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! f By Hud Brannon Smith
Governor Hugh White was ^ inaugurated this week as chief aatacutive of the Magnolia State tod statesmanlike leadership of Mississippi on a statewide level seems assured for four ■ more years. Governor Fielding L. Wright leaves office with a splendid record — after being in the governor’s chair longer than any other governor in history. Jfe served some six years it hftll be remembered — having •arved out the lota Governor Paul B. Johnson’s term as well( as well as his own. There are Many people today in Mississippi, the majority of our citizens in fact, who wish that we had the same type of leadership in Washington now as we had in our state ft>r many years. We have been fortuAate in1 leaders in the past, indications point to one' tan running for gover ' i too. L«ots or adw over the state number of new shwl ^ large Many cynical citlzeiW^..^ this is just a phase of a “new broom sweeping clean” and that it won’t last. Other: think it is part of an effort to discourage our legislators from passing a bill establishing a state police force. Still others maintain that it is an effort to clean up a bit and avoid legalization of whis key. Baprfllsss i of motives, sus picions or anything else, any citizen who wants to see de cent standards maintained in his or her community should get squarely behind these of ficers who are trying to do something to remedy condi tions which have grown stead ily worse over our state under the present hypocritical setup. As we have said before in this column you, and I do mean every one of you, can help by encouraging rather than criticizing your law en forcement officers; by making your approval of their efforts known to everyone with whom you come in contact; by not avoiding jury duty when called as a juror to court. You can certainly help by staying away from these places. Have you ever thought about what kind of condition our trial by jury system would be in if everyone in the country acted like you? Have you ever thought about how important it would be to you to have good jurors if you were involved in some trial, perhaps through no fault of your own? The right to trial by jury is one of our traditional rights— yet we see it abused in our courts until many times we can no longer hold respect for courts or the law. Our point is this: A sheriff can do his dead level best — fce can wear himself and his family out making raid aftei raid — and accomplish very little if honest citizens can’t be found to sit on juries. We nominate as the under statement of last week this lone paragraph from the col umn of Stokes Sanders, Jr., j in the Star-Herald at Koscius ko: "That new sheriff in H times j county is causing a great deal of ooncern among many peo ple in Attala county.” j The Jack of Diamonds, a night spot on Highway 51 south 1 of Durant, was declared a public nuisance in injunction proceedings instituted in chan cery court this morning by i County Attorney Pat M. Bar- . rett before Chancellor C. D. Williams. Chancellor Williams ruled■ that the club be placed nuder injunction, that is, if it tries to continue in business it must not become a nuisance again. ] If there is any more complaint on the place the defendants will be cited for contempt of' court. Should this happen the Chancellor of the Court has the power to throw the Dook at them. He may, in Ks own, discretion, fine them any' amount and send them to jail for as long as he pleases. This is the first suit of its kind in Holmes county and made possible because of a new ruling handed down regarding a similar place by the ?T’ssis THE DURANT NEWS _JMrdJKAK NUMBER 20 DLKAXTJfitlSSlSSIPPl^fHL HSDAY^ JANLAKY'2471952 $2.50Ter Y^f Joints On Highways 51,12 And 17 Raided By Holmes Officers; Six Persons Arrested -___ ____ I Baptists Plan Study Course In February Members of the Baptist Sunday School will attend a study course for one woek in February begin ning Feb 4th. Classes will con vene each evening at '7.00 and will be taught by Paul Booth of the State Sunday School office. The course is planned especially for teachers and officers but all members are welcome. Singing Convention At Court House The Holmes County Sieving Convention will meet at the <A)urt houae in Lexinjfion Sunday Janu ary 27th, trort. 