November 28th, 2012
Itâ€™s time for Upward Basketball and Cheerleading again.
Evaluations begin Monday at 5:30 p.m.
This thriving ministry has been a part of West End Baptist Churchâ€™s outreach to the community for eight years, and it has grown in each year of its existence.
The unique structure of Upwards Sports places an emphasis on a spiritual atmosphere that involves sportsmanship and equal playing time.
â€śWe are blessed to have this for the whole community,â€ť said Gail Ray, an Upwards organizer for West End.
Wade Hamby finally got to play football for the West Point Parks and Recreation PeeWee league last year.
At the time, he was 5 years-old, getting playing time with an 8 year-old team.
In May, Hambyâ€™s dreams of hitting the field this fall were shattered when doctors discovered a tumor on one of his lungs. Hamby had previously undergone heart surgery at 16 months.
Now at age 6, heâ€™s going through pre-operational procedures that would make most adults cringe.
The Associated Press is reporting that longtime Democratic Mississippi State Senator Bennie Turner has died. The West Point native was 64.
Turner was a lawyer and has been called a champion of public education.
Turner passed away at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson after suffering an â€śillness.â€ť The Northeast Daily Journal in Tupelo reported that Turner was suffering from a brain tumor.
The Green Leaf flower and gift shop suffered extensive damage Monday evening after a white SUV sitting at Sprint Mart rolled backward right into the front of the store, but no one suffered serious injuries.
The accident happened shortly after 6 p.m. The driver, Napoleon Davidson, who reportedly had an asthma attack during the time of the accident, told officers he stepped outside of the vehicle and by the time he realized it was rolling backward it was too late to catch it and stop it before it went crashing into the shop.
West Point returned to Starkville for the second time this year to take on the Yellow Jackets in the North Half Championship game. The Green Wave had a tall order ahead of them as they wanted to seek redemption over Starkville who knocked out West Point in the 2011 playoffs.
In a hard fought game, the Wave and Jackets needed more than four quarters to decide the winner in Starkville. After one overtime period, the Yellow Jackets were the victors with a Gabe Myles two-point conversion run, 29-28.
I have been watching the NBC syndicated series â€śFriday Night Lightsâ€ť the past couple of weeks. In the current season, the head coach for the fictional Dillon Panthers Eric Taylor, portrayed by Kyle Chandler, informs his players that any recruiting violations will hurt the player and team. Many of the recruiters for the universities push for Dillonâ€™s top-rated running back, Smash Williams. The majority of these recruiters offer Smash special treatment, money, and even cars if he will chose to attend their university or college.
The West Point Green Wave (11-3; 7-0) had a number of lopsided victories during the 2012 season.
One thing the team did not have was a lopsided loss.
Of the three blemishes on the West Point schedule, including Friday nightâ€™s season-ending loss to Starkville, the Green Wave did not lose by any more than six points in each defeat.
The first loss of the season came during week one against South Panola. The final score was 12-10 in favor of the hosting Batesville team.
Jane Crawford has had a love for glass since she was a young girl, staring into the intricate designs of the stained glass windows of her church.
â€śIâ€™ve been a glassaholic for a very long time,â€ť Crawford says. â€śI love glass. There are so many ways to express yourself in stained glass.â€ť
Crawford ran a studio in Columbus for 12 years, but today she has found a new home in West Point. Her work is now on display and for sale at the Shops of the Community Commons on Highway 45.
Crawford put both hands in the air in celebration of her new display.
Once again it was Starkvilleâ€™s Gabe Myles who handed the Wave their final loss of the season. This time it took an overtime period to decide the team that got to travel to Jackson. Myles threw the overtime touchdown and ran in the winning two-point conversion to lead the Jackets past West Point for a second time in a row in postseason play.
Toy Beatrice Marshall
Toy Beatrice Marshall, age 86, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center of West Point.
Funeral services are today, Friday, November 23, 2012, at noon, from St. Paul M.B. Church, with the Rev. Eddie Longstreet officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is today, one hour prior to service time at St. Paul M.B. Church.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.