Archive - 2014
TIBBEE â€” The name of the game was scoring runs.
The Poplar Springs Blues used four runs in the ninth inning, holding off a late Tibbee rally, to claim a 13-8 win in the Tombigbee Waterway Baseball League Sunday at Roundhead Stadium in Tibbee. Despite the loss, the Ramblers still have a chance for a first-place finish in the South Division with a win against the Snowtown Stars Sunday, July 27 at Snowtown.
Zach Scott, the Bluesâ€™ starting pitcher, threw eight innings, scattering nine hits and fanning 10 Ramblers. Scott picked up the win.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
As the 19th annual Howlinâ€™ Wolf Blues Festival draws near, the Prairie Belt Blues Foundation (PBBF) has begun preparing local volunteers for the event.
The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 â€” just prior to the annual Prairie Arts Festival â€” at Community Counseling Services, formerly Mary Holmes College, in West Point.
The lineup for this yearâ€™s festival is headlined by Texas Blues artist Carolyn Wonderland and George Porter Jr. and Runninâ€™ Pardners.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Natisha Roby, of Macon, plead guilty to 2nd degree murder for her involvement the October 2012 death of West Point man Marcus L. Payne during the first day of the July Clay County Circuit Court term. Judge Lee Howard sentenced wRoby to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Howard said that Roby initially entered a plea of not guilty, but while the jury was in recess she changed her plea to guilty. Howard then released the jurors as they were no longer needed for sentencing.
Ben Prentiss Lester, husband of former West Point resident, Carolyn Brewster, passed away in their home in Palm Desert, Calif. joining the Lord Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
BY MARY GARRISON
Area nonprofit organizations are receiving a helping hand from some of Clay County's young citizens.
The Northeast Mississippi Youth Foundation (NEMYF), a subsidiary of the CREATE foundation, seeks to engage the state's youth in the greater 17-county region in philanthropic work -- cultivating leadership skills and fostering a passion for volunteerism and caring about one's community in junior and senior high-school students.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The city will be hosting a free homebuyer education workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 2 in the upstairs conference room at City Hall.
West Point Housing Coordinator Dorothy Ryland said the Mississippi Home of Your Own program, a division of the Institute of Disability Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi will provide training.
The city hosts the workshop every year and had already had one in January, according to Ryland, but she said she's gotten so many calls from citizens that she requested to do another.
By Donna Summerall
Hannah Garbutt has a passion to share her love of music with children. During her three years of employment with the Bryan Public Library in West Point, she had an idea to teach a music class. After approaching Tanna Taylor, library director, she was given the go â€“ ahead to add Music Time with Miss Hannah (MTWMS) to the Summer Reading Program this year. The Clay County Arts Council stepped up and donated all the sheet music and supplies to help the program get started.
The Clay County Circuit Court term for July begins Monday, and judges will see more than 120 cases during the two-week session.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said this term will be less hectic than the April term, which was a grand jury term with 261 cases, however it will still entail a lot of work.
"We won't have as many cases, but getting the jurors in and out and transferring prisoners will keep us pretty busy," Scott said. "We normally have 120-30 cases so this is business as usual."
Dollie Ruth Dean, age 66, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo.
Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014, at New Hope Woodland M.B. Church in Woodland, with Dr. David F. Stephens Jr. officiating,
Visitation is from 3 â€“ 6 p.m. today, Friday, July 11, 2014, at Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
By Will Nations
On Thursday, Chris Chambless announced to the West Point Rotary Club that Casey Finch, a West Point native, has been selected as the next West Point Lady Wave softball head coach. Pending state teaching certification and West Point School Board approval, Finch would be the fifth head coach in three years for the program.