnson lost his footing or had been swept away by the water. The truck's lights had stopped working so the people inside couldn't see what happened to Mr. Johnson, the deputy said. Searchers recovered the body from the water about 6:15 a.m. Monday, July 8, 1989. L"KAM BL I-TONORS CARRS The Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce presented an award to a pair of longtime Liberty merchants. Joe and Betty Carr, who have run Liberty Cleaners on Main Street for 40 years, were cited for their positive attitude and eountleu hours of volunteer service to the community. Chamber president Res~le Jones presented Carr with a copy of a resolution expressing appreciation. Roggie Barnes, new Amite County High School principal was introduced and he told the chamber members he was excited about the challenge of a new school. Public schools psycbometrist Dale Bailey praised the chamber for its recent support of public schools. ;yH WORKERS IN GLOSTER STRIKE Workers at Georgia-Pacific in Oloster went on strike Monday, July 10, along with plywood workers from four other Georgia-Pacific plants in Arkansas and Mississippi. A break down in contract talks concerning overtime was the cause of 2000 workers in the five plants to walk out. A Georgia-Pacific spokesman said the strike involves about 1,000 union workers at mills in Crossett and Fordyce in Arkansas, and a roughly equal number of workers at mills in Louisville, Taylorsvilie and Gloster, Miss. The plants belong to Georgia-Paciflc's Mid-continent Division, and are to be at least temporarily closed, officials said. Workers at Crossett and Oloster are represent- ed by the International Woodworkers' of America. Workers at Fordyce, Louisville and Taylorsville are members of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. Union and company negotiators had continued talks past two deadlines following the June 1 expiration of the old contract, but the unions rejected the company's latest offer Wednesday and pickets went up at the mills about 5 a.m. Monday, July 10. The plants manufacture southern pine plywood for residential and commercial constructlun. Spokesman Terry Hadaway at the Crc~mtt plant said the company would shut down the plants at least temporarily. Union officials said the company's latest offer called for a four-year contract, with pay increases of 2 percent the first, second and fourth years of the pact and 8 percent the third year. The unions wanted a three-year contract with pay inereeses of 3 percent each year. The strike marks the second time in four yenrs that Georgia-Pacific workers have walked off the job. Members of the United Paperworkers Union staged a three-month strike in 1985. Amite Bicyclist Turns Flobby into PaidTrip An Amite County bicycle enthusiast has turned his hobby into an all-expenes-pald trip to a 4-H competition and a chance to win a national title. Fred McNeil won the state 4-H Congress bicycle competition on June 21 at Mi lssippi State University and will 8o to the national competition in Richmond, VA this fall. McNeil, who graduated from Liberty High School in May, said he entered the bicycle contest because he likes to ride his 10-speed. McNeil competed against 21 other &Hers ranging in age from 14 to 18, inldulng his best friend, James Jackson, who placed fourth. Amite County 4-H Youth Agent Gayle Tumey said Jackson told her just before the conteg that McNeil would win first place and he would win second. McNeil received his first-place ribbon at a banquet honoring all the Congress winners on the last day of competitions. Block Grant funds. Motion made and carried to pay in excess of $500 for emergency work on dump truck. Motion made and carried to adopt the audit accounting procedure as well as approving the Tax Assessment on Motor Vehicle Assessment for Ad Volerum Tax. In discussing the budget it was agreed to add to the budget between $8 and $12 thousand dollard for the purchase of a new underground gas tank. Mayor Miller is to cheek on pricing on the town owning their own gas tank as prepared to what they are currently paying different merchants. The Historical Society has asked the Town for $1,000 a year for three years for the upkeep of the Little Rod Schoolhouse. The Mayor requested that this be put in the 1989-1990 budget. The aldermen agreed to put it in the budget and it would be approved when the request was made for it. Money has been put in the budget in the amount not to exceed $7,000 for a new service truck when needed. Aldermen agreed to go along with the purchase of a new truck ff the old one was sold. The Mayor said the town had several items to be sold and they should be sold all at one time. The town agreed to advertise for a small service truck. All the aldermen and mayor were sworn in for the next four years. Curtis Seay was appointed Fire Chief, Claude Freeman, Police Chief, Brenda Harvey, Town Clerk, Roggie Jones, Town Attorney