By Bryan Davis
Daily Times Leader
It started out of Darlene Coxâ€™s small Commerce Street business eight years ago.
Back then, Coxâ€™s Secret Santa program for local kids was a small operation that involved snacks and candy for the children of West Point at Christmas.
Over the years it has evolved into something beyond the nutritionistâ€™s wildest dreams.
â€śLast year was our best year ever,â€ť Cox said on Wednesday morning. â€śWe gave away 2,500 gifts to needy children in West Point.â€ť
Oak Hill Academy senior John Wesley Williamson, West Point High School senior Alexis Smith and Hebron Christian senior Curtis Smith are honored as the West Point Rotary Clubâ€™s Students of the Month on Thursday. Williamson plans to attend Mississippi State to major in Business. He is the president of his class, and he currently owns a small business in West Point. Alexis Smith plans to attend either Ole Miss or Alabama and major in either Physics or Biology with hopes of becoming a Pediatrician.
Will West Point Municipal Judge Mark Cliett continue serving as judge now that he has been appointed part time public defender?
It's a question that's on the minds of many citizens of the community, including the West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen, who discussed Cliett's new appointment Tuesday night during their regular meeting.
I stumbled across a sure-fire system for improving my mental health, not to mention my outlook on life during these hard times. It doesnâ€™t cost anything and the results are almost instantaneous.
Miraculously, the hard times have evaporated as my thoughts turn to Christmas, family gatherings and the making of new memories unpolluted by general mayhem and contentious politics.
A wrecked Earth lies virtually abandoned in space.
Only one percent of the human race exists on the planet in an attempt to rehabilitate the environment. The other 99 percent have colonized Mars.
Each year, a group is chosen to travel to Earth to work on the rehabilitation project.
"Earthrise", a new film by director Glenn Payne follows the journey of those on their way to Earth, and West Point will be the setting of this Sci-Fi psychological thriller.
Today, students at the West Point Alternative School will find out who took home the top prizes for the schoolâ€™s holiday poster contest. Eric Morgan of Dominos has donated pizza, and Labaris Conner of Kroger has donated cupcakes as part of the awards for the winners. The posters were judged by WPSD Superintendent Burnell McDonald, Assistant Superintendent Rob Smith, Federal Programs Director Reita Humphries and Daily Times Leader Managing Editor Bryan Davis. Steve Parker is the principal at the Alternative School More on page 6.
It was the fourth overtime for Hebron Christian in this very early season. The Eaglesâ€™ Taylor Coggins swished the corner three which sent the game to overtime tied at 47. But the Generals were too much for Hebron as Washington used the Eaglesâ€™ critical mistakes to turn the tide and defeat Hebron in overtime 59-49.
â€śIt is a hard loss because it is a game that got away from us,â€ť said Head Coach Gary Vaughn after an agonizing defeat, â€śWe should have claimed that one and done some different things toward the final stretch.â€ť
The Lady Eagles on Tuesday night played host to the visiting MAIS AAA Washington Lady Generals. In a game that saw Hebron Christian only trail by three points in the first half, Washington was able to pull away in the second half going on to win 54-36.
â€śWe kept it close through the first, we just donâ€™t have the depth that they [Washington] have,â€ť said Head Coach William Cotton after the Lady Eagle defeat, â€śI knew it would be a topsy-turvy game but I am just proud of our girls.â€ť
Santa was on hand at the Mansfieldâ€™s home, and twins Bronwynne and Betsy Gray Barrett of Starkville paid him a visit. Photo Submitted by Kristen Stevens
Every memory of the child who has died must be summoned up with all its feelings and reworked with the new and painful knowledge that your child is gone. This I can tell you after loosing our son was the most painful aspects of grieving. We love the dead differently from how we love the living. As we live with the reality of our loss of a son or daughter, your love must recognize the changed reality and change itself. You will never stop loving your child who has died. Remembering and bringing up feelings and memories is how I accomplished this painful task.