July 1st, 2011
It might seem pretty intimidating for an athlete to compete against hundreds of others in any sport, all trying to win the same championship. For local barrel racer Sara Kate MaIlwain, it wasnâ€™t too nerve racking.
McIlwain beat out over 100 riders in her class from across the country at the 10th annual All-American Barrel Race at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center in Jackson last month in one of the countryâ€™s best competitions. Over 600 riders were on hand for the three-day event.
After spearheading the Bulldogs to within a game of the 2011 College World Series, Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen received a contract extension Thursday through the 2015 season it was announced by the university.
Cohenâ€™s new four-year contract will included a base salary of $262,500, up from the $250,000 in his previous contract. Officials said will continue to receive a salary supplement from the Bulldog Foundation.
Dontavious Bennett was like any other kid growing up in West Point; he played football and baseball and hung out with his friends. But even that wasnâ€™t enough to keep him grounded.
â€śHe still had all this energy, always running around wanting to kick me,â€ť his mother Tamika Bennett recalls. â€śHe was full of energy, always busy, so we figured weâ€™re going to put this to use. We met his sensai, Master Nash at a baseball game and asked if he was still doing the school. He said yes, so we told him weâ€™re going to bring our boy down. And heâ€™s been doing it ever since.â€ť
Jake Moore, age 65, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011, at his home.
Funeral services are Thursday, June 30, 2011, at 11 a.m. from Pilgrim Grove M.B. Church, with the Rev. Robert Shamblin - Traylor officiating. Burial will follow in Tibbee Community Cemetery.
Visitation is today, from 3 â€“ 6 p.m. from Carter's Mortuary Services Chapel.
Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Rose Marie Ellis Dean
Rose Marie Ellis Dean, age 61, passed away Monday, June 27, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo, Miss.
Rose Marie Ellis Dean was born April 14, 1950, in Holmes County to the late Elsie Grantham and Earl Ellis. She was a bank teller for over 30 years. She was a member of Siloam Baptist Church serving as choir director. She was also a Weight Watchers leader in the Cairo Community.
The West Point Advanced 18-U tennis team have been serving nothing but aces all summer.
In five matches this season, West Point is 4-0, dropping only two sets in the first series against Columbus 3-2 in their first meeting of the season.
The other three matches have been shutouts.
â€śWe have a great team of young players,â€ť head coach Julia Ready said. Â â€śThe team works very hard to try to win every game and I think this strategy has helped them to be undefeated so far. They are all very busy with different activities but have managed to fit tennis in.â€ť
Fred E. Hargrove
Fred E. Hargrove, age 60, passed away, Saturday, June 25, 2011, at his home in West Point.
Fred Eugene Hargrove was born April 21, 1951, in Memphis, Tenn., to Lois Elizabeth Carpenter Hargrove and the late Andrew Harold Hargrove. Mr. Hargrove was a lumber inspector for Seitz Lumber Company for 14 years and also a truck driver.
Mr. Hargrove was a member of First Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during the Vietnam War. He was a loving family man. Fred Eugene Hargrove married Deborah Kesler Hargrove on June 26, 1976, in Abbeville, Miss.
Bessie Long Hewlett
Bessie Long Hewlett, age 83, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2011, at her residence in Oxford. Miss.
Funeral services are today, Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at 2 p.m. from Clear Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Burial will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery.
Visitation is today, at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home of Oxford.
Born in West Point, Miss., Mrs. Hewlett was a homemaker and a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church in Oxford, Miss. She was preceded in death by her sons, Jerry Wayne Long and Jimmy Larry Long.
The West Point High School boys basketball team wrapped up another solid camp last week at Itawamba Community College.
With three teams in the field, the Green Wave had plenty of chances to showcase their talents on the floor against some of the top teams in the region including Okolona, Tupelo, Hamilton and Shannon.