The massacre last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School continues to consume the minds of many across the nation, especially the moms and dads of school-aged kids whose protection has shot to the top of the priority list.
Questions about added security at schools have overwhelmed the White House and the law enforcement community, and many parents locally have wondered what the plan of action is if ever a mass murderer found his or her way into schools in West Point.
Christmas will be a little brighter for some area families thanks to the efforts of 4-County employees and members. For the fourth straight year, employees and members representing the cooperativeâ€™s Corporate Center and five Customer Service Centers dug deep and offered their time and money to do some Christmas shopping for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. The efforts were a big success. Nearly 250 toys and over $400 in donations were collected. The toys will be distributed by Toys for Tots personnel throughout the cooperativeâ€™s eight-county service territory.
At a time of the year when we are thinking about the joy of Christmas and looking forward to sharing with family and friends the holiday cheer, our country mourns the loss of innocent children and adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
As superintendent and a parent, I too immediately think about what ifs as it applies to students and faculty safety in our schools. I assure you the parents and community that student safety is our number one goal.
West Point High School FCCLA students Laura Catherine Berry and Chloe Simmons will be competing in the State FCCLA competition in March. Their Chapter Service Project in which they completed a project that affects our community and involves students, teachers and the community. Their project was for Breast Cancer Awareness where they raised money to help women in our community that may need help in having a yearly breast exam and hopefully save lives. The money raised was sent to Susan G. Komen in the amount of $600.00.
Though the high school football season has been over for a while, it is now time for the Bernard Blackwell All-Star game to be played this week. The Bernard Blackwell game features the North Mississippi All-Stars versus the South Mississippi All-Stars. The All-Star game is sponsored by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) and hosted on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The rosters for the North and the South are selected by member coaches of the MAC and were announced in the middle of October. The game will take place this Saturday December 22 and will be played at Gulfport High School.
Oak Hill Academy split in a pair of district games this past weekend against Leake Academy and Manchester Academy. The Lady Raiders and Lady Rebels, two teams that will undoubtedly face off in the district championship come February, were neck and neck after a very competitive first quarter that favored Leake 16-10. As the game got scrappy and the pace was slowed down, the Lady Rebels barely spread the lead out to make it a 28-19 game at halftime.
The Oak Hill Raiders lost their second straight game in a 58-48 loss to Leake Academy on the road Friday night before responding in a big way Saturday to pound Manchester at home in a 71-34 victory.
This tragic mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut is a clear indication to me of just how much evil there is in the world and how the devil does not care one single, solitary bit about whom he attacks. It is also an indicator that we as human beings must get our lives together righteously, serve God with love and joy and try with all our strength to elude what is evil, being cautious to avoid the devilâ€™s tricks. To me it is also a sign from God that He can take you at any moment, and it behooves us to be ready.
In spite of Hurricane Issac keeping Carolyn Haines for returning for Luncheon with Books in August, Haines and her newest novel â€śBonefire of the Vanitiesâ€ť were right on schedule Thursday at noon.
â€śI always look forward to coming to West Point. Issac would just not let up and the flooding around Mobile was relentless,â€ť said Haines. â€śIâ€™m really glad to make it here around Christmas. Iâ€™ve been in Columbus at MUW. I had never been to Columbus before and wish I had had more time to explore. With my animals at home I canâ€™t be gone for very long at a time.â€ť
It was heartbreaking to hear of the school shooting in Connecticut that took the lives of 26 people, 20 of whom were children. Adam Lanza is the person who decided that killing these innocent people and then himself was a good idea. All these parents put their children on a school bus or dropped them off at a place they considered safe. School. I take my own girls to West Point High every morning and fully expect to pick them up.