January 14th, 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 stateâ€™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.
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 crewsâ€™ installation of monitors in the building.
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.
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.
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.
â€śTo me, Howlinâ€™ Wolf was a true Delta bluesman.â€ť
Grammy-nominated, veteran musician and Delta native Lamar Thomasâ€™ phonebook-sized historical commentary on the origins of American music contains biographies and Thomasâ€™ 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.
In 2013, the Commerce Street building where â€śMcClure Furnitureâ€ť 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 Howlinâ€™ 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.
The West Point/Clay County Arts Council is giving 2013 a classy jump start.
The first Noontime Music at the Library will be held on Wednesday, and it will feature classically trained pianist Justin Estes, who will play tunes throughout the lunch hour.
Attendees are asked to bring a lunch, and the Arts Council will provide desserts and drinks.
This relaxing hour of music will be done in partnership with the Bryan Public Library, and it will be held in the Ester Pippen room.
Estes will be entertaining guests on the grand piano donated by Music Coterie.
During a slow municipal qualifying week at West Point City Hall another citizen of West Point decided to submit their name late in the week in the pot for the seat of mayor.
That citizen is Darlene Cox, who turned in her qualifying paperwork Thursday to City Hall and hopes to be on the ballot as a democratic candidate for mayor. She plans to face off against incumbent Mayor Scott Ross, who submitted his intention last Monday to rerun for the post.
With the recent passing of District 16 Senator Bennie Turner and an early week announcement that District 36 State Representative David Gibbs wished to resign, many West Point and Clay County leaders had fears that the people they serve would not have adequate representation this year in the state capitol.