Archive - 2014
Bobby Dean Strong Sr., age 69, passed away Friday, June 14, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014, at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church with Rev. Bobby Bowen officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
An independent film shot primarily in West Point will make its debut at 7:30 p.m. today at the Malco Theater in Tupelo.
In Glenn Payneâs sci-fi thriller âEarthrise,â 99 percent of the human race lives on Mars, while the remaining few work to rehabilitate an Earth that has been ruined.
âEarthriseâ was filmed over two weeks in the late winter of 2013 in West Point. Most of the shooting was done at an old dance studio on Broad Street across from the Clay County Co-op, with additional shooting at the Bryan Foods factory.
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Old Waverly Golf Club, one of the Southâs premier golf destinations located in West Point, will become the new home to Mississippi State menâs and womenâs varsity golf programs, the MSU Athletic Department announced Wednesday.
The Bulldog Club, the private fundraising arm of the Mississippi State Athletics, has partnered with Old Waverly on the $2.2 million project that includes a driving range, short-game area, putting green, plus a team clubhouse and indoor hitting bays. More than $1.3 million has been raised thus far.
By KAYLEIGH SWISHER FEW
Special to Daily Times Leader
MAYHEW â A critical component in providing a top-notch education is having the facilities to do so.
That was Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins' message at the organization's June luncheon meeting Wednesday at East Mississippi Community College's Mayhew campus.
At the meeting, Higgins outlined new plans to relocate and expand EMCC's Golden Triangle Campus workforce training program center.
The new Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence (CMTE) building would triple the number of bays from five to 15.
Richard Noel âRichieâ Rape, age 47, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Richie was born Sept. 30, 1966, in West Point. the son of Richard Rape and the late Ida Bess Langford Rape. He worked as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator for Clay County. He also worked at Artex in the Dye Department. He was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church. Richie loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was an avid Nascar Fan, and he especially loved the Earnhardts. He married Brenda Carol Bateman Rape July 16, 1988, in West Point.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
A West Point man is turning his former life of crime into a motivational tool for young people in the community.
Dewayne White,44, spent more than 20 years of his life incarcerated, with convictions ranging from drug possession and grand larceny to burglary and aggravated assault of a police officer. Now, he wants to discourage kids from following in his footsteps.
BY MARY GARRISON
Cast and crew members have been working diligently on this year's West Point-Clay County Arts Council (WPCCAC) production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella."
The show will debut Aug. 1-2 at Center Stage in West Point and brings together about 80 Golden Triangle residents in cast, behind-the-scenes crew and musicians. And while such a sizable local production can present its challenges, Director Ginger Fowler said she was confident everything would come together.
BY JOSH PRESLEY
Mississippi has no law to ban texting while driving for most drivers, however law enforcement officials maintain the practice has become a problem.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there were more than 400,000 impaired driving accidents across the country in 2012, with more than 3,000 deaths.
Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Sgt. Criss Turnipseed said texting while driving is not just a problem for law enforcement, but for everyone on the road.
By Donna Summerall
Tommy Terrificâs 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.
âEveryone loved Tommy Terrific last year,â Dawn Richardson, childrenâs librarian at the BPL said.
âWe were pleased to be able to invite him back to the library again. He is a wonderful entertainer who keeps the childrenâs attention with his non â stop brand of wackiness. He was a favorite performer last year.â
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.