Archive - 2014
By Donna Summerall
Tommy Terrificâ€™s Wacky Magic is paying a second visit to the Bryan Public Library at 2 p.m. today during the Summer Reading Program in West Point. He uses jokes, magic and puppets to create a fun and entertaining learning experience.
â€śEveryone loved Tommy Terrific last year,â€ť Dawn Richardson, childrenâ€™s librarian at the BPL said.
â€śWe were pleased to be able to invite him back to the library again. He is a wonderful entertainer who keeps the childrenâ€™s attention with his non â€“ stop brand of wackiness. He was a favorite performer last year.â€ť
BY JOSH PRESLEY
A local youth group took the time Saturday to travel to Louisville and assist those affected by April 28 tornadoes.
Seven youth and seven adults from First United Methodist Church in West Point cleaned up debris at two homes in Louisville, according to FUMC Office Manager Julie Gray. She said the first house belonged to an elderly couple, and the second belonged to a resident who ran an antique shop out of her shed. Gray said the sheds of both homes were demolished and the yards were littered with debris.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Clay County residents looking to purchase a firearm may want to wait until September, when Mississippi will offer a tax-free holiday for the purchase of guns and gun accessories.
Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2425 into law April 2, which will take effect July 1, giving Mississippi a tax-free holiday the first weekend in September every year going forward.
The Mississippi Second Amendment Weekend will include tax exemption on individual sales of firearms, firearm accessories, ammunition, archery equipment and certain hunting supplies.
Robert Lee Johnson Sr., age 77, passed away Saturday, June 7, 2014, in West Point.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at House of Life Freedom Ministry in Starkville, with Rev. Otha Rockett officiating. Burial will follow in St. John Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbus.
Visitation is 3 â€“ 6 p.m. today, Friday, June 13, 2014, at Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carterâ€™s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Linda Pearson Cutler, age 65, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014, at her home in Commerce, Mich. after an extended illness.
She is survived by her daughter, Piper Cutler of Commerce, Mich.; son, Chase Cutler (Judy) of Las Vegas, N.V.; dear friend and ex-husband Lenny Cutler of Las Vegas, N.V. ; brother, George Pearson (Beulah) of West Point; sisters, Patsy Irwin of Austin, Texas, Clara McInnis (Glenn) of Meridian; grandson, Tyler and several nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Christine Pearson and twin sister Sandra.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Local haulers and members of the timber industry took the floor at the Clay County Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday to ask the board to reconsider its proposed heavy-hauling ordinance.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
The Clay County Board of Supervisors voted to stop funding the Clay County Drug Court at its meeting on Thursday.
The drug court is part of the 16th District Drug Court and has been in operation since 2011, and offers misdemeanor drug offenders an alternative to jail time through drug programs and testing. Without funding from the county, the court will have to cease operations.
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.