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January 14th, 2013

Lois Sharp

January 14, 2013

Lois Sharp, age 88, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at St. Dominic Hospital, in Jackson.
Lois Sharp was born in St. Tammany Parish, La., April 24, 1924, to Rev. Wilson L. Sharp and Mary Fauntleroy Sharp.
She was preceded in death by both parents and sister Nellie Penton, and brother Donald Sharp. She is survived by three sisters: Miriam Elmore of West Point, Mattie R. Chalk of Anniston, Ala., Theda Howell of Raymond.
Lois Sharp retired from the Desoto Company in 1982, after 25 years of service.

Robert F. Cockrell

January 14, 2013

Robert F. Cockrell, age 87, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. Robert Franklin Cockrell was born October 4, 1925, in Clay County, to the late Fannie Turnage and Frank Cockrell. He retired from Weyerhaeuser of Jackson in 1986. Robert F. Cockrell was a member of Presbyterian faith. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy Hospital as a Corpsman having served during WW II. Robert F. Cockrell married Bonnie Tisdale Cockrell September 10, 1948, in Starkville.

Gibbs remembered as a great friend, politician

January 14, 2013

David Gibbs had a gift for knowing when to speak.
Those who served with Gibbs during his political career, whether on the Clay County Board of Supervisors or at the state House of Representatives knew that when Gibbs got up to speak that he intended to say something important.

Chism: Clay County will be well-represented

January 14, 2013

Clay County, as well as portions of Lowndes, Monroe and Oktibbeha Counties are mourning the loss of two great community leaders this winter.
State Senator Bennie Turner, who represented District 16 at the state’s capital passed away at 64 in early December.
On Sunday, constituents represented by David Gibbs in District 36 learned he too had died in Tupelo.
The two men were known locally as family men who used their talents to better their community at home as well as in their respective political offices.
The two deaths also represent a tremendous loss at the state level.

Casket Company OK after roof fire

January 14, 2013

Nearly 1,000 caskets stored inside the West Point Casket Company could have went up in flames Friday after a fire broke out at the building but are all in tact along with the building, which received mostly fire damage to the roof.
The fire at the casket company, owned by Matthews Casket Company of Pittsburg, Penn., started around 5:04 Friday afternoon in the midst of the work crews’ installation of monitors in the building.

January 13th

BREAKING: District 36 Representative David Gibbs passes away at 76

January 13, 2013

Twenty-one years ago, former Clay County Supervisor David Gibbs was elected by citizens of Clay, Lowndes and Monroe Counties to be the District 36 Representative in the state house legislature.
On Sunday, officials at the Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo confirmed that Gibbs had passed away.
He was 76.

January 12th

Lady Eagles, Winona battle on dangerous floor, Stars victorious 38-18

January 12, 2013

The concrete-floor was dangerously slick as the humidity level in the old Vaiden High School gym was too high for safe play as Hebron Christian and Winona Christian took each other on Friday night in MAIS district 3-A action. It was the card dealt though to the Lady Stars as their home gym on campus at Winona Christian was unfortunately lost to a fire back in October 2012 only a few weeks prior to the start of basketball season.

Eagles miss opportunities, sweep of Winona fails 54-44

January 12, 2013

Hebron Christian took their final regular season road trip west to face Winona Christian. It was a battle once again between Hebron and Winona as both teams sought District 3-A dominance and the coveted one seed with the Hebron Eagles putting their perfect district record on the line. In the previous meeting on November 30, the Eagles gave Winona everything and more as Hebron used gutsy play off the bench to defeat the Stars in overtime 54-52.

Delta native highlights Howlin’ Wolf and other legends in new book on the Blues

January 12, 2013

“To me, Howlin’ Wolf was a true Delta bluesman.”
Grammy-nominated, veteran musician and Delta native Lamar Thomas’ phonebook-sized historical commentary on the origins of American music contains biographies and Thomas’ own feelings on just about every person who ever came in contact with the Blues.
The Clarksdale native puts American music into perspective in the vast volume.

MSU architecture students offer hand in McClure renovation

January 12, 2013

In 2013, the Commerce Street building where “McClure Furniture” use to operate will be renovated and converted into a multi-purpose building designed to celebrate the arts in this community.
Along with other forms of art, this will be the new home of the Howlin’ Wolf Museum.
The community has come together to support this project, which could lead to a significant increase in tourism and tourism dollars in West Point.
There are those outside of the community too that are going to be helping to make this endeavor become a reality.

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