Archive - 2014
Mississippi Department of Education released its annual district accountability report card Friday, and while West Point schools made improvements in some areas, the district still has a way to go.
Overall, West Point School District again received a â€śDâ€ť rating, though all applicable schools â€” Central, Fifth Street, South Side and West Point High School â€” in the district scored a â€śCâ€ť rating. The official letter grade for WPHS in particular increased, up from a â€śDâ€ť rating in the previous year, according to the report.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The jury found a West Point man not guilty of kidnapping after a three-day trial to close out the October Clay County Circuit Court term. However, the jury did not reach a verdict on two other charges.
Joshua Karriem, 30, of West Point, was charged with burglary of a dwelling, armed robbery and kidnapping in connection with a July 2013 home invasion. According to court documents, two men allegedly entered the home of the victim and bound and gagged him in his kitchen floor while they robbed his house.
Gloss Daniel, age 89, passed away Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
Funeral services are 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at U.F.C.W. Local #1991 Union Hall with Rev. Steve Daniels Jr., officiating. Burial will follow in Poolâ€™s Memorial Garden.
Visitation is 2 â€“ 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services Chapel.
The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four teams in the top five ? all from the western division. Mississippi State stayed No. 1 after a weekend off. Alabama jumped three spots to No. 4 after a 59-0 victory against Texas A&M. Auburn moved up a spot to No. 5 during a bye week, taking advantage of losses by previously unbeaten Notre Dame and Baylor.
Those planning to be the only Elsa at the Halloween party might want to let that one go. It's likely she'll be the number one costume this year. Mashable asked the data miners at Google Trends to share what costumes people are searching the most, and unsurprisingly, Queen Elsa tops the list. She's joined by a few of her Frozen castmates, and a whole slew of familiar faces in the pop culture world. So, while that Guardian's of the Galaxy costume may seem like a really awesome idea, thousands of others are planning to wear the same thing.
BY WILL NATIONS
When the West Point Green Wave enters the football field it is together, no matter the circumstances. And even before the game begins the team goes through a ritualistic dance.
After West Point tears through a paper sign designed by the cheerleaders and have locked arms around the 10-yard line, the team begins to sway from side-to-side, simulating the motions of a wave. It is done prior to every game.
The meaning behind the swaying is more than just pregame intimidation or the cool factor. It is about brotherhood.
BY WILL NATIONS
Respect is earned on the gridiron. It is not handed out or given away without a cost.
The price is summed up with wins, hard-fought battles and effort at the completion of a game. And with respect being a perceived notion, for many, it can be difficult to change. For some programs, it can be an even more daunting task than many would want to take on.
However, the Oak Hill Raiders in the past three seasons, led by 12 seniors, have tackled this task.
BY WILL NATIONS
PHEBA â€” Hebron Christian in the past few seasons has relied heavily on its rushing attack. Three yards and a cloud of dust had defined the Eaglesâ€™ offensive attack.
Vera Bell Mitchell McCall, age 76, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn.
Funeral services are 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, at Strong Hill M.B. Church, with Dr. Israel Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Strong Hill Stockholdersâ€™ Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 â€“ 6 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, at St. Paul M.B. Church in Amory.
Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services are in charge of arrangements.
BY MARY GARRISON
In the not-so-distant future, a small U.S. Army unit stationed in Afghanistan will get a little taste of West Point culture.
Scott Huffstetler, of Henagar, Ala., began sending care packages to his nephew Tony, now a lieutenant in a small, specialized unit of the U.S. Army dedicated to surveillance, during his first tour of duty in 2004 in Iraq. What began as just a few personal things, however, soon grew to something more.