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January 24th

Rotary Students of the Month

January 24, 2013

Rachel Herndon (left) of Oak Hill Academy and Josh Tucker of West Point High School are presented with awards for being the West Point Rotary Club’s Students of the Month. Photo by Bryan Davis

Oak Hill hosts district rival Canton tonight

January 24, 2013

The Lady Raiders and Raiders play host to Canton Academy tonight in two very important district games. Oak Hill split games in the district 2-AA doubleheader with Canton two weeks ago on the road. The Lady Raiders had a successful game against the Lady Panthers, beating Canton 66-36. The Raiders had a hard time from the free throw line and lost in overtime to the Panthers 45-43.
The Lady Raiders and Raiders will look to pick up wins tonight as they will play host to Canton on the campus of Oak Hill in West Point. Junior high action is set to start the night of basketball at four o’clock.

Lady Wave seeks second straight district win

January 24, 2013

The Lady Wave are coming off a tough weekend after two losses to New Hope and Starkville. In district play against New Hope, West Point had a difficult time with an experience Lady Trojans losing 67-26. The loss to New Hope last Friday night brought West Point’s district 2 5-A record to an even 1-1. On Saturday night, West Point gave relentless effort but fell short to the Lady Jackets 63-50.

Brown: Hospice about life, not death

January 24, 2013

Before Steve Brown went to work for Community Hospice in the organization’s marketing department, he thought what many think when they hear the name.
That is that much of what Hospice does has to do with death.
Since going to work at the organization and also seeing what it has done for his own stepfather, Brown sees Hospice in a completely different light.
“It’s really about life, not death,” Brown said to the West Point Rotary Club on Thursday.

J.T. Tennyson

January 24, 2013

Jack Tullos Tennyson age 20, of Eupora, passed away Saturday January 19, 2013, at Scott and White Trauma Center in Temple, Texas.
J.T. Tennyson was born November 11, 1992, in Eupora. He graduated from Ackerman High School where he played football and was a member of the FFA.
Funeral services for Mr. Tennyson are today, Friday January 25, 2013, at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Bro. Rob Faulk and Bro. Curtis Guess officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Locals weigh in on gun control issue

January 24, 2013

What has happened to our nation? Why has gun violence gotten so out of control? Is it the lack of prayer, federal laws that are way too lenient, a lack of parental control – what could it be?
Whatever it is that is causing an increase in gun violence it is also causing the federal government to pay much closer attention and has prompted federal officials to take immediate action before incidents of gun violence escalate beyond the control of authorities.

Mattie Brooks-Roberts

January 24, 2013

Mattie Brooks-Roberts age 90, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Dugan Memorial Home.
Funeral services are Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. from Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church with Dr. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Burial will follow in Strong Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is today, Friday, January 25, 2013, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter’s Mortuary Services in charge of arrangements.

WPSD head gives take on controversial bill

January 24, 2013

The last legislative session at the state capitol was marked by the failure to get a charter schools bill out of committee and onto the floor for a vote.
Since that time, the largely Republican-backed education agenda has been at the forefront of just about every major speech delivered by Gov. Phil Bryant. The party and the supporters of charter schools made it their mission to galvanize support and get the bill, not only to the floor for a vote this session, but to also get it passed.

Chism: Bill offers new opportunities

January 24, 2013

District 37 Representative Gary Chism has been a proponent of charter schools since the idea was first brought to the state capitol.
Chism sees charter schools, not as a fix-all for the state’s education problems, but rather as a chance for parents and students in “failing” school districts to have new opportunities in education.
“The current bill is going to be very limited,” Chism said of the House bill that passed Thursday morning, which is different from the Senate bill that was passed last week. “It will only allow for 15 charter schools to be created each year.”

Ellis elaborates on no vote in the House, predicts no final bill passage

January 24, 2013

It is probably one of the most contentious issues that the Mississippi legislature has dealt with in decades.
Right now, the Senate and the House of Representatives are debating as to whether the state should expand “school choice” for parents and allow more charter schools to exist, especially in failing districts.
The House did not leave the capitol until the early hours of Thursday morning, but the divided body finally put the current bill to a vote, passing it 64-55.

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