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Archive - Aug 2011

August 10th

Raiders football ready for jamboree

August 10, 2011

The season doesn't officially get under way for another week, but Oak Hill Academy will get their first taste of competition Thursday afternoon when they play in the Heritage Academy Jamboree in Columbus.

The Raiders have been working tirelessly under new head coach Benjie Merchant for the last two weeks, getting in shape while understanding the playbook. Merchant says the boys are ready to hit somebody else instead of themselves.

"Yea, I think we're ready to go," he said. "I just don't know how much will power we have, but we'll find out after Thursday."

August 9th

Brinkley Chosen As West Point Chief of Police

August 10, 2011

After a recommendation by the West Point Public Safety Committee, Tim Brinkley was hired Tuesday night as the chief of police for the West Point Police Department by the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen.
Brinkley, a native of Tupelo, who currently serves as the assistant chief of the Law Enforcement Bureau of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, will begin as chief of police on Sept.1, taking the place of interim police chief Bobby Lane.

Hebron earns first district win, 4-1 over Central Academy

August 9, 2011

Hebron Christian School moved back to the win column on Monday after a 4-1 victorty over Central Academy to start district play.

Holly Hudson and Beverly Blake each had a pair of hits and a run to lead the Lady Eagles who are coming off a tough loss to Heritage Academy last Thursday.

Hudson singled in the first inning and would later score on a single by Chloe Tapley following a throwing error. The Lady Eagles doubled their lead in the second after Brooke Griffin walked and later scored.

August 8th

Area schools take proper precautions against heat

August 8, 2011

There is no question this has been a hot summer.

With football practice is in full swing for area teams, both players and coaches are doing their best to try and beat the heat.

So far this preseason, three players have died from heat related illnesses in the southeast, two in Georgia and one in South Carolina, where temperatures and heat index have risen to triple figures.

Local high schools that are preparing for the upcoming season have dealt with these issues in a different ways.

Bonnie Williams Farley

August 8, 2011

Bonnie Williams Farley

Bonnie Williams Farley, age 61, passed away, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

August 6th

Lady Raiders split four games in Starkville tournament

August 7, 2011

Oak Hill 11-0 Central Academy

Maime Allen (4-2) threw a no-hitter and struck out eight in the opener Saturday morning. Nine Lady Raiders finished with a hit in the game.

Oak Hill 3-1 East Rankin

OH used the small ball tactic effectively in the win. Maegen Ellis and Anna Lummus had the only hits for the Lady Raiders.

Leake Academy 10-1 Oak Hill

August 5th

Oak Hill handed first loss of the season

August 5, 2011

RBI singles by Anna Lummus and Kim Kelly weren't enough to keep Winston from handing Oak Hill their first loss of the year Thursday, 3-2 to open district play.

The loss snaps a three game winning streak for the Lady Raiders to start the season.

Winston opened up the scoring early, scoring three runs, two unearned on starting Oak Hill pitcher Maime Allen. Allen gave up just two hits and struck out four batters in her first loss of the season. She also walked four.

The Lady Raiders responded with a a pair of RBI singles by Lummus and Kelly in the third and fourth inning.

Queen Ester Walker

August 5, 2011

Queen Ester Walker

Queen Ester Walker, age 66, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at her home.
Funeral services are Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at 11 a.m. from Carter's Mortuary Chapel, with Dr. Willie B. Lairy officiating.
Burial will follow in Shady Grove Abbott Cemetery.
Visitation is today, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

August 4th

Raiders showing progression in fall practices

August 4, 2011

Oak Hill has been in fall practice a little over a week and head coach Benjie Merchant has already seen some growth with his new team.

"We're progressing, it's slow but we're getting there," he said. "We're having to change the mentality a little bit and get them used to the heat and get them used to hitting and tackling. That would be our short fall right now, so we've been hitting that hard in practice."

James Earl Macon

August 4, 2011

James Earl Macon

James Earl Macon, age 61, passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at his home.
Funeral services are Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at 11 a.m. from Carter's Mortuary Chapel, with the Rev. Foote officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation is today, at Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel from 3 – 6 p.m.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.

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