There's a lot coming up this week in the Daily Times Leader. Here's a peak:
-State Senator Bennie Turner laid to rest in West Point
-McClendon raises questions over sewer permits
-West Point High School junior raising money, awareness for victims of depression
-4-County announces new pre-pay plan
-West Point, Hebron and Oak Hill basketball teams turn up the heat before holidays
-Upward Basketball evaluations at West End
-Plus all of the late and breaking news in Clay County and West Point
When I was small I was terrified of Santa Claus. I refused to go anywhere near him at the stores, even though he usually tried to entice children to sit on his lap with a candy cane.
Iâ€™m grown now and the more I think about it, the shadier this Santa character gets. First of all, little kids are told to never talk to strangers. There is no mention of unless he has a long white beard and a red suit. We were also told to never take candy from strangers. This Santa guy always has has candy and seems to defy all the rules in order to get little kids to sit on his lap. Hmmmmm.
A beautiful table setting is not complete without a centerpiece. Itâ€™s like the topping of a cake. For the Christmas season everyone wants something glitzy and different. One of my most popular items I sale during the Christmas season are Cone Trees. Many people use them as centerpieces on their table. The cone trees can be easily accented with vases filled with ornaments or either two small floral arrangements.
Saniyah Pulphus and Jocelyn Pulphus get a closer look at West Pointâ€™s Community Christmas Tree after its lighting on Friday night. . Photo by Bryan Davis
Thursday night, West Point played host to the Okolona Chieftains. Also on Thursday, the Wave welcomed back their football players to the court. The Green Wave outscored the Chieftains 23-7 in the second quarter allowing for West Point to pull away and control the rest of the game. The Wave defeated Okolona 68-38. The top scorers for West Point against Okolona were Juan Davis (12 points), Tre Williams (10 points), and A.J. Jones (8 points).
Hebron Christian opened up their Region 3 campaign against the region-favorite Winona Christian Thursday night. It took more than four quarters for Gary Vaughn and his Eagles and their electric fans to get by the Stars. A Troy Arnold put-back in overtime gave Hebron all they needed with a 54-52 victory.
â€śIt was a big district win for us,â€ť commented Coach Vaughn after the win, â€śIâ€™m just real proud of them, this was a team victory.â€ť
In the opening game of the MAIS Classification A District 3 games, Hebron Christian played host to Winona Christian on Thursday. Head Coach William Cotton was absent due to an illness, leaving the Lady Eagles under the direction of Assistant Coach MP.
The Lady Eagles stayed competitive with Winona only trailing the Lady Stars by 5 points at halftime. The second half was a different story as Hebron was unable to cope with Winonaâ€™s full court press and were routed 56-28.
On Thursday night, the Lady Wave played one of their better games of the season so far. West Point played host to Okolona and defeated the Lady Chieftains 55-39. West Point had excellent bench play as the subs scored a combined 23 points. Qiayon Bailey led the Lady Wave against Okolona with 23 points. Also leading in scoring were Alexis Gates 9 points, Tyshia McCurry with 6 points, and Anqulisha Evans with 5 points.
It's been 12 years since Annie Barnes has seen her sister Jessie.
Jessie has been classified as a "Missing Person" since July 7, 2000, and she was last seen by family in the vicinity of the 800 block of Little Street in West Point.
"We call her Little Jessie because she is the baby of the four children my mother had," Barnes said.
Barnes' mother, Katie Ruth has taken the disappearance hard.
"She has been devastated ever since the day we found out "Little Jessie" had disappeared," she said.