1:30 to *&b p.m, to reorgan ire and elect officers tor 1952. Everyohe interested in gospel singing is cordially invited to come for an evWung of good singfcig. Singers from Yazoo City , Kosciusko, JaokSon and other ' traces will attend. Ss. John Bivins fc'fei \\M Sunday Af2:()^ Former Miriam Gwin Will Be Buried In Lexington Funeral services for Mrs. John Bivins of Riverside, Conn., the former Miriam Gwin of Lexing ton. will be held Sunday at 2:00 p m. at the Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Hayes Clark and the Rev. Charlton Hutton of I Jackson officiating. Mrs. Bivins died Wednesday at 4:00 a.m. at the hospital in Green wich. Conn., where she had been U patient since Christmas Eve. She had been ill for about a year. Funeral services were held in Riverside at Saint Paul’s Episco i pal Church this morning. Inter . merit will be in the Lexington I cemetery. Mrs. Bivins was bom and rear i ed in Lexington and graduated ! 'Vom *ts high school. She attend i,,(1 MSCW and graduated at the University of Mississippi where i she was a Chi Omega. She was one of Lexington’s most beautiful and popular young women in her girlhood and a member of the Presbyterian church. | Surviving are her husband. [John Bivins, director of the Am erican Petroleum Institute of New York, and three children. John, Jr.. 12, Walter Gwin Bivins, 10, and Miriam Gwin Bivins. 6, all of Riverside. Thl» fnmilu inol«win., L_ — _ ther. Mrs. Walter K. Gwin, and sister, Mrs. T. A. Lail, both of Lexington; her sisters, Mrs. Wal ter Galloway, Brownsville, Texas: who had been at her bedside for the past two weeks, and Mrs. Robert Townes of Minter City; two brothers. John Gwin of New York and Walter K. Gwin of Jackson. Mrs. Galloway, who has been at her sister’s bedside for the past two weeks. Mr. John Gwin and Mr. Bivins will arrive by plane from New York City Friday af ternoon. sippi Supreme Court on Janu ary 7th. The difference in this type of proceedings and injunctions sou-1 ght before by Attorney Barrett is this: Prior to today the Coun ty Attorney or some other officer has always had to prove sale or possession of whiskey or gambl ing. Now, under the new ruling, off cers do no: have to pr »Ve these places are selling whiskey or gambling — they jus*. have to prove the p'ace constitutes a pub lic nuisance to the people w! o live in the neighborhood. This suit is not expected to be the last, however. We have Mr. Barrett s word for it that every joint in Holmes county constituting a nuisance to citizens can and will be sub ject to the same procedure under this new interpretation of the au thority of our Chancery courts. There are four ©laces in Durant which didn’t wait to be closed hy the court. They are Mike lirea zeale’s Barn in the Field for col ored; and •ree white joints, Louise's Place" Club 11 and; ub 12 on Highway 12 near Du- j Whiskty Seized In Weekend Raid*; Still Nabbed Tuesday Right roadsldfc joints bn High way 51 and 12 near Durant and 17 near Lexington Were raided over the weekend by Sheriff Richard F. Byrd accompanied by his deputies and constables. Results included arrests of six patrons at the various spots and seizure of some whiskey. In Lexington Saturday night Sheriff Byrd 'and Deputy Ellis E. Wynn raided a spot on Highway 17 south of Lexington and found nearly a ease of wine and two 50-pouhd lard cans nearly filled wi(k mixed whiskeys. They arrested Ernest Alexander, colored, wfrio claimed to be an employee of John Pettus. Pott us reportedly 'operates the place across the <road from wheie tile whiskey was found. Alexander Wais tried Tuesday in Justice of the'Peace WhiteV, court | in Lexington and fined $>50 and | costs. He has appealed to Cir cuit Court. Appeal bond, set at $300, was lhade by Mrs. 