February 27th, 2013
If West Point ever suffers another economic blow, you can bet it wonâ€™t be coming from longtime construction company Ellis Steel. No, Ellis Steel President Frank Hopper said Wednesday that Ellis Steel is going strong and Ellis Steel is here to stay.
But how has the manufacturer of steel structures been able to thrive nearly 90 years, especially in todayâ€™s tough economic situation? Well, Hopper said, the biggest reason the company is doing so well is the dedicated, hard working team of 175 people, who continue daily to give the company all they have.
Itâ€™s definitely trying times for the city of West Point, which continues to get hit with news of industries closing up shop â€“ Now one more local company officially announced Wednesday that itâ€™s shutting its doors.
Following a August 2011 announcement from Blazon Tube that it would potentially be going out of business, the management team of Leggett & Platt announced this Wednesday that Blazon Tube of West Point is slated to end production April 1.
R. H. Brownâ€™s voice is one of the most recognizable in north Mississippi.
He preaches the word from the pulpit at his West Point church, and he is a master at relaying stories of human interest for WCBI out of Columbus.
On Wednesday, he was the keynote speaker at West Point High Schoolâ€™s Black History program.
That distinct voice and his unique dialect comes from his birthplace on St. Helena Island, South Carolina.
West Point High School continues with the week long Anti-Bullying Campaign. Tuesday students wore silly miss matched socks to remind them to respect each otherâ€™s differences. Students and teachers were happy to show off their silly socks. Pictured are (from left) Abby Scott, Maggie Redmond, Maghan Flanders, Angela Reives, Tosha Moore, Michael Bilbo, Jaliya Moore Angelica Colbert, and teachers Mr. Fentress Ms. Barakat and Ms. Kees. Photo by Donna Summerall
West Point High School student Antonio Dent was chosen by Principal Mario Willis to be wearing the most ridiculous looking socks in school during the Anti-Bullying campaign. Photo by Donna Summerall
John Wesley Williamson was selected as the local winner of the Wendyâ€™s Heisman award for Oak Hill Academy. He was also a state finalist. There were only 20 state finalists, 10 girls and 10 boys. He recently attended the Wendyâ€™s Heisman Awards luncheon in Jackson where he received a medal and trophy. The guest speaker was former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. John Wesley is the son of Wes and Michelle Williamson. He plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall and major in business law. Submitted Photo
Oak Hill Academyâ€™s Sarah Dill and Shay Atkins were named to the 2013 MAIS AA State Tournament All-Tournament team after their outstanding performances at the state tourney in Canton last week. Submitted Photo
After six Saturdays of basketball games and many practices, the West End Baptist Church concluded their Upward Basketball season with a banquet honoring the hard work and dedication of the players, coaches, and program organizers, Monday, February 26.
The banquet, held on the campus of Mary Holmes College, was full of excited children and great fellowship amongst everyone in the gymnasium. Following a great meal, former Mississippi State University Womenâ€™s Basketball head coach Sharon Fanning Otis took to the podium to deliver her words of wisdom.
Grocery shopping these days is turning out to be a really dreadful task for many local consumers all because of one very evident thing â€“ a rise in food prices.
While shopping Tuesday afternoon in Walmart, Clay County resident Souzen Steelhammer said she, like so many others, is having to reconsider the way meals are cooked at home and is having to bypass certain foods that just donâ€™t meet the budget.
Despite his plea, Clay County resident Alphonzo C. Garth will not get to stand trial again for his possession of cocaine charge unless a higher court of Mississippi rules in his favor.
During the January term of Clay County Circuit Court Garth stood trial for the charge, and after a 30-minute deliberation by the jury Garth was found guilty of possessing over 30 grams of cocaine the night of Oct. 6, 2011. One day after the jury weighed the evidence and found him guilty the court sentenced Garth to 25 years in prison followed by five years of post release supervision.