July 22nd, 2011
Lakin Petty is coming back home.
After just one season with the Eagles basketball program at Meridian Community College, the 6â€™4 West Point native has decided to transfer to East Mississippi Community College and will be eligible to play this fall.
Petty said he has stayed busy during the summer and getting in basketball shape three times week by running, lifting weights and participating in drills. He says heâ€™s glad to be back.
â€śI just wanted to be close to home,â€ť he said. â€śI didnâ€™t like what they were doing over there so I decided to leave.â€ť
West Point High School head football coach Chris Chambless announced a reshuffle of his coaching staff this week.
After losing three coaches, including Roger Burton who left to become the head coach at Hollandale Simmons, Chambless had to make a few changes to fill in the missing pieces; Josh Pulphus moved from 8th grade to high school running backs, Casey Welch is now in charge of the offensive line, newly hired Jimmy Coley joins the staff as a junior high coach (7th grade) and Steve Cannon will become the 8th grade football coach.
Abby Reese Ingram
Abby Reese Ingram, infant daughter of Breanna Nichole Smitherman and Alexander Bradly Ingram, passed away July 16, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle.
Survivors include her parents; maternal grandparents, Barry Smitherman of Prairie, Johnna Smitherman of West Point; Paternal grandparents, Mike and Georgia-Ann Ingram of West Point; great grandmother, Linda Cox of Prairie, great grandfather, Jonathan L. Johnson of Pontotoc, and Ervin Ingram of West Point.
Floreics Hogan, age 85, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at her home.
Funeral services are Thursday, July 21, 2011, at 11 a.m. from Mt. Pisgah Waverly M.B. Church, with the Rev. Darrel Harris officiating. Burial will follow in Concord M.B. Church 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.
You could say it was the hardest decision Blake Harrell had to make.
Before his senior year at Hebron Christian School, Harrell decided to transfer to Stakville High School with the hopes of getting looked at a little more by collegiate scouts.
The gamble paid off because Tuesday Harrell did what few get a chance to do and signed a scholarship to play baseball at St. Claire Community College (Michigan).
â€śI wanted the chance to play against better competition, to get ready for the next level,â€ť he said.
Murray Woody was looking to sell his house in Columbus while commuting to Ethel where he was building a state championship contender at the 1A school.
By chance, he couldnâ€™t find a buyer and when the West Point job came open he eagerly applied.
Now he wont have to sell, and heâ€™ll save a little more money on gas.
Woody coached in Hamilton for three seasons, before taking the Ethel job where he led them to a 26-3 record and a South State championship, his first as a head coach.
The first reading of the policy for the netbook computer program I.M.P.A.C.T. was given Monday to the West Point School Board of Trustees by Chris Carter, Information Technology director for the school district.
The cost of school lunches in the West Point School District is going up 50 cents this year for students who pay full price for their meals, which may be a burden for some parents.
Rev. James H. "Skeet" Davis
Rev. James H. "Skeet" Davis, age 59, passed away, Friday, July 15, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in Tupelo, Miss.
Byron Gregg Jr.
Byron Gregg Jr., age 57, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011, at his home in Raleigh, N.C.
Byron Gregg Jr., was born Nov. 13, 1954 at Ivy Memorial Hospital, in West Point, Miss., along with a twin sister.
No local service, burial is in N. C.
Mr. Gregg was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Campbell Gregg.
He is survived by his father, Byron Gene Gregg Sr., and stepmother Martha Gregg of Columbus, Miss.; and numerous siblings.