'Ed Har vev and Jt R. Tidwell Sunday Raidt On Sunday seven places were ’aided 'up and down Highway 51. These included the White Pig north of Durant; Mandy Mc • ah’s place on $1 north of (>a Negro place called .. in ’Pickens; Flor ence Nelson^V^^ rfrsSSi^ col. ored in Pickens; TIDman Brakrh«‘ place for colored at' Goodman; Mile O’ Way .place on 51 .s.outh of, Durant am! the 51 Grill, also south of Durant :The Sunday ’raids netted a small amount of whiskey taken just off the premises at tho Man dy McLean place and the arrest there of C. E. Mayfield of McCool for public drunkenness. May field stayed in the Holmes coun ty jail until Monday when ne pled guilty in JP A. L. Presley's j court in Pickens. He was fined $10 and costs. At Florence Nelsons place her son, Uharlie Nelson, was ar I rested for public drunkenness. He \ was tried in Mayor's Court in 1 Pickens and fined $15 by Acting Mayor W. S. Owen. Also picked up at the Nelson place was Jimmy Lee Hay worth, colored, charged with driv mg without a license. This case I is pending in Mayor's Court, Mr. Owen said, since the Negro claim ed he has applied for .a license. At Tillman Branch’s place Ed die I^ee Jones of Durant was charged with public drunkenness. He will be tried in Mayor H. L Albin's court. Nothing was found at any of the other places raided over the weekend. Making the raids on Sunday were Sheriff Byrd. De puties Wynn, Andrew Smith, and George Floyd. Constables Audis Hathcock and W. F. Grace ac companied them also on the raids maae in aisinet two. "Still Ii Found A one barrel still was found by officers Tuesday night of this week two miles west of the Holm es County State Park. Bard Hop n< r colored, was charged with unlawful possession, and was r,r'od $300 and RO dnvs on tho countv farm in E R Guecs* J. p "o”rt at Domnt Wednesday. P1*»H« Ouiltv Also m JP Guess' court J, <G. Lavne pled guilty to puMiel drunkenness and was fined $39 and costs. He was arrested Wed nesday January’ 16, in The Spot, a Negro night club near Durant i by Sheriff Rvrd and taken to i the county jail where he remain-! ed until disposition of his case. Youth Proaram Planned j By Beulah And Brozville j Beulah and Brozville Baptist churches are sponsoring a youth program jointly and meetings i will be held each first Saturday night at the Beulah church and each third Saturday night at the Brozville church at 7:30 p.m. All young people in these com munities, ^regardless of denomi nation, are invited and urged to attend. Older people interested are also welcome, according to an announcement by the Rev. Vollie Scott, Beulah pastor. The Rev. Mack Massey is Brozville pastor. Inspirational messages will be brought and music will be fea tured at every meeting. A social hour of fellowship is being plan ned also. Holmes Senator T. M. Williamsi Three Arrested For Gambling At The Spot Three negroes were urrestfd for gambling at The Spot, negrc^night club on Highway 12 near Durant, about one o’clock Sunday morn ing by Constable Audis Hathcock. They were Robert Lee Bums, one of the club’s employees, Willie Chambers and Nathaniel Roby The trio remained in the Du rant jail until around 1:00 p.m Sunday. They pled guilty to the charges and were fined $18.65 each in JP court of E. B. Guess. Mrs. Bishop Rites Held In Durant Funeral services for Mrs. Katie Caldwell Bishop were held on Wednesday, in the First Baptist Church rt Durant with the Rev. C. M. Day, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Slumpbridgc ceme tery in Attala county with Sou thern in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Bishop died in Durant on Tuesday following a lengthy ill ness. She was 'bom in Attala county November 27, 1873, and marriel the late William Thomas Bishop ih 1893. She was a member ol the Baptist ChurcA i Who ic niiHMiiA/1 L i ' ln>n rlntinl* ters, Mrs. Callie Richard and Jttrs Jack of Durant; four sons Levi Bishop of Durant Matt Bish op of Sallis and Marion Bishop 01 Oklahoma City, Okla. She alsc ■ leave*, one sister, Mi-s. J. E. Bur I well of Sallis and two daughters t ,of Durart anc II 'Of 'Grenada, were her grand Holmes Girls Win 13th Straight Game The Holmes girls are li-adnj jt-'ie Junior (College fonfercnci | with an all-win reeerd of a; |victori« over membrr seharih They wifi have to play good fait] [ next wet k to edge by Hinds E&g |letts who hold a 13-J record ii .conference games. Jtowamha o : Fulton handr.