September 15th, 2012
Friday night saw an incredibly hard-fought loss for West Point. In what was an almost entirely defensive game against Noxubee County, West Point struggled for every inch of the field gain on offense and dug in deep to keep as much of the field as possible on defense.
Hebron Christian hosted Mt. Salus from Clinton, Mississippi, in this week five high school football game. The Eagles held Homecoming festivities Friday night and crowned Miss Tapley as their queen.
After the pregame crowning, the Eagles took to the field where all aspects of their game were hitting on all cylinders. Both offensively and defensively, Hebron entertained their fans and gave them something to go home happy about. Hebron defeated Mt. Salus 36-8 bringing their record on the season to 5-0.
â€śWe want jobs! We want jobs!â€ť
This unanimous chant can almost be heard loudly around West Point and Clay County by residents who are ready to see their town bustling again with hundreds of new jobs, hanging on to hope that someday soon their prayers of abundant job opportunities will become reality.
And with Saturday's passing of the proposed one percent tax increase on restaurants and hotels, there's even more pressure placed on the West Point/Clay County Growth Alliance and the Columbus/Lowndes Development LINK to bring new, steady jobs to West Point and Clay County.
This week is critical for both the West Point High Green Wave and the Oak Hill Academy Raiders as both teams go on the road tonight. Each school is looking to build, to add wins to the books, and as shown so far, West Point and Oak Hill can get it done.
With a short trip down Highway 82, West Point will be looking to move forward on the momentum they gained against Columbus last week, and Starkville High School will be waiting for them, coming off of a win against Tupelo High.
A local man wanted by police for his involvement in an August altercation in Town Creek Apartments has been taken into custody and is being held at the Clay County Detention Center.
33-year-old Lantra Haughton of West Point was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with aggravated assault, which occurred around Aug. 3, 2012 in Town Creek. Haughton's case is just one of three reported criminal incidents that took place in Town Creek around the same time, but Haughton was only wanted in connection to one of the incidents.
By Will Nations
Daily Times Leader
The second week of Hebron Christian Schoolâ€™s football season took them out of Clay County to Coleman Robertson Field in Columbus, Mississippi facing host Victory Christian Academy.
The Hebron Eagles entered this Friday night face-off after defeating their week one opponent, Strider Academy, while Victory Christian Academy entered the game after a loss to the hands of Clinton Christian Academy. The game was never in doubt after the first quarter as Hebron cruised to a 48-20 win over Victory Christian.
By Tucker Colburn
Daily Times Leader
The players and fans of Oak Hill Academy could not have asked for more perfect conditions during Fridayâ€™s game against Winston Academy. An almost cloudless sky, 88 degrees and no wind. The stands were a sea of red as the Oak Hill fans wore their Raiders t-shirts with â€śWe Believeâ€ť emblazoned on the back.
Martha McHaney Buford
Martha McHaney Buford, age 65, of Cleveland, Texas, passed away Friday Aug. 10, 2012.
Martha McHaney Buford was born July 18, 1947, in West Point, to Robert and Martha McHaney who preceded her in death along with her brother, Robert McHaney, Jr. Mrs. Buford graduated from West Point High School, Class of 1965, and MUW.
She was blessed with grace, beauty and strength. She was a retired school teacher and was employed by M&B Trading Co. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Anyone who drove the two-plus hour drive to Batesville on Saturday night, listened to the West Point vs. South Panola game on the radio or watched the stream on the internet, got their money's worth.
The 12-10 win by the Tigers over West Point will be one talked about for a long time.
"I knew what these guys were going up against tonight," West Point head coach Chris Chambless said of his team after the game. "South Panola's defensive line is one of the best in the state."
By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
Austin Foster scored the first of three touchdowns for the Hebron Christian Eagles on Friday night, making it a victorious opening week for the 2012 footballs season. Hebron dropped Strider Academy 20-6.
â€śThe team played very well tonight and I am very proud of them,â€ť said Hebron head coach David Foster after the game.Â â€śIt was extremely hot out tonight and these guys just kept playing.Â We had few mistakes in first half because we should have been up by two touchdowns at halftime.â€ť