January 15th, 2013
With 63 percent of votes cast in her favor from residents of Clay County, West Point native Angela Turner-Lairy was victorious Tuesday night in Clay County during the Special Election for Senate District 16.
Turner-Lairy, daughter of the late Sen. Bennie Turner, gained a total of 2508 votes from Clay County residents, not including absentee and affidavit ballots. By press time, tallies from Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Noxubee counties, which are all represented in District 16, could not be determined.
Voting in West Point got off to a slow start on Tuesday morning.
Clay County citizens were spared the ice that has accumulated in many Delta communities this morning, but the county was not spared the hard and steady rainfall that has been here since last week.
This makes for poor driving conditions on a day when Clay County, with the help of portions of Oktibbeha, Lowndes and Noxubee Counties will decide who will fill the vacant seat for State Senate in District 16.
The race is between Angela Turner Lairy and Kenny Fowler.
Due to the ice storm warning in northern Mississippi, the double-header between West Point and Oxford has been postponed until an undecided date.
The Lady Waveâ€™s game was set to tip off at around six oâ€™clock in Oxford following the boysâ€™ junior varsity ball game. Stay tuned to the Daily Times Leader as a make-up date should be released in the coming hours or days.
West Point still has district action this Friday as the Lady Wave and Green Wave both host New Hope. The Lady Trojans and Trojans are both currently undefeated in district 2 5-A play.
It will be cold and it will likely be wet all day today.
Those factors do nothing to change the fact that Clay County voters have until 7 p.m tonight to make it to the polls and choose whether Angela Turner Lairy or Kenny Fowler will be the District 16 representative in the Mississippi state senate.
Absentee ballot voting ended Saturday, and the remaining qualified votes will be tallied this evening to decide the special election.
Event coordinators hope West Pointâ€™s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is going to be a special one this year.
January 21 will be a day of festivities, marking not only Kingâ€™s life but also the President Barack Obamaâ€™s re-election to the presidency.
â€śThis year the celebration will coincide with the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America,â€ť said Event Coordinator Anna Hayford-Jones in a press release on Monday. â€śThe theme for this yearâ€™s celebration, according to Jones, is â€śContinuing the Legacy.â€ť
Thanksgiving and Christmas are now behind, and folks are settling back into normal routines.
Those two holidays typically bring a large spike in the number of canned food drives in any community.
Thousands of people are fed during the holiday season each year thanks to the generosity of individuals during those drives.
The Project Homestead Food Pantry in West Point, however, is in constant need of food donations and labor to help deliver and organize food products.
Now serving over 400 families in Clay County, the Food Pantry feeds over 800 people each month.
For the second time this year, the Lady Raiders fell to their competition for the district title. After a blowout 66-36 win over Canton Academy the previous night, Oak Hill was unable to get into any sort of rhythm Saturday evening against top ranked Leake Academy in a 51-68 loss in front of a sold-out crowd.
The close ones always sting the most. In a huge weekend for Oak Hill, the Raiders were unable to secure two big games against Canton Academy on the road and Leake Academy at home with their chances of a number 1 seed in the conference tournament diminished. However, Oak Hill proved to the Panthers and Rebels both that they would not go down without a fight, and by the time the tournament rolls around, this young Raiders squad will have a legitimate shot at taking home the blue trophy.
It was a difficult challenge for the West Point Green Wave to pick up a win Saturday against the Corinth Warriors. The Wave battled Corinth, a perennial power in north Mississippi 4-A, in Ecru at the North Pontotoc High School â€śKings of the Courtâ€ť tournament. A game that needed more than regulation to decide a winner, the Wave were on the wrong end of the scoreboard with an overtime loss to the Warriors 63-56.
Joey Perry, age 55, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center of West Point. Joseph Lynn Perry was born November 3, 1957, in West Point, to the late Sarah Louise Morris and Olen Pliny Perry. Joey Perry was a Certified Honda Motorcycle Technician and Parts Manager for Ellis Steel. He was of the Baptist Faith. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson Softail Custom and work on any motorcyle or four wheeler. Joey Perry married LisaÂ Carol Hamlin Perry August 25, 1989, in West Point.