-tt the Hindi, **i 1 their ora'y demat thw far in thi season. Holmes won 3 of 4 games -vs Gopiah- Lincoln and Southwes on a road trip last veek. Th< Southwest beys wok 82-79 ifoi the first loss to Holmes this sea son. but they are presently lead ing the Conference wlih an adli j tional won more than East M's , sissippj of Scooba. or East Centra j of Decatur. All time haw £ single loss in games plav«c through Saturday, Jan 19. Lexington Native Passes in Texas A reuniuer >oI Hofans county friends wi'l regret to learn o' "the death <df 'Miss Lillian Olive ivaiuci au mutton, icxas. deceased is a natar/e of Lexington naving toeer born here Aagust 19, ’1871, and has visited heT Holmes -«'unty trienils frequently ■— the last visit bong about two years ego. Miss Miller died January 3rd ir- Livingston where she Had re sitted 54 years. She lhad operated a hat shop for a number of years there and was a member of the Raptist Church and Woodmen Circle. Services were held January 5t‘n at the Pace Funeral Home in Liv ingston with Dr.. W. B. Wads worth officiating assisted by the Rev. S N. Lanham, Jr., with in terment in Forest Hill cemetery. Survivors include * niece, Mrs. George Gels ton of West, .and two great meres, Mrs. K. F. t'own er and Mis. W. F. Scott, Jaoeh ot Lexington. PICKENS MAN FINED Wesley Simmons, colored, was fined $100 in Mayor's court at Pickens this week for possession of liquor by acting mayor W. S Owen. Liquor was reported found i at his home in a raid Tuesday morning by Marshal H. C. Slaton and former marshal R. T. ilart. Suffers Fall I Friends of Mrs. W. O. Mabry in i Goodman will regret to know she suffered a broken hip in a fall j at her home Tuesday. She was taken to Memphis Methodist Hos pital for treatment in a Maxwell and Owen ambulance. will be speaker at the meeting to be held Feb. 2 at Beulah. Mr. Williams will speak on a topic relating to youth finding its place n the community. Goodman Bible Class Commends Holmes County's Sheriff Members of the Men’s BibJe Class at the Goodman Baptist Church passed resolutions at a recent session commending Holmes County Sheriff Richard F. Byrd, his deputies and Con stables Audis Hathcock and W. E. Grace for their stand on law enforcement and efforts made in this direction. These resolutions were sent to Sheriff Byrd and al so to this newspaper for publica tion as follows: 1. Be It Resolved that we, the undersigned citizens of Good man, Holmes County, Mississippi, want to commend you and your deputies along with Constables Hathcock and Grace of Beat Two for the stand you have made on whiskey , honky-tonks, and "racketeering” in Holmes coun ty. Your efforts now and in the future have our full endorsement and approval. 2. We further ask that you con tinue your efforts and use every power of your office in the full enforcement of the law. Our group pledges its full cooperation in the enforcement of all laws in Holmes county. Signed: R. W. Almond, Earl m i_ii_ v ww *»■ _ />i vtt a. '•jncii'Jll, ll. V> W i Lorance, C. H. Campbell, R. E Robbins, R. B. Shivers, David J. Forde, H. O. Thomas. W. T. McDaniel, J. G. Jacob, H , P. Tyler, LieRoy Jobe, H. A- Mc Millan, T. A. Ousley, G. J. Ever -ett, Marion A. Ousley, H. I Cowsert \ E. W. Wilson, D. K. GuUedge ‘ J. J. Browning, Frank B. Branch R. M. Branch and J. P. Mitchell Evans Funeral Will , Be Held Friday > Holmes Native Dies i| At Daughter's ; Home In Natchez ^ Last rites for Will M. Evans ! well known Holmes coun'ty cVti '■ zen, will be conducted Friday January 25. at 10:00 a.m. in thi • Southern Funeral Home with thi Rev. Vollie Scott officiating. Bu rial will bo in Odd Fellow's Ceme tery with Southern in charge o arrangements. Mr. Evans died today (Thurs. following a long illness in thi home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C Barrentine at Natchez. He was bora at Lexington No ••omber 5. 