July 27th, 2012
At 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, the Bryan Packers pulled out ofthe West Point High School parking lot.
The team was without All-Area Player of the Year, starting first baseman Lance Martin and starting third baseman â€śHotâ€ť Rod Williams.
Martin and Williams had accepted scholarships to play football and practice had begun. The pair would miss the trip to Kansas City, Mo.for the American Legion Mid-South Regional.
The bus made it to the windmill on Highway 50, headed toward the Birmingham Airport when a car pulled up behind, flashing its lights.
On Monday, the Oak Hill Lady Raiders kick off their season with a trip to Starkville Academy.
The Lady Raiders share a conference with Winston, Manchester, Canton and Leake Academies.
Leake Academy begins the season on the heels of a 70-game winning streak and back-to-back state championships.
â€śEverybody in our conference is playing for second,â€ť Oak Hill coach Marion Bratton said. â€śTheir pitcher is one of the top ranked pitchers in the state and sheâ€™s a good hitter and an excellent runner, too. It seems like it takes her about three steps to get to first out of the box.â€ť
Mablen Harley Chandler
Mablen Harley Chandler, age 88, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2012, at Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn. Funeral services are at noon, Saturday, July 28, 2012, at Kyle Chapel M. B. Church, in Vardaman, with the Rev. Jimmy Lee Washington officiating. Burial will follow in Midway Cemetery.
Visitation is Friday, July 27, 2012, from 4 - 6 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
By the time the Bryan Packers played Tuscaloosaâ€™s Hillcrest on June 11, the season was almost two weeks old.
The Packers took a pair of games, winning 9-7 and 7-5. It was their first wins on the season.
â€śSome couldnâ€™t come at the beginning,â€ť Packers coach Frank Portera said. â€śThey came on a little later in the year. Youâ€™ve got graduation stuff, youâ€™ve got senior trips, youâ€™ve all this stuff. Thereâ€™s a couple of weeks in there before you can get everybody together where so much is going on that we didnâ€™t get together until a week or two until after the season had started.â€ť
It would be known in the baseball history books as the year there was no World Series. The Major League Baseball season was in trouble as early as June, 1994, with tensions between players and owners building before erupting with a strike in August, leaving thousands of angry fans in its wake.
That spring, someone approached Frank Portera about starting an American Legion baseball program in West Point.
Brister, Clark Engagement
Freddie and Joyce Brister of West Point, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Jean Brister, to Brandon Michael Clark, son of Lisa and Jim Voyles of Hendersonville, Tenn.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Vivian Price Barton of Starkville, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Brister of Winona.
Martha N. Dobbs-Pearson
Martha N. Dobbs-Pearson, age 70, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral services are Thursday, July 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Kyle Chapel M.B. Church in Vardaman, with Dr. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Visitation is Thursday, July 12, 2012, one hour prior to service at the church.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Robyn Ballinger, age 33, passed away, Friday, July 13, 2012, in West Point.
Robyn Ballinger was born April 30, 1979, in Ogden, Utah. She was a AT& T Sales Representive.
A celebration of her life and a gathering of family and friends will be from 2 - 4 p.m, today, Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the Old Waverly Magnolia Room. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Evans Weed Sr.
Robert Evans Weed Sr., age 85, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012, at his home in Ackerman.
Funeral services are, Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. from Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman, with the Rev. Danny Irvin officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Visitation is today, Monday, July 16, 2012, from 5 â€“ 8 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman.
Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of arrangements.
To sign the registry, visit; www.colemanfuneral.com
It started as a suggestion.
â€śWe put up a suggestion box months ago,â€ť West Point Police Chief Tim Brinkley. â€śItâ€™s for officers who have ideas or suggestions about how we could run the department better or how we could better contact the community.â€ť
Detective Sgt. Albert Lee suggested a charity softball tournament.
â€śWe have all kinds of things for kids,â€ť Lee said. â€śBut I thought it would be good to go forward with all the departments in the city. Itâ€™s a healthy thing, a good way to get exercise for city employees.â€ť