Archive - Dec 21, 2012
â€śMission first, people always.â€ť
Mississippi State University ROTC graduates repeated those words many times on Friday morning, as retired Col. Dwight Dyess stressed their importance to the cadets who received their first salutes as Second Lieutenants during the ceremony.
Dyess, who heads BancorpSouth in West Point, also serves as the Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army for the state.
His short but powerful commencement address drew from his years as a commander and a special forces solider.
How sweet revenge can be. 10 days after a tough road loss at Indianola, the Raiders got their chance to take it to the Colonels, and boy, did they take advantage. Oak Hill played fearless and smart the whole night, never scoring less than 14 points in every quarter while holding Indianola to only 11 points in the second half on route to a 65-38 statement win for the 10-5 Raiders heading into the holiday break.
Thursday night, Oak Hill played their second contest against Indianola within a 10-day span. After a close contest between the Lady Raiders and Lady Colonels, this matchup on Oak Hillâ€™s home court was expected to be another barn burner. The fans certainly did not go home disappointed after the Lady Raidersâ€™ 34-31 defensive battle. In the lowest scoring game of the season thus far, Oak Hill showed its grit and toughness and secured the win through tenacious defense and adjusting to the slow pace of the game.
When Kenny Fowler approached his wife Lavern of 45 years about the possibility of running for public office, he did not really know what to expect.
Fowler says his wife, a retired West Point school teacher, was immediately supportive, and after exploring the option for some time, Fowler has officially entered the race for the senate seat for District 16.
District 16 covers Clay County, as well as parts of Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee Counties.
Friday was a busy day for the West Point Police Department.
Before noon, officers had responded to a legitimate bomb threat at the auto parts store AutoZone on Highway 45 Alternate and a false alarm at a West Point school.
â€śWe had a bomb threat at AutoZone this morning,â€ť West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley confirmed on Friday afternoon, adding that this is the third threat of that nature in the last three months. â€śWe're still investigating it.â€ť