and Everett Wilson, Street Commissioner. RESOLUTION COMMENDING MAURICE E. FOREMAN FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMITE COUNTY WHEREAS, Maurico E. Foreman, a native of Amite County, has devoted his adult life to public service, including public education as a teacher, coach, member of the Board of Trustees of Southwest Mississippi Community College, and as Superintendent of Education since 1978; and WHEREAS, in recognition of his many years of dedicatdd public service, he has been eslected by the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce as "CRizen of the Year" for outstanding contributions to this community and Amite County. NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved, that the Amite County Board of Education, for and on behalf of the students and staff of the Amite County~.~.he~.District, and-~dl~f ~ht-~t/~ns of this County, does hereby commend Manrica E. Foreman for his many years of dedicated servtca to the citizens of this area and to the AmRe County School District. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution be presented to Maurice E. Foren~m, and that a copy be spread upon the minutes of the Amite County Board of Education, and a copy delivered to newspapers published in this area. VOTING AYE: VOTING NAY: Curtis Bishop None Leslie Graves Douglas Stewart John C. Davis Charles Carruth Curtis Bishop, President of the Amite County Board of Education, declared the resolution unanimously adopted, this Uth day of May, 1989, AMITE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION BY: CultisT. Bishop, President July13 ,' ,, On a written test, contestants had to answer questions about safety rules and identify the parts of a bicycle. After the test the competition moved outside to the parking lot of Humphrey Cokisum, where an obstacle course was set up. Contestants could bring their own dirt bikes or use the ones provided. Judges graded the ridem on emergency stops and turns, ~ eight stNrlng, straight line riding and avold/~ obstacles. Opportunity for Governmental Participation Mississippians, too often accustomed to summer doldrums and a.sometimes slu ish 8tats 8overn- CITY SALES TAX The City Sales Tax Collections contained in this report are based on taxes collected by merchants during March and reported to the Tax Commission in April Payment will be made to the cries on or about June 16, 1989. Bude $ 6,517.42 Centreville 12,238.46 Crosby 1,276.44 Gloster 8,100.45 Liberty 10,086.28 Magnolia 12,849.37 Meadvilie 6,554.01 Osyka 1,809.85 Roxie 715.21 Summit 14,953.41 Woodvilie 18,392.80 Area Businessman Joe Carr Honored WHEREAS, the individual we honor today has dedicated his life to the Town of Liberty; and, WHEREAS, this man has always been at the forefront in the pursuit of excellence; and, WHEREAS, this individual has dedicated countless hours to the service of the Town of Liberty and the surrounding community through volunteer work and untiring energy; and, WHEREAS, this individual always has a smile on his face, a friendly word and a positive outlook that is an inspiration to all of us; and, WHEREAS, this individual, through his many years in Liberty, has seen countless peaks and valleys as far as the economic of the Liberty area is concerned but he has persevered and through his perseverance has obtained success not only in his business endeavors but also in his personal life; and, WHEREAS, the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce, in its pursuit and recognition of excellence, would like to recognize this man and his family for their great and many contributions to the Town of Liberty and to his countle~ hours of dedication to the spirit and well being of the Town of Liberty. NOW THEREFORE, the Liberty Area Cham- bor of Commerce does salute Mr. Joe Cart and his lovely wife, Betty for being in business in the Liberty area for forty years. Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce, this the 10th day of July, 1989. D. Reginald Jones CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT i ment, can take pride in evente of 'Sg. Mississippi's state goveramant, in moving at full force on severld h~nte. these activities: ...A task force cre ng t gate ecenemk development plan has been the state, encouraging itimn [nvolv~t ~ that effort. ...The governor's office is on the move. addin finishing touches to the next in publk education improvement. ...A legislative study group is at work, npioH fat, t, k ~ new possibilities and potential for the state's agricultural economy. ...Another legislative group, opening another round on constitutional revision, is getting its work under way. ...And, others are evaluating the_ state's hazardous waste problems and potentinl. In almost every case, full and active citisen participation is being encouraged and even urged. Chances are, results of all these efforts will show up in the 1991 legislative ssioh. 1