September 24th, 2010
By Bryan Davis
Sometime in the next two weeks, Magen Tapley is going to walk off the softball field for the final time as a Hebron Christian Lady Eagle.
She is one of seven seniors who will be leaving the team this year. For Magen Tapley, the trip off the diamond might be a little more emotional. There may be a few extra tears when she looks back on the opportunity sheâs had.
A middle infielder, Magen has had the chance to not only play behind her sister, Chloe, who is Hebronâs starting pitcher, but she has learned a lot of what she knows about softball from her father.
By Bryan Davis
The Green Wave of West Point High School will be getting their first taste of Delta football tonight, as they travel about two and a half hours down Highway 82 to Indianola.
There they will go head-to-head with the Indianola-Gentry Rams.
Like the Green Wave, Gentry has played four games in the first five weeks of the season, enjoying a bye week last Friday night.
By Bryan Davis
Things are looking up for the Oak Hill Academy Raiders (1-4). For the first time this season, the team that started the year with 17 players on its roster, will be going into a game with a win under its belt.
This game, which features Carroll Academy (2-2) here in West Point will be the Raidersâ first look at conference play in 2010.
Carroll has had a good offense at times this season, but they have struggled defensively. This could prove to be a difference maker when it comes to tonightâs game.
Vickie Dale Smith-Randle
Vickie Dale Smith-Randle, age 54, passed away Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Funeral Services are Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at 2 p.m. from Second Baptist M.B. Church in Houston. The Rev. Danny Jones will be officiating. Burial will follow in Houston Cemetery.
Visitation is today, from 3 â 6 p.m. at Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Geraldine Gibson, age 79, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, at Okibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.
Funeral services are Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at 11 a.m. from Rock Hill United Methodist Church in Starkville. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. until service time.
Family hour and Wake is Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, from 6 â 7 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Cadence Bank will be merging with Jackson-based Trustmark bank, officials with both companies announced late Wednesday.
The community will find Trustmark Bank âa very good addition,â the CEO of Cadence Financial Corp. said Wednesday night following the announcement of a merger between the two entities.
A faxed statement released just after 5 p.m. Wednesday heralded the deal to merge Starkville-based Cadence Bank with Trustmark, a financial institution headquartered in Jackson. Both are publicly-traded national banks.
The merger between Cadence and Trustmark banks was "the best strategy and opportunity for all of our stakeholders," the Cadence's CEO said tonight.
Cadence, a $1.9 billion banking institution headquartered in Starkville, will merge with Jackson-based Trustmark by the first quarter of 2011, officials said in a statement released late this afternoon.
The best may be yet to come for the Hebron Christian School Diamond Eagles (21-9; 8-0). Thatâs hard to believe considering the season they have had thus far.
Today they appear in the standings with just nine losses. Each one of those, hard fought games against tough non-conference opponents.
In the conference, which boasts competition like Kemper, Winona, Calhoun and Central, the Lady Raiders are unbeaten, and they will go into the post-season unbeaten in district play.
They played their final district match last week at Calhoun, ending the conference season with a 19-0 win.
West Point kids are about to be enjoying Americaâs new sport in soccer. They are also going to be hitting the gridiron pretty soon, as peewee football and youth soccer began practicing this week in a season set to start at the first of October.
That being said, the West Point Parks and Recreation Department has a number of big things happening, some as soon as this weekend, and others throughout the the 2010-2011 school year.
The most pertinent is this weekendâs USSSA baseball tournament that will take place at the sportsplex this Saturday.
Brooklyn Jane Cheatham