1881 and married thi former Elba Barrentine on De cember 30, 1923. He was a mem ber of the Antioch Baptis Church at Brozvillc. Surviving are his wife, one sox Joseph C. Evans of Jackson; tw< daughters. Mrs. A. W. Ishman o: Curweosville, Pennsylvania, anc Mrs. J. C. Barrentine of Natchez He also leaves two sisters, Mrs D n ’Irwin nf HnWnnrF Flnrirln 1 and Mrs Myrtle Ward of Browns , ville, Texas and two grandchil • dren. Lexington Implement Company Burglarized Thieves who broke into ih« Lexington Implement Gompanj Wednesday night of last weeL left a few fingerprints or the saf« cash box and cash regjster as t lead (or Sheriff Richard F. Byre who has been investigating the burglary. Only a small amount ®f cash was taken, Mr. John Tingle, own er of the firm, said. The most damage doj& gras property dam ! age to tkeWroor where they en tes-ed and to the safe. It was believed to have Veen the work of professional crooks as they seemed to be familiar with the type of safe in the of fice. The burglary was discovered by Charlie Wright, of the carts department, when he reported for work Thursday morning. Attend Inauguration Mr. and Mrs. Frank Edwards attended the inauguration of Gov ernor Hugh White at Jackson on Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Win born accompanied them. Visit Granddaughter Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Home of Sallis were recent visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Pritchard and Johnnie to welcome the arrival of little Cathy Ann Pritchard, who was boim on January' 19. Patrolman Skelton Goes To Memphis Wednesday. For Further Treatment Patrolman j. T. Skelton has been discharged from the District II Community Hospital where he has been a patient for nearly two weeks and gone to Memphis for further treatment. Patrolman Skelton is suffering from a rare type of disease known as polycytsemia. It is the result of his body producing too much blood. Three pints of blood have been taken from him since January 5th which were donated to the I blood bank in Jackson. Mr. Skelton hopes to be ablej 1 to resume his duties within a' I short period of time. Lexington Lions Give Endorsement To Sheriff Richard Byrd i Lexington Lions Club went on j record unanimously at its meet ; ing Monday night asking its sec retary to write a letter of appre ciation, commendation and sup porU to Holmes County Sheriff Richard F. Byrd. The letter, a copy of which was sent to this newspaper for publi cation, was as follows: LEXINGTON LTONS OI.TTR Lexington, Mississippi January 21, 1952 Richard F. Byrd, Sheriff and Tax Collector Holmes County, Mississippi Lexington, Mississippi Dear Mr. Byrd: The Lions Club of Lexington 1 wishes to express their sincere ap 1 preciation, commendation and whole - hearted support to the Sheriff of Holmes County. We feel that you and ynnr staff have done a great deal toward making Holmes County the kind j of place that all decent and well j thinking men and women care tc ' live in. The men of the Lions Club a: a group want the Sheriff and hi: staff to know that they will hav< their cooperation in helping tt ’ '■ttam JJieir goal of a better Holm ' |es County. ’ i Yours sincerely, The Lexington Lions Clul --- .West School Honor f Roll Named Today 1 Honor roll for the third six ! f-weeks term is released today b; Supt J. T., Montgomery of th West schools as follows: First Grade: Lynn Alexandei h Ralph Alexander, Johnnie An derson. Fay Armstrong, Cadi " Bicker, Alice Jo Browning, Tom - mie Butler, Eva Mae Crow, Alvii Green, 3nn Green, Ann Jackson . Bob Jackson, Yvonne Morgan ► Joyce MdCreary, Bill Pass, Lindj r Truitt. L Second Grade: Linda Grace Florence Laugherty, Joann Mat ' lock, Holt Smith, Leroy Butler Bob Carroll, J. H. Edwards. Third Grade: Miriam Alexan - TIT_ • • —--1 »» vu»ci, uriuuc jut1] McBride, Lois Alexander, Don nie Browning, Nick Norwood, and Carl English. < Fourth Grade: John Arnold, Jimmy Bowen, Mary Louise Bow ie, Carol Cade, Ann Campbell, Bobby Martin, Johnnie Thornton. Fifth Grade: Phillip Brown ’] ing, Frankie Cade, Douglas Self, | Hayes Truitt. Sixth Grade: Reeey Ellis, Mary ! Eleanor Cade, Jerry Tate, Buddy Miller. Seventh Gn*le: Ray English, I 'Sara Cade, Thelma Rosamond, 'Bose Marie Brock, Michael Ellis. Eighth Gifide: Larry Hand, [Gail