February 12th, 2013
â€śThese are the times that try menâ€™s souls.....â€ť
These words by Thomas Paine so many years ago continue to echo true to this day. Although we are not today engaged in a fight for our nationâ€™s independence from a foreign power or on the brink of possible military defeat as we were when Paine wrote these words over 200 years ago, we still, nevertheless, today face many obstacles as a nation and as a people that continue to â€śtry our souls.â€ť
â€śIf education is beaten by training, civilization dies.â€ť C. S. Lewis
The fight at the Mississippi state capitol this legislative session has been the battle between the establishment progressive education system and the â€śeducation reformâ€ť laws that have been touted as the free-market answer to failing school districts.
Behind the political war, there is a greater battle that involves the minds and very souls of the children our lawmakers claim to be fighting for.
This is a war between education and training.
Mardi Gras is in full swing with its parades, beads, floats, king cakes and everything decked in purple and gold. The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation is having a pancake supper to celebrate Shrove or Fat Tuesday, February 12, at 6 p.m..
West Point will have more than their hands full when they travel over to New Hope High School tonight.
The Green Wave, under the direction of head coach Brad Cox, will have to enter into enemy territory for opening round play of the district 2 5-A tournament. Not only will the gym be unfamiliar, but it is also the home gym of the New Hope Trojans, the Waveâ€™s opening round opponent.
Hebron Christian came into the district 3-A tournament after a full week off from competition on the court. After accumulating a 7-1 record in district, the Eagles had earned the second seed for the district tournament and headed into Mathiston with a three-game varsity winning streak.
The second-seed matched Hebron with third-seed Calhoun Academy in the opening round Friday night. The Eagles had dominated the Cougars during the regular season picking up two wins over Calhoun in region play.
The Lady Eagles began their postseason quest in Mathiston on the campus of Woods Institute this past Friday and Saturday. In the first step for a chance to make the MAIS Single-A State Tournament, Hebron Christian took on fellow district-mates in the district 3A Tournament.
Hebron could not have asked for a better time to start their postseason as the Lady Eagles were carrying a three-game varsity winning streak and playing some of their best basketball thus far in the season.
The old-fashioned method of getting fingerprints from an alleged criminal is fast becoming extinct, as most law enforcement agencies are turning to a quicker, more beneficial fingerprint collection system.
Just last week the West Point Police Department rolled out a new Cross Match Live Print Scanner, which automatically scans a personâ€™s fingerprints without any sticky ink or paper involved.
West Point Chief of Police Tim Brinkley said for years the WPPD used the ink and roller to collect and process prints, but things are now changing for the better.
Suzie Marshall (standing) and Susan Moore prepare to play this Wednesday at Noontime Tunes at the Library. The two will be accompanied by Hannah Garbutt, as they theme will be Love Songs in honor of Valentines Day week. Photo by Bryan Davis
The Mississippi state legislature is right in the middle of its current 90-day session, and lawmakers like District 39 House Representative Gary Chism are developing a pretty good idea about which law will realistically pass and which will retire to the legislative graveyard in 2013.
Chism spoke to Clay County citizens on Monday morning at City Hall. The weekly Growth Alliance â€śLegislative Breakfastâ€ť event featured a healthy crowd of concerned citizens and local leaders.
The Republican gave insights on bills regarding education, taxes and insurance.
TheÂ West PointÂ Lady Wave basketball team traveled northÂ on Tuesday nightÂ to take on the Houston Lady Hilltoppers in a non-district game.Â
West Point was coming off a bruising district lossÂ on MondayÂ to the hands of the Lady Chargers of Oxford 62-20.Â