March 6th, 2011
West Point and Clay County has always had an abundance of farmers, whether they're raising cattle, managing timber, raising swine or growing fruits and vegetables. Many livestock and timber farmers in the area are able to make great profits off of what they grow, but some fruit and vegetable farmers are having a tougher time selling their organic crops, despite the fact that many people prefer those crops to the frozen fruits and veggies sold at local store.
Time and time again, the West Point and Clay County community has poured out their love and support for a man who strives to put the well-being of people in Clay County at the top of his list of services he provides as sheriff of Clay County: Mr. Laddie Huffman.
Huffman's strong belief in helping people in the community as sheriff and caring about their needs are just some of the reasons he's been reelected for the office of sheriff more than any other sheriff in the county and is why he's served as Clay County sheriff for 20 years.
On Monday night, the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (2-3) could not buy a hit in a 14-0 loss to Starkville Academy. Thursday night was a different story, however.
The Diamond Raiders were back at home for a contest against Macon Central, and though the Vikings roughed up Oak Hill starter Chance Livingston early, it was the Oak Hill offense that battled back for a 20-9 victory after six innings.
Livingston gave up two quick runs in the top of the first inning. A two-run double followed a single and a walk, but the young hurler got out of the jam with no further damage.
Robert David Hemphill
Robert David Hemphill, age 55, passed away, Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Robert David Hemphill was born Dec. 1, 1955, in West Point, Miss., to Arthur Robert Hemphill and the late Mary Ruth Bedford Hemphill. He was a truck driver and a member of First Baptist Church. Robert David Hemphill married Tobie Brown Hemphill June 24, 1976, in West Point, Miss.
Irene Vernon O'Brian Griffin
Irene Vernon O'Brian Griffin, age 80, passed away, Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital of East, Memphis.
Nine people filled out their qualifying paperwork Tuesday on the final day of qualifying for Clay County offices, including a current West Point Selectman and a former mayoral candidate. Tuesday's rush brought the total number of people qualifying in Clay County to 42.
Three more candidates, Suzette White, Melissa Bobo Calvert and Harold Lathon, qualified Tuesday to run for chancery clerk. Others who qualified Tuesday are Clay County residents Chad McComic and current Ward 3 Selectman Charles Collins, both of whom qualified to run for supervisor, district 4.
Mary J. â€śJackieâ€ť Vickers
Mary J. â€śJackieâ€ť Vickers, age 76, passed away Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at her home.
Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. from the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Sammy Crawford officiating and Bro. Mickey Dalryple assisting. Burial followed in Memorial Gardens of Columbus, Miss.
Lowndes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
With a week under their belt, the Oak Hill Diamond Raiders are starting to come around offensively. The team put up 13 runs against Hebron on Thursday night, and the lost by just one against Lamar on
In Thursday's game, Oak Hill jumped all over a young Eagles team for 10 early runs.
Tres Turner had two hits, along with a pair from Conner Baird.
Clay Henley got three hits, and Kody Riley had three hits, including two doubles.
Cole Fowler, Chance Livingston and Riley Pierce jumped all over three pitches for a double each. Jeb Stevens also had two hits in the game.
The West Point Green Wave baseball team is still quite young. Despite most of the guys on the team having played a good bit over the last couple of years, the Green Wave are still trying to find the right spots for some of their players.
There is one spot that head coach Buddy Wyers thinks might be sown up for quite a few years to come.
Freshman Bruce Barclay has impressed his coaches over the course of the last couple of weeks, and he might have won himself the catcher's job.
One jamboree and one Classic down, and everything is looking up for the West Point Diamond Wave baseball team for the 2011 season. Last year, it wasn't until April 1 that the Green Wave got to play an actual game on their home turf.
They made sure they would not repeat that this year, when they hosted their Classic this past weekend.
Overall, everything seems more upbeat about West Point's young baseball team. They're a year older, and they are winning early-on.