March 27th, 2014
By Josh Presley
Sally Kate Winters Family Services will host its fifth annual Spring Into Action 5K and Family Fun Run on April 5.
Sally Kate Outreach Coordinator Heather Usry said that organization chose to do its 5K and Fun Run in April because April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
â€śWe want to bring awareness to the community about child abuse. How to spot it and how to reach out,â€ť Usry said. â€śWe want to impart on everyone in our community that itâ€™s everyoneâ€™s responsibility to make sure we do everything we can to protect children.â€ť
By Donna Summerall
Marcus D. Ward, vice president for Institutional Advancement and executive director of the Alcorn State University Foundation Inc., along with being a West Point High School alumnus, is keynote speaker for the West Point High School academic achievement awards banquet. The banquet is 6 p.m. April 4 at The Civic. High school students who have an average of 90 or above for the fall and spring semesters this year are invited to attend, according to Robert Smith one of the coordinators for the event.
By Josh Presley
A new electric power substation is under construction in Clay County to service to the new tire plant.
The $2.3 million Triathlon Substation, maintained by 4-County Electric, will provide service to the Yokohama Tire plant thatâ€™s also under construction.
4-County Communications Coordinator Brad Barr said that the substation will be located just north of Yokohamaâ€™s buildings on Barton Ferry Road.
â€śThe substation was specifically built to service only the tire plant and and will have an initial capacity of 18 megawatts,â€ť Barr said.
By DANNY P. SMITH
Special to Daily Times Leader
Jerica James was making basketball plays all over the court when the Mississippi State Bulldogs needed them the most against Southern Mississippi Monday night.
She started it on defense with a key block of Gillom Trophy winner Jamierra Faulkner of the Golden Eagles with 24 seconds remaining in the first overtime and the Bulldogs holding a slim 65-64 advantage.
In the second overtime, James hit a big 3-point field goal to increase a two-point lead by MSU to 70-65.
The West Point Green Wave were at home playing Caledonia Saturday afternoon. The Green Wave pounded at 8 hits, and got 7 one-hit shutout innings from Rico Lane, who also added a double and drove in a run of his own. Steffon Moore led the team with 3 RBIs in the game going 1-3 with Jeffrey Drake also driving in a run. Ryan Crowley lead the wave with 2 hits while Bruce Barclay, Jeffrey Drake, Antonio Reese, and Jason Barnette all added hits for the Green Wave.
The West Point Green Wave travels to Saltillo Tuesday afternoon with a league game beginning at 7 pm.
Teresa Thomason Ellis, 49, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Mrs. Ellis was born born June 22, 1964, in Aberdeen, the daughter of the late Earnest Page and Dorothy Nix Thomason Sr. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She married Jefferson Hicks Ellis March 28, 1992, in West Point.
Funeral services are Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 2 p.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Rita Cochrane officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
By Josh Presley
The West Point Main Street Association has designed new signs to represent historic areas of West Point.
Former Main Street Association President Kristen Stevens said that the project has been in the making for three or four years and the purpose of the signs was to make the downtown area more accessible.
â€śA lot of our signs were faded or nonexistent,â€ť Stevens said. â€śThe purpose of the Main Street Association is to promote that area and one way to promote it is for people to be able to easily find downtown.â€ť
By Josh Presley
Police are investigating a report of shots fired in the area of Jim James Court.
WPPD officers were dispatched to the area at 7:53 p.m. Monday after witnesses claimed to have heard gunfire. Upon arrival, officers spoke with witnesses at 5th Street School, who were nearby when the incident allegedly occurred.
According to the incident report, witnesses said they were chased by unidentified suspects toward the school just prior to the alleged shots.
BY MARY GARRISON
Itâ€™s time to break out the boots and prepare for a good time. East Mississippi Community College, assisted by Luke Lummus Rodeo Productions, will host its second inaugural Ozark Region collegiate rodeo beginning Thursday at Eagle Ranch in West Point.
Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley approved construction of a 4-County Electric Power Association, which will provide service to the Yokohama Tire manufacturing plant under construction in Clay County.
Presley said in a press release that the facility, known as the Triathlon Substation is crucial to the economic growth that will come to the Golden Triangle with the Yokohama Tire plant.