February 21st, 2013
Birthdays are supposed to be joyous occasions for most, marking another milestone in oneâ€™s life---a celebration with oneâ€™s family and friends for making it to see another year---and are often accompanied with good memories of the past----past birthday parties, past presents, past milestones and accomplishments, etcâ€¦. Not all have fond memories of their birthday, however, as they reflect on past failures or look at another year as just growing older with no hope it seems.
I read a great quote by Maya Angelou recently, â€śBecause of our routines, we forget that life is an ongoing adventureâ€ť. This made me think of one of the most used complaints of all (in a whiny voice), â€śbut I donâ€™t have enough time.........â€ť
The truth is that we control where our time goes. Time is a gift that we so often take for granted. We get caught up in the â€śbusyness of our routinesâ€ť that we rarely stop to take a look at where we are spending (wasting) this precious gift.
Earning a general education diploma is right around the corner for many Clay County residents, some of whom simply need to complete the math portion of the GED program before taking the examination.
Since so many residents of West Point only lack the math portion of the GED Program, East Mississippi Community College-West Point campus is holding a two-week accelerated math class just for these students.
When VJ Trolio first met Jonathan Randolph when the now professional golfer was 14 years old, he saw the natural talent Randolph possessed.
He also saw Randolph make common mistakes and face the same adversities all young people eventually face.
Like countless others who have been instructed by Trolio, the game taught Randolph about life and how to achieve the goals he set for himself.
What a busy semester itâ€™s turning out to be for East Mississippi Community Collegeâ€™s West Point Center where more and more natives of Clay County are coming out to take advantage of the programs it offers.
One of those programs, Counseling 2 Career, caters solely to 18 to 21 year olds by instructing participants how to conduct themselves at a workplace, how to work well with others, how to write resumes and how to effectively interact with customers in a positive manner. Counseling 2 Career (C2C) also teaches participants organizational skills, computer skills and basic workplace skills.
A Mississippi Senate Bill requesting the consolidation of the West Point School District and the Clay County School District is now being considered by the Mississippi House of Representatives Education Committee.
The Bill, which passed the Senate last Friday, was sent to the House Education Committee this Thursday.
Google search â€śDewayne Jeffersonâ€ť, and click the first link that you see on the list of sources containing the name. It should lead you to a Wikipedia profile which shows a short, brief paragraph about an American professional basketball player.
A West Point, Mississippi native Jefferson is well traveled. And even though the Wikipedia page does not fill in the blanks, I want to make those blanks disappear and fill them in with his story.
So you may be asking, who is Dewayne Jefferson?
For a $3 charge, you can acquire the Clay County Gridiron Review through the mail. This covers the price of the magazine and postage. Save that trip to town, and still receive the Dally Times Leaderâ€™s first football magazine. Above, Sports Editor Will Nations stands with a copy of the review. Photo by Bryan Davis
There will be a very important community training seminar in Starkville one week from today.
Attendance from West Pointâ€™s community leaders could lead to a significant impact on poverty and the townâ€™s economy.
â€śBridges out of Povertyâ€ť is an organization that has taught communities that benefits and effectiveness of empowering those in poverty rather than just writing checks to different charities.
Lynn Phillips-Gaines spoke to the West Point Rotary Club last week about the â€śBridgesâ€ť program and the impact it has had on Starkville.
Jeanette Unger was in charge of the Wednesdayâ€™s program at the West Point Civitan Luncheon Club. February is Clergy Month for the Civitan Clubs. She presented Rev. Steve Davis, pastor of 1st Presbyterian Church FPC., and his wife Sharon.
â€śI had a completely different idea of what to talk about when I got here today but the Civitan Creed made me rethink what I wanted to say,â€ť explained Davis. â€śSometimes we just need to be willing to go in the direction we are led. You are one of the few groups who I feel truly are led by the idea of Christian love and service.â€ť