Weaver. Ninth Grade: None. Tenth Grade: Curtis Curry, J-'an Thornton, Joy Holmes, Sa rah Ellis, Ira Stroupe, Connie Stroupe. Eleventh Grade: Betty Fay Hand, Gowan Ellis. Twelfth Grade: Mae C. Green. Hetamed Homa Mr. H. B. Sargent and Mrs. Winfred Ash returned home Sat-1 urday from Columbus after spend ing a week in the home of hisf daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Sanders. In Clarkadale Mr. and Mrs. Pugh Winborn vis ited Mrs. Jack WinbortH at Clarks dale last Tuesday. Visits Father i Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Sanders of Columbus visited with her father, Mr. H. B. Sargent, while enroute to Jackson Tuesday. 2nd Annual Tourney Planned By Big Black Holmes Teams Play in West Division At West Gym Plans for the second annual basketball tournament of the Black Conference were made by the 15 member schools at the re gular January meeting held in Ethel Wednesday night. The Big Black circuit has MteA divided into two divisions for the cage event with the east division tourney slated in Maben on Feb. 1-2 and the west divison sched uled in West on the same days Championship tournament enter ed by the divisional champion and runner-up boys and girls teams will be played Tuesday, Feb. 5, at a site to be selected la ter by the executive committee. First sports event of the new athletic league was last year’s basketball tournament won by the Weir boys and Vaiden girls. How- . ever, new champs are expected to be crowned this year. Both the Ethel boys and girls have been I top-seeded. In the east division tourney at Maben, the Weir girls will meet tne Maben girls, Brooksville’s sextet is matched against Sturgis, Noxanater virl« n av M■*ihwtnn French Camp drew u bye in the girls’ preliminaries. Boys’ pre liminaries at Maben will pair Ma ben and Noxapater, Weir and Brooksville, Sturgis and Mathi ston with French Camp again drawing a bye. Times for the games are to be set this week by Maben school officials. West division Tournament girls' preliminaries in the' West gym will match Ethel and Durant. Sallis and Lex ington, Vaiden and West, Kil michael and McAdams. In the boys* competition, Mc Adams phtys Kilmichael, West meets Sallis, Ethel takes on Durant and Lexington is matched with Vaiden. Game times will soon be announc ed by West, , Another highlight of the Big . Black meeting in Ethel was pre sentation of the football cham pionship trophy to Coach Prentiss , Irving of the Sturgis Lions. Stur gis defeated Brooksville in a post season title game to win the first football title of the Big Black Conference and to climax an un defeated season. ; Nearly $1,000 • Received From ; IB Sales ■ [h* tuberculosis'oirish,” letter, stated Mrs. Nick Shelton, chairman of the Holmes County Tuberculosis Association. Con fmm T haVe be€ri received irotn a large nnmfur ,u __ sons receiving Christmas seals, but there are still many persons throughout Holmes county *who haven t answered their lettfc” To date a total of $915.43Tias received,” .aid Mrs. Shelton, and this response is very gratify I mg: but we need those extra dol , la>s so that our tuberculosis pro I gram ca# be expanded during the coming year.” ' .Tl!e disease> tuberrusosis, is one of the greatest health problem* confronting us today. And today is when something should be done to fight back at this great killer Send your contribution to Mrs LeRoy Paris, 312 Spring Street, tuberculosis Christmas seals pro Lexington, today. Remember, the annual sale of vide the sole support vof our Holmes county tuberculosis as sociation. Christmas seals fight TB. In Memphis Mr. J. L. Longinotti is attending to business in Memphis today. Will Attend Meet The Rev. C. M. Day will attend m evangelistic conference in Jack son next week. Kosciusko Visitors Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Herrington visited in Kosciusko on Saturday. Visits Relatives Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Barranco visited relatives in Grenada on Sunday. Carthage Visitors Mr. and Mrs. Frank Edwards visited Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ed wards and family at Carthage on Wednesday.