Archive - Jun 2014
By Will Nations
There is one characteristic that sticks in the minds of the people in West Point and surrounding Oak Hill Academy. For the past few days, many remember Taylor Dragooâ€™s smile, which will forever carry his spirit.
Dragoo, 15, was involved in an ATV accident Friday in West Point. He died from injuries suffered in the crash Saturday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The news shocked many friends, teammates and coaches.
BY WILL NATIONS
and JOSH PRESLEY
The bright lights of McCallister Field will grow even brighter at the start of the 2014 football season.
The West Point School District board approved the construction of a new $179,119 scoreboard, which includes a video screen and two play clocks at its meeting Monday.
West Point High School Athletic Director Chris Chambless, who is also the head football coach, said he and the board have been discussing a new scoreboard for the past two months and believes it will create a better atmosphere at Hamblin Stadium in the fall.
BY MARY GARRISON
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials have set up shop at Phillip's Hardware on Highway 45 in West Point and are looking to provide residents with information on how to better prepare themselves for emergency situations.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
According to the Mississippi Department of Health, more than 100 Mississippians have died as a result on ATV accidents since 2008.
The state has had more than 400 ATV-related deaths since 1982, 100 of those being children under 16. According to MDH, ATVs present unique dangers because they can reach high speed off the road where unpredictable conditions can cause collisions and rollovers.
Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H/Youth Agent Fran Brock said with statistics are alarming, and that ATV safety is more important than ever.
Taylor Dragoo, age 15, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Taylor was born April 19, 1999, in West Point to Sherry Reannay Jenkins and Steven Alfred Dragoo. Taylor was a member of First Christian Church, but also attended the youth groups of First Baptist Church, Calvary Baptist Church, and First Methodist Church. Taylor was an avid outdoorsman, who loved to hunt, fish, kayak, and ride four-wheelers. Taylor loved all sports, but especially loved football and running track. Taylor was a â€śSportscenterâ€ť enthusiast.
Charles Edward Cartee, age 75, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Mr. Charles was born Dec. 10, 1938, in Clay County, the son of the late Spurgeon Cartee and Dovie Eaton Cartee Felder. He was a truck driver for United Produce and Bigbee Transportation. He was a Baptist. He married Opal Oline Payne June 6, 1955. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter, Charlene Comer and by a son, Larry Payne.
West Point Police Department investigators are searching for a suspect in connection with an alleged armed robbery Saturday evening at Internet Cafe on West Main Street.
According to a WPPD statement to media, the cafe business manager was approached as she locked the front door to the establishment at closing hours Saturday night. A suspect described as wearing black pants, a black shirt and black cap, allegedly took the managerâ€™s purse â€” which contained two money bags holding an undisclosed amount of cash â€” and fled west, according to the release.
BY STEVEN NALLEY
Special to Daily Times Leader
STARKVILLE â€” When Yokohama Tire Corporation first set out to build a new plant in the U.S., West Point was among more than 3,000 possible sites the company had in mind.
Tadaharu Yamamoto, president of Yokohama Tire Manufacturing Mississippi (YTMM), said Yokohama first looked at 3,114 counties across the U.S. and, after screening, narrowed that to 116 counties in the Southeast. Yokohama received 85 applications from among these counties, he said, narrowing those to three finalists before deciding on West Point in Clay County.
The Clay County Sheriffâ€™s Department and Clay County Coronerâ€™s office are investigating an ATV ride that turned deadly last week.
Taylor Dragoo, 15, of West Point, died Saturday at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson as a result of injuries suffered in an ATV accident Friday.
According to the accident report, Dragoo was driving south on Bus Blankenship Road in West Point, when he crossed Barton Ferry Road and reportedly lost control of the ATV.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Fifth Street Junior High seventh-grader Maney Darby,13, has been invited to participate in the Foundations of Leadership conference July 22-27 in Washington, D.C.
The conference is hosted by Envision Career and Leadership Programs, and is for middle school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and academic achievement, according to Envision's website.