April 19th, 2011
The following orders were given Friday during the last day of the April Clay County Circuit Court term:
Catherine Pope Farmer
Catherine Pope Farmer, age 89, passed away, Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the Waverly Care Home in West Point.
Mrs. Farmer was born Sept. 21, 1921, in Pheba to the late Ethel Ellen Duke and Walter Brooks Pope. She was a switch board operator for Ivy Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1984 and was a member of First Baptist Church.
Catherine Pope Farmer married William Herbert Farmer February 2, 1942, in Biloxi and he preceded her in death on May 27, 2009.
A historic amount of rainfall caused flash flooding and led to the evacuation of some area buildings on Friday afternoon, as a passing cold front spawned thunderstorms that doused West Point for most of the day and left a trail of widespread damage throughout the state.
In Mississippi, five deaths were reported due to the weather and several tornadoes were spotted, including an EF-3 twister that caused two deaths in Clinton.
The West Point Police Department now has more officers to assist the department with patrolling the streets, responding to incident calls and keeping crime in the city at a minimum.
On Tuesday, The West Point Board of Mayor and Selectmen approved a motion for the WPPD to hire five new auxiliary officers with adherence to the personnel policy the city currently has in place.
The felony case of 43-year-old Timothy Roberson, who is charged with being an assessor to murder, was continued Thursday in Clay County Circuit Court to the next court term.
Roberson is accused of hiding the firearm allegedly used by Robert Rupert to kill Roosevelt Pernell around Dec. 4, 2003. Roberson said he needed more time to prepare his defense, and the motion to continue the case was accepted.
The Clay County Board of Supervisors is taking a stance against litter and uncleanliness in the county and is pitching in to help with the Community-Wide Clean Up that is set for April 30.
Each of the five supervisors held meetings this week and last week in their districts where community residents who wanted to help came and discussed clean up plans that will be initiated that Saturday morning.
The April term of Clay County Circuit Court entered week two Monday, and a grand jury was selected to make decisions on felony cases that are scheduled for trial this last week of court.
One case is that of 43-year-old Timothy Roberson, who is charged with being an accessory to the murder of Roosevelt Pernell that was allegedly committed by Robert Rupert, who is also scheduled for trial this week. Roberson allegedly hid the firearm on or about Dec. 4, 2003 that Rupert allegedly used to kill Pernell, trying to avoid arrest, trial and conviction.
41-year-old Cody Carter of West Point was struck early Saturday morning by a vehicle that failed to come to a stop after striking Carter.
The incident happened on East Morrow Street where Carter was found in the middle of the road by West Point police officers, who reported seeing no blood on Carter when they arrived on scene. Corporal Cleve Carroll stated that Carter was moving and talking when he approached him, but Carroll didn't see any open wounds on Carter, who was taken by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle soon after emergency crews arrived.
Test scores are up. Dropout rates are down. So why is the job vacancy for superintendent of West Point schools about to become a hard sell for potential candidates?
Because one local group of â€śconcerned citizensâ€ť is threatening action if its demands are not met. And what are they demanding? Are they pleading for fairness in the hiring process?
They would say yes, but their actions say no. Are they asking for the school district to hire the most qualified candidate? Again, the answer is no.
Time to get outside this spring and soak up the sun with family and friends while listening to the sweets sounds of music from local musicians during the West Point/Clay County Arts Councilâ€™s free Sunday concert series.
The free concerts will be held at Sally Kate Winters Park in downtown West Point being April 17 at 3 p.m.