The Journal Record would like to clarify some information that was published in the Wednesday, Oct. 10 edition, in an article titled “Council denies de-annexation request." This article states that Brilliant resident Jason Wilds offered to donate 25 acres of land to the town of Brilliant in order for the town council to de-annex his and his family’s property from the town limits. In a recording of the Sept. 26 council meeting, Wilds stated, “There’s 25 acres to the south of us. If we donate that and (the council) take our homes out of (the town limits), that way you would still be connected to the interstate…” At this point in the recording, Brilliant Mayor Perry Franks explains to the Wilds that legal advice the council received indicated that the council would set a precedent if it agreed to let anyone out of town limits. A Journal Record reporter conducted a follow-up interview, in which Wilds added additional comments about his frustrations with the council’s inaction. During that follow-up interview the reporter asked Wilds about his offer to donate 25 acres of his land to Brilliant, using the same term—“donate”—that Wilds had used in the meeting. Wilds did not indicate that his intention was anything other than to donate the property. After the article was published, Wilds told the reporter that he had not intended to donate the land and that during the council meeting, he meant to indicate that he would leave 25 acres of his property inside the Brilliant Town Limits, but still maintain ownership. According to Wilds, leaving in some of his property would allow the town to remain connected to Interstate 22, even though Wilds would still own the property. The Journal Record apologizes for any confusion or embarrassment this error this may have caused. We always try to get things correct the first time, but if we fail to do so--either on the part of our staff or our sources--we will be glad to correct it.
In the Wednesday, Oct. 31, edition, under an article titled, "Cook named next superintendent," the Journal Record stated that former Marion County Superintendent of Education Josh Hollingsworth recommended new Winfield Superintendent of Education Chris Cook. The article should record Hollingsworth correct first name, which is Ryan, not Josh. The Journal Record also received reports that Benny Parrish Jr.'s first name was incorrect as well, since Parrish usually goes by Benjie. However, in this instance, Parrish requested that the Journal Record use his given name, Benny, instead of his nickname. The Journal Record apologizes for any confusion or embarrassment this error this may have caused. We always try to get things correct the first time, but if we fail to do so--either on the part of our staff or our sources--we will be glad to correct it.
To request a correction or clarification, call news editor Scott Johnson at 921-3104 .