March 9th, 2011
By Bryan Davis
Oak Hill Academy head baseball coach Marion Bratton knows that he has a good group of kids on his roster. He also knows that the 2011 team is very young still.
Armed with one senior and one junior, the Raiders are in the middle of a common cycle in high school sports. This yearâ€™s group is the foundation, and a solid one at that, for what Bratton believes are great things to come in the next couple of years.
Essie B. Mattix
Essie B, Mattix, age 77, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss.
Funeral services are Friday, March 11, 2011, at 11 a.m. from St. Paul M.B. Church, the Rev. Hosea Hines, Rcv, Tommy Cox and the Rev. Eddie Longstreet will deliver words of comfort, Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery.
Visitation is Thursday, March 10, 2011, from 4 â€“ 7 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home.
Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
By Bryan Davis
The West Point High School fast-pitch softball team survived some early mistakes on Monday night against Noxapaterâ€™s softball girls. The game turned into a slugfest after the fourth inning, but it was the Lady Wave who came out on top 15-13 in the win.
â€śWe had a lot of adversity early,â€ť said head coach Brian Sellars. â€śWe fought through the adversity well. We kept our heads up and stayed positive.â€ť
Abby Turner got the start for West Point, and she struck out 10 batters in seven innings, including three in the first.
Annie Ruth Phelps
Annie Ruth Phelps, age 95, passed away, Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Shearer Richardson Memorial Home, in Okolona, Miss.
Mrs. Phelps was born Nov. 25, 1915, in Woodland, Miss., to the late Dollie Staggs Criddle and Ell Criddle. She was a homemaker and a member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church. Annie Ruth Criddle Phelps married George Emerson Phelps Nov. 25, 1935, in Chickasaw County. He predeceased her May 28, 2004.
By Bryan Davis
The West Point Green Wave baseball team is ready to hit the field.
Unfortunately for the Diamond Wave, a line of storms swept through the state on Friday, keeping the team from playing the three games they were slated to play in the Hatley Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Today, the team gets a chance to hit the home field, taking on the Yellowjackets of Starkville High School. It will be a non-district game.
â€śThey are always competitive,â€ť said West Point head coach Buddy Wyers of Starkville. â€śThey always have had good teams down through the years.â€ť
Hodnett, Pollard engagement
Raymon and Teresa Hodnett of West Point, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashley Hodnett, to Joseph Pollard, son of Joe and Penny Pollard of Macon.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jean Malone of West Point and the late Pete Malone and J.T. and Leora Hodnett of Cedar Bluff.
She is a 2009 graduate of Oak Hill Academy, and is currently enrolled in the Practical Nursing Program at East Mississippi Community College. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the Anchor Club.
Temple, Mobley engagement
Ms. Shirley Temple and Mr. Lionel Bennett of Clay County, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Yashima Temple, to Robert Mobley, son of Mrs. Lennie King of Clay County and the late Mr. Robert Mobley.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ms. Katie Temple of West Point and the late Mr. Frankie Temple and Dr. and Mrs. John W. Bennett of West Point.
She received her high school equivalency diploma in 2001.
On Monday, the Clay County Democratic Party Executive Committee will know for certain which candidates hoping to run for office in Clay County will be placed on the ballot.
Pat Cannon, chair of the DPEC, said almost everyone is â€śOK,â€ť but still needs information from a couple of candidate, including Harold Lathon, who qualified to run for chancery clerk.
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.