Archive - 2014
Fletcher James Hicks was born Oct. 27, 2014, in Tupelo, the son of Dylan Matthew and Shannon Rhea Hicks. Fletcher passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in the arms of his parents at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Fletcher was preceded in death by his maternal great - grandmother, Lucy Warren; his maternal great â€“ grandfather, James I. Rhea; his paternal great grandfather, Eugene Hicks; his paternal great grandfather, Harry Kibe; and his paternal great grandfather, Jerry Woods.
West Point Police Department officers are investigating a shooting within a gated community in the city.
According to a WPPD statement to media, police were dispatched about 11 p.m. Sunday in reference to shots fired and "someone running" at Point Place Apartments on North Forest Street in West Point. Upon arrival, officers were approached by a man claiming to have been shot.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
With Christmas on Thursday, many local businesses and government agencies will be closing up shop for a few days in observance of the holiday.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said City Hall will be closed only on Christmas Day, and would resume normal hours Friday.
Jones said the Public Works Department would be closed Thursday, and will pick up Thursday's normal trash routes on Friday.
Sarah Dill was like a notary. Every moment of the game seemed to have the juniorâ€™s seal of approval on it.
Dill scored 27 points, pulled down six rebounds and made two blocks, and the Oak Hill Lady Raiders dispatched the Tri-County Lady Rebels, 46-32, in a District 2-AA game Thursday at Oak Hill Academy in West Point.
â€śWe all knew it was a big game, and we needed to play good,â€ť Dill said. â€śThe first quarter really helped because it gave us confidence to keep pressing. It was a little tough at the end, but we still came out with the win.â€ť
BY WILL NATIONS
The ball might start rolling in the right direction for the Oak Hill Raiders.
After losing three consecutive games and falling below the 500-mark following 11 games, the light at the end of the tunnel might be getting brighter for Oak Hill if the wins continue accumulating.
â€śWe were playing desperate during that three-game losing streak,â€ť Oak Hill senior Drake Riley said. â€śWe practiced harder, put more focus into it, but overall we just played better. I think we are now finding our stride with our best basketball.â€ť
By Donna Summerall
Dugan Memorial Home in West Point was full of Christmas cheer during the annual Christmas party Friday. Family and friends gathered with residents and staff to eat, distribute gifts and enjoy time together.
Jackie Jackson, director of activities at Dugan, said the staff starts planning the Christmas party before the end of November.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Local officials look for Yokohama Boulevard, the four-mile road stretching from Highway 45 north of West Point to Barton Ferry Road, to open later in the week.
The $19 million road project was one of the conditions Yokohama Tire required from West Point and Clay County before it agreed to build a plant in the area. The deadline set forth by the county's contract with Yokohama required the road to be complete by Dec. 31 and open Jan. 1.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The holiday season has been a busy one, and with Christmas coming on Thursday, local officials urge citizens to stay safe while they engage in last-minute shopping or travel.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said Christmas day itself was usually quiet inside the city and that it was the days leading up to the holiday that were more hectic.
BY MARY GARRISON
It's been a busy year for the Clay County Sheriff's Department, according to Sheriff Eddie Scott.
Scott, who is serving his first term as Clay County Sheriff and is in his 15th year with the department, addressed West Point Rotarians Thursday at the Ritz Theater in West Point on the progress of the department.
Scott said the agency holds 23 licensed deputies in all, including part-time and reserve officers as well as a Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics agent and school safety personnel.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
About 500 customers of the Siloam Water Association in west Clay County are a step closer to having a new well. The Clay County Board of Supervisors selected Calvert-Spradling of West Point as engineers for the project.
Golden Triangle Planning and Development District Project Analyst Phylis Benson said the well project was part of the countyâ€™s $600,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and that the environmental review process for the well was near completion.