Archive - 2014
BY JOSH PRESLEY
According to a recent report released by the Mississippi Department of Transportation, Mississippiâ€™s airports have a $2.5 billion impact on the stateâ€™s economy and supported more than 20,000 jobs.
The Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) in Lowndes ranked third in the state, and brought more than $270 million to the area.
BY WILL NATIONS
PHEBA â€” Hebron Christian had its bats ready to hit the softball as six Lady Eagles recorded multiple-hit performances Monday night.
Holly Hudson and Mary Fielder led the Lady Eagle attack over Starkville Academy, 19-12, in a MAIS fast-pitch softball game Monday at Hebron Christian School in Pheba.
â€śI was optimistic all game, and I knew I could hit the ball better than recent games,â€ť Hudson said. â€śThe ball traveled well, and I saw the pitches well tonight. We are young, but I think we have good hitters on this team with experience.â€ť
The chin straps were buckled, and the helmets were on. The sun beat down, heating up the practice fields behind Hamblin Stadium as the Green Wave football team touched its cleats on to grass for the first time in August.
It is football season.
The Wave opened its fall football practices Monday at West Point High School. West Point head coach Chris Chambless said the first practice went as smooth as anybody could have anticipated.
Russell Charles Hazzard, age 96, passed away Tuesday Aug. 5, 2014, at NMMC-West Point. He was born Nov. 4, 1917, in Webster County to the late Charlie and Elizabeth Taylor Hazzard. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of WWII. He was a member of Glendale Baptist Church in Leland for 50 years until moving to Clay County in 2005 and joined New Montpelier Baptist Church.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, at at Pine Forest Baptist Church in Webster County with Rev. Jerry King officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Forest Cemetery.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Citizens traveling in West Point may notice a trio of brand new police cruisers patroling the streets some time next week.
West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley said the cruisers, which will be used for general control purposes, were ordered in January and delivered this week. Radios will be installed in the cruisers within the next week, and then theyâ€™ll be ready to go, according to Brinkley.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley announced this week that the Public Service Commission (PSC) entered default judgments against two companies for alleged no-call violations.
Your Direct Service Inc., of Florida, was fined $80,000, and Secure Alliance Corporation, of California, was fined $15,000 for allegedly making unauthorized solicitations over the telephone and failing to register with the PSC as phone solicitors, according to statement released to media from the PSC.
BY MARY GARRISON
Prairie Arts Festival (PAF) attendees should think twice about bringing their pets to this yearâ€™s festival.
Event organizers are working to make certain festival-goers and participants adhere to a long standing, but often abused, PAF regulation that prohibits all pets in the downtown area during the festival.
By Donna Summerall
A Homebuyer Education Workshop was hosted from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at City Hall. More than 50 people attended the workshop sponsored by the City of West Point, Bancorp South, USDA Rural Development and the University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies. The 8-hour workshop covered money management, understanding credit, getting a mortgage loan, shopping for and keeping a home.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to purchase a $66,456 truck for county use at its meeting Monday.
The 2014 single-axle cab and chassis truck will come from Truck Center Inc. of Tupelo and be used in District 2.
District 2 Supervisor Luke Lummus said the truck will replace two older trucks the county has been using for more than 20 years.
â€śWe got a lot of rebates on that truck,â€ť Lummus said. â€śIt was first going to be more than $100,000, so we wound up getting really lucky.â€ť
A West Point child drowned Sunday afternoon while playing in the water with his family Sunday afternoon at the Tombigbee River in Lowndes County.
Landon Henson, 3, of West Point was pronounced dead about 4 p.m. Sunday at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.
Merchant said Hensonâ€™s family had launched a boat and gone upriver before stopping at a sandbar. He said the kids were playing in the water and sand, and the family lost track of Henson.